Why group activities for under 5s are more important than ever by Commotion Dance
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Like all parents I’ve been trying to decide when I start taking our children (1 and 3) to group activities again, and more uniquely, whether I should start running my baby and toddler sessions again. With Covid-19 becoming something we have to learn to live with, I’ve decided that despite the risks, it’s absolutely vital to take the kids out of the house and enjoy group activities and here are four reasons why:
1. Being Social and making friends.
If your children are anything like mine, they’ve become a bit too used to spending 100% of the time with you. And I think we can all agree that remote classes and digital experiences just can’t replace the need for human contact and interaction. You can’t underestimate how much children learn just from being around each other. Even socially distanced group activities will help them develop by learning and interacting with one another. The three sessions I’m starting in Norwich adhere to social distancing guidelines but will still offer your child opportunities to turn take and be creative with other children; vital and empowering skills that will help your little one, makes friends.
2. Getting Physical
The great thing about children under 5 is that moving comes naturally. From the day they are born, children use their bodies to communicate their needs and explore the world around them. Commotion Mini Movers gives children a space to develop these naturally forming skills. It’s a creative session where we will enjoy dancing, singing, and music together in a fun sensory environment. My training in dance teaching will also help your child’s continued physical development in balance, co-ordination, rhythm and so much more! Commotion Dance is new to Norwich but we’ve been making shows and classes for under 5s for almost a decade, and I still love to see little ones inspired by dance.
3. Looking after yourself
My heart goes out to all the new mums that haven’t been able to join in with any group actives due to lockdown. Having a new baby can be isolating and I was so thankful to be able to go to activities with other parents. I met so many likeminded friends through the clubs and classes I took my littles ones to. With this in mind I’m offering a six-week course called Connect in Motion which I’ve designed for mothers and babies. As a Movement Therapist (MA) I offer a safe and calm environment for you to move and connect with your baby. The sessions will be led by the needs of the women in the group, taking into consideration postnatal physical and emotional wellbeing. The classes will involve movements and relaxation techniques which support the relationship between you and your new arrival. I will offer movement development actives for your baby and provide a safe space for you to share experiences with other mothers.
4. Learning something new
When you’ve spent lockdown doing literally everything you could think of to keep your baby entertained, why not give yourself a break and let someone else take the lead? I find doing something new surprisingly re-energising for me and my 1 year old, so I’ll be trying as many new things with him as I can. If you’re looking for something a bit different, I’m also running a course called Commotion Sign Club. Learning sign language teaches your baby early communication skills and having a shared language will bring you closer together, support their development, increase their confidence and reduce frustration. I have qualifications in British Sign Language and can’t wait to share this language with parents and their babies as I’ve seen, firsthand the many benefits it can provide.