Swimming Ideas Podcast 006: Songs for Swimming Lessons

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SIP 006 is all about singing songs! Here are some great songs you can use in your swimming program to help teach going underwater, getting your face wet, and doing front and back floats.

We review what you can do during each song to turn it into a teaching moment. Learn what you can do during “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to calm a crying  child.  We’ll also review how you can use the “A,B,C Song” in swimming lessons.

The following songs will be covered in detail:

A huge Thank you to Noelle Shearer,

http://noelleshearer.com/ for singing the songs and providing them online.

The songs are available for download here: http://freekidsmusic.com/traditional-childrens-songs/

We have a list of songs and their lyrics you can sing or play in your program here:

Parent Tot Songs

Two Bonus songs!

Humpty Dumpty:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Play this game while having your child sit on the side of the pool. When you either finish, or when you say “had a great fall” hold the child’s hands and pull them into the water into your arms. You can play this game at the beginning of your swimming lesson too. Have everyone sit on the side and then sing the song for each participant. Pull them in or let them jump into your arms when you finish the song each time.

I’m a little Teapot

I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout
Here is my handle here is my spout
When I’m all steamed up
Hear me shout
Tip me over,
And pour me out!!!

Alternate version of the song:
I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my handle….
Wait a minute… I’M A SUGARBOWL!

During the lyrics of the song, you should pantomime the different characteristics of the “teapot”

For “spout” and “handle” put your arms to your side: spout to your hip, and other arm out to the side. When you play the Sugarbowl version, put both hands at your hips.

You can further amplify this song by pouring water on the swimmers in your group at the end of the song. When you get to, “pour me out” pour a bucket of water over your participant’s heads. You can also give them each their own buckets or pails and sing the song as a group. When you get to the end, everyone pours their own water out!


We use these songs in our Premium Swimming Lesson Plans! Get the specific lyrics and directions for each level: Parent Tot, Level One, and Level Two!


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