From sprinklers to water tables, weekly splash day activities not only let children cool off and have fun, but water play stimulates imaginations, increases vocabulary, and develops motor and coordination skills of children of all ages. In addition, older children are also learning scientific concepts through experimentation and discovery, such as learning the properties of water and how it is different from something like sand. Finally, mathematic concepts such as measurement, weight and volume can be introduced through water play with the use of different size containers to fill and dump.
Outdoor STEM Exploration & Experiments
Students see and begin to understand how the outdoor world around them works as they conduct experiments and learn about nature, gardening, bugs, weather and more in our outdoor classrooms. Younger children are observing and exploring these scientific concepts, while older children are making predictions, experimenting and classifying materials.
Arts & Messy Play
Mud play, body painting and more provide children with opportunities to express themselves and get creative while developing their fine motor and concentration skills. Younger children are exploring and demonstrating curiosity as a learner, while older children are using imagination and creativity to solve problems.
Children practice their writing skills by writing in sand and other fun mediums in the summer, and spend time planning, storytelling, and documenting their projects and experiments daily. Children have opportunities to take books outside to enjoy book experiences in a natural environment.
Children ages 4 and up have the opportunity to take six, weekly swim lessons with qualified instructors at the IUPUI Natatorium. Children learn how to float, hold their breath, practice strong kicks, and become comfortable in the water.
Walking Field Trips
Depending on the center location, some centers are able to take children of all ages on walking field trips to nearby landmarks. This is done in a big buggy for younger children, and walking hand in hand for preschoolers.