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 … Read moreParent Tot – Scooping – Going Underwater

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 … Read moreParent Tot – Row Row Row your Boat

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 … Read moreParent Tot – Ring around the Rosie

Parent Tot – Buckethead – The best game ever

“Child in the water – ideally 0 depth, or where they can sit, or stand, if not then in the “”saddle”” being held by parent. Parent, in the water next to child or holding child. Fill a bucket with water. Pour bucket over child’s head and smile and shout, say, yell “”BUCKETHEAD!!”” Modify this by … Read moreParent Tot – Buckethead – The best game ever

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, … Read moreParent Tot – Motorboat – With Front Glide

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