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Free and open to the public, Tiny Explorers at Key is a workshop designed to engage children, between 2 and 3.5 years of age, and their parents in authentic hands-on exploratory work.

Tiny Explorers takes place in our newly renovated Build It Lab located in the First School's Treetop Learning Center .

Guided by Key faculty members, parents and children will enjoy creating limitless designs and configurations using the Magnetic Wall and exploring options in engineering using Rigamajig's large scale building kit.

Designed to spark a genuine early interest in tinkering, making and engineering, Key's Build It Lab beckons young children to take things apart, put them back together, design, develop a plan and creative problem solve. This purposeful play engages children in thinking with their hands, it fosters intrinsic motivation and is the foundation to Key's engineering initiatives.

All Tiny Explorer workshops are held from 9-10 a.m., rain or shine, at The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403.

2018 Program Dates

The fall 2018 Tiny Explorers program is tentatively scheduled to meet on the following Mondays:

September 24

October 1, 8, 15

November 5, 12

More information, and registration materials to follow.

Tiny Explorer Workshop Activities

Magnetic Wall
Visitors to the Build it Lab will enjoy creating limitless designs and configurations using the magnet wall. This interactive board challenges children to experiment with gravity as they arrange rings and ramps to create pathways for balls and cars to travel on. Children realize through their own experimentation how to move objects down a ramp or over a bridge.

Little engineers will love playing with the Rigamajig which is a large scale building kit. This collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope allows children to follow their curiosity through play, while learning 21st Century skills. Through playing they think 3 dimensionally, create physically and work collaboratively.

Children, like Engineers, problem solve during block play. The Build It Lab is filled with all kinds of building blocks and materials which provide opportunities for children to explore the never ending cycle of building, evaluating, knocking down and rebuilding.

Sensory Materials
The objective of playful sensory exploration is to learn about the properties of materials such as kinetic sand and play dough and engage with them in purposeful ways. Young children enjoy and learn to embrace process over outcome through sensory play.