According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, every child aged over a year should learn how to swim to bring down the risks of drowning. Also, swimming lessons for small children offer a lot of fun and serve to have therapeutic benefits that aid in emotional and physically uplifting.
Most importantly, parent and tot swim classes give your children a critical learning experience together with prolonged health benefits. There are tons of games and fun things to do with your child that work truly well. You can rest assured that these water games and activities will make the little ones fall in love with swimming.
- Red light/ Green light
Have your child never experienced water in the pool? Then this is a great way to teach them how to kick their legs in the pool. Make your kids sit on the edge with their feet immersed in water. As you say “green light’, they will have to kick their legs in the water as hard as they want. And as soon as you say “red light’, they will have to stop doing it. This easy game also prepares the stage for an effective child-instructor relationship and helps build up focus and listening skills.
In parent and tot swim classes, teaching the latter how to remain afloat on their back can get challenging. Many swimming instructors think that pancake or starfish flip works great when teaching them how to roll over in the water. They are made to hold a starfish pose by remaining afloat in water on their back with their arms and legs wide open. This aids them to realize how it feels to float in water. Then, after a while, they are instructed to flip over from their back to their chest and belly like a pancake. Children simply enjoy pretending to be a pancake while learning how to flip over in the water.
If you are planning to join a swimming class with your kid, a ring toss would be a great way to help them learn how to swim to deeper levels of water. Children enjoy picking up things from distance and they would surely enjoy doing that underwater. There will be different colored rings at the bottom of the pool. You would ask them to decide how many and which colored rings they wish to pick. Children enjoy taking part in activities that allow them to take decisions. You may also use various types of coins and your toddler would love to find money at the bottom of the pool.
The Bottom Line
As a parent, your focus should be to support your child in his journey towards learning. For this, you should take them to regular swimming classes and actively participate in the same. Your child should feel safe and motivated to be a part of the swimming lessons. Last but not the least, you must never force your child to learn new techniques. Swimming should be fun and your child should be given their own sweet time to progress.
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