Swimming Pool Math Games

Posted on June 26th 2017 07:00:00 AM

If you have preschool to elementary aged children, you may be always looking for opportunities to help them learn in fun and inventive ways. So how about helping them practice math while playing in the swimming pool Raleigh NC? They might not even catch on to what you’re up to for awhile!

Here are some ideas for you — and we’ve even separated them by age group:

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Have them count the steps around your fiberglass pool. Discuss why it takes less steps for you than it does for them.
  • Examine all of the shapes around the swimming pool, such as the diving board is a rectangle, and see who can name the most shapes.
  • Much like Red-Light-Green-Light, have one child be the “shark” at one side of the shallow end and the rest of the children on the other end. The kids call out, “What time is it Mr. Shark?” and the shark says a time. This repeats until the kids are close and the shark turns and responds with “dinner time” and tags the nearest player, who is then the shark.

1st Grade to 3rd Grade

  • Find a variety of typical portable swimming pool accessories, such as pool noodles, diving rings, beach balls, etc. Have the kids guess how many of each it would take to span the length of the pool and then have them “measure” to see who estimated more effectively.
  • Discuss weight and volume by dropping a variety of water resistant objects into the pool and discussing which made the biggest splash and why.
  • Using ping pong balls, write a variety of numbers on them. Call out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems (depending on the age). The first to grab the ping pong balls with the correct answer wins. Have the first child who gets three wins start calling out equations.

4th Grade to 6th Grade

  • Work together to calculate the total area of the pool. What is the volume? How many gallons does it hold?
  • Use a stopwatch for a variety of timed tasks, such as swimming from one end of the pool to the other, going down the slide or diving off the diving board. Then have the kids calculate each person’s average time to find the winner.

Who knew that swimming pools Fayetteville NC could be educational as well as fun? It’s all in how you present these “games” to your kids to create a productive afternoon this summer!