Hreyfiland is not simply a children’s gym. It’s an exciting environment where children can sharpen their brains through play-based exercises that stimulate the maturation of their nervous systems. Through the program, parents are taught to play with their children in ways that boost physical and cognitive development. Our little clients are getting smarter and healthier while simply having fun with their parents!
Research suggests that promoting movement and activity in young children will increase memory, attention, balance and movement; language acquisition; cognition; multi-sensory integration; body awareness and concepts of self; motor skills; social skills and independence, and even decision making.
Practicing the right kind of physical activities with children will not only help to increase their school readiness and school success later in life, it will also help them build a foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle as they grow.
The play-based choreography takes parent and child through a unique range of activities that enhance every aspect of a child's development. These activities include: complex balance movements; exposure to various sensory inputs; gross motor and fine motor stimulation exercises; body awareness promoting activities; children’s songs for lingual skills and increasing mood and atmosphere.
Hreyfiland’s classes also provide ideas to foster your baby's development through creative play, movement, and music in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated at home. We also use a combination of original and traditional Icelandic songs and rhymes to develop early speech and language skills, and sensory signing activities will help you and your baby communicate.
Children with developmental delays and other challenges especially benefit from Hreyfiland’s developmental therapy, including those with
Our classes are offered in three different age groups: 3-12 months (Snillingafimi: , 1-3 years (Hreyfifimi) and 3-6 years (Gþ-fimi). Each age group has been carefully sculpted to grow with your baby or child. The activities provided will support a child’s development and grow their expanding experiences of the world.
Did you know that 80% of the brain’s neural connections have been made by the age of three? The most miraculous advances in your baby’s brain structure occur during this period and an astonishing 2 million new brain cell connections are created every second! Early childhood is certainly a crucial phase of human growth and development.
The experiences children have in the early years of life have a profound impact on their entire future. Insufficient stimulation of infants can adversely affect the brain’s development and the child’s cognitive abilities and overall wellbeing.
Hreyfiland’s approach is underpinned by scientific research and provides classes to help children learn and grow on multiple levels – all while having loads of fun!
We’re proud to say that Hreyfiland is backed by nearly 20 years of local experience. Thousands of Icelandic children have participated in our classes with their parents during these years. The Icelandic songs, rhymes, and lullabies were collected by Dr. Helga Rut Guðmundsdóttir, and some have been written especially for Hreyfiland.