Bouncing Bunnies

‘Happy Children Move Most of the Time’ 

The aim of these sessions is to help our young Bunnies develop into Inquisitive Explorers.

Our toddler sessions focus on movement not only to keep our ‘Bouncing Bunnies’ interested but because Movement Play is essential to the development of a child’s mind as well as their body. Often these movements can be seen as repeated behaviour patterns, these are called schemas. Schemas forge connections in the brain which develop learning and growth. If you have attended our ‘Baby Bunnies’ sessions you will already be aware of the importance of understanding schemas in order to develop your child’s play. As your baby grows into a toddler it is important to give them plenty of opportunities in which to engage in powerful active hands-on learning.

What’s included in a Bouncing Bunny session?

‘Wake-Up, Shake-Up’ Dance

Each session will begin with a lively and engaging ‘Wake-Up, Shake-Up’ dance, developing your toddler’s gross motor skills.  The dance includes specific movements which cross over the imaginary midline, movements made which cross the midway of the body will deepen connections made between neurons in the left and right hemisphere of their brain.  Wake-Up, Shake-Up will also help to develop your toddler’s concentration span and improve their rhythm however to everyone participating it just simply feels and is a lot of FUN.

 

 

What has Hoppy got in the basket today?

Toddlers often display signs of frustration when they’re unable to communicate their needs but Hoppy the bunny rabbit intends to help with this.  Each session Hoppy will bring something different to talk about and play with, he will have a new Baby Sign to learn as well.  If continued throughout the week at home this engaging activity will aid the development of your toddler’s speech and understanding and will widen their vocabulary.

Focused Activity - A highly sensory, stimulating and engaging experience

Each session will take your toddler on a exhilarating journey where they will be Learning through their Play whilst being guided by an Early Years Expert. The stimulating activities in the mid-part of the session will vary each week and will always link with a schema.  Activities will be open-ended and led by your toddler. Children learn most when they’re active and happy and through the process of play NOT from the final product.  If you feel that your child isn’t ‘playing’ or using the resources in the way you feel they should be, take the time to stand back and observe how they proceed, they may be showing you their preferred schema.  

 

Story Time

This is the time where you’ll choose a book for you and your toddler to share together.  I love a cuddle whilst reading a good book and will always be on the look out to share a story with one of your toddlers!   Dr Lyon says in his research “there’s a clear indication of a neurological difference between babies who have been regularly read to and those who have not.  Listening to you read stimulates the connections in the part of the brain that handles language sounds, the more frequently a baby hears these sounds the faster they become at processing them”.

 

Every Session has to End - but they’ll be more again next week!

Each session will conclude with a ‘Dough Disco’ routine, this focuses on developing and strengthening muscles in the hands and fingers in order to improve fine muscle control.  This will give your toddler the finger strength necessary for their future of painting, drawing, cutting, construction play and much more which in turn will make them feel happy and content and will boost their confidence.

 

Time for a Cuppa

 

Each session will include a complimentary hot drink and a biscuit.

Which standards in the EYFS will these sessions cover?

Our sessions will focus on standards set for toddlers 16-36 months, which says that toddlers should explore new situations, toys & environments, play cooperatively with a familiar adult, enjoy finding their own body parts, begin to do things independently showing a sense of will & determination, begin to learn that some things are shared, move whole bodies to sound they enjoy, join in with actions and rhymes they enjoy, understand simple sentences, enjoy sensory experience, hold a crayon to make marks, interested in books, beginning to organise objects, say counting words randomly.

“My two year old really enjoyed playing with the farm animals.  He learnt to put the animals in the tractor and take them from one place to another, letting them in and out of their pen.  His face lit up when we went through all the animal noises too!”  Alex

2 Years Old

Venue

Bramhope Village Hall &
Eddie Catz Studio, Mothercare Leeds.

Contact

Please email Rachel at hop.a.long@icloud.com

Sessions

sessions are run by a Qualified Teacher & Early Years Specialist of 20 years experience.

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