Ily Scelia, Tinkergarten Leader in Training!


What is Tinkergarten?


Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all —the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

“Nearly all developmental psychologists, neuroscientists and education experts recommend play for kids 0-7 as the best way to nurture kids’ development and ready them for academic success later in life.”


Scientific American


Tinkergarten’s curriculum both engages and delights a wide range of kids ages 18 months-8 years old. As a season unfolds, unique themes and challenges build lesson to lesson. These themes and challenges evolve one season to the next as children progress through the program. In each lesson, an engaging scenario unfolds that allows kids to launch and direct their own play. No two kids ever have the same experience, because it’s the process that matters. Adults play a role, too, as they observe, honor and support their child’s independent exploration and playful learning.

Kids drive their own learning


Though it just feels like fun, a season of Tinkergarten lessons are engineered to help kids develop a range of school readiness and lifelong-learning skills. We make learning irresistible by inspiring wonder, leveraging brain science, and even sprinkling in some best practices in game mechanics.

Skills that matter the most


Parents are the most important teachers in their child’s life. Loving caregivers play a similarly essential role. We help these important adults learn about their child’s development so they can help him or her build the best foundation. At Tinkergarten, adults learn with other adults, and our leaders act as coaches. It’s social, supportive, and transformative.


Parents are their children’s most powerful teachers