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Your child's mindset toward learning is formed during the early childhood years. With an emphasis on inquiry-based learning and purposeful play, Key's First School program actively engages children to question, explore, investigate, and make devisions as they construct foundational content knowledge.

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.

Guided by Key faculty, Tiny Explorers will have the opportunity to choose from several indoor and outdoor sensory-based activities that allow them to experiment and explore the world around them. Through purposeful play in the classrooms and our certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, the children will be presented with materials that encourage thoughtful questioning and critical thinking, in addition to the development of small and fine motor skills.

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

This fall, the Tiny Explorer workshops have been designed to be experienced as a two-session series on consecutive Mondays:

Session 1: October 1 & 8

Session 2: October 15 & 22

Session 3: November 5 & 12

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Sample Workshop Activities

Outside Activities

  • Water and Kinetic Sand Tables
  • Shaving Cream Painting Station
  • Dramatic Play on Treetop Stage
  • Group Parachute Games
  • Wheelbarrows and Harvest Materials
  • Gardening Activities
  • Musical Instruments

Inside Activities

  • Ice Age Activity - Melting ice cubes with insects inside
  • Volcano Experiment
  • Sensory table with magnifying glasses
  • Painting Nature - painting sticks, rocks and leaves
  • Digging for Fossils in Kinetic Sand