When we moved to Wiltshire in July, I knew that I needed to find places to take the kids as soon as possible. We’ve never really been the family with jam packed schedules, but we’ve definitely always been partial to a good soft play centre and a little group here and there. We were regular visitors to our local library’s sing & rhyme time, so I thought that would be as good a place as any to start.
Aside from the initial shock of realising that time actually had moved since I lived here briefly in my teens (I found the library had moved buildings!) it wasn’t difficult to find events in our new local library. Sing & rhyme time is held a couple of mornings a week, and this was the first organised event for the kids that we went to together after the move.
Be Still, My Child…
I very quickly realised that nothing had changed, and my kids were still going to be the kids who didn’t sit down nicely and join in the singing. Don’t get me wrong, they love being given a choice of musical instruments to play with, and they quite like the singing too. They just won’t sit the feck down!
They’d much rather enjoy all of the other fun stuff the library has to offer, running amok and generally causing chaos. Actually, if I’m honest, I’m over-exaggerating. They don’t cause chaos at all. But they do play. Our new library has a very cool large bookcase shaped like a train, which the kids love to climb in, sit in, and generally clamber all over. Hell, Amelia even chooses books from the damn thing!
Oh No! Are They Annoying You?
Wills especially enjoys
pulling all the books off the shelves playing with the various shaped abacuses (had to look up the plural of that!) and playing hide and seek behind the blinds of the floor to ceiling windows.
For a while, I was very conscious that the other children seemed content to sit and join in with the actions to popular nursery rhymes, sing along, and even have a little dance. I was aware that the sound of my kids having fun has a knack of carrying across all the singing. I even considered not going anymore.
Explore & Be Free!
But it wasn’t long before I realised that, actually, I just don’t care. Both Amelia and Wills certainly enjoy sing & rhyme time, it’s just that they enjoy it in their very own, very free ways! They both sing along to the songs they know and like, it’s just that they sing along while driving the train bookcase to some unknown far off land. They both like choosing books to take home and read, it’s just that they also enjoy getting really excited by the hundreds there are to choose from. Containing their excitement is not an option, and nor should it be.
Of course, I don’t let my kids run wild or cause any devastation, and for the most part that’s not their intention anyway. What I do, though, is let them be free, enjoy and express themselves how they want to. They’re kids, and they’re not going to be kids for long. They shouldn’t have to be quiet, or be made to sit down. They should be having fun. Pure, unadulterated, free fun!
Fun Should Be Fun
I love watching them create their games together, using their rich imaginations to explore. I find it fascinating to see how they can come up with elaborate storylines for their play in any place they happen to be. So that’s why I’m the Mum with the kids who seemingly don’t join in at toddler sing & rhyme time.
How about you? Do your kids enjoy sing & rhyme time? Do they happily sit and join in, or are they more interested in playing around the activity? And what about you; are you conscious like I was about them running around, or do you let them get on with it? I’d love to hear your opinions!