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Lene Perkin

Welcome to Little Learners Basingstoke! We run Messy Play & Mark Making classes and events across Basingstoke. We also offer Little Learners birthday parties! Please get in touch if you have any questions...

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About me

Hello my name is Lene and I live in Basingstoke with my husband Chris and our two children, Benny 7 and Emilie 5. I run Little Learners parties and messy play classes in Basingstoke. A multi award-winning educational mark making program that develops early writing skills through messy play.

I am a primary teacher and for the past 10 years I have mainly taught in Key Stage 1. Teaching children has given me first-hand experience of what mark making brings to children. Mark making supports skills needed for early writing, fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and so much more.

So come along, join us for lots of messy fun and help your child make their mark.

I look forward to meeting you in classes, please contact me for further information.

What are Little Learner classes all about?

Little Learners is a wonderful way to engage young children and develop their physical skills such as core strength and coordination, as well as social and communication skills.

Enjoying messy play sessions helps to develop their early writing skills too. Each week we practise a different shaped mark. As the children practise making marks, we can start to show them how to form letters and numbers. This is great for getting them ready for school!

Classes are all mixed ages with activities to suit babies up to pre-schoolers. This means that they are great for siblings. 


My aim is that my classes are relaxed, welcoming and fun, enabling you to spend time with your child and help them to develop skills they will need for the future. It is also a great place to chat and meet other parents.Come and join in some mark making sessions in Basingstoke! I look forward to meeting you. Any questions please just ask.

Classes will be back! Covid-19 safety Measures

Due to current Lockdown restrictions classes are unable to run. We will be back as soon as we can! Classes are currently on pause. Do add your name to the waiting list, should a space become available/ next term. See you soon and stay safe.

When we are able to run classes, we have all worked REALLY hard to make sure our classes are safe and enjoyable for all. Please see our new guidance below …

Key Guidelines:

– Face coverings must be worn by adults at all times inside the venue.

– Please do not come to class if you or any of your household have a temperature or any symptoms of covid-19

– Only 1 adult can accompany a child

– Families should socially distance and make sure there’s 1m+ between them and others at all times

– The use of Mark Making Tools should be encouraged at each station as opposed to touching the resources or ingesting them.

– Obvious edible play will not be currently used in our classes.

– There will be anti bac wipes at each station for you to wipe over after/before you have used it.

– You should also sanitise your hands between stations.

– There will be water at the end of the session to get your child washed.

– Please try to refrain from bringing a lot of luggage or bulky items such as buggies into the venue as we are going to have limited space

How will classes work now?

1. On entering the venue you will pick up a sealed and sanitised Mark Making Tool Kit for your child which will include mark making tools, a ribbon/ scarf, some play dough, and small hand sanitiser. (Kit content may vary.)

2. You will sanitise your hands, enter the room and will be directed to a mat to sit on. You will stay in that spot until everyone has arrived. There will be a small bucket of water and soap by your mat so that we can wash our hands all together.

3. After the starter activity you will be free to explore the mark making stations. There will be a limit of 1 family per station for small trays and 2 for larger trays and painting area as long as there is space to social distance.

4. After the session all the used tools need to be placed in a tub for cleaning.

5. You will return to your mats and give your child a quick wash/wipe down if required.

7. Families will then award the sticker to their child and filter out of the room one family at a time.

We know things are a little different but we can’t wait to welcome you back to class and are excited to see you all making your mark!

Lockdown Hire Packs

Classes may be on hold at the moment but that doesn’t mean Little Learners can’t come to you.
I have teamed up with Gemma, from Usborne Books to bring you these amazing Home Hire Packs.
⭐️Perfect for something new and a bit different, a birthday or treat.
⭐️You get to keep the book and some resources (see info below). T&Cs apply. 
⭐️Free collection from me (town centre RG21) & Local Basingstoke delivery £2.
⭐️If you live further afield then bundles can be posted. (tray hire and resources not included)
💜Home Hire Kits as described below contact me
💜Additional Books contact Gemma 

Birthday Surprises…

Know someone with a birthday coming up? Would you like to send someone a surprise in lockdown?
Here is one example of a messy play bundle I sent off to a little boy as a surprise. I added colouring sheets and a personalised note. 🥰
Get in touch if you’d like to send someone a surprise. (Does not need to be just birthdays)
I cater for different budgets, can add moondough, rainbow rice and paper/card. I’ll pack it all and pop it in the post for you.
Get in touch and I can send over some bundle ideas.

