I absolutely love Baby classes – no I really do! I’ve been going to so many over the past (nearly!) 8 years that I feel I’ve exhausted them all! However, there always seems to be new classes appearing here and there and I always love to give them a try. A few weeks ago, Baby K and I were invited along to one of our local TOT’s PLAY classes to offer our thoughts and a review. As always, I was super excited to trial a new class and as Baby K is crawling here there and everywhere, its great to get out the house and have a play.
Tot’s Play – Whats it all about?
Tots play describe their classes as a “unique, multi activity, development play class’. It is a class that incorporates many activities you may find in individual classes alone, such as singing, signing, musical play and sensory play. Launched in 2009 by Helen Gillies, Tots play was created for this purpose in offering parents the opportunity to experience many different elements within one class. Tots Play offer a varied program of age appropriate classes, parties and play resources for babies and toddlers.
The class began by parents and their children sitting on the soft mats in a row and singing the ‘Hello song’, welcoming each child individually to the class. We were given little cards with the words on so we could follow along. Some of the children seemed to know the words and were clapping along excited to start the class! We did some dancing and interactive movements with our little ones which they all found fun!
Following on from the Hello and Welcome Song, the class leader then did some sign, singing along to some popular nursery rhymes and some new songs too! The signs were easy to follow along and I know this is a great way for little ones to learn to communicate at an early stage. We then had 10 minutes play with some musical instruments that the children could help themselves too. Baby K was happy as he had the choice of shakers, bells and wooden sticks!
The colourful scarfs came out next and we sang some songs whilst the little ones played with the colourful scarfs. We played peekaboo which Baby K loved! Following on from this, the class leader then set up an area at the back of the room containing lots of safe sensory lighting. All the children seemed eager for this part of the class to begin and once all the items started to come out of the box, the children got stuck in exploring and having a good time!
Baby K explored most of the items and in particular, loved a flashing wand which he just wouldn’t let go of! After 25 minutes, the class finished off with some bubbles and a goodbye from Totsy The Monkey. All the children seemed to love him and they all got lots of kisses!
What we loved
- Great class leader
- Interactive light sensory play
- Class mascot Totsy
- Great community feel to the class
- Baby K in particular loved the colourful scarfs
- Less time on each activity
- The class to sit in a circle instead of a row so there can be more interaction
- More variety of musical instruments
Overall Baby K had a really fun time and I am only observing as a parent (I am not baby class expert!) but the few improvements above are really just an idea to make the class structure flow better. I felt there was too much time for the sensory play and the children did start to wonder off and lose concentration and interest. I also feel it is important to sit in a circle so the children can all see each other, especially when doing the sign songs. This means that even if they are not watching the class leader or their parent, they’ll easily be able to see other parents sign too. It would have been lovely to have seen more of Totsy the Monkey too and the children seemed to adore him!
If your interested in checking out a local Tots Play class then check out their find a class section on their website.
*This is a collaborative post and I was invited along to trial a Tots play class for free in exchange for this review. All thought and opinions are my own *