At the end of July I signed Willow up for Clamber Club – a mom and baby group that helps you to stimulate your baby’s development in a fun way.
We’ve completed her first class – the Tadpoles class and have now moved onto Froglets. I’ve seen such a change in Willow; its amazing. Firstly she went from showing little interest in crawling to being completely mobile in little over a month. She’s now traditional cross crawling – which happened after she was moved to the bigger class which is full of crawllers and she could see how its done. On that note, this is also when the obsession with standing happened because a few of the kids in her class stand and are starting to walk a tiny bit and Willow decided it looked like fun.
Each class is divided into two sessions – a structured session where the teacher takes you through a series of exercises based on the theme for that week (themes in the smaller class were the vestibular system, spatial awareness, proprioception etc. now they are balls, boxes and books).
The idea is that through play they work on building upper body strength, doing ‘somersaults’, flying through the air and teaching concepts. It is all based to music and is very stimulating for the babies.
The second session is free play. They set up stations in the garden outside and you can take your child through at your leisure. They have areas where the babies can enjoy different textures. So far we have explored flour, feathers, organza, washing up dish sponges and loofahs (all clean and brand new), sand, and hay. They also have tummy time stations, stations with musical toys, balls, mobiles, swings and a huge ball pit. And now that its hot we are starting to do messy play and water play.
Willow loves the texture stations. She will sit for ages feeling things and chewing on them. Her little mind is so stimulated by the feel of different objects and I have gotten so many ideas of things she can play with around the house.
She also loves the swings. We always save those for last and she gets the biggest smile on her face when she is swinging.
It has been such fun for both of us and I’m a huge believer in the classes and what they do for the kids.