A spirited child often called “difficult” or “strong-willed”—possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. I have often shared how wild/challenging Grayson can be. He is definitely my little explorer! I have found something that is perfect for his personality that allows him to thrive.

These classes were granted in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. My full disclosure can be found here.

When I heard about outdoor learning and play with Tinkergarten I knew it would be perfect for him. Each class focuses on capabilities including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving.

Today at Tinkergarten:

Grayson splashed around in a pond, made music with water in glass jars, helped build a water park for their stone frogs, collected sticks and pinecones, climbed trees and ran around. Other than independent exploring he worked on developing STEM skills, creativity and even empathy as they tried to invent water play experiences for stone “frog friends”. By watching the others build boats with recycled bottles and duct tape, Gray gathered ideas for future play. I love how Tinkergarten allows him to pursue his own goals and drive his own play. It gave him the freedom to both play with friends and explore the surrounding area independently.

Throughout the class Grayson insisted on giving out hugs. He is definitely a lover boy. Even though he was muddy and wet, everyone welcomed his sweet little hugs. Watching Gray interact and show empathy was awesome. I see reflections of both myself and my husband during his play. Tinkergarten has been such an awesome experience and I look forward to the upcoming sessions. To find a Tinkergarten class in your area, click here.


  1. Oh man… so cute! Your son sounds exactly like my son. He’s also a little strong-willed whirlwind. I’ve contemplated inviting him in something like this – you reminded me with this post to see if there’s a program like this in my area west of Toronto. Thank you for sharing!


  2. This sounds like such a fun class to attend! It is definitely challenging sometime raising children with qualities that will benefit them as adults but that make parenting harder.


  3. Such a great experience they have this in our town and I have considered many times the only thing holding me back is they are outside all day during the winter months too! Glad your son enjoyed it!


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