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Did you know your child will learn quicker between birth and the age of eight than at any other point of their life? When young, we learn best through play. This is why it’s never too early to start their creative journey.

Play-based learning – whether it’s dancing, singing, storytime or drama – is a great way to nurture your little one’s cognitive and social skills. Plus their physical health and emotional wellbeing. It also helps them make sense of the world and builds their imagination and creativity. Research shows it also strengthens later learning.

What are the benefits?

There are many practical benefits. Helping youngsters hone their physical and spatial awareness, motor skills, co-ordination, timing and how to control their movement. Play-based learning also introduces the life skills they will need at school. Not to mention later in life like observing, copying, listening for and responding to instructions and sharing.

Creative play also helps with their socioemotional development like working and sharing with others, independent thought and confidence building. It’s also a great way to bond with little ones. Joining a play based class with your little one is also a great way to meet new parents going through the same things. 

Let your little ones imagination run wild!

The Garage, in Chapel Field North, Norwich, has several tailor-made online sessions for children aged one-seven and their families. Called My First, there’s Let’s Dance Together, Music and Movement, Storytime, Mini Performing Arts and Pre-school Performing Arts. Whether it’s flying through the clouds, dancing in muddy puddles or letting their imagination run wild, each activity is designed to boost their growth in a safe and fun environment.

Hannah Bullent, The Garage’s participation programme manager, explains: “Being both a tutor on our My First programme and having a daughter of a similar age, I understand the importance of this provision. As a parent I’ve been taking part in My First Storytime. It’s been wonderful to see my daughter increase her engagement week on week and giggle her way through songs, actions, dancing, music making and visual stories. 

“Having these classes available online has meant we can engage with other parents and children of a similar age, something which my little one wouldn’t have ever remembered doing. So, it’s been key to bring that and creative play into the home through lockdown. 

“As a tutor of My First Music and Movement, my class involves new and familiar favourite songs and actions, dancing and a weekly theme which sets us off on a creative journey. Developmental stages are thought about through class planning and how to bring lots of joy into the home.”

How can I join in?

To find out more The Garage’s My First sessions and full range of classes for all ages, visit their website here. We’re also pleased to announce that The Garage will be joining us at our next baby show on Sunday 19th September and also running a free taster session on our Activity stage!