Stacy Shares: 5 Fun Pool Games for Kids

Hello August!

The days are long, the kids are energetic and the temperatures are HIGH. In times like these, I rely heavily on keeping my kids outdoors and active as much as possible, and during these dog days of summer when heat can really be an issue, you’ll find us most often swimming and playing games.

Here are 5 pool games for kids to keep them happy and busy all summer long:

5 Awesome Pool Games for Kids

5 Classic Pool Games for Kids

Classic Pool Games for Kids

1. Marco Polo

Yep, the very same Marco Polo we played as kids. One player is chosen as Marco, and must try to tag the other players with his eyes closed. He can say the words, “Marco” and the other players should respond “Polo” to help guide him or her along. If Marco tags another player, that person becomes the new Marco and the games starts over.

Note: If you have new or beginning swimmers, be sure to keep this game confined to the shallow end of the pool.

2. Diving for Treasure

Probably my favorite activity as a child. We used to dive for pennies for hours and hours, but now there are a hundred different diving toys to choose from. Every kid we’ve come in contact with this summer, from ages 1-24, has enjoyed playing with this treasure chest.

3. Dolphin Swim

This one is super simple, no equipment required. It’s basically an underwater race and besides being lots of fun, it’s also a great form of exercise. Sometimes I like to play this one too!

4. Scavenger Hunt

Here’s a game that can keep kids occupied for a little while while you chat with other moms or try to take in a few pages of a book. To play, you’ll just toss a set of items into the pool and send the players to go and retrieve them. It gets harder with more players, and even teams! If you have enough players to make teams, make sure you have enough of each item on the scavenger list to make a set for each team. Then send them off on an adventure to search for the pieces.

5. Fish Scoop

My kids love fishing, and this is a great activity for younger kids. Gather a few items that float and give them a scoop, strainer, or a milk jug with the bottom cut off and let them fish right form the steps of the pool. Bigger kids can swim to collect their fishes and often times my younger kids will “fish” while my older kids dive for treasure. Everyone’s happy, including Mom.

My kids also love having Cannon Ball contests and Headstand competitions!

Note: I keep a beach bag packed by the door at all times with goggles and sunscreen, etc and this small tote full of our favorite pool toys, so we can be ready to go at a moments notice.

Family Favorite Pool Toys

What pool games does your family like to play?

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