Lots of mums wonder how young is too young to start taking their little ones to group classes and activities? When you have several kids running around at home, you don’t need to worry as much about socialising. But I still think it’s a good idea to let each of them meet other kids in different environments. The occasional play date is lots of fun for all the kids. But sometimes, a bit more structure in a teacher led class can prove even more enjoyable.
There are so many activities for little ones to explore and enjoy. You might have some near you. You can usually find dance schools offering Ballet classes from just eighteen months. There are music teachers that lead groups in music and movement. You can usually go along and enjoy a sing-song and some shaking of the percussion instruments without obligation to book. Gymnastics, running, football, and even horse riding can be enjoyed by preschoolers.
It’s not just sports and music that you can enrol your kids in classes for. The arts encompasses such a broad range of activities. For those children who love to paint, draw or craft, you can find classes that cater to them. So how do you go about choosing the right activity for your child? And how on earth can you afford to do them all?
The best thing to do is to talk to the parents of the children your own kids are friends with. What do they do? Could the parents provide details for any upcoming taster sessions? We all want our kids to have access and exposure to as broad a range of activities as possible. But when they’re preschoolers, how do you know which will be worth investing in for the long-term?
There is every possibility your child won’t like the class you sign them up for. And yet in the not so distant future, this very activity could become their life’s passion! There is no right or wrong thing to try. And there really isn’t any way to tell if a child of this age will have a natural ability or passion for one thing or another. But chances are, one class will lead to another, and then another. Soon, your child will have a few ideas about what they would like to do most. And they won’t be afraid to tell you about it either!
Taster sessions are the cheapest way to find out what your child might enjoy doing. It saves you having to buy a term of classes up front. And you won’t be expected to have bought any equipment, instruments or kit either. Best of all, you can stay and watch what happens. Look for signs that your child is enjoying the company of others. See if he or she is engaging with the teacher and doing what is asked. If all the signs are positive, consider taking on a term of classes.
Little ones’ tastes do change quite rapidly. What they love today may be long forgotten by next week. Don’t be upset if they choose to move away from an activity that started so positively. They have the rest of their lives to love it again.
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