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Play-Based Learning with Tinkergarten


Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, play-based learning has always been a passion of mine while raising my children. There is something magical about watching children learn through nature.

Tinkergarten Education

My older two children attended a traditional elementary school, and my youngest is currently enrolled in a Waldorf school. I have been able to see the significant difference between the two educational philosophies.

Parent and Child Playing

I have been able to see how much my younger son has thrived by learning through play, nature, and an education based on my child’s development.

“Education is a journey, not a race.”

A lot of families that attend our elementary school also participate in Tinkergarten classes with their children.

Kids learning to cook at Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten offers educational experiences for children ages six months to 8 years of age in the best classroom, nature! Children have a unique opportunity to learn through play in the outdoors at one of your favorite Orange County parks.

They encourage a love for learning through nature. The outdoor classes are designed to engage and inspire children in building skill sets around empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence, and problem-solving. Plus, parents get to attend the classes with their children and have the unique opportunity to watch the spark of love for learning twinkle in the eyes of their children.

Children learning at Tinkergarten

One thing that I love about Tinkergarten is that each season they focus on a new skill. Once children have mastered the skill, they will earn a special iron-on skill badge.

Each season, we focus on a key skill. Complete a season and earn a one of a kind iron-on skill badge.

What to Expect at Tinkergarten

Best education at Tinkergarten

Each week, they present a new expert designed play scenario to challenge each child, as they learn in a supportive, mixed-age social group. Their lessons are inspiring invitations to play, and their Leaders, together with parents and caregivers, support children at driving their own learning. Over the course of each unique season, powerful themes emerge and children strengthen essential skills through play.


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Tinkergarten is currently accepting new students during their Fall registration. Plus, all our readers can take advantage of a 10% discount off your first session by using the discount code OCMOM. Visit to find a class at your local park.

Class Location

The Tinkergarten classes are held are various times at your local park in Orange County. Learn more information online.

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  1. My daughter has been coming to Tinkergarten with me for 8 seasons now (since 17 months old). We love it!

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