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New 3D Animation DVD coming soon

Save up to 54% on Merlin Entertainments Save up to 54% on Merlin Entertainments

22nd March 2018

Exclusive discounts for our Tumble Tots members for great attractions across the UK.
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National Children's Activity Week 2018 National Children's Activity Week 2018

26th September 2018

'When I Grow Up' with Peppa Pig
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Tumble Tots Fun Adventures NEW Episode Available NOW! Tumble Tots Fun Adventures NEW Episode Available NOW!

26th July 2018

Episode 4 - Wonderland
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SUMMER SING-A-LONG IS BACK! SUMMER SING-A-LONG IS BACK!

17th July 2018

Join us every Monday of the Summer Holidays LIVE...
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VOTE FOR US! VOTE FOR US!

30th May 2018

Please vote for our franchisees in this year's What's On 4 Awards
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TUMBLE TOTS ARE GOING TO GLOWORM! TUMBLE TOTS ARE GOING TO GLOWORM!

15th June 2018

Members can get tickets at a discounted rate*
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We've Been Nominated! We've Been Nominated!

24th May 2018

Tumble Tots are extremely proud to have been nominated in three different categories for this year's What's On 4 Kids Awards.
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Updates to our Privacy Policy Updates to our Privacy Policy

23rd May 2018


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TUMBLE TOTS ARE COMING TO GERONIMO! TUMBLE TOTS ARE COMING TO GERONIMO!

10th May 2018


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Tumble Tots raised £60k for Tommy's Charity Tumble Tots raised £60k for Tommy's Charity

19th April 2018

Last year we exceeded our fundraising target of 50,000...
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See you at the Baby Show NEC! See you at the Baby Show NEC!

16th April 2018

Tumble Tots will once again be exhibiting at the Baby Show...
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Tumble Tots are proud to be nominated again Tumble Tots are proud to be nominated again

11th January 2016

Please vote for us
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Join our Tumble Tots characters on Fun Adventures in 3D animation Join our Tumble Tots characters on Fun Adventures in 3D animation

September 2016

visit www.tumbletots.tv to view
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National Childrens Activity Week 2016 National Childrens Activity Week 2016

17th October 2016

17th - 23rd October
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Tumble Tots and Tommys Partnership Tumble Tots and Tommys Partnership

January 2017

2017 Charity Partnership
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Tumble Tots and Tommys Partnership Tumble Tots and Tommys Partnership

January 2017

Great partnership for 2017 with Tommys
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Tumble Tots voted by you as Best Activity Provider Tumble Tots voted by you as Best Activity Provider

27th March 2017

Winners
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Its here! Tumble Tots exciting new app! Its here! Tumble Tots exciting new app!

5th June 2017

Six fun educational games and story book
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Eat Fit Keep Kit 2017 Eat Fit Keep Kit 2017

14th June 2017

Healthy Body and Healthy Teeth
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Healthy Heroes Week Competition Winners Healthy Heroes Week Competition Winners

5th May 2018


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Dear Zoo Competition Dear Zoo Competition

Friday 9th March


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Healthy Heroes Week Healthy Heroes Week

5th February 2018

Climbing, balance and agility fun with three of your favourite heroes!
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WE'VE BEEN NOMINATED! WE'VE BEEN NOMINATED!

30th January 2018

Best Family Friendly Childrens Activity Provider 2018
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Christmas Favourites Christmas Favourites

1st December 2017

Download your favourite Christmas songs!
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Christmas Clothes Week 2017 Christmas Clothes Week 2017

16th November 2017

Wear your Christmas Clothes to Classes!
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National Children's Activity Week 2017 National Children's Activity Week 2017

24th September 2017

Our 25th Anniversary with Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly, raising funds for Tommy's!
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UK first, the Childrens Activities Association UK first, the Childrens Activities Association


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Voted by Parents as the Best Activity Programme Voted by Parents as the Best Activity Programme


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The Mind Work Out by Dr Janine Spencer The Mind Work Out by Dr Janine Spencer

The combination of physical and mental play is central to a childs development. In this article we are to focus on the benefits of creative and puzzle play on childrens development.
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Come and see us at the Trafford Centre 30th October Come and see us at the Trafford Centre 30th October

See TT, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly and Humf
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Tumble Talk is ready to read! Tumble Talk is ready to read!

