Nature Based

South Shore, Massachusetts Toddler Play Groups

Our play groups are designed to support young children in their play skills, development and connection to the outdoors.

Exposure to nature has been shown to significantly boost mental health

Nature uniquely boosts children's motor skills, balance, and coordination

We’ve created unique outdoor sessions that enrich toddlers’ playtime, support their developmental journey, and deepen their bond with nature. These sessions are more than play; they’re a pathway for caregivers to gain insightful strategies and confidence in navigating the transformative years of toddlerhood.

 

These playgroups are perfectly suited for toddlers undergoing or have completed early intervention services, are facing developmental challenges, need more opportunities for small group interactions, have speech/language difficulties, or are navigating social-emotional issues.

Children aged 20 months to 4 years will find these groups highly beneficial.

 

EXPLORE Pediatric Therapy provides year-round outdoor Occupational Therapy, along with non-therapeutic nature experiences. Apart from our group services, we offer Occupational Therapy Evaluations, Consultations, Tailored In-Home Therapy Programs, and visits to educational institutions like schools and daycares.

 

 

“ Nature play had consistent positive impacts on physical activity outcomes and cognitive play behaviors; imaginative and dramatic play. ”

Citation:
Dankiw KA, Tsiros MD, Baldock
KL, Kumar S (2020) The impacts of unstructured
nature play on health in early childhood development: A systematic review. PLoS ONE 15(2):
e0229006.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229006

"Kids of all ages should get at least three hours of free play outdoors a day for optimal healthy development. ”

Citation: Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela Hanscom

According to data, using a validated screening tool, 1 - year - olds who were exposed to more than four hours of screen time per day showed delays in communication and problem solving at ages 2 and 4.

Citation: JAMA Network Screen Time at Age 1 Year and Communication and Problem-SolvingDevelopmental Delay at 2 and 4 YearsIppei Takahashi, MMSc1; Taku Obara, PhD1,2,3; MamiIshikuro, PhD1,2; et al
Nature based TODDLER PLAY GROUPS

8-Week Outdoor Developmental Program for Toddlers

Our program features an 8-week curriculum, each week dedicated to exploring a different aspect of child development. Registrants will be provided with weekly handouts, detailing the developmental focus and its connection to that week’s activities. Each session lasts 60 minutes, taking place entirely outdoors throughout the year, immersing toddlers and their caregivers in a natural setting. Participation requires the presence of a parent or caregiver with their child. The last 15 minutes of every group session are reserved for free-play, allowing the children to practice decision-making, problem-solving, and develop sustained attention. Our activities predominantly utilize nature-based materials, facilitating easy replication and application in everyday settings like backyards or parks. Our approach is grounded in the belief that simplicity is key to effective child development, demonstrating to caregivers that straightforward methods can be incredibly impactful.

Meet Our Team

Founder and Occupational Therapist
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapist
Special Education Teacher
Early Childhood Specialist

Empowerment

These playgroups are ideal for toddlers who are currently receiving or have completed early intervention services and are experiencing developmental delays.

Holistic Approach

What makes us unique? Our therapy adopts a play-based, holistic approach, conducted outdoors. This setting allows children to bond with nature and fosters a passion for physical activity.

Strong Foundation

This playgroup serves as a developmental enrichment program for toddlers, structured and devised by a licensed Occupational Therapist to promote optimal child growth.

The Transformative Power of Nature in Early Childhood

Engaging young children in the natural world is fundamental for

Nature's playground is unmatched in nurturing motor skills, balance, coordination, and confidence while simultaneously reducing reliance on screen time.

Nature Based

Toddler Play Group

Families are welcome to work with us all year long and are not limited to one enrollment per year

LOCATIONS:
Monday - Norwell, Norris Reservation 10:00a-11:00a
Tuesday - Marshfield, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary 10:00a-11:00a
Wednesday - Hingham, Weir River Farm 10:00a-11:00a
Thursday - Duxbury, Howland's Landing 9:30a-10:30a

Toddler Play Group

8-week curriculum
$ 250 per 8 weeks, per child
  • 60-minute groups
  • All of our groups take place outdoors, all year round!
  • Parents/caregivers must attend with their little one
  • The end of each group (last 15 minutes) will be free play so the children have an opportunity to work on their own decision making, problem solving skills & build sustained attention
  • The activities we use mostly consist of nature - based materials, making carryover and application easier for families to do in their own backyard or in a park
  • Parent/Caregiver Education and Recommendations provided on site
  • We offer sibling discounts
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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a child and caregiver model, where the parent or caregiver must be present throughout the group session each week.

No, this is not a therapy group. This is a playgroup designed as an enrichment model for toddlers. The group is designed and structured by a licensed Occupational Therapist with optimal child development in mind.

The toddler play group was designed with the family unit in mind. Many times, parents are not provided with enough information about optimal child development.
How do you know if your child is developing on the right track? Are there any gaps in their development that you are unaware of? We are here to support your child during their most precious, powerful years. Our goal is to provide helpful information and play based ideas to support your child. We are there to answer any questions you may have that falls within our scope of practice!

Yes! Siblings are welcome to join too. If they are within the age range of 18 months – 4 years old and will be participating in the group,there will be an additional registration fee. We do offer sibling discounts.

This is an 8-week nature-based toddler play group. Wefollow the town public school calendar for group closures.

We do not offer reimbursement for absences. We can, however, offer to join another site location for a make up session.