At Gathering Place, we know that cognitive development continues into childhood years, where children begin to apply the basics they learned in infancy. Learn Through Play is an initiative dating back to childhood psychiatry in the 1950s. When children play, it is a way for them to make sense of their learnings and apply it to their everyday lives. By playing with your child, you can help unify their experiences, knowledge and understanding of their environment. Building an educational bond from birth will expand their emotional, social, and cognitive abilities throughout life.
There are many aspects of the Park experience that can stimulate a child’s brain and engage learning through play. Our Sensory Garden is focused around the principles of STEM education (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math). The Sensory Garden encourages questions like “How does it work?” and "How can I play and engage?" A labyrinth of hands-on elements such as mirrors, a giant spinning boulder and amplified voice features will provoke curiosity in this wonderland all its own.
Fairyland Forest and Adventure Playground encourage creativity with unique structures that bring the wildest imaginations to life.
From story time at the Reading Tree, to show-and-tell sessions with local organizations, programs with Tulsa STEM Alliance, field trips and more, Gathering Place will have educational opportunities to peak every child's interest.
A wide range of cultural art, events and festivals will also be offered to stimulate the minds of our adult guests as well.
Gather and play together during our drop-in activity hours at the Boathouse! Create a unique piece of art, read a book or build something new. Activities rotate weekly.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
When you talk, read and sing with your child even before they are able to speak, you are building your child’s brain and helping to prepare them for success throughout their life.
A child’s brain begins to develop immediately at birth, and the majority of a baby’s brain is formed by age three. When you engage with your child in everyday activities, whether it is describing things around your house, reading a bedtime story, or singing at bath time, you are building stimulants in your child’s brain and progressing his or her cognitive development. Taking part in simple verbal activities every day will benefit a child’s listening and visual tracking skills as well as language, vocabulary and comprehension abilities.
To learn more about how to engage with your child, visit www.TalkingIsTeaching.org today.