Beyond Marco Polo: Swimming Pool Games for Kids
When it comes to swimming pool games, Marco Polo is so cliché. Try a new game to add a fun twist to your kids’ summer swimming adventures. Here are five games kids can play in the swimming pool.
(Safety note: Always play safely and only with adult supervision).
It’s like a carnival game in the pool! Place a plastic cup on a pool float or boogie board. Have the kids sit on the deck and give each child 10 pennies. Taking turns, each child tries to toss a penny into the cup. Score three points for each penny in the cup, one point for each penny that lands on the float. Remember to pick up the pennies when you’re done to avoid staining the pool liner.
Hole in the Bucket Race
Drill a ½-inch hole into a plastic bucket. Ask the kids to line up on one side of the pool and put an empty bucket on the other side of the pool. On your mark,get set,go! Have the kids fill the bucket with a hole in it with water and hurry across the pool to dump what’s left into the empty bucket. Whoever fills the bucket fastest is the winner.
Smear a large watermelon with Crisco and place it in the center of the pool. Divide swimmers into two teams and line up on opposite ends of the pool. On the word “Go!” teams race to the watermelon and try to get the slippery melon onto the pool deck without throwing it. Teams will have to work together to succeed. Whichever team gets the watermelon on the pool deck wins the round.
Underwater Treasure Hunt
Scatter an assortment of toys and water-safe items on the pool floor. Give each child a list of five items to retrieve. Start the timer and,go! First to find all their items wins. But be careful: If you bring back an item not on your list you’ll need to return it to where you found it or take a 10 second penalty.
Guess My Answer
Start by asking all the kids to stand on the pool deck. Choose one child to be the guesser. Pick a category and tell the guesser to go under water while each child names an item from the category (ex., Christmas songs “Jingle Bells”). After each child has named something from the category, the guesser tries to guess each child’s answer. Make it fun: If your answer is guessed correctly, you have to do a cannonball.