National Water Safety Month may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that reinforcing summer safety for kids needs to stop there. Water safety activities are a great way to remind kids to stay safe in a fun and memorable way. Get your kids participating in water safety with these 5 water safety games for kids:
Lesson: Will teach children to ask permission to enter the pool
The excitement of a swim can cause kids to forget to ask permission to enter the pool, but they can be reminded by coming up with a fun way for kids to ask permission. When working on water safety worksheets or playing water safety activities, encourage your child or children to agree on a secret code or passage that they can use to ask permission to enter the pool.
Lesson: Will teach children to be more comfortable in the water
Children can be divided into teams or work individually, depending on how many are present. Have children enter the water at waist-deep level and provide each child or team with a list of items that they need to find. Drop items into the pool and have the children retrieve all of the items on their list. The first child or team to gather all of the items wins!
Lesson: Will teach children about currents
Have children enter shallow water (the water should be about thigh-high) and have each person one arms length away from the next. Have the children begin by walking together in a circle. Then have the children jog while maintaining that circle, and finally run as fast as possible. Then have the children stop and try to run in the opposite direction. They’ll quickly discover how hard it is to go against the current!
Lesson: Will teach children to listen to swimming instructions
This easy game starts with children standing waist-deep in the water. The instructor will say, “Green light!” at which point the children move towards him or her. When the instructor says “Red light!” and blows a whistle, the children must stop immediately. Those that move after the instructor says “Red light!” is out. The first child to the teacher’s side of the pool wins.
Lesson: Will encourage children to become comfortable with swimming underwater
Of the summer safety for kids games, this one is best for children who are learning or have learned how to swim underwater. One child is “it” and starts in the middle of the swimming pool, while the other players will start against the same wall at one end of the pool. The players will then try to reach the opposite end without being tagged by the player who is “it”. The player who is it closes his or her eyes and can call out “dolphin” (children swim above water), “froggy” (children swim in the middle of the water) or “submarine” (children swim underwater). While keeping his or her eyes closed, the “it” player must try and tag a player. Any player who gets past whoever is “it” yells, “Survivor!” and whoever is tagged then becomes “it”.
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