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5 Best Swimming Pool Games for Kids

February 21, 2024
Two children playing in the pool during the summer with goggles on.

5 Best Swimming Pool Games for Kids

Two children playing in the pool during the summer with goggles on.

Dive into our blog, where we unfold a treasure trove of fun and safe pool games for kids. From exciting games to crucial safety tips, this guide is your ticket to turning ordinary pool time into a summer of unforgettable memories. You are in for a splashing good time, whether you’re soaking up the sun at a community or backyard pool!

This is our list of the top five best fun and safe pool games for kids.

1. Pool Noodle Jousting

Two players sit on an inflatable pool noodle as though it were a horse, each armed with a pool noodle. The game’s objective is to knock the other player off their pool noodle horse while remaining on their horse. The winner is the last player who remains on their pool noodle horse!

Parents and guardians are advised to supervise their children during “jousting” activities and establish clear rules regarding knocking another player off their horse.

2. Underwater Treasure Hunt

Toss waterproof items like underwater diving toys around the pool. Participants swim underwater, racing to retrieve as many treasures as possible within a set time. The player with the most treasures wins! Parents and guardians should watch the children playing this game at all times, ensuring they don’t bump or scrape themselves on the pool floor.

3. Marco Polo

In this classic game, one player closes their eyes, becoming “Marco,” and the other players, “Polos,” scatter around the pool. The Marco player calls “Marco,” and the players respond “Polo.” The Marco player uses their hearing to find and tag a Polo player, and the tagged player becomes the new Marco.

Perfect for the shallow end, this game requires dodging quickly to evade Marco. Parents and guardians should watch for overly quick dodges, preventing potential scraped or bumped knees on the pool’s edges.

4. Water Volleyball

In this game, the goal is to volley a beach ball over the net without it touching your side of the pool. Set up a pool net, divide players into two teams, and allow three touches per side to get the ball over the net after a serve. Parents and guardians can play the role of a referee, ensuring rules like no direct hits to the head are followed.

5. Sharks and Minnows

One player will be the shark, and the rest will be minnows. The shark stands in the middle of the pool and says, “Fishy, fishy, come out and play.” The minnows, lined on one side of the pool, begin walking toward the shark. The shark can yell at any time, “Shark attack!” The minnows must run to the opposite side of the pool without being tagged. If they are tagged, they become a shark. The last two minnows are the winners and will be the sharks in the next round!

Parents and guardians should monitor the game as a referee, and no equipment is necessary.

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