We all love the summer and so do our kids, I have put together some games for toddlers, organising a few fun swimming games can keep entertained even very young swimmers attention for 30 minutes or more, building their swimming skills and burning some excess energy.
These games all require adult supervision and interactions.
Lots of splashing, singing and smiles.
Beach Ball Race
This is a simple and fun activity to play while in the swimming pool. Kids will love racing against each other to see who is the fastest with their ball. It can be played by kids of all ages, so get them in the pool and let the fun begin.
All you will need is a beach ball per child
Infate the balls and have the children swim along in the pool pushing the beach ball along with their noses.
The child who reaches the end of the pool fist is the winner. They could also use there head, 1 arm and a leg.
This game allows Toddlers to dive/reach for toys under the water.
Place water toys which will sink and encourage the child to get them one at a time.
Hula Hoop Jump
A adult stands in the water holding the hula hoop and encouraging the child to jump into the hula hoop.
For your most comfortable swimmers, here’s a fun game. This game is simply sitting on the floor of the shallow end, cross legged, and pretending to serve and sip tea from imaginary tea cups (for just a few seconds). You can pour the imaginary tea for them underwater. Their eyes should be open and breath exhaled, to allow them to sink to the floor.
Pretending to be animals, as they move from one side of the pool to the other. Make sure they are on the steps or in the shallow end of the pool. Tell them the animal and let them perform. Kangaroos, hippos, elephants, fish and whales. Make it up as you go long.
Ice Cube Hunt
Drop several large ice cubes into the pool, and have them collect them with there hand or a net . Be quick before they melt!
Make them the night before and when you make them add in a few drops of food colouring it will make it a lot easer to see and its will be ok for the pool!!
Using the classic coloured stacking rings game that most toddlers enjoy, set it up to float on the water by using an upside down frisbee. Seated on the edge, they can take turns playing a ring toss game.
A few helpful tips on swimming pool safety for children under 5
- Stay within arm’s reach of these young swimmers at all times.
- Give them a 5 minute break every hour, to rest in the shade, have something to eat and catch there breath
- Swim nappies are a must at all times (you don’t want any floaties in the pool)
- Water wings are not considered to be the best teaching device.
- Inflatable floats or swim aids can be dangerous if they leak air so make sure you check them before use.
I hope you enjoy reading and use these games to play and teach your kids
Love Katie xxx