Fun and safe basic movement activities for children in their early years
Joy of Movement
Tumblebugs is an introductory program for basic movement and modified gymnastics that is fun, safe, inclusive and developmentally appropriate for 3 ½ to 5-year-old children in early childhood settings. The consistent and progressive activity plans include both active and quiet segments with directed and exploratory learning. Tumblebugs is about fundamental movement skills that support healthy growth and development, and improve physical literacy.
Research indicates the importance of physical activity for children in the early years. Physical activity in a supportive environment helps a child learn how to maneuver their body and be creative while developing social skills and self-esteem. Being active also enhances healthy development and increases the likelihood of being active as they age. In Nova Scotia, by grade 11 less than 4% are active enough.
While unstructured active play is necessary, the Tumblebugs program offers an option for guided activity with learning outcomes. These activities strengthen the range of foundational motor skills that children need to enhance daily living and participate in play, recreation and sport.