Since my girls stopped napping, I’ve been trying hard to fill more of the days with outings and groups to keep us all entertained and not go stir crazy in the house. I definitely try and get out everyday if only for an hour, sometimes for no other reason than to stop looking at the toy explosion.
This being said, I’ve recently struggled deciding between toddler groups. There are so many options and as we are living on just one wage, I know I need to be thrifty with our outgoings. However much I’d love to take my girls to lots of the popular franchise sessions, realistically I know that with two, I need to be picky and choose just one of these type of groups and then fill the rest of the week with other free or cheap activities.
Here are some of the sorts of toddler groups we’ve already tried:
- Creative sessions
- Toddler sensory
- Meet the animals
- Wriggle readers at the library
- Music and movement
- Local stay and play
- Messy play
- Surestart sessions
If I can only go to one ‘premium’ group I need to pick carefully. I’m also reluctant to join groups where you have to sign up for long blocks. If a mummy friend invites me to go to the farm or even just for lunch, it irritates me that I’m otherwise committed. Swimming is out of the question with toddler twins unless I can convince my mum to tag along. So what is it I want?
Ideally what I’m looking for is a local group, where I can meet friendly folk and have a cuppa (and bonus points for cake). There should be a variety of age appropriate activities rotated weekly and some opportunity to develop gross motor skills (flagged at our 2yr check). Then a structured led session to introduce new concepts in a fun way. Oh and if it could be pay as you go and under a fiver that’d be fab too. I think I’m dreaming but I’ll keep searching.
Really this is such a silly problem to have. I’m know many children don’t get half the opportunities mine do. It’s funny how much thought I’m putting into this when in fact they’d be happy playing with a box or my coffee pods. I guess it’s just about getting the balance right so they have lots of time to just play and also time to socialise and learn new things that they wouldn’t at home.
What’s you’re favourite toddler group? Are you a ‘different group everyday’ or ‘once a week if that’ kind of parent?