Summer is the best season for exciting games and interesting pastimes. Especially children look forward to this season as their favorite activity becomes much more available than before. Swimming is very beneficial and thrilling hobby for kids. For this summer we would like to recommend some games for parents which they can play while they are swimming in the pool.
- Mermaid Races
Some call them dolphin races or submarine races. Call it what you want, this is a “hold your breath and see who can swim the longest underwater race.” My brother always beat me on this one.
Take an empty clear 2-liter plastic bottle. One with a white cap, or the same color as your pool tiles is also a good idea. Fill the bottle with pool water and line the players up on the pool deck, backs to the water. When they hear the splash they can turn around and try to find it. It’s harder than it seems as the bottle camouflages to the bottom.
- Noodle Jousting
Instead of riding horses for this battle, the players line up on inflatable rafts. Then, just like medieval gladiators, they try to knock each other from their mount with pool noodles.
- Shark in the Pool
This is another variation of tag where the players are allowed to hop in and out of the water. The shark, “it”, tries to tag them when they are in the water. If the shark tags someone, they become “it.” You can add variations by giving the shark a mask, a snorkel, even fins so they can swim quickly to catch the players. Players can only stay out of the water for 5 seconds at a time to give the shark a chance to catch them.
- Ping Pong
Just as it is fun to collect things that sink to the bottom, you can do the same with things that float. Ping pong balls make a great floating thing to catch since they’re light and hard to see. You can put numbers on them for point values, initials on them where players need to find just their own, etc. The more you toss into the pool the more fun it is.
- Treasure Hunt
When I was a kid it was simple. My dad or grandpa would toss coins off the deck next to my uncle’s pool and my brother and I would dive in after them. For hours we did this. HOURS.
Freeze tag in the water. When someone is tagged, they stand straight with their hands above their head, like a popsicle. The added twist in this game is submarining. When a player is under water, they cannot be tagged by “it,” but they can swim past a “popsicle” and unfreeze them. (No licking involved, please.)
It’s like Red Rover. Players try to get from one side of the pool to the other without getting tagged by “It.” When “It” tags a player, they join them in the middle and hold hands. Subsequent players join in as well until you have a long line (an octopus) in the middle. Play until 1 is left, and then start again.