As summer wears on, you may need to inject a little creativity in your outdoor entertainment. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, try something new with it. Here are several fun activities (which can be modified for a variety of ages) that will help spark even more summertime play. Some are new ideas, some are not-so-new – but all are fun!
- Penny Dive – A little spare change goes a long way! Throw a variety of loose coins (not just pennies) into the pool and have swimmers collect them. The person who collects the most money wins.
- Sharks vs. Minnows – Pick one player to be the shark. Have all the other players, or “minnows” line up against the wall. The shark stands in the middle of the pool and says, “1-2-3 all the minnows in the sea, SWIM!” The minnows try to make it to the other side of the pool without being tagged by the shark. If a minnow is tagged, he then becomes a shark and helps tag minnows until there is only one minnow remaining. That player is declared the winner.
- Marco, Polo – Introduce your kids to this classic pool game. Select one player as “Marco.” Marco shuts his or her eyes, and says, “Marco” while the other players respond by saying, “Polo.” Marco tries to swim towards the “Polo” players by listening to their voices. Once Marco tags a “Polo” player, that person becomes Marco.
- Ping-Pong Play – Divide your group into two teams. Drop floating objects into a pool, such as corks, ping-pong balls or mini inflated balloons, and see which team can collect the most.
- DIY Splash Cinema – Swimming pools and movies are popping up everywhere now that inflatable movie screens and outdoor theater systems are more accessible (how cool is this?!). Even if you don’t have one, you can create a modified “Splash Cinema” at home by bringing a TV outdoors and hooking it up to your DVD player. Viewers float around at dusk watching the film. Just be careful not to get the electronics wet!
Please play with adult supervision only, know personal swimming limits, and stay safe!
Kim is a sponsored Playdate Place contributor.