8 Reasons to Enroll Your Toddler in Tumbling Class
Thinking about signing your tot up for tumbling? From fun to confidence, here are 8 reasons you should.
Tumbling Class is Fun
There are tumbling classes at gymnastics studios for toddlers and preschoolers. The best reason to go is to have fun! Little boys and girls love to run, jump, and climb. They are sure to have a blast while burning off energy. Almost all of the equipment can be modified for use by all ages.
What’s not to love about a class all about jumping? They can bounce on the trampoline, hop off the edge of mats or drop down into a pit of foam blocks. It’s much safer than their daredevil attempts at home. They may even hit different jumping milestones sooner, such as jumping down with both feet.
Taking Turns With Classmates
Tumbling class not only offers physical and emotional skill development, it helps with social skills too. Toddlers learn to take turns on the equipment. Sometimes they’ll even try to help each other. If your little one seems timid at first, watching the other kids may encourage them to play too.
Toddlers love to climb and tumbling class encourages it. Instructors can help your child learn how to climb ladders and bars more safely. They’ll be eager to practice their new skills in and out of class. It’s amazing how quickly they improve.
Beams of varying heights help toddlers learn how to balance and steady themselves. It will take some practice for them to step with one foot in front of the other instead of side-by-side. It also helps teach them to slow down and watch where they are going!
As they explore the gymnastics equipment you may find them developing a few favorites. With practice they gain confidence in their abilities such as walking across the balance beam without holding your hand. This helps toddlers feel proud and begin goal setting.
One thing I’ve noticed with my daughter is her willingness to get back up and try again even after falling. There are times she expresses uncertainty about an activity but eventually she tries it again. Instructors are very positive and encouraging as well.
Classes start with stretching exercises where the kids learn to pay attention to their teacher by listening and copying movements. They also learn to follow directions for using equipment, like these uneven bars. Grab the bar, swing forward and put your feet up!
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