The Breakfast Game
At Becky Adlington Training, we're proud to have the most dynamic, engaging, passionate tutors in the industry leading our courses. We know how rewarding teaching the next generation of swimmers can be - and the best way to do this is through fun!
This week, our tutor Kelly wanted turn to share her Game of the Week. With a career in swimming spanning almost two decades, including 2 years as a lead teacher at the University of Wales, 2 years as a Swimming Development Officer for Newport City Council, an Ofsted Grade 1 National Training provider, and a qualified Swim England Tutor since 2007, it’s no surprise that Kelly has a passion for all things swimming.
So, the big reveal. Kelly’s Game of the Week is… *cue drum roll*
The Breakfast Game
How to play:
In the shallow end, in a square/pod of space, spread swimmers out safely, ideally in a circle. No equipment, only buoyancy aids if needed.
Have the children make beans on toast with scrambled eggs and streaks of bacon for breakfast; start by asking the children what a baked bean looks like (a mushroom float) and practice this, then what does toast look like (big and flat, like a star float on front or back), practice the buoyancy skills individually and then link together by shouting out ‘beans’ and ‘toast’ to transition between the two and help develop rotational skills. For scrambled eggs, have them all travel around in the circle, gaining speed and ‘whipping’ up the eggs to scramble them - the faster they go, the whirlpool effect will happen. Encourage them to take feet off the floor and experience the travel. For streaky bacon, they could jump off the pool floor in a streamlined ‘streaky’ bacon shape (long and thin). Finish off the game by combining all the breakfast items in turn.
"We tried this out recently at some swimming teacher training and it was great fun and good activity to develop multiple skills, allowing to you to develop them independently or combine for progression and further challenge. You could easily change this into lunchtime/dinnertime with some imagination to develop buoyancy, balance, rotation, breathing, travel and coordination" - Kelly