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Parent Tot – Hokey Pokey

Child held by parent facing inside of circle. Parent holding child facing away from chest, or in the saddle (child legs around one of parent’s hips to the side). Create circle of parents and instructor. Sing: “You put your [right leg] in, You put your [right leg] out; You put your [right leg] in, And […]

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Parent Tot – Front Crawl Arms

Child held by parent. Parent holding child in FRONT GLIDE position. Parent uses one hand to hold child up by holding chest with palm up. Parent uses other hand to grab child’s arm and move it in a circle. Parent switches hands and alternates child’s arms. Optional: Throw toy and do arm circles to the […]

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Parent Tot – Back Crawl Arms

Child held by parent. Parent holding child. Parent holds child with one hand, palm up on back, child’s head on surface of water in front of parent’s body. Use one hand to grasp child’s arm and move it in a backwards circle motion. Parent switches hands on child’s back and makes circle motion with child’s […]

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Parent Tot – Passing to the wall

Child held by parent. Parent holding child in front of body facing away. Parent should hold child horizontal facing towards the wall. Count “1, 2, 3, GO!” and pass the child forward by extending arm. Child should reach out and grab the wall. Beginner: Parent holds onto child entire time. Intermediate: Parent lets go of […]

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Parent Tot – Passing

Child help by parent or instructor. Parent holding child, or ready to receive child. Progression based on comfort: Hold child in front of body with child horizontal in the water. Have child facing the parent who is ready to receive child with a smile, arms outstretched. Count “1, 2, 3, GO!” gently scoop child forward […]

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Parent Tot – Scooping – Going Underwater

Child in the water held by parent. Parent Holding child thumbs over collar bones with fingers and palm on chest, or like catching football (thumbs on chest, fingers on back) Progression based on comfort. Beginner: Count “1, 2, 3, GO!” Take a step backwards and scoop child down to water in a “U” shape, getting […]

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Parent Tot – Blast Off!

Child in the water held in FRONT GLIDE or BACK GLIDE position. Parent holding child. While holding child in either FRONT or BACK Glide position, get close to the wall and push child’s feet against the wall so they are bent. Tell child on “3” they will “Blast off!” the wall and do a Front […]

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Parent Tot – Back Glide

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Beginner: Parent hold child on their back. Child’s head is on the parent’s shoulder. Parent shoulder is underwater. Parent and child should be cheek to cheek. Child feet pointed away from parent’s chest. Advanced: Parent hold child on back. Child’s head is […]

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Parent Tot – Front Glide

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Parent hold child like catching a football, if possible, child’s hands on parent shoulders. Child’s feet should be extending away from parent’s chest. Hold child horizontal as much as possible. Walk backwards and encourage child to put face in the water looking […]

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Parent Tot – Rub a Dub Dub

“Child sitting on edge of pool, or being held by parent. Parent in the water, either near or holding child. Parent should have 3 toys that float. Sing: “”Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub, And who do you think they were? The butcher, the baker, The candlestick-maker, They all sailed out to sea, ‘Twas enough […]

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Parent Tot – 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 […]

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Parent Tot – Blowing bubbles

“Child in the water held by parent. Parent in the water holding child. Parent should hold child like catching a football (thumbs on chest, fingers wrapped around near back). Child should reach to the parent with hands on shoulders if possible. Hold child as close to the water surface as possible horizontal. Parent should lower […]

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Parent Tot – Ring around the Rosie

“Child in the water. Parent in the water. If able, create a circle with other parents and children. Sing together: “”Ring-a-round the rosie,/ A pocket full of posies, / Ashes! Ashes! / We all fall down.”” On “”we all fall down”” go underwater with you child, or to their level of comfort. Alternate verse: “”Ring-a-round […]

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Parent Tot – Itsy Bitsy Spider

“Child in the water, sitting or being held. Parent in the water, next to, or holding child. Sing: “”The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the waterspout. / Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. / Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain / And then Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up […]

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Parent Tot – Raining, Pouring

“Child in the water, sitting or held by parent. Parent in water next to child or holding child. Sing:  “”It’s raining; it’s pouring. / The old man is snoring. / He went to bed and bumped his head, / And he wouldn’t get up in the morning.”” During song, dip hand underwater, and wiggle fingertips […]

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Parent Tot – Motorboat – With Front Glide

“Child in the water. Parent in the water holding child in front glide position (feet away from parent’s chest, child’s hand on the parent’s shoulders. If too young, then child should grasp parent neck). Parent will hold child’s legs just above the knee to control kicks. Sing: “”Motorboat, Motorboat go so slow, /           Motorboat, […]

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