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Both my children are very confident swimmers, but this wasn't always the case. I enrolled them both for swimming lessons when they were younger and these really helped them to become confident and safe in the water. During the lessons there would be lots of fun water toys to play with and one of the firm favourites were little round shapes with cute seal faces. The toys in question are made by Zoggs and called seal flips. I was so impressed with these little seals that I decided to buy a pack.
What are they?
Zoggs seal flips come in packs of five and cost around £4. They are small round shapes with cute seal faces wearing swimming goggles. The shapes are made of tough plastic and designed to float on water. Each seal is brightly coloured with a different colour on the bottom to the top. In order to get the seal to flip over, you need to put your face into the water so your mouth is level with the side of the floating seal. Blowing gently on the seal will result in it flipping over to reveal a different colour.
The idea of the seal flips is to help children become confident in water and get their faces wet; something many children are reluctant to do.
My children loved these seal flips. They really did help them to gain confidence whilst having fun. I used to throw the seals in the pool and get my children to race to get them. We also used to complete with each other by seeing who could flip all 5 of the seals in the fastest time. The seal can also be used in the bath.
I love the cute seal faces and the goggles are a great addition. The seals look really friendly and this in turn will also help to make your child feel more confident.
Zoggs seal flips are widely available from many internet sights. I remember buying them from our local swimming pool.
I have just passed these seal flips on to a friend who has a young child and hope they will give her son as much pleasure as they did to my children!
The recommended age for using these seal flips is from 3 months! I think this is far too soon and would suggest they are more suited for children from about 18 months old.
We have been using these Seal flips with our son for about a year now so I thought it was time I wrote about how good they are and how much fun they bring him when we go swimming. Just a quick note these are in the outdoor toy section and whilst we have used them in an outdoor swimming pool we generally unless it is a sunny day use them in an indoor pool.
What are they?
These are five little cute plastic seals they really look a lot like a child's drawing of a flying saucer but with seal whiskers, nose and goggles on the top and bottom of them. The two sides of the seal are different colours e.g. blue seal on one side and a yellow one on the other. The seals are designed for them to float on the top off the water in the pool and then for you to dunk your face down into the water and blow on them to turn them over. They are intended to help your child gain water confidence especially with lowering their face into the water
My son had tried swimming lessons at our local pool when he was about 20 months old but he found the lessons a bit overwhelming and didn't seem to enjoy them. However he loved been taken to the pool so we decided we would try to do some teaching ourselves and wait for a more formal swimming lesson when he was a bit older. When we were looking at things to help him gain confidence in the water these seals kept coming up in the searches so cashing in some dooyoo miles for Amazon vouchers I bought some.
The first time we took them to the pool our son just watch my husband and I blow the seals over. He on this occasion was more interested in collecting them up when they had been thrown in the toddler pool. However we kept taking them for a few weeks every time we went swimming and gradually he gained the confidence to try to blow them over himself. It would take generally 3 or 4 attempts with blowing to get them to turn as he wouldn't lower his face in to the water far enough so would be blowing down wards on the seals which doesn't make them turn. As he gradually got the knack of blowing at the side of the seals thin edge it would take him less and less turns to get them over. Now after using them for over a year he has it down to a fine art and can blow these over without any problems at. The seals seem to have done their job very well in regards to getting him confident about lowering his face into the water as he now has no problems jumping in from the side of the pool with his arm bands on. However more importantly for learning to swimming he has learnt that it is OK and nothing bad will happen if he puts his face down into the water and kick his legs when he wants to move. He hasn't as yet learnt the art of taking a breath in and then blowing out by just lifting his head and taking another breath whilst remaining flat and still kicking. What he does at the moment is to hold his breath lowers his face into the water goes flat and kicks his legs to then return to an upright position when he is out of breath before repeating the same process. I am sure with time he will move on to the next stage but I am happy the seals have helped him get as far as he has now.
He still plays with the seals when we go swimming doing some blowing over of them but they are now used for us to throw around the pool for him to try to swim to collect them and bring back to mummy or daddy. Often at times he will use a float to rest these on and taken them for a swim which I have to say looks very cute.
We have had these for over a year and I would say they are used on average once a week by us and they are still a bright and cheerful colour there has been some wear and tear to the whiskers and goggles with bits of the darker colouring wearing off but I am pleased with how well they hold up.
I would definitely recommend these to parents with young children who are learning to swim. We have found these cute little seals have definitely helped our son learn some water confidence with lowering his face into the water. He is now gradually learning with them to blow in and out with his face half in the water whilst kicking with his legs. They are very robust and seem to be lasting well. They are fun to use for young children with their bright and colourful design and can be used to play various games in the pool to aid water confidence. At around £5-6 depending on the sports stockist they are good value and worth every penny I think
Both my girls have been taking swimming lessons at our local pool for a year now. My girls are only three years old so in the lesson the get to swim with floats, sing songs, lay on there backs like star fish, they also have to go under water. None of the children like being ducked under the water so the children are weary off having to put there own heads into the water.
