Our responsive playgroup program is the first independent adventure for children. The program is designed to encourage the growth of independence, social awareness, sensory skills, and language acquisition in children. The group meets for 2.5 hours everyday from Monday to Friday.
The sensory gymnasium is every child’s favourite space at Toddler’s Den. It is filled with open-ended and structured challenges that change every week. Children strengthen physical skills and social skills as they walk on balancing beams, wobble on river stone gonges, fall on crash mats, climb on rock walls, jump under parachutes, ride scooters, swing on ziplines, and hang on wallbarz.
Toddler’s Den is equipped with 3 types of outdoor spaces - active, social, and experimental. In the active play area, children have access to open-ended play equipment where they develop their gross-motor skills through cycling, crawling and climbing on mounds. The outdoor social area is an interactive and collaborative space with a sand pit, water tub and a pretend play area. In the experimental outdoor area, children experiment with materials that evoke their multiple senses.
The art and design station, equipped with easels and traditional chabudai, allows children to engage with a range of tools and materials to explore textures and create expressive arts and crafts. Children explore a range of paints such as powder, poster, acrylic, dye, tablet, and oil paints and tools such as stamps, sponges, and brayer rollers.
Interesting wall and interactive installations as well as natural, synthetic, and montessori materials are a part of this station. These sensory experiences are an opportunity for children to express their emotions and interests. Designed to deepen a child’s conceptual understanding of the world, this station allows children to immerse in smelling and tasting experiences, listening activities, and touch and feel games.
Equipped with child-friendly blocks of different sizes, shapes, and textures, this station encourages children to tinker and recreate their thoughts and interpretations of the world. Educators encourage children to build and talk about their creations and help support language and physical development. Children get to play with lego blocks, tube blocks, spiral blocks, 3D and 2D puzzles, foam blocks, magnetic blocks and much more.
The Storytime Station is a reef of imagination and calm in the classroom. Here, children have access to age-appropriate books that need little to no adult supervision such as texture books and picture books. Read-alouds are a central part of this station and help children build their vocabulary and their understanding of the world. Educators use music and movement to support children in their pronunciation of simple words.
Pretend play helps children make sense of their world by enacting their abstract thoughts into concrete actions. This station is furnished with props and costumes that can be used to recreate various settings such as a kitchen, a wash area, a shop, a hospital, or a restaurant. Children enact scenarios that they have witnessed, participated in, or imagined.
At this station, children have access to a wide variety of age-appropriate musical instruments, including keyboards, string instruments, wind and brass instruments, and percussion instruments. They experiment with making sounds by shaking, banging, and plucking materials. They slowly understand loudness, tempo, and basic rhythm which further cognitive development.