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The children must seat themselves on the floor as though in a boat, legs straight on the floor, in form of the letter V.
The best and most skilful child will of course be "stroke','and the others should be placed according to size.
To begin the song, the children will all be ready for the rowing action by bending forward with arms straight out, and thumbs touching; backs of hands uppermost, and on a level with shoulders. The sweep of the arms brings the hands to the floor twice in every bar.
When "See how we splash',' is reached, the movement is altered,and instead of rowing, the chil­dren simply pat the ground with the open palm of each hand, as though splashing water.
There should be no longer pause between the verses than the beats of each concluding bar.
The last refrain "So we float" etc. should go at increasing speed to the end.

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