Infants & Toddlers
Twelve weeks through twelve months
One-and-walking through three years old
Our toddler center is for young aspiring campers, ages 12 weeks through 3 years. Monday through Friday 7:00 am through 6:00 pm, 2 to 5 days. When your toddler is 3 years old, a convenient and seamless transition can be made, to the Twin Spring Farm Preschool or Camp program.
Through our rich environment, language development is fostered. Music, instruments, songs, finger plays, puppets, etc surround your child to encourage words.
Twin Spring Farm recognizes that the toddler child does not play together in the traditional sense. Instead, they engage in what’s called parallel play – play in which two or more children monitor each other’s actions, but do not interact directly. To the casual observer, associative play may not seem social at all. The child closely scrutinizes playmate’s moves and then tries to imitate them Our experienced teachers closely monitor all aspects of your child’s day.
Emptying & Filling
Toddlers are fascinated by the prospect of emptying and filling containers. A milk carton holds a special allure for young explorers because the narrow neck stands in stark contrast to the spacious interior. We encourage the child to put small objects such as Cheerios into a bottle and then let the child work out how to pour them out.
Building a tower and then knocking it down is not only fun, it’s educational. Placing one piece on top of the next teaches children about balance. And, of course, the demolition reinforces the concept of cause-and-effect.
Through the use of a variety of textures, the toddler’s sensory development increases. Puddings, whipped cream, shaving cream, jello, etc. are some of the materials used where the child can see the results of their handprints, footprints and finger paintings.
Twin Spring Farm provides an environment that is rich in the latest materials that foster development. Some of the milestones that the toddler child is encouraged to achieve are:
- Eat with a fork and spoon
- Drink from a cup (without always spilling the contents!)
- Kick a ball
- Stand on their tiptoes
- Build a tower of up to six blocks, and then knock them down
- Sort shapes in a shape sorter
- Scribble with a pen or crayon
- Turn pages and knobs
- Scoop up a ball while it’s still in motion
Children of this age can appreciate a simple story, but also like looking at the pictures. We use board books that can better withstand a toddler’s not-so-gentle touch.
One tool we use is JUNK MAIL. The child loves the challenge of pulling the inserts out of the envelopes and then trying to put them back in again.
The toddler child doesn’t have any concept of cubism, impressionism or even paint-by-numbers. Toddlers are thrilled by the prospect of putting pen to paper. We cover the floor in large sheets of paper and let your toddler experiment with various hand grips.
The toddler child explores the indoor and outdoor play environments to encourage walking, running, climbing, jumping, sliding and balance. Twin Spring Farm’s wealth of materials and equipment provide endless opportunities to facilitate growth.
My children have attended this camp for 10 years. They never get tired of all the fun year after year. They someday hope to be a counselor at this camp. Staff and facility are great. And when it is hot, they can keep the kids cool!!!! Wish I could go.
Twin Spring Farm is a wonderful camp. My two children attended from the time they were small and through Teen Scene. They both worked as CILT’S. The staff is amazing, the facility is like no other. Safety, is the number one priority. They are always adding new exciting things to their programs. I cannot say enough good things about Twin Spring Farm. My kids have made many lasting friendships and happy memories. TSF is the best.