Sliding and jumping
May 21, 2013

slidingandMum: Do you know what happens to frogspawn?

Son: Yes. The balls will pop out of the jelly and then they’ll turn into tadpoles.

Mum: What happens to the tadpoles?

Son: They grow legs, then their tail shrinks, then they grow little things – like frogs do – and they jump around and then they turn green and then they get bigger.

Mum: And they hop around on lily pads?

Son: Yeah, and they sometimes use the lily pads as slides or those things where you jump… highboards – in swimming pools – they use them as that, you know. They bounce on them and go: “Wheeee! Splat!”

Santa in a paddling pool
May 9, 2013

santapaddlesSon: That paddling pool‘s for babies!

Mum: No it’s not. YOU can stand in it and paddle – I can stand in it and paddle and I’m an adult!

Son: Can Santa stand in it and paddle?

Mum: Yes, probably! …Although his reindeer might not fit in.

Flipping around
March 18, 2013

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Back flips – Mar 2013

D: Those shapes are the reflection on the top of the water and that’s the man at the top of the ladders. That’s the sun shining through the window, and that’s us swimming – there.

Water world
January 9, 2013

waterworldD: I feel sick because I drank too much in the swimming pool. I don’t like one thing about swimming now, when I think about the water.

Me: You’re not meant to drink the swimming pool, you’re meant to keep your mouth shut when you’re under the water!

D: I did!

Me: So how did you drink the water if you had your mouth shut – did you take a straw in?

D: No… That would be silly!

Me: Perhaps you should have a snorkel next time?

D: Yes – that’s it! That’s a GREAT idea!

Me: Well… Snorkels and masks are for learning to dive, and you can’t learn to dive until you can swim a few lengths of the pool, first.

D: But diving‘s not allowed in the swimming pool.

Me: Diving INTO the water’s not allowed, but I’m talking about diving UNDER the water – sub aqua diving. I used to do that – it was great! There’s a whole different world under the sea – like in Finding Nemo, with all kinds of fishes swimming past.

D: Did you want to see a shark?

Me: Only if it was quite far away.

D: I bet you didn’t want to see a HUMPBACK WHALE? They’re the biggest creature in this world!

Me: Only if they were quite far away too.

D: Are they bigger than the sea?

Me: No – otherwise how would they fit IN the sea?!

D: Oh yes.

Pool person
October 17, 2012

Swimming pool design – Oct 2012

D: It’s a swimming pool in the shape of a person – you can swim in the head; or the body; or the feet.

Taking turns
August 10, 2012

D: You know we said yesterday that we can do something that I like doing, then something that you like, then something that I  like and then something that you like?
Me: Yes?
D: Well we went in the pool all yesterday, so today we can do something YOU like! What do you want to do? Go swimming? I REALLY want to go swimming – can we go swimming?

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