More counting songs for: Climbing Classes
Counting songs are fabulous because kids can see the end. This helps when they are practicing a skill that they equate to a root canal. I use these ones in toddler & preschool classes with kids in the 1-4 year old range.
5 in the Bed (and the little one said)
2-4 year olds like to "stand up, spin around, and lay down" rather than rolling "flat like a pancake" to take a breath. It takes a lot of energy to recover from a standing position, so we want swimmers to act as if they are lying in bed. The 5 in the Bed song is a great drill to isolate the roll and practice proper positioning.
I will usually start off this song with one hand on the child's back and one hand on the chest so that I can flip the swimmer myself. As the (teddy bears, monkeys?) fall out of the bed I provide less and less support until the swimmer is roll-over over independently.
5 Little Ducks (went out one day)
This is the sexist version but the kids like the voice change in the end, so I go with it. I usually use this one to extend back floats for hesitant swimmers. We get to relax into a long back float but there is a foreseeable end to the torture as we count down the ducks.
Rebecca & Sarah have been working with children for over a decade. You can find a compilation of ideas for the classroom, home, and athletic fields here.