Busy Bunnies

Curious Investigators

Developing Independent Happy Confident Children

The way in which children learn and play can be very different, this ‘busy builder’ session focuses on children who are kinesthetic learners and prefer to be on their feet ‘doing’ something active for the majority of the time.  If you have siblings this is also the group for you.  The activities will be tailor-made to the ages of the children attending the session.

What’s included in a Busy Bunny session?

Nursery Rhymes, Musical Instruments & Developing Confident Communicators

On entering the session your children will be given the opportunity to ‘wriggle’ to their favourite Nursery Rhyme and play musical instruments.  Here we will be building on and reinforcing the Nursery Rhymes learned using Baby Sign and actions.


‘Wake-Up, Shake-Up’ Dance

Each session will begin with a lively and engaging ‘Wake-Up, Shake-Up’ dance, this will enable every child to further develop their gross motor skills.  The dance will include 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 child’s concentration span and improve their rhythm; to everyone participating it just simply feels and is a lot of FUN.

Focused Activity - A highly sensory, stimulating and engaging experience

These open-ended engaging activities will be planned in order to inspire bright young minds to take control of their learning.  They’ll be opportunities for your child to be an inquisitive scientist, to perform well known stories; to use technology to develop their early ‘coding’ skills, to develop their knowledge of nature and much more.  The aim for every activity is to encourage our young children to develop their own independent skills and to become active, confident, happy learners. 

If your child has a particular interest or you have a skill which you’d like them to develop please contact me and I will endeavour to plan an activity to support you.

Story Time

This is the time where you’ll choose a book for you and your children to share together.    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 child hears these sounds the faster they become at processing them”.

Dough Disco. 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 child 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?

(EYFS Statutory Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.)

Our sessions will focus on standards set across a range of ages from birth to 50 months which says that babies should copy facial movements, laugh & gurgle, react enthusiastically, turn towards a familiar sound, stop and look when they hear their own name, begin to hold objects, enjoy looking at a book.  

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. 

Preschoolers should; should initiate play & form relationships with peers, can select and use activities & resources with help, can take turns and share resources with help, listen to others, listens to stories, joins in with repeated phrases, is able to follow directions & responds to simple instructions, builds up vocabulary that reflects their experiences, moves freely with pleasure and confidence adjusting speed and direction to negotiate space, can catch a ball and stand on one foot, draws lines and circles, uses one-handed tools, can copy some letters, knows that print carries meaning, sometimes gives meaning to marks they draw, recites numbers in order to 10, knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set, sometimes matches numeral and quantity, uses positional language, shows an interest in shapes, beginning to talk about shapes of everyday objects e.g. ‘tall’, can talk about significant events in their own lives and knows some of the things they’ve observed such as plants and animals, talk about why things happen and show a care for living things, know how to operate simple equipment, shows an interest in technological toys, sings a few familiar songs, joins in with dancing and ring games, taps out simple related patterns, learns how sounds and clouds can be changed, uses various construction materials, engages in imaginative role-play, builds stories around toys, creates props to support role play, plays cooperatively as part of a group.

We loved the hop-a-long sessions.  The children really enjoyed the different activities on offer (particularly the den building, the porridge making and the musical instruments) and we found the cards full of useful ideas to help us explore the activities with the children.  We came away really inspired by every session”. Carly 

Carly has a 1 year old and a

3 year old.


Bramhope Village Hall &
Eddie Catz Studio, Mothercare Leeds.


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


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

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