Take a look through our newsletter
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Fun for all the Season for National Childrens Activity Week from 8th - 14th October Fun for all the Season for National Childrens Activity Week from 8th - 14th October

Now in its 19th year National Childrens Activity week is once again supported by Peppa Pig
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Vote for us in the Tommys Baby Friendly Awards Vote for us in the Tommys Baby Friendly Awards

The Tommy's Let's Get Baby Friendly Award nominations are ready
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Tumble Tots TV adverts are currently being shown Tumble Tots TV adverts are currently being shown

Take a look at our adverts being shown on Milkshake, Nick Jnr and a few other satellite channels
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Tumble Tots and SKEANIE Shoes agree partnership Tumble Tots and SKEANIE Shoes agree partnership


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A brand new programme Circuit Fun A brand new programme Circuit Fun

A brand new programme for walking to 5 years olds
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Inactivity is as big a killer as smoking Inactivity is as big a killer as smoking

Latest report that inactivity is as big a killer as smoking. Listen to Steph from Liverpool Tumble Tots - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b01ks7k1
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Well done Andy Murray Well done Andy Murray


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Books! A habit worth having Books! A habit worth having

Children who are better readers at school are used to a home environment where reading is an everyday activity. We show you how to make reading a part of their world!
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Tumble Tots 'Let The Games Begin' Tumble Tots 'Let The Games Begin'

Join us as we motivate the UK's toddlers with our 2012 campaign running from February to July.
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Judy Murray reveals secret to Andy and Jamie's tennis success Judy Murray reveals secret to Andy and Jamie's tennis success

"I made sure they were involved in active things growing up like Tumble Tots".
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Child Motor Development by Dr Janine Spencer Child Motor Development by Dr Janine Spencer

Until recently babies were thought to be quite passive with little awareness of the world around them.We now know that this is far from the truth.
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Tumble Tots have been nominated again as the Best Activity Provider 2012 Tumble Tots have been nominated again as the Best Activity Provider 2012

Vote for us again at www.tommys.org/awards
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Government Guidelines welcomed Government Guidelines welcomed

Tumble Tots welcome the new guidelines for Physical Activity for Under 5's
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Amount revealed for Tommys Baby Charity Amount revealed for Tommys Baby Charity

A fantastic figure for Tommy's Baby Charity raised
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17th year of National Childrens Activity Week with Peppa Pig 17th year of National Childrens Activity Week with Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is sponsoring this years National Children's Activity Week. With a few twists to the campaign.
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Tumble Talk Issue 3 2010 Newsletter Ready to download Tumble Talk Issue 3 2010 Newsletter Ready to download

Loads of competitions take a look now!
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The Confident Child for Positive Parenting Week The Confident Child for Positive Parenting Week

The campaign begins 10th - 16th May 2010. We have some nteresting statistics following an online survey.
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Third year in a row Franchise Marketing Award Winners Third year in a row Franchise Marketing Award Winners

I am pleased to announce Tumble Tots have won another accolade.
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Tumble Tots named winner at Tommys Lets Get Baby Friendly Awards Tumble Tots named winner at Tommys Lets Get Baby Friendly Awards

Tumble Tots named 'The Best Children's Activity Provider'
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30th Anniversary 30th Anniversary

2009 saw a year long celebration of events for Tumble Tots as we celebrated our 30th Anniversary.
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Franchise Marketing Award winner again Franchise Marketing Award winner again

Best Overall Marketing Campaign Winner
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The Importance of Reading The Importance of Reading

Reading is a valuable key skill that underpins many others.
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Tumble Tots New Look Commercial Tumble Tots New Look Commercial

Tumble are currently airing a new look commercial
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Ten Little Fingers by Tumble Tots Ten Little Fingers by Tumble Tots

Have lots of fun with these 10 body identification rhymes!
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The Sound of Music The Sound of Music

Never Under estimate the power of Music!  Dr Janine Spencer, Child Development Psychologist has written an article on The Sound of Music which actually confirms you should never under estimate the power of music. 
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Child Motor Development by Dr Janine Spencer

Until recently babies were thought to be quite passive with little awareness of the world around them.We now know that this is far from the truth.

Babies are born with a sophisticated brain that is pre-programmed to learn and react to its environment. Development in the first three years of life is incredibly quick. For example, at what age can babies distinguish between cats and dogs? Maybe when they learn to say cat and dog? In fact, by 3-months babies can easily tell the difference between images of various breeds of cats and dogs. As a result of the seemingly little effort with which babies learn, it is very easy to take thinking for granted. However, most of the abilities we take for granted are unimaginably sophisticated.

