Wellness

Wellness is the combination of physical and emotional health that kids need to thrive. Kids will move their bodies, cultivate calm and connect with nature—all tools to be and stay well.

In this Tinkergarten Anywhere series:

  • 9 video lessons to learn at your child’s pace

  • Designed for ages 2 to 8 years old

  • Additional activities to keep learning all week long

  • Parent tips to help you support your child.

  • Lesson map & badge to celebrate progress.

The Importance of

Wellness

Studies show that kids today spend about 50% of the time that we did outdoors. And, kids have lost 12 hours of free play time out of each week since 1970. As a nation, we gave ourselves a D- on our US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth with more than 75% of our kids failing to get the minimum required daily physical activity.

Kids have to learn or develop the ability to regulate or center themselves through experience. We can give them opportunities and strategies to learn how to cultivate calm early on. In this series, we’ll teach kids new techniques to calm, connect and center their minds and bodies.

What you get in this series

LESSON
1

Hello, Earth!

Mindfulness
Independence
Cultivating Calm
Wellness starts when we connect directly to the earth, and we feel grounded and strong like mountains. We’ll kick off our fall season by exploring ways to feel centered and connected to ourselves and to the stones and soil beneath our feet.
LESSON
2

Squirrel Obstacle Course

Teamwork
Imagination
Movement
What better way to fall in love with being active and learn about the amazing creatures around us than to play like squirrels? This week, we’ll give kids a whole range of ways to pretend to be squirrels as they move through a series of challenges and imaginative activities.
LESSON
3

Spreading Joy

Creativity
Gifting
Imagination
Kindness given and received helps us feel healthy and happy in our hearts. Today, we’ll learn more about how to “fill our buckets” when we “fill someone else’s bucket.” And, we'll use nature treasures and other materials to create art that sparks JOY in someone we love!
LESSON
4

For the Birds

Mindfulness
Movement
Gratitude
In this lesson, kids will take on the perspective of migrating birds who persist through challenges to make their long journey every fall. Kids learn ways to create and don their own wings, fly around their home space and even create bird feeders to support feathered friends.
LESSON
5

Big Orange Splot

Creativity
Teamwork
Imagination
An important part of learning to be resilient is learning to adjust when kids hit challenging situations. In this lesson, kids will discover how they can turn a big orange splot into beautiful art and turn any mistake into something wonderful.
LESSON
6

Build a Fire

Taking Risks
Problem Solving
Teamwork
One wonderful part of enjoying the outdoors is also one of the riskiest—building and enjoying a campfire. To help kids learn about taking and managing risks, we will introduce fire safety in playful ways as we set up and imagine together around pretend (and real) fires.
LESSON
7

Thankful Tree

Gratitude
Mindfulness
Movement
This week we’ll go on a tree walk, marveling as we learn more about the trees around us and how they survive in community. Then, together, we'll create a “thankful tree” to express the gratitude we feel for all that we share.
LESSON
8

Lantern Making

Creativity
Cultivating Calm
Learning to embrace change is an important part of becoming resilient. A lovely way to embrace the change so many of us feel as the days become shorter each fall is to make lanterns to light up and welcome the darkness. This week, we’ll use tissue paper and glue to turn ordinary jars into beautiful lanterns that can light up the darkness of the evening, help us learn to embrace change, and connect us to the cycles and rhythms of nature.
LESSON
9

Family Feast

Teamwork
Gratitude
Imagination
The rituals we share with our family, friends and community help us feel rooted in strong relationships and ready to fly. This last lesson of our Wellness series gives us the chance to celebrate special traditions from our families as we cook a pretend feast. We will also celebrate our explorers as they earn their Wellness badges.

Get all video lessons to watch anytime, anywhere and learn at your child's pace. Plus get a lesson map, skill badge and additional activities to keep outdoor learning fun and easy.

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Sensory

Everything our kids learn is filtered through their senses, and each child has a unique sensory system. Our curriculum is designed to help each child strengthen and balance their senses in the great outdoors.
In this series, kids will explore:
  • Gathering information through our senses
  • Asking essential questions
  • Focusing attention
  • Fostering each sensory input
  • Activating multiple senses at once

Problem Solving

Playful problem solving now can help kids adjust to a changing environment, navigate key relationships, and contribute to their family, local and broader communities.
In this series, kids will explore:
  • Slowing down and observing
  • Using inquiry while playing
  • Letting explorers take the lead
  • Teaming up when struggles becomes frustrations
  • Enjoying the process of problem solving