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Entering our space, these are some of the things you might see children engaged in:

  • sitting in our sensory bin with a friend, enjoying the feeling of oats between their toes

  • filling baskets with blocks, and dumping them out again

  • pushing over a stack of milk crates outside

  • playing with light and shadows on the wall

  • reading a pile of books

  • dropping rocks into a mud puddle

  • stretching to reach the top rung of our climbing structure

  • tucking "babies" in for a nap

  • covering plastic animals in oobleck

  • crawling over a tree stump

Sandbox Playschool is an early childhood community in the NW neighborhood of Olympia.

At Sandbox, young children are respected as full participants in their own lives. We view young children as competent explorers, capable of communicating their needs and expressing themselves in many ways. We believe children have the right to an engaging and beautiful environment full of materials and experiences that inspire wonder and exploration.

We see families as our partners, and the most important relationships in each child’s life.

As educators, we act as facilitators and lifelong learners, engaging with and observing children to document their learning, and reflect on our work together.

Our program is child-centered. Our curriculum emphasizes play and relationships and emerges from the children’s current explorations and interests.


We are inspired by the Early Childhood Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy as well as the works of Margie Carter and Deb Curtis.

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