The ASA Learn to Swim Companion

For parents, carers, and anyone considering taking the plunge

Swimming Pool Games for Kids

Parents

Swimming pool games are a great way to help kids learn to swim. The best way for a child to gain core skills and confidence in and around water is through fun and games.

We give swimming teachers lots of different games and songs to help children learn through having fun. Take a look at the cards below from the ASA’s Foundation Framework Games Pack.

Three Little Men in a Flying Saucer helps with buoyancy, balance, rotation, orientation, travel and co-ordination, while Humpty Dumpty can help with breathing, travel, co-ordination and water safety.

But swimming pool games are not just for teachers. Parents and guardians should get involved as well, and games could be in the bath as much as in a swimming pool.

Swimming pool games for babies and toddlers

1-2-3-4-5, once I caught a fish alive

  • Floating toys are great for toddlers who are starting to grab or grasp toys and who are teething. There is nothing wrong with taking suitable toys down to the pool with you to help keep your children interested.

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream

  • Encourage younger children to use their arms and hands to tap the water surface, or paddle in the water if they are becoming more confident while singing the song.

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring

  • Use your fingers or a child’s sprinkler toy to sprinkle water over your child’s head. Progress this to pouring more water and then encouraging the child to splash their own face.
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