As Mother’s Day approaches, we reflect fondly on the importance our moms played in our lives growing up. Children often have a special place in their heart for their mothers. For swimming pool owners, a pool provides a wonderful place for quality time–and play time–with children, creating lasting and impactful memories. In fact, playing with your children has cognitive benefits. According to the Child Development Institute, playing with your child improves social skills, familial bonding, self esteem and can promote health and wellness.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of the top pool games you can play with your kids.
1. Marco Polo
Marco Polo is a pool game that has been around for decades. One player is chosen as “It”. This player closes his or her eyes and tries to find and tag the other players without the use of vision. The player who is “It” shouts “Marco” and the other players must respond by shouting “Polo”, which “It” uses to try to locate them. If a player is tagged, then that player becomes “It.” This game can be played with children of any age, but works best when the child is able to swim.
2. Sharks and Minnows
Sharks and Minnows is another game that has been around for a while and is best played with a group of people or children. These are the steps:
- Identify who will be the shark. Eeveryone else will be minnows.
- The shark is positioned in the middle of the pool and says, “Fishy, fishy come out and play.” The minnows slowly swim towards the sharks to reach the opposite side of the pool without being tagged.
- If a minnow is tagged, he or she also becomes a shark.
- The minnow that is left wins and becomes the shark the next round.
3. Dolphin Race
This game is simple. Hold your breath, and see who can swim underwater the longest!
This game is similar to like Red Rover. Swimmers try to get from one side of the pool to the other without getting tagged by “It.” When “It” tags a player, they join them in the middle and hold hands. Subsequent players join in as well until you have a long line (an octopus) in the middle. Play until one is left, and then start again.
Have everyone start slowly moving around in a circle, then move faster and faster and faster until a whirlpool is created and you can float on it. (This works better in a smaller pool.)
6. Biggest Splash (or Best Belly Flop) Contest
Challenge your kids to a contest–who can make the biggest splash, or if you’re brave, the best belly flop! If you have a diving board you can do diving contests.
7. Pool Sports
Many of the sports you can play on land, you can also play in the water–like volleyball and basketball. Volleyball nets and basketball goals for pools are available online. These games teach kids coordination and keep them physically active.
In addition to pool games, a swimming pool can be fun place to have Mother’s Day lunch and festivities to celebrate. With a swimming pools, you can be on your way to enjoying all the memories and benefits it provides. Contact Leisure Pools today (www.leisurepoolsusa.com) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.