Over the past decade, we’ve honed our unique approach to help kids become healthy, curious, capable and caring learners.
No matter the setting, every lesson connects us to the natural world. Creatures are our teachers, and mud and sticks our tools.
Each lesson is engineered to engage kids in play that they simply can’t refuse!
Kids learn best when they lead the way. We also equip grownups support children's payful learning.
Our curriculum is designed to help kids develop an essential life skill in each series. When kids complete a series, they receive a real, one-of-a-kind skill badge in the mail.
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Explore what kids will learn in our current and upcoming series.
We'll help kids build strong roots in empathy, our human superpower. Kids learn to recognize emotions in themselves and others, explore taking another's perspective and discover fun, new ways to care for each other and the planet.
In our Communication series, we introduce a fun Camp Tinkergarten theme full of sweet rituals that help bolster kids' communication skills, and, each lesson is designed to support a different aspect of communication.
You can choose to use Tinkergarten with your own kids or teach it to others. Either way, it's the same expert-designed, research-based and irresistibly fun curriculum!
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10 video lesson plans and at-home
resources each series, 4 series per year
Tinkergarten teachers share a passion for nature, play and building strong, inclusive learning communities. They bring Tinkergarten experiences to life for families and kids across all 50 states. Learn more
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Tinkergarten equips kids aged 1.5 to 8 with valuable life skills that help them thrive. Kids earn badges when they complete core skills. Explore some of our skills:
I think the learning style fits every personality. There is guidance, but it does not feel pressured, children are able to do the activities but also explore on their own. This was great for my daughter because she is shy and also very independent.
I’m giving my kids a group that they get to call their own. We can’t afford preschool so this is their group of peers. I value them being able to learn from the leader alongside their Tinkergarten classmates.
Absolutely LOVE Tinkergarden! I always thought I was doing enough "outdoor" activities with my daughter (2.5yo) but going to Tinkergarten has opened her (and myself) up to so much more! She's shown more respect for our earth too in such a short amount of time.
We have been with you guys for awhile and it’s honestly the best part of our daughters day. She plays for hours after watching her tinkergarten anywhere classes. Thank you so much.
We learned another way to play with them, to approach nature, and to ask them things like "What do you think? What do you see?" Not so much telling them what they see and what they think.
I would have never thought to set him up with all these activities. I’m so grateful for Tinkergarten. It keeps him busy for the whole day. I leave everything out to play at his leisure.
I learned to be more patient and child led in my interactions. I have changed my perspective around how to initiate an idea and let the kids run with it.
I learned how and when to step back and let my son be himself in certain situations. That was a lesson that I needed so much as a parent. The leader was able to communicate this in such a gentle and generalized way that I was able to step back and see myself. Not only was that a useful lesson, it was life changing.
We have enjoyed every minute. Each class I observed how engaged the girls were in the explorations and could tell that they were so immersed that they could've continued happily for much longer. I thank you for creating such a warm positive space for outdoor learning. It was a blast!
Tinkergarten has taught me so much more about the creativity I’ve lost as I’ve gotten older. I remember when I used to play in the mud and how much fun it was when I was a kid.
Am I the only one who cried alligator tears when I read through the lesson plan? This is probably the most beautiful and absolutely brilliant way I've ever seen anyone teach kids empathy. Please hug whoever came up with this bout of genius. I can't wait to teach it!