Making the Most of Your Pool

Summertime is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors and play outside. If you are lucky enough to have a pool, pick a nice hot day and tell your kids that they’re taking a day off from screen time and are playing outside. If you live in the area, check out pools Pittsburgh area to cool off.  Don’t forget to lather everyone up in sunscreen!

Pool Games

Kids don’t have very much trouble entertaining themselves while they’re splashing around in the pool, but here are a few games to play if they need a nudge.

  • Pixie. Everybody gets out of the pool and stands along the edges with their backs turned. Somebody drops a toothpick in the water and says “Find the pixie!” Everyone turns back around and races to find it floating in the water. The first one to have it in their hand drops it in the pool next.
  • Marco Polo. Whoever is “it” closes their eyes and calls out “Marco!” Everyone else in the water answers “Polo!” The person who is It tries to catch other swimmers with their eyes closed, then correctly guess who they have caught.
  • Beach ball relay race. Two players jump into the pool holding a beach ball. They race to the other end, passing their ball off to the next two players, who also race. Whoever reaches the end first wins.

Bottoms Up

Have your stronger swimmers practice diving underwater. Remember that activities like these require adult supervision, so keep an eye on everyone. Toss a handful of “buried treasure” and challenge your kids to find it from the bottom of the pool. Some fun objects for them to find might be:

  • Pennies
  • Marbles
  • Colored glass pebbles

A pool is the ultimate way to keep cool. Fun activities combined with fresh, cool water make for fun days of summer fun.

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