We’re profiling the very best activities for dads and children in collaboration with Club Hub, and this week we’re delighted to feature: Moo Music Epsom and Ewell, Surrey
Moo Music is a music and movement class for babies and children up to five years old. It’s all about singing, dancing, using different props and musical instruments and, most importantly, sparking little imaginations.
1. The Story Of Moo Music
Tamsin Christie started the group to keep her own little mover entertained. She found that too many classes struggled to keep her daughter’s attention, trying to keep her in one place for too long.
"Starting Moo Music classes has meant I am able to use many of the 100+ original songs (which are so catchy and great to sing and dance along to) to make my classes fun and active,” says Tamsin. “I actively encourage children to interact with each other, listen to the music and move around the room taking part in fun activities."
Tamsin Christie - Moo Music, Epsom & Ewell
2. What's In It For Dads And Kids?
Moo Music is playtime, story-time and a sing-along rolled into one. Children are introduced to six fun characters (Maggie Moo, Ollie Oink, Henry Horse, Doris Duck, Barry Baa and Holly Hen) who together lead little ones through a selection of professionally recorded songs and fun, easy moves. Everyone is encouraged to get up and get moving.
“Each class features a selection of Moo Music songs on a wide range of themes – from animals, journeys and children’s daily lives to counting, the senses or simply being silly,” says Tamsin.
“Children also get the chance to dance, play games, learn actions and experiment with percussion instruments.”
It’s all great fun, and it’s also great for development: “Moo Music classes are perfect for Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS),” Tamsin adds. “Through the songs, we reach all the EYFS milestones and have so much fun at the same time! Many childminders come to my classes as for them it is a great opportunity to help them reach the key EYFS for each child they care for.”
Moo Music classes help to develop language skills, coordination and imagination, as well as an appreciation of music and a love of healthy movement.
3. What Else Do I Need To Know?
Classes are currently held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with a child-minders only class on Tuesday morning. Tamsin also puts together Moo Music parties.