Tumbling games for toddlers

10 Tumbling games for toddlers to increase body flexibility

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10 Tumbling games for toddlers to increase body flexibility


Tumbling games for toddlers
Tumbling games for toddlers

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Tumbling, also known as power tumbling or floor gymnastics, is a type of gymnastics, in which gymnasts perform combination skills of artistic gymnastics and trampolining without using any gymnastics equipment or props.

Common moves performed in tumbling include rolls, somersaults, tucks, handstands, backbends, handsprings, leg splits, cartwheels, and round-offs.

Tumbling helps children develop bilateral motor skills, balance, and coordination, as well as cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and agility.

In this article, forkidsplus.com will illustrate 10 games and moves of tumbling for kids and toddlers, which can be performed at home with a video of each skill.

Tumbling For Toddlers

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How to start tumbling for kids?

Tumblers should start with the most basic tumbling skills, which are the forward roll, followed by the backward roll and cartwheel.

After mastering these basic skills, children can move on to learning one of the most-used skills in the sport: the round-off.

As they progress in tumbling, the number of twists and rolls included in the run increases, and the sport becomes more exciting.

Tumbling Equipment

The only equipment needed to perform tumbling is a space area with a gymnastics exercise mat, usually in a gymnasium.

In competitive tumbling, a sophisticated 25-meter sprung track is used to help the athletes to perform the high-level dynamic skills.

Trampolines and springboards can also be used by beginners to learn and practice aerial skills before performing it on the floor.

Safety tips

Tumbling is a funny game, but also it can be dangerous if not taken seriously. Here are some safety tips to be considered:

  1. Learn the basics correctly before moving to advanced skills.
  2. Warm-up properly before starting your tumbling workout, and make stretches at the end of each session.
  3. Performing tumbling inside a matted gymnasium with the guidance of qualified coaches is the best way to learn.

Read more about Safety tips during activities and exercises for kids

10 Tumbling games for toddlers

1- Forward Rolls/Somersaults

Divide the group into pairs or have the players choose partners.

Tell the children: Beginning in a crawl position, tuck your head into your chest and push your bottom up and over until you roll over.

If necessary, assist your partner by pushing his/her bottom over and placing your hand on his head to keep his chin tucked under.

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

2- Backward Rolls

Divide the group into pairs or have the players choose partners.

If the children are just learning to do a backward roll, demonstrate the move first, and then teach the children to do it.

You may want an adult—or other partner—to assist them at first so they can feel the movement.

Tell the children: Sit on the edge of a mat with your knees and chin tucked into your chest.

Place your hands on either side of your head with your palms up, just above the ears.

If you need help, your partner can place one hand on your head to keep it tucked and one hand on your bottom to help you lift up and over.

Rock backward and forward, remaining in the tucked position.

As you gain confidence, rock harder until you rock far enough back for your palms to touch the mat.

When you are comfortable, change your starting position slightly.

Instead of sitting, get into the appropriate tuck while balanced on your feet.

Repeat the rocking movement from the new starting point until you are ready for a break.

Keep your hands in place, as protection for the head and neck.

Push strongly with your hands when they touch the mat to complete the backward roll.

If necessary, your partner can ease you over using your hips as a handhold. Practice the backward roll several times.

As you gain confidence, begin the move with your hands starting on the mat, quickly bringing them up by your ears as you begin to rock backward, Do a total of 5 Backward Rolls.

With practice, you will improve in both form and speed.





3- Cartwheels

When doing a cartwheel, the child moves sideways in a straight line.

He keeps his back straight and places the hand of his lead side on the ground, followed by the other hand.

His legs pass over his body and then come down as his hands and body come up to standing.

A cartwheel can be performed using one, two, or no hands.

It is just a sideways motion, so it really does not matter whether the legs are straight or bent as long as the body turns over in a sideways motion.

Tell the children: Always start a cartwheel with a lunge.

The stronger leg leads the lunge, and the weaker leg is in the back.

During the lunge, raise your arms straight into the air and keep your hips squared in the forward direction.

Push off your front leg and place your hands shoulder-width apart or wider on the ground in front of you.

As you do this, you will begin to kick your legs up and over your torso and head as the body becomes inverted.

During the rotation, your legs stay straight and apart in a wide straddle. Keep your toes and feet pointed.

As your first foot hits the ground, it is followed by the second foot, landing in a lunge with the weaker leg in the front and the lead leg in back.

Repeat this exercise 10 times.

4- Round-Offs

Tell the children: A round-off is just like a cartwheel except that you land with your two feet together on the ground instead of one foot at a time, facing the direction from which you came.

