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Christmas Clothes Week

Tumble Tots Fun Adventures NEW Episode Available NOW! Tumble Tots Fun Adventures NEW Episode Available NOW!

28th November 2018

Episode 7 - Toy Shop
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Christmas Clothes Week 2018 Christmas Clothes Week 2018

12th November 2018

In Christmas Clothes Week 2018, Tumble Tots will be dressing up in Christmas themed attire to support charity.
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LUX Magazine Parent & Baby Award Winners! LUX Magazine Parent & Baby Award Winners!

29th October 2018

Tumble Tots have won 'Best Childrens Physical Play Programme' in the UK
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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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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. 

Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focussing attention, but also for physical coordination and development. The rhythm in music and its intrinsic emotional content help children coordinate their movements and make physical play more fun.

It may come as a surprise that when children beat out a rhythm on a drum or tap out a tune of a tambourine they are learning more than just musical skills. The reinforcement of rhythm and structure from playing music helps general language skills and problem solving.  

Hearing is one of the first senses to develop. Music heard in the womb can help a baby relax after it is born. The emotional effect music can have on us is with us from before birth.   Over time, babies' auditory abilities become attuned to the speech and music they hear, but they never lose the ability to be moved sometimes literally by what they hear.

Babies older than 12 months lose the ability to hear all the different speech sounds of different languages. This is because the complex process of language learning makes them specialise in the sounds of their own language. Likewise with music, different cultures have music with different timing and beat combinations. Six month olds can notice changes in the metre of foreign music, but beyond a year in age, this becomes much more difficult for them they're specialising to their own musical environment.

Hearing music, however, is not an emotional activity it's a complicated process that feeds into our emotions but involves the logic and reasoning parts of our brains to make sense of. This is why listening to music can help memory, learning and thinking.

Of course, music can be distracting if it's too loud or too jarring, or if it competes for our attention with what we're trying to do. But for the most part, passive exposure to many kinds of music has beneficial effects: it improves performance on intelligence tests and exam scores; it makes you better at maths and better at understanding what you're reading. These effects aren't huge, but they can be measured and they are significant. Even children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have been shown to benefit in mathematics tests from listening to music beforehand.

Music that you think you might ignore while concentrating on a difficult task can also have beneficial effects. Easy listening music or relaxing classics improve the duration and intensity of concentration in all age groups and ability levels. It's not clear what type of music is better, or what kind of musical structure is necessary to help, but many studies have shown significant effects.

Music helps concentration in mental tasks for a number of reasons. Firstly, its emotional resonance can promote a calming and mood enhancing atmosphere. It can help prevent intrusive thoughts popping into your head when studying or concentrating. Music also has a structure and rhythm that engages the logical, problem solving part of our brains.

For learning or memory performance, it's important that music doesn't have a vocal component; otherwise you're more likely to remember the words of the background song than what you're supposed to be recalling. On the other hand, children often make up songs when they are playing musical instruments and this helps them understand the structure and flow of language.

How loud should music be? That depends on what you're doing, but soft to medium seems better for most tasks. Similarly, sometime fast tempo music helps more than slow, but again it depends on the task. Slower tempo is better for activities that require concentrations, but a faster tempo may actually help simple memorisation tasks.

Some of these effects have also been shown in rats and monkeys, so it's not just human's recognition or preference for different types of music that helps us learn.

While this research is fascinating, what's more directly relevant to parents today is not just how music can help children's mental development, it's how it can help their physical development. The growing child needs to learn lots of motor skills, from the gross motor skills involved in standing, walking, running and jumping to the fine motor skills such as pointing, grasping, touching and writing.

Every parent knows how much children like dancing to music, but it's less well known how music can benefit physical development in general. Moving to music comes naturally to children, and they respond to sounds without thinking. It enables them to learn about timing, coordination and rhythm. 

The first step is mastering a steady beat. Being able to express beat is important for coordinated movement. This sense of timing is crucial for whole body skills like walking, as well as close-control skills like drawing or cutting.

It is possible to teach children a sense of rhythm from an early age using rhymes and songs, and it's often possible to overcome delays in physical development by introducing or stepping up a child's exposure to musical language.

Before they are old enough to do it themselves, we help babies learn motor skills by holding their hands while we pat out rhythms that go with the nursery rhymes we're telling or the songs we're singing. Children's motor skills will develop more rapidly and with greater confidence if they are given enough time to practice and learn from their mistakes. Children's confidence improves enormously when they are doing something successfully, and this includes moving to music.

As musical activity helps a child focus on the physical part of what they are doing. The emotive content of music whether it's a simple, happy tune, or a more complex piece will help bring a story alive and having a coherent story or narrative helps frame a child's learning. This shows once again the multi-faceted nature of music in relation to thinking and learning. What's more profound is that the way we move to music influences how we hear it. The melody of music is something we hear but the beat is something we feel. In order to move in time to music, we need to be able to interpret the weak and strong beats in a rhythm. Normally, the strong beats are louder or longer and we can easily pick up the rhythm. But scientists have found that when babies are played an ambiguous rhythm with no physical accents to make the beat clear the way babies move to the music affects how they hear the beat.

Some seven-month-olds were familiarised with an ambiguous rhythm pattern. Half of them were jiggled on their parent's knee every second beat, and half were jiggled on every third beat. When the babies were then played versions of the music with clear beats, they all preferred the version to which they had been jiggled to. This didn't work if they simply watched someone else dance to the music  the babies had to be bounced to the rhythm themselves in order to hear it a certain way.

There is so much common sense in allowing children to use music to structure and help their physical play using it to guide them and helping them express themselves. Beyond common sense, we now know that encouraging musical skills in children positively impacts their attention, memory and language skills. Whilst listening to Mozart won't make anyone's child a genius overnight, music does have genuine benefits for a child's cognitive and physical development. But the main thing is that it's fun children enjoy listening to music, making music and of course dancing and moving to music.
 
Check out Tumble Tots new muscial instruments by visiting our online shop: http://www.tumbletots.co.uk/acatalog/Magical_Music.html