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Local Business We Love: Nature & Nurture Academy

Little girl pouring water into a sensory bin with pumpkins and other toys inside

Let us introduce you to Nature and Nurture Academy. Don’t let the name fool you though: It’s way more than just a learning hub. Founded by Morgan Cook, an early childhood educator, it’s a business designed to enrich Central Florida kiddos lives through its mobile classroom and Morgan’s comprehensive, not to mention fun, approach to education. The heart of Nature and Nurture is all about hands-on experiences and exploration.

Want to learn more? Here are five ways you can use Nature and Nurture Academy for children aged 0 to 8:

Check Out Her Mobile Classroom

There’s a reason Nature and Nurture’s tagline is “Keep Education Rolling.” The mobile classroom is available for private play groups, mommy and me classes, and tutoring for toddlers up to third graders. Lessons and activities can be completely customized based off educational goals, interests, or specific needs.

Plan A Birthday Party

Make sure your celebration is one to remember by enlisting Morgan to execute the perfect party. All the activities are curated based on your selected theme and are designed to be age-appropriate to captivate party goers. Some beloved themes include the “Beach Club”, featuring a ‘make your own drink’ sensory play station and tie-dye bucket hats, as well as “My First Rodeo”, complete with a duck pond sensory table and a muddy pig painting activity. You can also opt to bring in the mobile classroom boasting a peg wall (that can transform into a rock wall, marble run, or fine motor play space) and other engaging play spaces.

Two girls playing with toys in a sensory bin

Book A STEAM Field Trip

STEAM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is an amazing way to encourage littles to engage in the world around them. Schools can hire Nature & Nurture Academy to conduct in-school field trips that focus on STEAM programing and align with their curriculum. Think: Building marble and water runs, interactive pretend play scenarios, and sensory experiences.

Invest In Sensory Toys

Not only is a sensory table a play item that can be used for years, but it’s also so versatile. Fill it with dried pasta one week, water the next, then kinetic sand the following. Nature & Nurture’s product line includes one with two removable bins ($240) that’s handcrafted in New Smyrna beach, Other offerings include a topper ($80) for the table (making it easily double as a place to color or eat lunch at) and a wooden tool kit ($30) that encourages children to work on their motor skills by scooping, grabbing, pouring and more.

Play!

If you’ve been to Yaya + Lou in College Park recently, then you may have noticed Lil Locals Play Town. From a ball pit with a slide to a play grocery store and flower cart to a magnetic wall, this engaging space is Morgan’s brainchild. To make things even more fun, the activities and play materials inside rotate quarterly so there’s always something new to engage with. It’s open Tuesday through Fridays from 11 to 4, and the ideal place for littles to learn through play.

For more information, visit create-growth.com

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