Mumbler Charlotte and her little boy, Alfie checked out Bloom Wakefield Busy Bees Class … here’s what they thought!!
Alfie, who is 9 months old, and I recently attended the Busy Bees class which is run by Bloom Wakefield. We have attended various different classes since Alfie was born and I have also previously attended many classes with my now 4 year old. I purposely didn’t look online before I attended the class so that I wouldn’t have any preconceptions as to what the class would entail.
The class is aimed at babies between 6 and 15 months. In this particular class there was a mixture of all ages.
When I arrived at the class I was welcomed by Emma who was lovely. She explained that the classes follow the same format each week but that each class has a different theme and this week it was “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”. On the floor were soft mats to sit on and plenty of sensory items, such as fibre optic sensory lights and pom poms.
At the start of the class, Emma places a large sensory caterpillar around the group so that each child can feel and explore a different part of the caterpillar, which consists of different textures and colours. As the children explore, Emma brings a smaller caterpillar around the group and says “hello” to each individual child. Music plays in the background relating to the caterpillar.
Next came bubbles! Alfie loves bubbles and enjoys staring at them and reaching out to pop them!
We then listened to the “Wake Up” song whilst pointing to different parts of the body in accordance with the song. Emma explained that the reason for this is to allow babies to explore their bodies and become more aware of different parts of their bodies.
More music followed which we danced to, played with pom poms and shook rattles! Again, Emma explained the reasoning behind all of these things. The music was appropriate to each action and I am sure after a few classes I would know the words to each song as they were catchy!
Then came today’s theme, “The Tiger Who Came To Tea”! Emma read the story to the children and they all seemed to enjoy it! There were items and toys in the middle which all related to the theme such as tea cups, tea pot, toy tigers and picnic items. The children were able to explore these whilst listening to the story along with the other sensory items on the mat. Alfie really enjoyed the sensory lights and the wooden claves.
At the end of the class, Emma turned the lights out and we all held a parachute over the children, which had ribbons hanging down from it. The children really liked grabbing hold of the ribbons and looking at the sensory lights. It was also really calming for them.
Alfie and I really enjoyed this class. The activities were age appropriate and all the children were engaged. There is no pressure to take part in anything so if your little one doesn’t quite like a certain activity, there are plenty of other things for them to play with. The class is 45 minutes long which is just right. It costs £36 for a block of 6 classes which I think is very reasonable.
We enjoyed this class so much that Alfie and I will be returning!
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Disclaimer: Mumbler was not directly paid for this review, however Mumbler Charlotte & Alfie have received free classes in return for this review. All comments are their own and are an honest and accurate account of their visit to the Bloom Busy Bees class, they wouldn’t be going back if they didn’t think they were great!