Swimming Games and Pool Games for Kids – Splish, Splash and Laugh

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Everyone loves some time splashing around, weather you are one or one hundred, there is a water game suitable for you. Swimming games can be as active or relaxed as you like, and pool games for kids can provide much fun, excitement and energy burning for those active little ones.While entertaining and educating your kids with pool games can be fun, you would also need to buy boys and girls swimwear to make them feel comfortable.

Swimming Games-for training or purely for fun?

Swimming games can be used as a training tool for any sport, not just swimming. They can be used to build strength, stamina and fitness. Lots of athletes and gym bunnies use swimming as a training aid, swimming is one of the best all round workouts . Obviously, if you are going to be partaking in swimming games for the training aspect, you will require appropriate training swimwear.

For training purposes, perhaps the most effective swimming game would be the simple lap relay; this can be altered to accommodate a varied number of participants, surroundings and levels of training. There are also diving games that can be done in a similar way, a traditional one would be working in teams, or just timing yourself individually if you like, to retrieve various objects from the bottom of a swimming pool. For fitness, a treading water competition, or alternating swimming laps under and above water will be very effective. Adding in the competitive aspect will work as extra motivation and help to make those training sessions seem shorter.

Any of the above swimming games can be shortened and enjoyed as fun games, or perhaps adding aspects such as a ball to the relay could make it more fun. Scattering a variety of floatable objects around the swimming pool and having a race to retrieve them can be an easier, more fun version of the training diving game. A game of tag can become surprisingly fun and silly in the water.

Swimming Pool Games for Kids

Once children become confident in the water, there will be no end of fun that can be had in a swimming pool. The great thing about the pool is that it is available all year round, and wherever you live there will be one local to you. Also, you don’t have to worry about the dangers of sea life and strong waves. With adult participation, children as young as one year can enjoy pool games, for example a game of water Hoopla or baby race (using a flotation device) can become great fun for very young ones with a little help from a parent. It is important to ensure all kids have the appropriate children’s swimwear.

Older children can enjoy pool Hoopla and swimming races too, but their motor skills and confidence will allow for much wider enjoyment. Pool Basketball or Water Volleyball can be great exercise, and a great time for groups of kids as little as two, or as large as the pool size and space allows. There will need to be adult supervision to ensure things don’t get too rough and that the rules are followed. Games used for training purposes like lap relays and diving games, can also be used for enjoyment. But, be aware of the ages and abilities of the kids involved.


Inflatable Devices

Be sure to check the pool policy on inflatable devices before investing in any. But, if the rules allow and you have lots of space in the pool, then an inflatable dingy can provide great fun and game opportunities. The best game would be to divide the kids into two teams, and appoint one or two rowers for each boat and the rest as ‘grabbers’. The object of the game is to be the first team to successfully retrieve all objects that have been scattered on or under the water and put them inside the dingy. If the children are younger or less confident in the water, then you could just place objects on, and not under the water.

Many other games can be created using inflatable devices, and several are suitable for young kids, like rubber ring basketball, whereby each team or kid must get the most balls inside a rubber ring from a set distance. Alternatively, hugging a beach ball and racing to the side or trying to push a beach ball along the water and reach the side first. Even a simple game of catch with a beach ball can provide a good time for young kids.






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