Updated on October 5th, 2014
Spring is finally here and as the weather starts to warm it is the perfect time to try out some fun swimming games for kids! Do you have favorite pool game you played when you were a kid? Or, are you looking to try some new games? Here’s some fun water games you can try the next time your family takes a trip to the pool!
Fun Swimming Games for Kids
Shark in the Water – To play Shark in the Water, one person is assigned to be the “Shark”. All other players than have to jump into the pool and swim across to the opposite side of the pool without being tagged by the shark. Once someone is tagged by the shark, they become the new shark and play continues.
Volleyball and Basketball – Setting up a net or a hoop in the pool will let you enjoy some of your favorite sports in the pool as well. You can be creative and turn a noodle into your volleyball line or make an intertube your hoop if you want to try these in games at a public pool.
Marco Polo – One player starts as “It” in this classic tag game. The starting player must use their sense of sound (no peeking!) to try to find the other players in the pool. If they need help, they can call out “Marco!” and all other players must reply “Polo!” Swimmers are allowed to move and avoid being tagged throughout the game. They can even hop out of the pool but beware – if you are out of the pool and the player that is it calls “Fish Out of Water” you are considered tagged. Once one player is tagged (or caught by the Fish Out of Water call) that player becomes the new start player who will search for the rest of the swimmers.
Diving for Toys – Using diving sticks or sand weighted diving toys is a fun way to encourage children to get their faces wet and build confidence in the water. Younger kids can start by “diving” for toys placed on the steps and within easy reach. Older kids can challenge themselves by using the toys in deeper areas of the pool or try to grab them from the bottom of the deep end using a diving board.
Noodles – Pool noodles and can be used for so many different games and activities in the pool. Try filling up the hollow hole of a noodle with water and then blow hard to create a stream of water that shoots out like a whale. Or, sit on the center of the noodle and practice balancing and floating on the noodle.
Torpedo Catch – Torpedo styled toys that can be gently pushed and make their way a long distance through the pool are really fun spin on a traditional “catch” type of game. You can pass the torpedo back and forth under the water or try to sneak it past your opponent to score a point for more of a challenge.
Our Favorite Water Games
My kids absolutely love going to the pool and they have come up with all sorts of their own creative games they love. We’ve tried most of the pool games I mentioned above but some they are still a little bit young for since my boys are 2, 4, and 6. One of their favorites they have come up with is a classic children’s game that is usually played out of the water. They hang onto an adult either piggy back style or holding onto your arms while in the pool. Then, the adult spins them around and around singing “Ring Around the Rosey”. At the end of the song as we sing “… all fall down” the child gets tossed up lightly into the air and splash into the pool. For younger children, we just lightly splash them in the pool while still holding onto them. My boys also absolutely love diving for any type of toy from diving sticks, cute sand weighted pool toys, or even just their goggles. They also spend a lot of time floating and riding on pool noodles like its their own personal water car.
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