Mu­sic gets tod­dlers go­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - FAM­ILY -

Par­ents Cen­tre re­cently started up its Mu­sic & Move­ment classes for both ba­bies and tod­dlers and we went along to the first tod­dler class to check it out.

We were greeted at the door by one of the lovely Par­ent Cen­tre ladies who wel­comed us and showed us where to sign in and pay our money. The classes are $3 for mem­bers and $ 5 for non­mem­bers. It was morn­ing tea time (held be­tween the baby and tod­dler ses­sions) so there was al­ready a large group of par­ents and ba­bies in the room from the ear­lier ba­bies’ class.

I sat my­self down by a cou­ple of friendly mums for a chat and a cuppa while Bailey played with the toys pro­vided and other chil­dren. It was lovely meet­ing other mums (and one dad!) and hav­ing time to talk be­fore class.

Af­ter morn­ing tea, the friendly in­struc­tor, Ka­t­rina, in­tro­duced her­self. Ka­t­rina has a back­ground in mu­si­cal the­atre and singing teach­ing, and her strong singing voice made the songs that much more en­joy­able.

First we sang a song to wel­come each of the chil­dren by name to the class. Bailey couldn’t keep the smile off his face as ev­ery­one sung his name. Next we moved on to well-known nurs­ery rhymes and fun ac­tion songs to get the kids mov­ing and singing.

Bailey has been singing ‘‘Head, shoul­ders, knees and toes’’ ever since (not al­ways a good thing). The in­tro­duc­tion of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, colour­ful rib­bons and a big rain­bow para­chute were a hit. For the chil­dren, get­ting un­der the para­chute and singing ‘‘Where are the chil­dren?’’ was def­i­nitely a favourite, and had to be re­peated over and over.

To fin­ish off the class we sung a few songs which used Baby Sign Lan­guage for ac­tions.

Hav­ing used Baby Sign with Bailey I thought this was fan­tas­tic.

The songs in­tro­duced a few com­monly used signs such as ‘‘milk’’ ‘‘food’’ and ‘‘more’’.

I found the class a lot of fun and I know Bailey en­joyed it.

While it can be a chal­lenge keep­ing his very ac­tive body and mind fo­cused on do­ing ac­tions and singing along to the songs, he def­i­nitely got in­volved and en­joyed every mo­ment.

The Par­ents Cen­tre Mu­sic & Move­ment Classes are on every Tues­day morn­ing (ba­bies 9.30am, a joint morn­ing tea 10am, and tod­dlers at 10.30am) dur­ing term time.

They are held at Pem­ber House on Hartham Place (op­po­site the Court House and Po­lice Sta­tion).

For more in­for­ma­tion on classes and ac­tiv­i­ties for Un­der 5s in Porirua see tod­dler­in­tow.co.nz.

Kelly Eteve­neaux is a lo­cal mum and co-owner of Baby Vin­tage in Plim­mer­ton.

If you have any tips or ideas for Tod­dler in Tow, email Kelly at tod­dler­in­tow@gmail.com.

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