Class Blog for Twiglets

A warm welcome to Twiglets  

 Every Wednesday, we hold a toddler group in our wonderful nursery building during term time. Any age preschool children are welcome to come along with their adult. Attending Twiglets is great fun. But it also has some surprising benefits too. It’s all about learning through play.

At Twiglets, your little one will love the songs, play and movement, and being around other children the same age. Your child will not just be having great fun; they will also be busy learning all sorts of important early skills.

Here are just a few ways that all the play and fun they have at Twiglets plays an important part of early learning:


Storytime – an early introduction to reading and phonics

We all know how much little ones love stories. But did you know that when you read to your baby or toddler, you also introduce them to many early literacy skills?

Studies have shown that babies who had lots of books read to them have a greater vocabulary and better early reading skills by age 4.


 Moving and grooving is more than just fun!

According to the NHS, once your child is walking, they should stay active for at least 180 minutes (3 hours) of the day! Twiglets is a great way for your toddler to run off steam. All the moving and grooving is helping them with gross motor skills, which will continue to develop as they grow.


Mini mark-making helps with writing later on. What might look like play time Twiglets is actually far more developmental than it might appear. Simply letting your child squish a Play-Doh ball helps them develop fine motor skills in their hands and fingers. Getting creative with chunky crayons or paints is helping them develop these skills, too. Developing fine motor skills from an early age will benefit your child when they come to learn more complex skills at nursery and school, like holding a pencil and beginning to write.

So next time your toddler gifts you their latest Jackson Pollock imitation painting, remember they’ve developed more than just their artistic talents!


1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – classes can bring numbers alive!

Lots of play activities at Twiglets introduce your child to counting and numbers. They might hear lots of counting in songs and rhymes. Or count out toys as they play. Or count the number of hops and jumps they make while dancing. Lots of exposure to counting and numbers will help them develop early numeracy skills in a fun way.


6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – here we go around again – Routines Twiglets is a great way to introduce your baby or toddler to routines, which is a big part of a nursery or school day. Gradually, your child will get used to the different routines in class. That might be sitting in a circle to start, tidying away at the end and stopping for snack time. Introducing this concept at a young age will make it less of an alien concept when it comes to that daunting first day of nursery or school.


Learning to fit into a groupWhen your child grows up and starts nursery or school, they must learn how to fit into a group. They will learn how to take turns and share. Twiglets is a great opportunity to teach all the basics. Greetings, turn-taking, sitting in an allocated spot, and pleases/thank yous all start to happen around your child. This encourages them to copy and do the same.

Tidy-up time teaches key life skillsLittle ones can learn to help from a young age. Starting with helping tidy up their toys. Once they start nursery or school, they will be expected to pitch in and tidy their room or space so other children can enjoy it later.


Introduction to other culturesLittle ones are the least likely to judge another based on their background. Twiglets is a great way to begin introducing your little ones to different families from various backgrounds. This might be race, religion, or perhaps different family dynamics.


Making friends – important social building blocks.Being surrounded by other parents and children may be one of the main reasons you would attend Twiglets. Being in a group teaches crucial social skills that will really help your toddler in the future. It’s important for your child to understand social cues and learn how to make friends. They might start by learning how to share toys or equipment. Or to take turns. By attending Twiglets, you may also introduce your child to new concepts like empathy. If another child is upset, your toddler might start questioning why that is and try to help make them feel better. These are all important social skills when it comes to making friends later.


But what about the grown-ups?

  Parenting can sometimes feel like a solitary endeavour, especially for stay-at-home parents. Twiglets provides a valuable opportunity for parents and carers to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. This social interaction helps combat feelings of isolation and allows for sharing advice, experiences, and parenting tips. Being part of the group allows you to build a support network of parents who understand the challenges and triumphs of this particular stage of parenting. These relationships can provide a strong foundation for mutual support, empathy, and camaraderie.

  Above all, Twiglets group offers a fun and enjoyable experience for both parents and children. The laughter, play, and shared activities create lasting memories and positive associations with socialising and learning.

In conclusion, Twiglets offers many benefits for parents, from creating social connections and support networks to providing enriching experiences for your child. If you haven’t already, consider joining our friendly group and discover the many rewards it can bring to your parenting journey. Remember, you’re not alone on this adventure, and there’s a community of parents ready to share the joys and challenges with you.


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