Are the kids getting restless this summer? More importantly, are you tired of coming up with ideas to entertain them? Well, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite swimming pool games for you.
Divide the children into two groups. Have them swim the length of the pool doing different relays such as, walking on their hands, riding a pool noodle, swimming underwater, doing somersaults in the water, etcetera.
Ping Pong Scramble:
Have about 20 ping pong balls marked with a number indicating a point value. Players form a large circle consisting of two teams. They scramble to collect the ping pong balls and place them in their designated team basket. You can use 2 different colored buckets or laundry baskets for the receptacle. The team with the most points at the end, wins.
Combine a list of random, non floating items, in pairs of two, such as diving rings, spoons, or marbles, to toss in the pool in separate areas. Divide the group into two teams and give each of them a list. The first team to collect all of the items on the list wins.
Have everybody get in the pool and line up single file along the edge with very little space between them. Have everyone walk for a couple of minutes, then jog another couple of minutes, then “run” around the edge another couple of minutes. Eventually, if done correctly, the water will carry them around the pool. They can try turning the opposite direction to walk against the current, but it is really difficult.
Watercolors (our namesake):
One person stands outside of the pool, with their back towards the water. Everyone else stands along that same edge of the pool (in the water) and thinks of a color. When everyone is ready the person standing outside of the pool shouts out different colors. When your color is called you have to swim across the pool. When the person standing outside the pool thinks someone is swimming they turn around and jump in and tag the swimmers before they reach the other side. If the swimmer gets tagged they are the new person to stand outside of the pool. Every time the person turns around and nobody is swimming or they didn’t tag the person, they take one step further away from the pool.
Start with 2 watermelons and 2 teams or two individuals. The object is to get the watermelon to the opposite side of the pool, on the floor of the pool, without using their feet at all.
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