I’ve recently said how Miss Belle is getting more confident at our groups and one of those is the toddler gym class, Tumble Tots. We’ve been going since October not long after she’d started walking, because the physio had said physical classes would help her get stronger. Those first few weeks I kid you not I would leave the class with such a heavy heart. I knew it would be good for her in the long run and that she would eventually enjoy it, but my gosh those weeks dragged on. She just looked so overwhelmed. She’d wander around sucking her thumb, or crawl and ask to be picked up, barely doing any of the activities. But, since Christmas something has clicked. And now she is so much more confident. Not only that she is so much more physically capable!
I am so thankful to Tumble Tots for helping increase Miss Belle’s confidence and physical development so I thought I’d share some photos incase you’re looking for a new toddler class.
What is Tumble Tots?
Tumble Tots is a toddler gym class. There are different age ranges starting with babies from 6 months old right up to 7 years. The class we go to is for walking – 2 year olds. We’ve moved venues now, but in our last venue you even went into a changing room and took your shoes and socks off. Then the teachers would come and collect the children and take them into the main hall. The toddlers can wear their Tumble Tots T-shirts, so it’s really like a mini school gym class!
As it’s a toddler gym class it’s all about exercise and being physical. Each week the hall is set up differently with a range of activities focusing on agility, balance and climbing. They also do coordination activities such as colour matching with bean bags.
When we first started Miss Belle had such wobbly legs and really struggled to climb up some of the ladders. Now she’ll get all the way to the top herself. She always likes to have a little rest and watch what everyone else is doing when she gets there!
The equipment is set up to encourage balancing and confidence in general. Last week she managed to move along sideways on these bars on her own, after we’d done in together the first time.
Reaching their potential
This plank isn’t very narrow or high up, but Miss Belle took a cautious step forwards with one of her teachers by her side. The teachers are there to help each toddler reach their own potential and help build confidence.
I’ve probably been a bit mean when I’ve said Miss Belle has always been a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to tunnels. I know all kids are different and she’s just a bit cautious. Every week there are tunnels and she’s still yet to go through one. But she’s made progress and will go through a big box now. Seriously, this was a big deal the first time she did it!!
Wahooooo go Miss Belle!!!
My friend’s little boy is more confidence than Miss Belle and walked over this plank without having to hold hands. We’re not quite there yet, but I know she will get there soon.
And, she’s still not taken part in the “rollercoaster” which encourages children to do a roly-poly. My friend’s son just loves to launch himself over it, with or without the roly-poly!
It’s now my mission in life to get Miss Belle both through a tunnel and on that “rollercoaster” by the end of the year. If she does, I think we will all go mad with excitement!
Communication and social skills
Tumble Tots is also about building communication and social skills. Miss Belle and her friend now hug each other and say hello when we arrive. And half way through the class we all sit down and sing some nursery rhymes. The teachers get a new prop out each week, such as balloons, ribbons and hoops for the children to play with.
Building confidence whilst having fun
If you’re looking for a toddler gym class or any sort of class to help improve your child’s physical development or confidence, I can’t recommend Tumble Tots highly enough. It’s unbelievable how much she’s changed in a matter of months. The teachers are so friendly and encouraging (to both toddler and parent!) and the children all have a really fun time. It’s one of the highlights of our week – for me, to see her blossom, and for her, to see her friend and get a sticker at the end of the class! The class is 45 minutes long and costs £6.75 a session. If we only did one activity a week I’d make sure it was this one.
Do you do any toddler classes for your child’s physical development? Let me know in the comments box, I’d love to hear from you.