As summer comes to an end, it’s nice to think about all the fun things you and your family were able to do. The places you visited. The time shared learning and exploring over the break. It was nice to be able to get the kids outside for playtime instead of always resorting to doing things inside. Now that fall and winter are approaching, many parents are wondering what can they do with their littles so that they aren’t cooped up inside all the time. Fall mostly means cloudy and rainy days. Winter means snow. The two seasons usually have parents wanting to keep their kids inside where it is dry and warm. What if I told you that there is something out there for parents to do with their kids that involves learning, engages with nature, and teaches independence all while the child plays? Do I have your attention yet?
I recently discovered an outdoor activity for my 3 year old son and I to do. The class is once a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. We spend this time outside and being one with nature. It is called ‘Tinkergarten’ and it has been the best learning experience for us. Tinkergarten is offered all over the United States. The best part about it is that the children navigate through the lesson being taught by the leader; by themselves! Parents are present, but only to observe. Tinkergarten is a year round gig and the only time they cancel class is if the weather can be dangerous. So if you’re looking to get out of the house once a week this fall and winter, join a class! There is a fee, but in my opinion it is so worth it for the experience alone. The kids get so much out of it. Personal growth, learning independence, fresh air, and how to listen and be apart of a group. If your kiddo is like mine, you will appreciate these attributes of the class.
I don’t want to give away the whole experience in my post, but I do want to reiterate that this experience for us has been great so far. Our last class it was cold outside, so we bundled up and went exploring to make Stone Soup. I am looking forward to the snowy days we can go out and learn. Each week there is a new lesson to learn. It is great for those who are about to start school, or are in the early years of school. The lessons change for the seasons and each lesson is appropriate what happens during the seasons (fall; leaves and acorns on the ground).
Most Tinkergarten leaders offer a few free classes before the paid sessions start. I would highly recommend checking one out. You will not regret it, as I have said early in the post. If you are looking for something fun to do with your kiddos this fall and winter season that is fun, engaging, and gets your kids energy out…..go to Tinkergarten!
ABOUT TINKERGARTEN: Tinkergarten is on a mission to elevate childhood. We’re growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through well-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.
Erin is a mom to Brendan and Emma, and a wife to Nick. Erin and her family live in Shelby Township, Michigan. They love to be outside and going to the Zoo is a weekly activity for Erin and her family. Being creative and learning are their priorities when it comes to our children so arts and crafts are a huge deal around their household and making up fun games to play to get her children learning!