This is an Aquatic pattern from (pattern 11451)

In my search to be more creative, I sometimes visit the local thrift store and look at the children's games that are for sale. I'm curious about the kinds of game "pieces" used as I open the boxes (can't do this in regular stores). I've purchased trivia questions and cards in the past. My latest find was some small wooden pieces in different colors that were in a game (perhaps spent 50 cents on this). So here's an idea using these pieces. You could use colored paper or whatever you have instead.

Put the colored pieces in a basket along side the pool. Note: This might work best with small groups who are shallow close to the edge. If they would resist moving to the edge or for a larger group, carry the basket to them so there's not much of a break between moves. Post a sign showing what each color represents. An example would be:

Have one student pick a game piece, show the color and put it back in the basket. Do the move and then have each student take their turn. The fun comes in when they keep picking the same color. As the teacher, you must do variations to keep them going. You might even at the end try having them pick two pieces so a combination might be black/yellow - student's choice of kicks or green/red - intervals using animal moves. You can make your colors represent anything which allows you to use this theme many times but makes for a totally different class.

Added by Pam at 11:32 AM on Thursday, April 25, 2002 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: Alexandria, Virginia/Louisville, Kentucky (USA)
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