The swimming instructor recently introduced zogg seal flips to the class as too encourage the children to blow bubbles in the water and blow to flip the seals over whilst their mouths are close the the surface of the water.
As i found the seal flips working for the girls i decided to buy some of our own to play with in the bath and gives them practise for there lessons too.
Zogg seal flips come in a pack of five for £5.00 and i bought ours from the pool however these are available online from other retailers.
Zogg seal flips are lightweight and float in the water. These are made from tough plastic and brightly coloured. Seal flips are round in shape and around 2 inches long, wide. One side of the seal flip has the seal head shape and the other just a round half a ball shape. The seal head is decorated with swim goggles on , nose , whiskers etc.
The idea is to put the seal flip in front of the child and get them to try blow the seal over, it only works when the mouth is close the the water surface. Its really good and easy for a child to blow the seal over and it flips over to the plan side so blow again to bring the seals head back again. Another good game is to throw the seal flip across the pool not to far but as far as the child can swim and get the child to swim and fetch it back.
Zogg seal flips are for children three months +
I think zogg seal flips are a great idea , these have really helped my girls gain more confidence in the water whilst making it a fun game for them too. All the class enjoy the seal flips.
I highly recommend seal flips for any child learning to swim but they also make a fun bath toy even for young babies due to the bright colours.
When my daughter started swimming lessons she was very wary about putting her face in the water despite having goggles on. Her swim teacher recommended these seal flip overs which were sold at the local pool and cost £ 4.99.
They come in packs of 5 and are brightly coloured water toys which are made of lightweight plastic and float on the water. They are a ball shape and they have the image of a male seal on one side and a lady seal on the other. The aim is to flip them over in the water by blowing on them.
These are great for getting a child to get confident with putting their face in the water. Once my daughter realised that all she had to do was blow on it she was quite keen to try and flip it over. The child has to get quite close to the water to make the seals flip, their chin has to be in the water and this is a great start to getting the rest of their face emerged.
The seal flips are also good for helping the child to practice their breathing techniques. They soon learn when to breathe and when to keep their mouth closed!
My daughter is older now and is a good and confident swimmer but she still uses these toys to play with in the water. She chases them around the pool and swims to get them. We have certainly had our moneys worth!
These seal flips are for 3 months and older which is a great age range. Younger children can use them to splash and play with and they help the children gain confidence in water from an early age. I would reecommend them to anyone.
My son has been learning to swimming at water babies since he was two months old. The theory of Water babies is that they learn to swim while they still have the relax to hold their breath under water and slowly teach them how to breath and swim at the same time. As part of his swimming lessons the Zogg seal flips were introduced at the beginning.
What is the Zogg Seal flip?
It is a small spaceship shaped plastic that has divided into two colours with a seal wearing goggles on the top and on the bottom. These float on the surface of the pool. It does have a recommended age of over three months and over. I tend to think this is due to young babies rarely been taken swimming prior to three months and those that are don't tend to actually teach their babies at that age.
The aim of the Zogg flips is to teach young children to blow bubbles and then you re able to gain the reinforcement of seeing the seal flip over and the flip will have a different colour .This does actually teach and encourage little ones to breath under water and blow bubbles.
When we started using them my son was a little too young to understand the concept so it was started by me holding my son in the swim position while I blew bubbles at the seal and he was able to see me blow bubbles and watch the seal been flipped over. From a very young age children are fascinated with the bright colours. I am sure he was more interested in the colours than the seal initially. As he progressed he learnt to blow bubbles and thoroughly enjoyed the ability to flip the seal over. I would hold him in the swim position and swim around the pool.
By the time he had finished his initial swim lessons which were 30 lessons he was able to understand how to blow bubbles and he no longer used these. I do think this was a very useful tool for my son who has no problems controling his breathing under water and at three years of age is just learning to pop his head up to breathe.
My son has never had any fear of water but do think these are a fun tool for children who have a fear of putting their head under the water. Most children do learn to swim wearing arm bands and this in itself I believe can be counterproductive in terms of learning to swim flat with their heads down. I do think these are ideal for the learner swimmer to gain confidence and an ideal tool for encouraging children to put their heads under the water.
I do recommend for young swimmers who will not only gain confidence and skills but also will have a fun experience. These are available from Amazon for £5.50 for 5 flips which is roughly a average price. I would encourage friends to buy them amongst friends as one is adequate.