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CRACKER THE CROCODILE Meet The Aquatots Characters

Hi there, my name is Cracker the Crocodile.My friends tell me that you have worked really hard throughout all your baby levels and are ready and excited to start your Toddler skills.

No more baby stuff for you now you are all grown up and over 2 years of age! As a Toddler I am told you need keeping in line now and again so that's what I am here for! After all nobody messes with a crocodile!! Don't worry though it's not all hard work, us crocodiles know how to have fun too!!

Let me tell you a little bit more …

What we shall learn with Cracker in Level 8 of the Aquatots Programme The serious bits for Mums & Dads

Your toddler is now starting to become more physically able to do more complicated swims and skills with more co-ordination (that's if they want to, of course!).

In this Level, we introduce several new variations of Swim, Breathe, Swim and encourage your toddler to work towards lifting up their head out of the water to breathe, by themselves. We also try to build confidence by encouraging them to hold onto you rather than you holding them and letting go in-between their swims.

For the more adventurous parents, we would encourage you to swim underwater together with your toddler participating in various skills, i.e. diving for toys under together. If you do not like to go under the water of course you do not have to but it is usually great fun!

 

Now a little bit more about me and my family More about Cracker and the Crocodile Family

I am a reptile and did you know my closest relatives are Dinosaurs and Birds? My family and I live in many different places across the world, in the streams, lakes, wetlands and rivers of Asia, Africa,
America, and Australia. There are many different types of Crocs and some are very big like me, as I am a Saltwater Crocodile, so when I am older I may be as long as my Daddy who is 7 metres!!

 I expect you have all your baby teeth by now but I bet you never have as many teeth as me, I have 80!! I don't chew with them though, I just use them to grab my dinner like you use your hands and cutlery but then I swallow my food all in one. Lucky I have such a big mouth! I would invite you to dinner but as I eat birds, frogs, snakes, turtles, insects, and snails, Mum tells me you would probably not enjoy it.

Now this term you are really going to show Mummy & Daddy just how much you have learnt so far and maybe pretending to be like me now and again will help. I have a very streamlined body and that helps me move swiftly through the water. This term, have a go at being streamlined yourself with straight arms and legs and see just how far you can move through the water. You will love it!! We call it Rockets in class but I like to call it Crocodiles!! I have got a strong tail too which helps me move in the water but be careful not to swim too near it. You may have noticed that my ears, eyes and nose are all on top of my head which helps me stay low in the water. You can have a go at goggles instead which will help you stay nice and low and see where you are going.

Next term, you will be meeting my friend, Sparky The Seal