Family fun can be educational, too! -Stacy
One of the items on my summer to do list, right up there with speech therapy appointments and dental visits and camping in our own backyard, is teaching my children to swim.
This is our first summer having any sort of access to a swimming pool, and I do not intend to waste any time! I want my kids to get comfortable in the water as soon as possible. On our most recent trip to the pool, we brought a few Melissa & Doug pool toys along to enhance our playtime.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much the Jolly Jellyfish Sinker toys aided me in teaching the basic techniques of swimming. Also, they were so cute that all three of my children, ages 3-6, wanted to play with them.
We took turns watching them get caught in currents from the pool jets on the stairs. We scooped them up with a Taffy Sea Turtle Net (not pictured here), and when the kids were ready to play, we took turns diving for jellyfish!
This was a fantastic introduction to swimming for my six-year-old. While searching for these cute characters he was also practicing bobbing his head under water, holding his breath, chasing an object and retrieving items from under water–four lessons most swim instructors focus on for beginner swimmers, and here we were practicing these skills without him even knowing it.
A few more days with Pinky, Blinky, Inky and Clyde (bonus points if you can tell me who we named them after) and he’ll be swimming in no time.
Here are a few other swimming toys I’m considering adding to my arsenal:
So tell me, what worked for you? How did you teach your children to swim?
Stacy Teet is the military mom–turned-supermom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler. Check out her website, KidsStuffWorld.com, or follow her on Pinterest, Twitter or the KSW Facebook page.