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Play Unplugged | 2 years & up


We believe in the power of play.
Our play sessions are totally child-led.
Review by Sinéad Denton, mother of 4yo





Please visit https://goo.gl/yBYmE9 to have an understanding of our philosophy & approach towards play before you book a session.


ART Fiesta for Children

We are having a party on October 6th, 2017!

Get your ticket today!

Ticket sales will close on October 4, 2017.

Open Studio Projects | Sep/Oct 2017


The Tinker Yard is a play.make.create studio that nurtures creativity and inspires invention & innovation. Children are encouraged to learn by doing. They can work on suggested projects or create, tinker and experiment with materials on one of their own during Open Studio time. Facilitators will be around to offer support & guidance when the children need help.

$40 per session or $185 for 5 sessions. Limited spots are available hence early registration is advised. Please register online (at least 2 days in advance) at https://goo.gl/MFE37d.

Check out the fun & cool projects we are working on in September & October 2017.


Children can work on any of these projects or create, tinker and experiment with materials on one of their own during Open Studio time. Facilitators will be around to offer support & guidance when the children need help. 

$40 per session or $185 for 5 sessions. Limited spots are available hence early registration is advised. Please register online (at least 2 days in advance) at https://goo.gl/MFE37d.

Please visit https://goo.gl/yBYmE9 to have an understanding of our philosophy & approach towards play before you book a session.

About Us

Our Philosophy & Approach



What Makes Us Different

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
First of all, we are NOT an enrichment centre.
We provide alternative education for children. 
We are a community of learners.
Our play & learning space is worksheet-free.
Play is child-led here.
The Child is the curriculum.
It is OK to make mistakes here.
We love messy play.




OUR INTENTION
The Tinker Yard is a space that truly belongs to children. This is where children feel safe, cultivate strong, secure and trusting relationships, develop life skills and know that their thoughts & ideas are important and valuable. We aim to give children a space where they can discover, embrace & build upon their natural strengths and construct knowledge through authentic play experiences.  

"The goal of education is
not to increase the amount of knowledge
but to create the possibilities
for a child to invent and discover,
to create men who are
capable of doing new things."
Jean Piaget


LEARNING AND PLAY
Our play leaders are life-long learners and view ourselves as partners with children & families in nurturing children's holistic development. Our practice is research-based, the team undergo continuing professional development periodically. We meet with fellow play leaders as well as local early childhood practitioners and international early childhood colleagues through learning exchanges, dialogues and professional training opportunities. With informed knowledge on early childhood education and self & group reflections to guide us, we regularly review and improve our practice.

“Children learn as they play.
Most importantly, in play
children learn how to learn.”
O. Fred Donaldson

Play comes naturally to children and it is how they learn best. We advocate for child-led play. We celebrate play and embrace curiosity. We believe that children learn when they are having fun.  Visitors to the studio will find children engaging in activities of their own choice. At times, play at the studio might get messy which is perfectly fine with us as that is the exact reflection of real play! 



We hold a strong view that children are capable & competent learners. Children take the lead here. Curriculum is unscripted and framed around big ideas that children have.  Play leaders carefully observe children at play and use those observations to facilitate & support learning. 



“Play is often talked about
as if it were a relief
from serious learning.
But for children
play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”
Fred Rogers

Learning is never static at our studio. Children have access to a diverse range of open-ended materials. We invite children to wonder, question, predict, investigate & experiment. They are encouraged to be thinkers, problem-solvers, creators, innovators and inventors. 


ENVIRONMENT
The studio serves as a site of learning. It is richly resourced with materials that are accessible to children. The environment is intentionally designed and ready to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility.  


 

Children play & learn in a calm yet inspiring mixed-age play space that allows them to be free to express their thoughts & exercise their imagination and encourages them to  learn to listen to different ideas in a respectful & mindful way, embrace diversity, be self-motivated to seek solutions to challenges as well as to collaborate with others to achieve common or shared goals.


Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. Children become resilient when they are unafraid to take risks or experience failure.  At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable in the learning process. We believe that all of us learn from failures as well as success.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein


Click here to read reviews on our programmes. 

STUDIO VISIT
In addition to regular play sessions, the studio is also available for field trips, corporate team-building events, private play dates, parties and professional development workshops for early childhood educators. We welcome parents, children & educators to visit our studio. 

Discover the difference.

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About Us

Our Philosophy & Approach


Play at The Tinker Yard is natural, child-led, unhurried and respectful of the needs of children. The play space is intentionally designed and prepared to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility in an environment that serves as the 3rd teacher - one that nurtures exploration, discovery and creativity.  We aim to inspire a love for learning through play in children.





Join small-group sessions that are set in a cosy and inviting play space where children can engage all senses in exploration, experimentation and creative expression. 



Sessions are available on weekdays, 10am to 12pm. Please contact us to arrange for a visit to our studio. Meet & chat with our play leaders to learn how your child can strive to become a self-motivated, confident and enthusiastic learner.




Paint, draw, collage, stamp, sculpt, glue! 

Our weekly Process Art sessions are open to small groups. Children get to experience different mediums, techniques & tools, enjoy the process of art-making and create totally original works of art.



The Tinker Yard is a maker/play studio that nurtures creativity and inspires invention & innovation where children are encouraged to learn by doing. Children can work on suggested projects or create, tinker and experiment with materials on one of their own during Open Studio time. Facilitators will be around to offer support & guidance when the children need help. 

Review by Parent


We also host after-school clubs for children from 5 to 12 years old. Children will experience the creative process and the joy of making with various materials in a collaborative and welcoming studio environment.

At our studio, children enjoy having artistic freedom while manipulating fun materials and learning new techniques. Projects can be themed or open-ended, and always support children in developing their creative ideas and own lines of enquiry. We often head outside to make art at the neighbourhood park.


To book a spot, please visit https://goo.gl/MFE37d.

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Thank you for visiting our page. Classes are available weekly except on Public Holidays. Advance booking of spots is required.  Please visit https://goo.gl/yBYmE9 to have an understanding of our philosophy & approach towards play before you book a session.




Please contact us in advance to book a studio visit.

See you at our Open House.

Thank you to friends who graced us with your presence on 8 July 2017 at the new studio space.

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We are glad that you love the new space. We look forward to meeting with those who were not able to make it last weekend. Come join us at the next Open House. All are welcome.


Speak with us about our programmes for 2 years old & up. There will be special offers during the Open House for purchase of our Membership packages.

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Please send us an email to register for your preferred date to visit.