This is achieved by twisting your hands and shoulders as you place your hands on the ground.

The two hands are generally placed down one after the other, kick your feet up, bring legs together and with feet together.

Repeat this exercise 10 times.

5- Assisted Handstands

Prop: A wall

Divide the group into pairs or have the players choose partners.

Tell the children: Ask your partner to grab your ankles in a handstand position or use a wall to help keep your balance and increase your upper-body strength.

Stand about 3 feet away from the wall and lift your hands above your head.

Keeping your arms straight and touching your ears, step forward, throw your hands down, and kick up.

The kick gives you more momentum.

Kick one leg in front of you and take a large step forward with that leg as far as it feels comfortable to you.

Keep a straight line from your fingertips to your back foot.

Start to lean forward while keeping your body straight. Make sure to put a little force forward with your lunged leg and back foot.

The most common mistake is to throw your hands straight down at the ground and try to throw your legs upward.

This results in a whip at the top and causes you to fall forward.

Once your hands are approaching the ground, make sure to keep your arms perfectly straight.

Your legs will touch the wall for support. Repeat this exercise 5 times.

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6- Solo Handstands

Tell the children: Stand straight up and lift your hands above your head.

Make sure your arms are straight touching your ears. Step forward and then throw your hands down.

Kick up; this gives you more momentum. Kick one leg in front of you and take a large step forward with that leg as far as it feels comfortable to you.

Make sure to keep your body in a straight line from your fingertips to your back foot.

Start to lean forward while keeping your body straight. Make sure to put a little force forward with your lunged leg and back foot.

The most common mistake is to throw your hands straight down at the ground and try to throw your legs upward.

This results in a whip at the top and causes you to fall forward. Keep straight.

Once your hands are approaching the ground, make sure to keep your arms perfectly straight.

Don’t let your shoulders sag upward or your elbows bend.

If you bend your arms, you will risk hurting yourself.  If you do this right, it will help you to keep balance.

When you feel most of your weight on your hands, attempt to keep the force of your weight around the base of your fingers.

This allows you to push forward or backward with your hands to compensate for when you kick too hard or not hard enough.

You might need to try this a few times before you find balance.

Soon you will get it almost every time. Just keep all the weight on your hands. Straighten out completely.

After successfully hitting the handstand, keep your head neutral and your back and legs straight.

Look past your eyebrows to see your hands instead of throwing your head back, which will only result in you arching your back and hurting.

Try holding your handstand for 10 seconds.

7- Stay Within the Lines

Props: A roll of easily removable tape

Make two lines on the floor with tape. They should be 12 inches apart and 10 feet long.

Tell the children: Practice doing Forward Rolls/Somersaults (#1) within the lines.

Travel through the lines 10 times.

Variation: When that skill is mastered, decrease the distance between the lines an inch at a time, until the lines are only 6 inches apart.




8- Leg Splits

Tell the children: Sit on the floor with your legs straight and your toes pointed.

Stretch to get your nose as close to your knees as you can. Hold this position for 30 seconds.

Next, flex your feet, still holding your nose as far down as possible.

After you have done this, sit in a wide straddle and attempt to place your elbows on the floor.

Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and then reach your hands as far
out as possible, attempting to put your nose on the floor.

Again, hold this stretch for 30 seconds.

Next, place either leg in front, and lunge from your knee; your rear knee is on the floor, your front foot is far in front.

Hold 30 seconds and then sit back, straighten the front leg, and try to place your nose on your knees.

Finally, slide as far into the split as you are able. Repeat these stretches on the other side. Hold each position for 30 seconds.

NEVER bounce while stretching or push yourself when it is painful.

9- Backbends

Props: Soft pillows or a mat for each pair

Divide the group into pairs or have the players choose partners.

Tell the children: To begin a backbend, start with your legs spread shoulderwidth apart.

Do this gymnastics exercise slowly; don’t just fall backward into a backbend.
Control yourself and don’t rush.

If you have never tried to do this before, have a partner hold you by the waist so you can practice getting into a backbend position with support that should help you prevent your core from collapsing.

Keep your arms close to your ears but not touching, and carefully place your hands on the floor. Repeat this exercise 3 times.

Note: Working in pairs, one person can serve as a spotter. It is especially helpful if the partner is an adult.

10- Backbend Kick-Overs

Tell the children: Get into a backbend position and simply kick your strong leg up and over.

Have your weaker leg just behind it.

Jumping with the leg that doesn’t kick over helps to put you into motion to complete this.

Make sure you land with your arms up and your feet together.

Repeat this tumbling exercise 3 times.





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