Troy, over at SongStreet wrote to me last week about pool games. Here’s what he had to say…
We were talking about swimming games and Devon and Tanja mentioned Marco Polo which I had never heard of.
The most popular game we used to play (in Canada) when I was a kid was Hen Rooster Chicken Duck. A very simple chant where everyone “ducks” under the water on “duck”.
Hen Rooster Chicken Duck sounds like a great game for kids as it gets them to hold their breath and put their heads under the water.
Marco Polo is another pool game that’s popular in the states. One person is “It”. They close their eyes and say “Marco” and everyone else in the pool has to say “Polo”. That helps the person who’s “It” identify where the other people are. He has to catch one. Then that person is “It”.
Many thanks to Troy for sharing Hen Rooster Chicken Duck with us.
If anyone else knows of any other pool games, songs or chants, please share them with us in the comments below.
UPDATE: You can find out about another pool game called “Sharks and Minnows” in the comments below!
UPDATE #2: Troy over at SongStreet gives some good ideas in his lastest blog post about how to turn these games into “dry” classroom games.
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