I always loved baby sensory classes when my daughter was little so I was thrilled to hear that Toddler Sense classes are available in Manchester.
Although these sessions are usually bookable by the term, we were lucky to be able to attend a one off taster session with Becky Platt in Middleton today.
Each session is jam-packed with a range of fun activities tailored to engage all the senses.
Lots of active play!
First we had 30 minutes free play - there were hula hoops, bouncy horses, mini cones, balance beams, a little bouncy castle with a slide, and an inflatable ball pool. So there was plenty of opportunities for physical play - running, hopping, bouncing, balancing, throwing and scooting (and we all know how important physical play is, especially in helping with toddler sleep!).
After the tidy up song we sat in a circle and sang a welcome song with the aid of some noisy wooden sticks to bang. Next came a little robin puppet and some shakers to emulate the sound of bird seed dropping whilst we all danced.
Then, our favourite part, the lights were switched off and we played with a giant black parachute decorated with glow in the dark stars. As we shook it up and down, and the children were sent to play under it, more and more fun objects were added, first helium star balloons, then bubbles and then disco lights!
Next there was more dancing, this time with glittery pom poms and rainbow ribbons. Towards the end of the song a wind machine helped create a giant fluttery rainbow with flying butterflies and petals. It was almost like being at a magic show, so much kept appearing seemingly out of nowhere!
A calming puppet show to end the session.
Finally we all settled back on the mat to watch a puppet show for a nice calm finish, well apart from one last goodbye song and dance.
I'm certain I'll have missed something out, there was so much packed into the session! But it was still a lovely relaxed and fun atmosphere.
We'll definitely be going again!
I wouldn't usually consider enrolling in a class for a whole term, but I think for Toddler Sense I'd make an exception. For us it works out to around £7 a session and I think it's well worth the money.
Useful Info: What? Sensory programmes for little ones from birth to 4 years, specially designed to stimulate and educate. Where? Classes are run at various locations throughout Manchester.
Head on over to the official Baby Sensory website and Facebook page to find your local class location, price list and running times.
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