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Welcome to the Easter edition of the Kingswim Activity Book.

In this edition Kingsley is getting ready for Easter and shares his favourite Hot Cross Bun recipe, just in time for the Easter break. 

Enjoy working through the activities and don’t forget to show us your best work on our Facebook page.

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Please ensure you have a safe space when practising at home. Leave enough space around you and remove any objects which may create hazards. Remember these drills are intended for dry land practice, not in the water.

You’ll be kicking goals in the water in no time with this exercise on kicking technique.

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Why teach kicking?

As young swimmers move towards swimming strokes in the pool, a key part of effective technique is in kicking. Correct kicking technique will provide propulsion for swimmers as they move through the pool, and also reduces drag meaning they can swim for longer.

 

Before you start…

Remember these pointers for correct kicking technique. To help picture it, think of it as being a similar action to walking on land.

  • Use a whole long leg action – kick from the hip!
  • Point your toes
  • Floppy ankles

 

Skills – Practice kicking technique at home

These skills are suitable for kids aged 3+ years old

Many young swimmers bend their knees to much when kicking.  This creates a lot of drag as the legs sink low in the water. This exercise will help swimmers get into the habit of keeping long straight legs as they kick in the water.

  1. In a seated position, slowly move legs up and down. Be sure not to bend your knees, keep your toes pointed, and relax your ankles.
    Equipment – Chair
  2. As you kick, keep your legs quite close together. Your big toes should brush past each other.
  3. Once you’ve started, you can gradually increase your kicking speed, ensuring your technique stays the same.
  4. Parents can help by manipulating legs to keep kick under control. When manipulating legs parents should let the calves lay in the palms of their hands and have thumbs on the shins.
  5. Now move to a bed or a couch, lying on your back or your stomach with your legs hanging over the edge. Practice your kicking technique as if you were swimming through the water.

 

Extension – Ankle Rotations

An additional part of aiding propulsion in kicking technique is mobility from your ankles. This simple warm-up exercise is great for promoting mobility and flexibility in your ankles.

  1. In a seated position, extend your legs out just like the exercise above.
  2. Instead of kicking, rotate your right ankle in clockwise circles.
  3. Now repeat, this time with your left ankle.
  4. Repeat steps two and three, this time rotating in an anti-clockwise circle.
  5. Once you’ve got the hang of this technique, try rotating both ankles at the same time.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the Kingswim Activity Book!

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In this festive edition Kingsley has some special guests visiting. Who could they be?

Plus! Find out who the winning designer of Kingsley’s new bathers are.

Enjoy working through the activities in the book and don’t forget to show us your best work on our Facebook page.

Codebreakers assemble!

Each combination of pictures in the tiles below represents one word or phrase you might hear at your swimming lessons. This could be anything from a swimming technique to an instruction from your swimming teacher.

Can you decipher them all?

Please ensure you have a safe space when engaging with these activities at home. Active adult supervision is advised at all times.

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Staying safe around water

Whether at the beach, in the pool, or even around the house, it is always important to stay safe around water.

While swimming and playing around the water is great fun, there are lots of risks and hazards around if you are not careful.

Above all else, make sure you never swim alone and always have active adult supervision when around the water.

If you know what to look out for, it can help to avoid trouble so you can enjoy the water with friends and family.

 

Can you find these mystery items?

Get your best detective gear and see if you can solve the clues to find these mystery items! With every clue solved, there will be more and more mystery items waiting to be found. Will you crack the case and find all the answers?

1 Person that can safely supervise you around water

2 Things you take with you when you go to swimming lessons

3 Places around the house where you can find water

4 Things that can protect you from the sun at the beach

5 Pairs of items that are the same colours as the flags you swim between at the beach

6 Potential hazards around water (this can be objects or pictures too)

7 Things around the house that can float

8 Different ways to stay safe around water

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Kingswim Activity Book for kids.

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In this edition Kingsley is looking forward to some warmer weather and is hoping you can help him design some new bathers in time for Summer.  Enjoy working through the activities in the book and don’t forget to show us your best work on our Facebook page.

Please ensure you have a safe space when practising at home. Leave enough space around you and remove any objects which may create hazards. Remember these drills are intended for dry land practice, not in the water.

 

Download our activity sheet to print and easily follow along at home

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Why focus on your breathing

Focusing on your breathing is a fantastic exercise to improve your swimming. This skill is introduced in K4-K5 at Kingswim, and is an essential skill for intermediate swimmers to continue to practice.

Breathing is very important in swimming and this skill helps to control your head position, ensuring you have a streamlined stroke.

Steps

  1. Swimmers – lay flat on your tummy on the edge of couch or bed. Lay on the couch or bed so that your preferred breathing arm is on the outer edge.
  2. Extend both arms out in front of you and start in the eyes down position.
  3. As your preferred breathing arm starts to pull downward, turn your head to the side and breathe in (with your ear resting on your shoulder).
  4. With your head in the breathing position, continue to push your arm all the way back until your thumb touches your leg.
  5. Raise your elbow, with your hand hanging in a relaxed position, thumb in line with the tip of your elbow (scarecrow arm).
  6. Maintain your scarecrow arm position as you begin to move your arm forward.
  7. Lead with your forearm as your arm moves forward.
  8. As your hand moves past your face and eyes, turn your head to the face down position and exhale.
  9. Continue to move your arm forward in front of your shoulder until it is straight.
  10. Exhale and blow your bubbles
  11. With both arms straight out in front of you and your head down, pause in this position for three seconds before repeating these steps
  12. Repeat this around 10 times.

 

Remember

  • Don’t lift your head – turn it.
  • Don’t look forward.
  • Make sure your thumb pushes all the way back to your leg.
  • Once your thumb has touched your leg, focus on lifting your elbow up nice and high to make a scarecrow arm, your hand should be relaxed.
  • Make sure your scarecrow arm has:
    • high elbows with your fingers down
    • hand hanging loosely from elbow
    • thumb should be in line with the tip of your elbow
  • Breathing – exhale slowly!
Welcome to the third edition of the Kingswim Activity Book. Kingsley and his friends had so much fun putting these activities together. We hope you enjoy them too.
Feel free to share what you have done with us on Facebook!

Here is Edition 2 of the Kingswim Activity Book! We know how much you enjoy coming to swimming lessons with us at Kingswim and wanted to give you some at-home fun whilst we are closed!

We hope you enjoy doing the activities we have included in our booklet.

Feel free to share them with us when you’re done on Facebook.

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We know how much you enjoy coming to swimming lessons with us at Kingswim and wanted to give you some at-home fun whilst we are closed!

We hope you enjoy doing the activities we have included in our booklet.

Feel free to share them with us when you’re done on Facebook.

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