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9:30 am - 10:30 am

Wednesdays, April 7th - June 23rd (no class on June 8th)

Plus, a 1-hour parent-centered foundations class scheduled at a mutually convenient time

Limited to 5 families


In this parent-child session for young toddlers 12 - 36 months old, parents will begin with one Zoom class to get to know the group, share concerns and questions around free play for this age and learn foundational skills for fostering independent play. Then, parents and children will meet outdoors over 12 weeks to put their skills into practice.

Children will:

  • gain confidence and resilience by testing their own boundaries

  • practice toddler-appropriate social skills such as beginning to share and cooperate

  • hone gross motor, fine motor and sensory skills through exploration of natural and found materials

  • become more comfortable playing without a parent

Parents will:

  • learn to recognize, support and extend play so children can engage in deep play independently

  • gain an understanding of when to step back and when to step in

  • learn ways to fully engage in play when you want to connect with your child

COVID Guidelines

  • Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask.

  • Everyone at class must check their temperature, wash or sanitize their hands and answer COVID screening questions upon check-in.

  • To encourage socialization, we will not enforce social distancing for children, but adults should maintain as much distance as possible.

  • Though physical play like wrestling and tackling can be great fun, we ask parents to help us limit close, physical play at this time.

  • Natural materials are not a concern for spread of COVID, according to the CDC, so our loose parts will be focused on sticks, rocks and dirt, as well as a few individually assigned materials.


"We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall – to care."
~ John Cleal