Movers and Shakers

Great Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Who are we?

Founded by local mum Gabi Maddocks, Movers and Shakers classes have spread across Haringey and beyond. With over 200 babies and toddlers attending each week it is one of the most popular pre-school classes in the area.

At Movers and Shakers we offer music and movement classes for babies and toddlers, with a strong emphasis on creating a child-friendly and parent-friendly class. We aim to provide a safe space where parents and children can make friends, sing and play together.

What happens during a Movers and Shakers class?

Parents sit with babies and toddlers as they enjoy a half-hour music and movement class filled with excitement and wonder. Our classes comprise:

  • Songs, rhymes and sign language
  • Rhythm and percussion
  • Colours, shapes and counting
  • Movement and coordination
  • Social interaction

At the beginning of each session, the Movers and Shakers class leader introduces their puppet assistant who will help out during the class. Young eyes will light up as gorgeous puppet emerges from her bed to warm up everyone’s body and voice. Then movers and shakers are ready to join in with all the songs, actions, rhymes and signs.

Every Movers and Shakers session has a theme, such as Animals, Toys, The Weather or Under the Sea. To find out what this week’s theme is, all the movers and shakers come into the circle to unwrap the week’s special object.

Each week, movers and shakers explore an instrument. It might be a tambourine, maracas, a bell or an agogo. They discover that instruments can be shaken, rolled, rattled and scratched in all sorts of styles and rhythms to make many different sounds.

Every session ends with some fantastic parachute games. Movers and shakers are always delighted by the parachute – especially when it is their turn to explore underneath!

To round off the session, the room is filled with bubbles, which can be chased, caught, popped or even made into bubble caterpillars.

During Movers and Shakers classes, children

  • build up appropriate core vocabulary
  • start learning sign language
  • explore their immediate surroundings
  • exercise their voice and body
  • make important discoveries about themselves and the world
  • have a huge amount of fun!

If you are interested in joining, have a particular question or you simply want to know more about our classes, please email us at moversandshakers@theplayingspace.co.uk.

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