Teaching children to swim and have a healthy relationship with water is vital in the modern society of today. Swimming encourages children to exercise, it’s fun, can be done in any weather and teaches vital skills that could save a life in extreme circumstances.
As an adult, of course you want a child to learn these important life skills, but children are naturally more interested in being entertained. However, playing pool games can do both at the same time.
Try some of the below to keep children amused in the pool as well as helping them master those swimming skills.
1. Treasure Hunts
Place some weighted pool toys at the bottom of the pool. The aim of this game is to be the player with the most toys, and encourage children to swim underwater and hold their breath. For younger children let them work as individuals, for older ones, divide them into teams, or even create a list of toys to ‘find’, just like an ordinary treasure hunt.
2. ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’
This game requires at least 3 players. Two children stand in the pool facing each other with their hands together. They hold their hands above the water, creating a ‘bridge’. The other player(s) then swim underneath the ‘bridge’. After every turn the bridge is lowered, until eventually the player(s) have to swim underneath it. A great team game that requires no extra equipment.
3. Battleships and Submarines
Separate the children into 2 teams, the ‘Battleships’ and the ‘Submarines’. Both teams start from opposite ends of the pool. The aim of this game is to catch everyone on the opposing team, making them ‘out’, until one of the teams has been eliminated. This game encourages fast swimming and a bit of team spirit.
4. Marco Polo
An old favourite that is still popular. One child is ‘it’ and has to catch the other players with their eyes closed by swimming around calling ‘Marco’, and other players respond with ‘Polo’. ‘It’ has to trace them by following the sound of their voice. When someone is caught, they become ‘it’. Players can climb out of the water and become ‘fish out of water’, but if the player who is ‘it’ calls the phrase, whoever is out of the water automatically becomes ‘it’.
Always remember to aim pool games at the swimming ability of the children involved.
This is a guest post. This advice was written on behalf of Simply Swim.
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