School holidays are very close and you know what that means- the kids are out of school. So what can you do that’s cost effective, time consuming and is able to keep them busy but easy enough so you can relax as well? Pool games of course!
Depending on the age of your child, there are always games they can play that will be
appropriate for them. If your child doesn’t know how to swim, you can teach them, they’ll
enjoy learning. If it’s not in the cards for them at the moment, remember, there’s so many pool accessories that will still allow them to have plenty of fun when in the pool. Please note that children at pools are required to swim nappies to ensure that the communal pool environment stays free of water-borne illness and free of service disruptions. Leak free swim nappies are washable and reusable pants. In general the baby swimwear requirements are needed to keep the pools clean and enjoyable for everyone.
Pool games for kids 0 – 1
If your child is in this age group there are so many games you can play with them in the
pool. A great one is the ‘Happy and You Know It’ game. This involves a group of people and
possibly other babies with everyone singing ‘If you’re happy and you know it, splash your
hands’. Whilst singing, everyone will follow the actions to the song. This keeps everyone
involved and the kids love it too!
Pool games for kids 1 – 2
For another great activity, when in the pool hold the child’s hand and sing to the tune of
Humpty Dumpty. Sing ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
then count 1, 2, 3. On three, pull your child into the water. If your child is still a little weary
of putting their head under the water, do not allow them to slip below the surface of the
water. If they are alright to slip under, let them go in a free fall fashion and when you do lift
them up, turn them around and help them paddle back to the edge of the pool. This will allow them to feel more confident in themselves when it comes to swimming.
Pool games for kids 3 – 4
If your child is more confident in the water a good game for them to play is a treasure hunt in the pool. Simply get a bunch of their pool toys together, throw them in the water (ensure they are not looking) and give them an order to go get the toys in after. This could be by colour or by size. It is important that you keep your children supervised at all times and the great thing about this game is that it allows them to gain great swimming experience.
Whatever you choose to play with the kids will allow you and them both to have a fun filled
experience and there is guaranteed to be lots of laughs along the way. Enjoy!