Learn to Swim

A guide to the Learn to Swim Programme

Learn to Swim games - the bean game

The bean game is a popular game that can be played throughout the Learn to Swim stages.

How to play the bean game

The teacher calls out the name of a bean and the child performs the shape suggested of that type of bean.

For example, for baked bean, they would perform a tuck float or for broad bean, they would stretch out in a nice, star shape position.

This game can develop many core aquatic skills and can be progressed to be made harder or easier, depending on the ability of the child and they stage at which they are swimming.

Learn to Swim bean game video

Click or tap play below to watch a video explaining how to play the bean game.

Explore the Swim England Learn to Swim companion

Want to know more about learning to swim with the Swim England Learn to Swim Stages? Use the links below:

  • Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards – the Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.
  • The My Learn to Swim App – bring the fun of swimming lessons home and celebrate your chhildren collecting their Awards. Unlock characters and stickers to use in this mobile and tablet app.
  • Disney Family Fun Sessions – join in the fun of a Disney-inspired swimming session, delivered by trained activators. Sessions are taking place throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Find a pool – not sure where your local pool is or what facilities there are? Head to our poolfinder to search for your local pool.