Few things scream “summer” like a day at the pool. Pack a picnic, some towels and plenty of sunscreen and get ready for a fun-filled day of swimming.
But what is there to do at the pool besides wade in the water or bask in the sun? Teach your kids these classic pool games to keep them entertained all summer long.
This game is great for any number of participants and can be tailored to newer or more advanced swimmers. One person stands as the “judge” at one end of the pool (for young kids, choose the shorter side of the pool and for older kids, choose the longer one), and everyone else lines up at the opposite end. The judge counts down and tells the swimmers when to start. The goal is to swim the entire length of the pool without coming up for air. The first person to the wall wins!
For this version of the classic game Tag, have all the kids line up on one side of the pool. Choose one player to be “it,” and have him or her stand on the other side of the pool with his or her back to the other players. “It” calls out any color he or she chooses, and if a player has that color on his or her swimsuit, he or she should try to quietly swim the length of the pool. If the “it” player hears any movement, he or she can jump in the pool and try to tag any of the swimmers. The player who is tagged then becomes “it.”
The Invisible Bottle
Fill a clear, empty clear two-liter soda bottle and have all the participants line up at one side of the pool with their backs to you. Drop the bottle into the pool at a random spot of your choosing. When you say “go,” have all the players turn around, jump in the pool and dive to retrieve the bottle. This game is harder than it sounds!
Get some exercise by swimming some watermelon relays! The goal of this race is to swim the length of the pool while holding a watermelon without letting your feet touch the ground. Do laps, make teams or include a variety of other swimming races to change things up!
This safer version of the game Chicken requires a lot of balance! In the pool, have each player balance on a noodle and hold another noodle in their hands. Players can then “joust” to try to knock the other player off their “horse.”
As always, practice pool safety whether you visit a public or private pool this summer. Maintain constant adult supervision of children in and around the swimming pool at all times. Do not allow children to run near the pool, and be sure to keep everyone hydrated and apply sunscreen every two hours.