Parent Tot #2

Throw a Toy and Get it

Have the child or a parent throw a toy into the water.

The parent does their cueing, “1, 2, 3, Go!” and then pulls the child into their arms in the water, and into a front float.

Do a front float to the toy and get it

Return to the wall, and repeat.

Ask to put lips in the water before getting toy.
Ask to put whole face in the water before getting toy.


Supported Front Floats

Hold the child by the chest or hips.

Encourage swimmer to reach for the parent’s shoulders, or instructor.

Keep the body in the water as much as possible allowing their weight to be supported by motion and the water as much as can be.


Help reach for the wall.

Child stands on the parent’s / instructor’s knee. Help push them for the wall.

Start close, so that they can reach wall by leaning.
Move farther away so they have to jump as they get more comfortable.
Eventually have swimmer put face in first.


Buckethead / Bucket-shoulder

Rules: – You must say “Bucket-head,” or “bucket-shoulder.”

Start with the swimmer pouring the water on the parent or instructor’s head. “I want a “bucket-shoulder.”

Ask, “Do you want a bucket-head” or a “bucket-shoulder?”

Whatever they say, follow through.

Shoulder= pour water over their shoulders from the bucket shouting “BUCKET-SHOULDER” while laughing.

Head= pour water over your head by yelling “BUCKETHEAD!” and laughing a lot!


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Song

“Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.

When this blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.

Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.


Row Row Row your Boat

“Child in the water held by parent in BACK GLIDE position. Parent holding child in BACK GLIDE position.

Sing: “”Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.””

On the “”row, row”” part, take child’s hands and do a back stroke with them, emphasizing pushing the water.

Walk backwards throughout and sway back and forth in a zig,zag motion during the “”merrily, merrily”” part.”


Treasure Hunt

Pile as many floating toys as you can on a kickboard.

Sail it out to sea together. Have a storm strike. Waves, splashing. Spread the toys around the pool.

Do supported front glides to collect toys and return to the kick board (boat).


Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Child seated on the wall. Parent in the water.

Sing while touching your head and shoulders while you match lyrics.

Touch child’s “head,” and “shoulders” with hands or splashes in tune to the lyrics.

ADVANCED: Do this in the water. Hold the child in a supported back hug, or in the saddle. Splash the water with the body part that is sung.


Parent Tot – Song – If you’re happy and you know it

Can do this with child sitting on the side, or with the child in the parent’s arms.

Lyrics:

If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it, splash your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, splash your feet
If you’re happy and you know it, splash your feet
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it, splash your feet

If you’re happy and you know it, Kiss the water
If you’re happy and you know it, Kiss the water
If you’re happy and you know it
If you’re happy and you know it
If you’re happy and you know it, Kiss the water
If you’re happy and you know it, Kiss the water



Floating and play on the mat

Use the large yellow floating mats to play with toys or lay on your belly.

Kick the water while laying on belly with support.

Lay on your back and relax while singing Twinkle Twinkle.

Sing Itsy Bitsy Spider.


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