Valentine’s/ February Half Term Bundles

These gorgeous bundles are perfect for little ones (and older siblings too).
👉Bundle 1- Great card making kit containing: Metallic Paint Sticks, 5x A3 paper, 5x A4 card and 10 pre cut hearts.
👉Bundle 2- Fab for a mini Little Learners set up at home. The Gelli Baff and Rainbow Rice is great for sensory play. The Rainbow Ribbon is good for gross motor and doubles up as a teething ring.
⭐️Perfect for something new and a bit different, Valentine’s cards, half term activity or treat.
⭐️Colours may vary.
⭐️Free collection from me (town centre RG21) & Local Basingstoke delivery £2. P&P is between £2-£5 depending on weight.


Covid-19 Update on Parties

Due to current lockdown restrictions, parties in person can’t go ahead. There are other options! I can leave Hire Packs as above on your doorstep! I could even add make a personalised one for your child’s interests.

Here is more information on how Little Learner Parties run (depending on guidelines at the time of the party). I am happy to discuss dates for 2021.

How about a Little Learners Party for your child? Did you know we can tailor our parties to your child’s interests or favourite characters?  A ‘cake smash’ party is very popular and we can cater to themes such as Peppa Pig, Unicorns, football, Marvel Superheroes and many, many more. Alternatively, a ‘Super Messy’ includes all our class favourites. You can be as creative as you like or leave it all to us!

The party room would typically be set up with a variety of themed messy and dry trays, sensory play, painting and drawing stations, play dough, crafts and a dance area.  Our party packages start from £95 for up to 15 children and your party can be set up at a venue of your choice – we bring everything required, deliver the session and clear up all the mess afterwards – what could be better? For an additional £20 we can provide a ‘cake smash’ tray!  For more information, or to check availability of parties or messy play classes in Basingstoke please get in touch – or check us out on Facebook.

Reviews & Recommendations


Thank you for the class today. I am very impressed with how it was all run! Tbh I felt quite nervous about coming beforehand but went away really looking forward to next week. L loved it too and is such a good age now to really enjoy the activities (even if he didn’t want to stop playing with the cars )


Little learners is an amazing group and I am so glad my daughter and I have got to experience it. My little girl who is 10 months old absolutely loves attending.
Lene has put a lot of hard work and effort into making it fun and enjoyable for all the children, despite all the Covid guidelines she has to follow.
Each activity allows the children to explore and learn in such a fun and safe way.
Thank you Lene, keep up the good work. Lindsay Brown

We recently hired some trays and equipment from Lene, and bought some of her bundles of messy play activities. Both were really thoughtfully put together and gave us some much needed new ideas for lockdown play! I have a nearly 2 year old and a 4.5 year old and they both enjoyed all of it. Thank you Lene! Megan Jensen


My son used to go to Lene’s classes and seeing him transform from not paying attention, he actually started to mark-make, concentrate and enjoy the messy play! Most recently however, we ordered a messy play bundle for lockdown. It’s been a lifesaver for both my boys! Thank you Lene! Priya Brown 


My little boy absolutely loved his first little learners session!
I think he would of stayed all day playing if he could of! He especially loved the colourful spaghetti pumpkin!
Every detail was thought about from the fun activities to the clean up! It was brilliant he had so much fun exploring and getting messy!
What I thought was great was it so nice to be able to get my LO all clean and tidy before his afternoon sleep.
Lene is so friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend this class!
Thank you Lene! Lucy Wright


We have just finished our first term with Lene at little learners and we love it. Each week we have so much fun and there is always so much to play with. The classes are a nice size and Lene is so welcoming and friendly. I would definitely recommend anyone with little ones to come along and embrace the mess! We can’t wait for next term! Charlotte Ross


Thank you very much for a super session today. My boys loved it!  All the activities were well thought through and certainly all geared towards the Halloween theme. Sam Hicks


My little one loves it! Can’t wait for the next session! He is engaged in the activities for the duration of the session and seems at ease in the setting. Lene, the lady running the classes is so friendly and laid back. We felt welcome at our first class so we immediately booked onto the summer sessions. You’ll be seeing more of Noah! Highly recommended! Afia McCoy


Really love this group, my 2 year old has great fun and is kept amused for the whole hour, I highly recommend.  Gemma Simpkins


Fantastic class – my 6 month old thoroughly enjoyed making his mark! Elise Farzam 


Had such a great summer session with Lene today. She has such a fantastic manner with children of all ages and let’s get them really stuck in! The messy trays were all set out beautifully (until the kids intervened!) – both inside and out. Max loved doing the ‘swirl’ in a range of textures and especially loved getting stuck into the lumpy custard! Thank you so much for such a fab session – I fully recommend to all. Michelle H


Great class!! My son loves it and so do we. Mark Marsh 



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