We then sat down as a group to learn about what the main activity would be and what kind of skills the children would be working on and what to think about as parents, this week was looking at play schemas (we were given sheets that explained what schemas were) and then came the play! We were going to have a cookout with a campfire!
We were given muffin pans, buckets, homemade play dough, kitchen utensils, natural woven materials and wooden circle pieces all to use as the children wished. Parents and children wandered around finding sticks for the ‘campfire’, mostly small but when we found a big one it became a great teaching opportunity to work out how to break it into smaller pieces. Parents and children alike made different ‘foods’ from the items we were given and cooked on the campfire-the play dough became a marshmallow being roasted on a stick over the campfire, mash potato pancakes, grass cupcakes and quiche to name just a few!
This activity could have gone on all day, in fact we had to pause the games in order to have snack time (bring your own snacks) and close the group. However, we were allowed to stay at the end to continue our play. During snack time we recapped schemas and what we witnessed our own children doing and also what the other children were doing. I really liked that because sometimes I missed what my daughter was doing but others saw it and could tell me about it. Then to close we read a theme inspired engaging storybook and sang the Tinkergarten song about woodland animals-I won’t spoil the beautiful song, you’ll have to sing it yourself!
Classes are on for between one hour-one hour 15 mins depending on the age of children and run throughout the year in all seasons. During the summer they run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the Fall. There will also be a summer camp this year August 5-August 9 2019.
To register or find out more information visit Tinkergarten at www.tinkergarten.com or find them on Facebook. They will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
With the classes being held in Mill Race Park, it’s a short stroll downtown to grab some lunch from the many different restaurants. Whilst there don’t forget to visit The Commons for some free play in the indoor playground or if you have a bit more free time, the KidsCommons across the road with general admission just $7 and children under 18 months completely FREE!
After all of this, you will have definitely earned a special treat. Head to Zaharakos for some delicious ice cream, they have so many different flavors and toppings you’ll be spoiled for choice.