In this first article on child development I will explain some of the incredible developmental changes in motor skills over the first 24-months of life.

Reflexes

Some of the earliest behaviours a newborn infant performs are reflexes. From birth infants have many reflexes. Some of these will disappear in the first few months of life as a result of brain development, others are essential to survival. For example, stroking a baby's cheek will cause the baby to turn and start to suck. These two actions are known as the rooting and sucking reflex. The Moro reflex, where babies make an embracing motion in response to a sudden loud noise, allows the child to grab onto something to stop it from falling.

Motor Development

I couldn't wait for my son to start crawling and walking. This is probably true for most parents. However, before children can move about on their own, they have to learn to control their movements. Walking and talking are probably amongst the most eagerly awaited moments for parents. However, before your child can walk, she has to be able to control her movements. The Tumble Tots Gymbabes programme has been specifically designed to gently encourage the development of motor skills in babies and toddlers. Gentle movement to music is excellent for helping babies to coordinate their arm and leg movement - something which is essential for crawling.

Anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months babies master the ability to hold their head erect and steady. These early beginnings of motor skills mark a major milestone in development. As soon as babies are able to sit up on their own they get a completely different view of their environment. At around 3-months babies are beginning to grasp and reach and together this gives them new opportunities for learning about objects. However, it is not until they are able to master the pincer grasp (grasping with their forefinger and thumb) that they can really control and manipulate objects.

Between 7-and-12-months babies begin crawling. For the majority of babies this means moving about on their hands and knees. However, some babies do a kind of bottom shuffle and others go straight to walking. As you might expect there is a genetic component to motor development. For example, parents who walked relatively late are more likely to have babies who walk slightly later than the average. However, there is also an environmental contributor to motor development. Moderate stimulation tailored to your baby's needs can result in slightly earlier development of reaching and crawling. Nevertheless, parents often worry if their baby does something later than other children. It is important to remember that the ages given for developmental milestones are only averages and some children do some things earlier and others later. My son didn't start crawling until he was 12 months and when he did crawl he was so fast that he didn't walk until he was 17-months. He did however talk fairly early. This is all part of normal development. My son is three now and walks, runs, jumps, skips and has even learnt to do a backward headstand.

Children will achieve numerous motor developmental milestones by the age of two, most of which are still about actively exploring the environment. At this age, children have developed pretty good hand eye coordination and this is still far better than their language skills. Some of the milestones in the second year are related to more gross motor skills such as dancing and climbing and others to more fine motor skills such as drawing (though most children find holding a pencil with the forefinger, middle finger and thumb difficult to master much before 3). Although gross and fine motor skills seem unrelated this is typically not the case. It is not until children can sit unaided (a gross motor skill) that they can begin to manipulate objects effectively.

Between 17-months and 2 years children are able to throw a ball with both hands. This is something which would be difficult to do without coordinating fine and gross motor skills. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of motor development is that it helps children learn about the world and is therefore intimately tied to social and cognitive development. For example, as soon as children are able to use a few blocks to build a tower, between 14 and 18 months, they begin to learn how things balance at their geometric centre. This relationship between seemingly different skills is a fundamental aspect of child development.

Contributed by Dr Janine Spencer for Tumble Tots (UK) Limited

Suggestions for the home

For gentle exercises to soothing songs, Active Baby, a CD with 34 songs, suitable for babies, with suggestions on developmental exercises that parents can do with their babies is ideal.

To help with babies development of Fine Motor Skills, Co-ordination items like Balls and Beanbags, bricks and puzzles are recommended.

To help with gross motor skills of balancing try the Activa Disc, and for encouraging crawling, the Caterpillar Tunnels are ideal.

 All available on the Tumble Tots online shop

Of course, not all reflexes have survival value, but that does not mean that they don't have a purpose. If you hold a young baby in an upright position with its bare feet touching a flat surface, the baby will make stepping movements as if trying to walk. This reflex disappears by 2-months of age. However, the mechanism responsible for this reflex is the same one used later when toddlers do learn to walk. Many people believe that some of these early reflexes are related to motor development. For example, it has been shown that if babies receive a series of sitting or stepping exercises in the first few months of life they tend to walk earlier. In other words, the sitting and stepping reflex helps in the development of sitting and walking. It has been suggested that these early exercises help muscle development which in turn facilitates walking. Regardless of whether these early exercises help infants to walk earlier or not, reflexes do indicate that the new infants' brain and body are working normally.