Joining an activity group with your baby or toddler is a great way to help physical and mental development, including social skills. Activity groups can also offer support for you as a parent, connecting you with other like-minded Mums and Dads with similar aged children. If you’ve been put off by activity groups in the past, it might just be that you haven’t found the right fit. Here are some different types to consider.
Sign Language Classes
Sign language can help with enhancing early communication, even for hearing babies. For those who have not yet developed vocal communication, even simple signs could make a difference. The ability to sign is a great skill to have as an adult, so you could even continue their learning within this area right into school. For deaf children, or children with deaf siblings/family members, the benefits will, of course, be felt even more so.
The gentle movement of Yoga for babies acts as a sensory experience. Together with their parent, Yoga can be a wonderful way to connect, build trust and have an emotional interaction. Some of the other benefits include better sleep, the ability to settle more easily and a more relaxed baby during developmental transition periods. The physical benefits are also huge, a short session of baby Yoga can amount to the same amount of activity they would usually amass over a few hours.
Arts & Crafts Sessions
A great one for Toddlers. Not only do they have a safe space to let their creativity loose, they can also enjoy interacting with other children and start building those important social skills. These classes are therefore a great way to prepare your child for nursery. Without realising it they are learning to negotiate, communicate and express themselves to others as well as through their art.
Music & Play
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed and less structured, you could consider a play session with music. Stimulating music, other babies and toddlers to interact with and plenty of toys/play areas to explore. You will often find that music & play sessions run for a few hours, with a ‘come and go’ attitude. If you want to show up for the last 30 minutes, or the first hour you’re not missing out on a structured, guided class. It’s an ideal way to meet other parents and keep your little one entertained, without the commitment to turn up at a set time.
You don’t need to wait until your little one is 5 or 6 before they join a sports club. There are hundreds of sports groups aimed at babies and toddlers, such as baby softball, toddler tennis and more.
All good activity groups are run by experienced and qualified tutors. You can search for a toddler activity group in your area using our search tool on All4KidsUK. We list groups in sports, music, dance, art and much more. There really is something for everyone.