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New 3D Animation DVD coming soon

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 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.

Children as Problem Solvers

 

Everything we do necessitates thinking, and the ability to work out the solution to a problem is something that babies show from an early age. What begins as relating a sequence of inputs to a particular event (like banging a drum to make a sound) rapidly develops into abstract and sophisticated problem solving capabilities. Toys that encourage babies to try new things help their thinking skills. At first, trial and error might be involved in getting something to work, but gradually this willingness to experiment translates into the ability to plan ahead and assess situations mentally. Children love discovering things on their own, even when their interaction with a toy has been guided. 

It is possible to think of children as being similar to scientists, using observation and trial and error to eventually understand why and how things happen. When children first begin to play with toys they often use them in different and unexpected ways as tools to develop mentally. For example, when babies throw their building blocks across the room rather than using them to build towers they are learning something about cause and effect. It can often be frustrating for parents when their children won’t play with a toy in the ‘right’ way, but this is a part of normal development and helps build up children’s creative and independent thinking. 

All parents want to encourage their children to learn how to become independent thinkers and develop good problem solving abilities, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. There are many excellent toys that parents can play with their children to encourage thinking skills. For example, shape matching toys such as Tumble Tots’ Shape Matching Flower and Number Puzzle Jigsaw encourage the use of tactile feedback between vision and shape to help children learn about shape matching and problem solving. Other toys such as the Stacking Fire Engine teach children about balance and construction, while the Paint and Play Castle and the Interstellar Construction Rings develop creativity and fine motor skills. The direct skills children learn from playing with toys such as these include: 

  • Motor skills - manipulating objects with fingers and hands, as well as grasping and throwing
  • Sensory skills - learning about different colours and shapes
  • Cross-modual skills - understanding the relationship between how something looks and how it feels to touch
  • Attention skills - focussing on one activity, developing concentration

 

Puzzle type toys are an excellent way to encourage children’s higher-level thinking and problem solving skills. As a result children’s academic, social and creative learning is enhanced. Once the appropriate toys and creative materials are in place the next step to developing clear independent thinking is to encourage children’s planning and reflection. Planning is considerably more than simply making a choice. It requires that a child decides on one plan of action over another, make a prediction as to the outcome and envisage the solution. The other day my doorbell rang while I was cooking. Before I had a chance to wash my hands and answer the door I heard my son say, “Come in Nana.” My son is four years old and not nearly tall enough to reach the handle to open the door. However, on hearing the bell ring he made the decision to answer the door. To do so he needed to run to the loo to get his step and then put it by the from the door, stand on it, open the door and jump down so that he could move the step out of the way to let my mother in. This kind of planning requires rapid planning to working out a series of actions and consequences in order to reach a goal.

Including planning activities as part or play should be encouraged on a daily basis. For example, rather than us as parents deciding on which game to play it helps if we ask our children what game or activity they want to do (e.g. building a race track or painting a castle). Once the decision has been made it is important to help them start this activity as soon as possible before they forget. It is helpful if a number of possible toys and creative equipment are available so that children can use these as prompts in their planning. It is important to ask children open-ended questions about their planned activities and listen to their answers.  

Whatever the child wants to do, it is best to simply go along with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 10th time this week they’ve wanted to play with their train set or paint a fairy princess, just say something positive such as, “that sounds great, how can I help you?” Remember, we are trying to encourage children to make their own plans so that they can express their thoughts and feelings rather than mirror ours. At the end of the activity, it is essential that we get children to reflect on what they’ve done so as to embed their learning.

For babies and toddlers planning can be encouraged through the use of simple puzzles that require a series of steps. For example, when babies use the Happy Bugs Stacker they quickly learn the order of rings - largest on the bottom and Happy Bugs Stackersmallest on the top. Babies who unexpectedly make a noise by banging on a table learn quickly that they can make the same noise again by repeating the action. Older babies learn that they can get attention by putting their hands over their eyes to initiate a game of peek-a-boo. In playing with puzzles and creative toys children quickly come to learn about cause-and-effect, gravity, balance and other aspects of the physical world. All of these activities help children develop the ability to plan and solve problems.

 Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of puzzle play is that is can be a very social activity. Often when we think of playing with puzzles we imagine them as something which is done quietly and played alone. However, negotiation and communication are important aspects of this type of play. Think about playing snakes and ladders - children have to engage in turn taking behaviour, obey the rules of the game and interact with their partner. Games of this sort invariably involve talking about what is going on and this helps the child to reflect on what they’re learning. As with most other child centred play, the end result is that the child has had fun and learning that is fun has a higher chance of being remembered. 

Creative Play

The one thing that children are is creative. At around the age of 18-months children begin to engage in pretend play. Early on this might take the form of pretending a banana is a telephone. However, within a few months children use their imagination to recreate everyday scenarios and eventually to build on these to make up stories and roles of their own. Role play is one aspect of creativity and is an essential for social and language development. Colouring, painting, drawing, sticking, cutting, and pasting are also an essential part of creativity and imagination. Encouraging creative activities help children develop not only their senses but also their fine motor skills which are critical for learning to write.  

As with puzzle play, planning is also an important aspect of creative play. It is the process of planning which is important rather than the product at the end of it. Don’t worry if your child tells you they’re going to draw a picture of you that ends up looking like a balloon on two sticks. You may not see the resemblance yourself, but your child will and that’s what’s important. Creative play stimulates thinking in and helps children develop a sense of their own worth – something that is essential for learning.

Perhaps one of the nicest things about puzzles and creative play is that children are engaging in implicit learning rather than explicit learning and it is this that makes it so much fun. So don’t worry if your child just throws the cleverly designed building blocks around. Even when they have learnt advanced mental skills it’s still fun just to throw things.