Features in the space include
- Water Play
- Mud Kitchen
The outdoor classroom is a play-based learning experience in a nature setting. There are classes and events offered in the space for a range of ages. Children develop a respect for nature and are encouraged to explore their interests in movement, building, art, and water play.
Water play provides children with a wealth of learning opportunities, including observing the change of water flow, what objects float and sink, and how adding water changes dirt.
Children can experiment with making music on our marimba and drums. During classes instruments from around the world provide an opportunity for children to express their musical talents combined with full body movement.
Our large block set provides countless hours of open-ended play. Children problem solve and learn math and science while socializing during cooperative play.
One of our most popular destinations in Discovery Grove is the mud kitchen. Children’s imaginations soar as they cook, bake, and work together to make a meal enjoyed by everyone present!
Nowadays, children have less opportunities to just dig in the dirt. Digging in the dirt and smelling the soil, can be calming to children. When they experience the texture of the dirt they see how different it is from sand or mulch. They also have the opportunity to find different insects or earthworms while exploring this natural material.
With nature art, children use mud to paint with, pinecones to create amazing patterns and sticks as paint brushes. When children handle these materials they they start to understand weight, texture, and nature’s patterns.
When children climb and jump on our log steppers, balance beam, or huge rock, the joy of accomplishment is written all over their faces. Children gain self-confidence when they master the big jump from the rock or make it from one log stepper to the next.
Who doesn’t love seeing the “fruit” of their labors in the garden. From seed starting to harvest, children connect with the wonders of the garden as they observe, care for, and see the results of their hard work.