By guest contributor Melody O. —
If you’re looking to get your child in touch with nature, Tinkergarten is a wonderful opportunity.
With Tinkergarten, parents help their kids develop, grow and better prepare by learning outside together. Parents get free activities or find a certified leader in their community, join their group and enroll in a class. Leaders guide kids through activities that are fun, simple and designed for learning—since they fit to Tinkergarten’s blueprint curriculum, kids learn the skills that matter most.
Children are able to work on their sensory skills by playing with nature — even mud. One of the sample activities is using their imagination to make “soup” or anything else your child’s mind may think of.
Just be aware of what you clothe your child in as he/she will be getting dirty (maybe keep a change of clothes in your diaper bag).
With this day’s generation of technology, children are losing the outdoor experience all too often. I remember my childhood and the best memories I have are when I would go outside and play with other children as opposed to watching them on a television.
My imagination ran wild when I was young and I believe this helped me to develop social skills. I was thrilled to take my daughter outside, get dirty, and play with children in her age group.
Tinkergarten has classes in several parts of New York right now, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut — check to see if they are in your area. Tinkergarten has developed a library of activities you and your family can explore together outdoors – go here to find them.
Writer received a sample class. As always, all opinions are our own.