Stacy Shares: Swimming Games for Beginners

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These creative water-play games are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet.

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 of KidsStuffWorld.comStacy 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 PinterestTwitter or the KSW Facebook page.

Comments

  1. I’ve had my eye on those jellyfish! So cute, and perfect for my son who loves nothing more than to dive!

  2. What great suggestions. We are going to have a pool soon – and love the ideas for toys here. Plus, our Melissa and Doug toys always seem to get played with the longest :)

  3. We just grabbed these at the book store this week, my girls are in love with them and hopfully they will inspired a little underwater swimming. So cute! Until then they’ll be in our water table too to encourage some Water Fun http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/05/water-fun-with-babies-and-toddlers.html

  4. Stacey using toys is one of the best ways to entice children to learn to swim. Good for you, finding fun, easy to grab diving toys that seem to have multiple uses. One recommendation is to encourage your kids to blow their bubbles underwater while they are picking up the toy. It helps them to get used to the coordination of using their arms and blowing their air out. Better than holding their breath for long term swim skill adaptability! Good luck!

  5. Tina Byun says:

    I love to go swimming anytime. Night swimming in particuar is a relaxing activity that i enjoy. Daytime swimming also helps me tone down body fats. ‘;:..

    Enjoy your weekend!
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  6. I must have them! I love to find new useful toys like these jellyfish and your kids look like they’re having so much fun. :) And you named your jellyfish after the Pac Man ghosts. Love it! :)

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  1. [...] Water Treasure Chest:  Quirky Momma, Stacy writes over at Melissa & Doug’s blog about some fun water toys.  This one caught my attention since my boys have taken swimming lessons for years with a teacher who uses a similar “treasure chest” to hold his underwater toys.  These toys seem to have special powers that can ONLY be seen underwater.  To fully explore what they look like, the boys have willingly been putting their faces in the water to explore. [...]