I’ve been taking Miles to baby sensory and music classes since he was little as they break up our week and get him active and engaged with little input from me. Now that current circumstances mean we can’t attend these classes in person, I’ve been looking for online versions we can stream in our living room.
For anyone else looking for ways to entertain and engage a toddler, here is a list of interactive music classes, play sessions and virtual parties to do at home, so they can have lots of fun and you might be able to get some jobs done!
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From story time to children’s yoga, most of these classes and events are free of charge and run by professional children’s entertainers who would usually be holding classes in the community. Best of all, they involve music and movement without any need to get additional props or toys in. (Check out this list of best toys for 2 year olds if you’d like some ideas on that topic).
The timings I’ve mentioned are for UK viewers, but you’ll find most of these sessions saved in the video section of the company’s Facebook page, if you want to come back and do them at a time that works better for you.
Free Online Classes To Entertain Toddlers
Captain Fantastic are hosting a programme of online interactive entertainment for children, including live toddler groups for children aged 1 to 4 at 10am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Follow on Instagram and Facebook for details.
Play Hooray will be hosting live play-a-long sessions everyday at 10am. Claire posts the resources you need for the session in her stories the night before, but don’t worry about needing to order specific things in as she tends to focus on items you have around the house already. Also check out the Play Hooray website for downloadable play prompts.
Cosmic Kids Yoga is aimed at children 3+ but my 1-year-old has been so keen to get involved with my Yoga With Adriene routines that I think we will try some Cosmic Kids Yoga together soon. This one set on a farm or this one under the sea look particularly fun for younger ones.
P.E With Joe – Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach is holding daily P.E lessons live on his YouTube channel at 9am. It’s aimed at children home from school (and Joe plans to host the lessons until schools reopen) but it could be a fun way for both you and your toddler to get active together.
Tiny Talk Baby Signing have launched Tiny Talk TV to livestream all their classes to past, present and new joiners. Get in touch with your local class teacher to find out more.
The Wiggles -An Aussie friend promises there are new Wiggles videos coming soon, which is just as well as Miles is exhausting their extensive YouTube collection already. (Their shows are on Netflix too.) For any Brits who are unfamiliar, The Wiggles are a colourful quartet who sing and dance about everything from nursery rhymes to big red cars. Miles is obsessed and (warning!) these songs are very hard to get out of your head.
Hartbeeps@Home – My local Hartbeeps class in Berkshire have announced they will be launching Hartbeeps@Home with ‘mini discos, bedtime stories, puppet character appearance, and a wonderful place to share all the magic sprinkles from your favourite imaginators’. You can register your interest here or get in touch via the website.
Music With Mummy – The lovely Clare who holds the Jolly Babies class we attend in Wokingham has now popped her classes online. You’ll need to be invited to her private group. Get in touch on Facebook for details.
Jo Jingles – These music, singing and movement classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years will be live streamed on Facebook starting Friday 20th March at 10am. Find more details on the event page.
Story Craft will be hosting a live storytime on Facebook at 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
NCT -Check your local NCT Facebook page for details of music, song, cooking and storytelling classes that will now be held online. Note: You don’t have to be an NCT member to join your local NCT facebook group.
CBeebies Baby Club – If you’re missing your weekly baby sensory class with littler ones this is a good one to stream on iPlayer. There are enough episodes (54 in fact) based around household items and popular songs to keep you going for a number of weeks.
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This is a work in progress and I’ll add more to the list as and when I come across them. If you run a class or page that you would like featured please get in touch or leave a comment.
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