So the turn of the calendar brings with it a new suite of classes held at the Rainbow Factory – under the “We are Mini” banner.
We were invited to the “Mini Heroes” taster session and it was the usual Rainbow Factory creativity, mixed with boatloads of enthusiasm and the key ingredient of learning.
While the activities are sure to be different each week, there was a warm-up exercise and a structured walk through the venue solving a problem before the group split into 2 and alternated between a craft activity and a couple of physical activities.
After that, the group came back together to do the structured task – learning how to use the “999” service. Even though Heidi is 3 1/2 years old, I have been hesitant to teach her how to do this, but seeing how she very nearly got the concept today has given me the confidence to carry on teaching her this. Sometimes these activities are more for the parents benefit to show that their child is able to do them. However, the session is only the start of it, as the “lesson” must be carried on at home for it to sink in!!
The “learning” themes are focused around First Aid and general life skills which might seem a bit advanced but at this age, and having seen it in action, it does feel like a perfect time to get started.
While the theme is “Heroes” and staff and children were dressed in all sorts of outfits, there was not one mention by staff of actual superheroes on TV/books – it was all about what a hero did, and the qualities of a hero – it was good to see the staff not go down the easy or safe route…
As the theme is “Heroes” it does attract itself to boys more than girls – however, there is absolutely nothing gender specific about the session so even if your child is not uber into superheroes, it doesn’t really matter.
One thing to note is that there were around 25 children there (it was Bank Holiday Monday) and if your child likes one to one attention (I have one of them!) it might not be totally for them. However, there were 4 staff taking the session, so it never felt out of control.
In terms of age ranges, I don’t think any child under 2 1/2 years old would be able to keep up with the activities or take in the information. However, I’m sure the excellent staff would be able to help out if you drop them an email before booking. It did last 1 1/2 hours which was really good for the older ones (and value for money!) but you might just have to keep an eye out for tiredness if you have a younger one (or a grumpy one in my case today!)
The sessions are to be booked in advance in 6 week blocks, as are the other “We are Mini” activities. Given the popularity of the taster session, I would book quickly! For more information, please check out the “We are Mini” or “Rainbow Factory” Facebook pages. There are other classes within the “We are Mini” banner, which are available via the above pages.
Full Disclosure 1: We were invited to attend the session free of charge
Full Disclosure 2: I was the parent of pretty much the only child not in fancy dress – I feel like a terrible parent 😂
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