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KOOP Adventure Play After School is BACK


In Week one of APAS we watched and learned about the children and the way they engage in play. We introduced the ever-successful messy mud kitchen, the beautiful, colorful sandy river as well as cloth, clips and more. We welcomed back returning kids and introduced new kids to the idea behind KOOP- self-directed play using loose parts. We enjoy watching the kids play their way! We will be sending monthly newsletters and pictures.

Please remember we play outdoors for the most part and love to get dirty. Please send your child with:

1. A change of clothes- we love to get messy!

2. A water bottle- we do not like using paper cups as we prefer to GO GREEN. We will not be providing cups as of next week but we will have a water cooler to fill up.

3. We provide a small snack for your kids but for some this is not enough. If you think your child needs more please send them with more food as being able to play means having the necessary energy!

4. Appropriate attire. When its wet, we are outside, when its cold- we are outside. make sure they come dressed appropriately!

If you have any questions please feel free email us at

We do not answer our phones during afterschool but will check for texts from parents if needed.

Naomi's : 217 607 4902.

Kelsey: 217 649 6074

Scroll down for a few pictures from this last week.

About APAS

APAS is here to provide a completely child- led, play focused time for kids in a world where

that time continues to shrink compared to previous generations. Each day we provide an ever-changing array of loose parts which allow kids to play their way! Depending on the child's ideas for that day we may fill up tubs with water or paint, use building blocks and Legos for projects. The children can take advantage of the endless materials for their innovations, like: Cardboard, hammers & nails, fabric, pipes, and more! Occasionally our play will lead us on a field trip or to an interesting recipe. Its where ever and whatever the kids imagine. At KOOP anything can become a reality for your creative child. These meaningful play experiences give kids a chance to identify their passions, try new things and find their place in the world.

It’s so important to prioritize child- led play so we are publicizing options to do 1 day a week all the way up to 5 days a week! As parent’s we try to provide enrichment activities like ballet, instrument practice and sports; KOOP wants to make sure that unstructured, child- directed play is given adequate time on your calendar!

Email us if you have questions about our Adventure Play Afterschool Program and don’t forget to keep an eye on KOOP for other programs like Saturday Club, and Winter, Spring, and Summer Adventure Play Camps!

KOOP Play Time at University Primary School

KOOP is thrilled to be bringing adventure play into the school setting. Starting this September, KOOP will be present each week to provide an additional meaningful play experience with loose parts for all Uni Primary students during the school day. We will have classes for between 1.5-2 hours at a time- a great chunk of time when compared with schools nationwide caught up in a recess and play shortage.

We are honored to be brought in for this project and excited for all students to get to experience adventure play! We can’t wait to see how this play impacts the students’ capacity to absorb information when they return to class and on the culture of the school overall with the administration supporting this type of play.

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