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tumblebugsFun 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.

Healthy Development

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.

Tumblebugs Happens Here

Tumblebugs was developed purposely for educators and leaders from early childhood settings and programs.

Such practitioners have been trained and use the program in child care centres, grade primary, family resource centres, municipal recreation programs and recreation organizations.

With a foundation in early childhood care or education, you do not need previous training in fitness, physical education, sport or coaching for this introductory basic movement program.

Becoming a Tumblebugs Leader

After a half-day workshop you will be ready to lead children in simple activities that help them be physically active and learn about themselves.

You will learn how to:

  • Ensure safety and reduce risk
  • Set-up space and use equipment
  • Demonstrate and safely teach all movements
  • Lead the activities
  • Understand how to flexibly use activity plans
  • Keep it playful and fun

Services, Resources and Fees


  • Tumblebugs Workshop Registration Fee $ 30 per person (includes Leader Workbook)
  • Tumblebugs Activity Book $25
  • Tumblebugs Equipment Kit $155 (includes Activity Book)

Get the Tumblebugs Brochure in English

Get the Tumblebugs Brochure en Français

A series of leaflets helps parents support their child’s development of fundamental movement skills and simply to have fun being active every day.

Get the Tumblebugs Parent Leaflets in English

Get the Tumblebugs Parent Leaflets en Français

Workshops Close to Home

Training is offered through authorized organizations and some early childhood education institutions.

Contact the Tumblebugs coordinator in your region to learn about upcoming workshops in your area or to arrange a Regional Trainer to deliver a workshop for your group.

To purchase Tumblebug resources, contact Gymnastics Nova Scotia at 902-425-5450 ext.338

To learn more about Tumblebugs or become a Regional Trainer, contact Mary Kikuchi and Jan Chipman


Posted on

January 6, 2015