The other morning at breakfast me and Teddy were busy discussing fun things to do while Otter Keeper was at work. We had decided on colouring in, looking at the new space book and doing some roly polies. But then all of a sudden Teddy looked really sad – it had just dawned on him that there was a real lack of support for roly poly technique. He had spotted that there may be people out there who were bad at roly polying, or worse still, had never even done a roly poly. Teddy had a good point. So after giving him a hug to cheer him up, we decided to make this guide.

We really hope our guide is useful. If you are not already a regular roly polyer make sure you do at least one roly poly each day (use our guide to help). Me and Teddy find the right balance is about 3-4 roly polies spread out throughout the day (but don’t do roly polies when it is very near to bed time as this can annoy Otter Keeper?).

Roly Poly Help Sheet



  1. Dusty and Hurley July 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

    DUSTY: What a wonderful Roly Poly Guide. HURLEY: Scribe’s awake already… so I’m just going to Roly Poly all around the house! *knocks old Dusty over* DUSTY: Hey, I think I just did a Roly Poly w/o even trying! Thanks, Otter and Teddy!

  2. Becca July 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Wow, I’m really bad at Roly polies so I’m glad you made this help sheet! I’ll try to do some practice tonight..

  3. Renate July 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    What a wonderful story and great way for gymnastic. I’ll definately try this this afternoon at home. 🙂 Your sheet is great. Loving the colours and the sketches and it’s really really helpful. 🙂

  4. Sue Pownall July 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Briliant Otter & Teddy. Instructions for roly-polys are just what I need as I can’t do them. Thank you guys.

  5. Agung July 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I remember having to do the roly-poly a long time ago, it was difficult, but a lot of fun! Keep trying, Teddy, and great work on the guide, Otter!

  6. alice July 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Otter I tried to do a roly poly and it went wrong, I will read the sheet again but can you offer any further support?

  7. Anonymous July 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hmmmpff, I tried this at work this morning but they looked at me funny. Maybe I did it wrong? I’ll try again later today. Perhaps after I had my coconut tea and chocolate chip cookie. Thank you for the helpful pictures Otter. Say Hi to Teddy for me:)

  8. Kate July 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you Otter! Give Teddy another hug, because hugs are good after roly polying!

  9. Karin Mesa July 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Otter and Teddy,
    It’s me, Oliver Anole, and Karin.
    The Rolly Poly Guide is great, easy to follow because of the pictures..
    My friends and I tried it and your technique was really helpful.
    As far as the spilled vase goes…
    As you might remember, Karin and I live in Florida. There’s a lot of water around here so I’m kind of an expert on it.
    I always look at the addition of water to any activity as a “water hazard” and it makes it more challenging and of course more fun. Thanks again!

  10. bev otter July 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This is a wonderful. Both my little otters can do them but one has just hurt her neck so we are off to do lots more roly polies using your guide 😀 xxxxxxxxxx

  11. Sally July 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the step by step illustrated directions. I now know where I went wrong – it’s number 3, the push off. Or, maybe number 4, look where I;m going.

  12. Kirsten Alicia July 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This is perfect!! I’ve been searching everywhere for a roly-poly guide, I’m going to start practicing right away. Thank you so much Otter, and Teddy too, of course.

  13. Mimsy July 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I’m from America and we call a roly poly a tumble.

  14. Linda July 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I think I will do some roly polies and then go make some toast. You inspire me, Otter!

  15. Feronia July 12, 2012 at 3:16 am

    The landing looks a little bit painful, Otter!

  16. jansfunnyfarm July 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Good advice. We’ll have to try … um, after our nap.

  17. sarah July 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    As per usual Otter, you are a true genius!

  18. Becca July 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hi Otter, Last night I had a dream that my sister bought my niece an accuracy measurer for Roly polying.. I’m not sure exactly how it worked, but I think it was for doing perfect Roly polies! Maybe you could find one and experiment with that? x

  19. Dandy Mandy July 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Otter, I have DEFINITELY knocked things over doing roly polies! Perhaps your guide bears mentioning the importance of the kind of surface you should roly poly on too? Hard wood floors and tiles hurt! I have a yoga mat you can borrow if you like?

  20. Catherine + Petey Ferret July 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Hello Otter + Teddy! first–THANKS so much for a new story! YEAH-and that was SO very sweet of you to give Teddy a hug to cheer him up-you are such a wonderful friend. and the Roly Poly Help Sheet Guide is amazing—you are an excellent instructor! and you always include Teddy–such a kind heart! I think Roly Poly-ies are VERY difficult–my ferret on the other hand is getting quite skilled at them, especially at the park! I still need LOTS and lots of practice–good thing I have your instructions! I also like to spend time coloring! have a wonderful evening Otter + Teddy too–and I hope you two are enjoying your summer with lots of SAFE fun!

  21. Catherine + Petey Ferret July 17, 2012 at 4:56 am

    PS–to Otter and of course Teddy too—how about doing a Roly Poly before or after making the Perfect Toast???

  22. Anonymous January 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    dear otter,roly poly try to be more careful we try the roly poly.

    from lit class

  23. Mrs.Carbone's otter lit January 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Dear Otter and Teddy,
    Try to be more careful with the roly poly!Yesterday we tried to do the roly poly. We also had fun doing it, but Tristan got a headache,Tanay got stuck,Jasmine rolled backward,Brandon was too shy to do the roly poly
    From:the otter LIT CLASS
    p.s. Mrs.Michaud and Mrs.Carbone said hi

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