I was extremely excited to hear that Toddler Sense
(the Baby Sensory next step) was coming to Southampton recently and jumped at the chance to go to a free taster session.
I took Little O to Baby Sensory
in his first year and struggled to find class that matched in terms of just how fantastic it is, so I had high expectations when Toddler Sense came to town.
The session last for 50 minutes and starts by letting the tots explore the Adventure Play Area which quite frankly looks like toddler heaven. Little O enjoyed playing in a huge ball pool, a mini bouncy castle, crawling through tunnels, climbing up steps and sliding down the other side to name just a few!
Charlene (the Class Leader) then gave the tots a 5 minute warning that we would soon be tidying up and moving on to some exciting activates. And would you believe, that with a little team work from everyone, this huge play area was cleared within minutes.
We then moved on to the activities starting with a very sweet opening song called ‘How do you do’? where the tots and parents all join. Charlene told the tots that she had taken a call from Bob the Builder
who needed help with building and fixing things and out came colourful bowls of Duplo
and a mini tool kit for them each. Well we have Duplo at home but I’ve never seen Little O move so quickly to dig in and start using his imagination.
Next we moved on to taking a ride on the night train! Chairs lined up in rows were laid out and we were all given maracas’ to shake, a flag to wave, a torch to see in the dark and of course, our own ticket. This was no ordinary night train as we chugged through thousands of bubble and enjoyed laser lights on the celling.
We finished with a colourful finale which involved waving chiffon scarves and ribbons to the music, watching petals and balloons float to the floor from above and to a toddlers delight – MORE BUBBLES!
The upbeat ‘Say Goodbye’ action song was the perfect way to finish off a fantastic session, in fact all the music was very impressive with that all important feel good factor.
Needless to say we had a one well entertained and happy little boy at the end of it!
3 reasons why we will definitely be going back
- ALL the equipment is brand new and clean. Although there is a lots of climbing equipment Toddler Sense have got the safety aspects covered with plenty of mats to soften any tumbles.
- Each week brings a new exciting theme. Toddler Sense has a 2 year programme meaning we won’t see the same thing twice. Coming in the August Specials is a Hawaiian Beach Party and a Summer Extravaganza!
- Charlene is a great with the tots. Friendly with lots of encouragement and praise which is a big thumbs up from me!
As we know from running our Little Pickles Markets, starting up any new business is hard work and personal recommendations and word of mouth is a really huge part of getting going. So Charlene, Little Pickles Market wish your new Toddler Sense Southampton franchise all the best of luck! You’ve already won me over!
To find your local Toddler Sense class visit: www.babysensory.com/en/toddlersense
Written by Selina Shrimpton – Hampshire and Dorset Market and Baby Show Organiser