(Tune: “Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main” - Happy Everything CD)
Swimming, swimming, (Pretend to stroke arms.)
In the swimming pool. (Take index fingers and make a square in the air.)
When days are hot (Pretend to fan self.)
Or days are cold, (Rap arms around your self and shiver.)
in the swimming pool. (Make a square in the air.)
Back stroke, (Stroke arms backwards.)
Side stroke, (Swim to the side.)
Fancy diving, too. (Palms together and pretend to dive.)
There’s no place (Shake head “no.”)
I would rather be
Than in the swimming pool. (Make a square in the air.)
The second time through hum the first line as you make the motions.
Third time hum the first two lines and make the motions.
With each verse omit the words and hum as you make the motions until you are just humming the song.
Life Preserver Sandwich
You will need bagels (cut in half), cream cheese, blue food coloring, and fish crackers. Dye the cream cheese blue with a few drops of blue food coloring. Spread cream cheese on the bagel. Arrange several fish crackers on the cream cheese. Swim it into your mouth!
Have a water play day where children bring bathing suits, towels, and pool toys. Set up plastic swimming pools and a sprinkler. Blow bubbles or have squirt bottles of water. Watermelon, popsicles, or ice cream cones would be a great snack.
Brainstorm pool safety. Have children make a T-Chart of “do’s” and “don’ts” when they swim.