The 10 Best Pool Toys
10. Blue Wave Aqua Golf
- 2 different color ball sets
- can work with real golf balls
- chipping mat is rather small
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
9. Inflated Sea Turtle
- made with extra-strong vinyl
- ships with patch for repairs
- difficult to inflate
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
8. Giant Inflatable Poop Emoji
- uv resistant coating
- strong reinforced seams
- does not ship with inflatable corn
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
7. Watermelon Ball
- underwater dribbling and passing
- doubles as an exercise ball
- completely seedless
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
6. Living Water Wheel
- no sharp plastic edges
- easy to fill with air
- not large enough for adults
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
5. Inflatable American Bald Eagle
- makes your pool great again
- seats two adults or one american
- national flag substitute
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
4. Basketball and Volleyball Combo
- net fits pools up to 30 feet wide
- comes with balls
- great for pool parties
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
3. SportsStuff Fiesta Island
- contoured backs and armrests
- inflates and deflates very quickly
- can be anchored in place
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
2. UDI Voyager
- anti-tilt hull for continuous play
- ships with a spare battery
- waterproof body
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
1. Swimline Hotdog Battle
- keeps kids busy for hours
- can use any inflatables as 'boppers'
- can be used by adults
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
Taking Summer Fun Seriously
Summer is the season of relaxation, free time, and plenty of fun. Even though most adults have to work during most of the summer (aside from educators, at any rate), the summertime ethos is established early on in life. Children pour forth from their classrooms ready to enjoy weeks of freedom afforded by the summer break, and the many years of this repeated pattern assign a unique spirit to the warmer months.
Whether you're lucky enough to have an entire summer season free of responsibilities or if you simply want to make the most of those weekends or vacation days, the warm weather and the carefree essence of the summer mean myriad opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. It's little wonder that the summertime is the season of the backyard barbecue, the pickup baseball game, the trips to the beach, or of course all those days spent enjoying the pool.
If you are lucky enough to live in a property that has a swimming pool, or if you regularly visit a home or a community center with a pool, then you're already well on your way to making the most of the summer. The hotter the temperature rises, the more inviting the cool and refreshing water of a swimming pool becomes. Swimming is the ideal hot weather exercise, as the water helps keep your body cooler, and splashing in a pool is a great way to cool down after other sports or activities. Pools are ideal for encouraging youngsters to be active during those months away from school (and gym class) as they allow for intense yet enjoyable physical activity. And playful activity is only enhanced by the introduction of great pool toys.
Of course the pool is also great for enjoying at a decidedly slower pace. There's nothing at all wrong with enjoying a lazy float on a raft or tube.
As long as you always consider safety first, pool toys make swimming pools that much more fun. And when it comes to enjoying the summertime, you can't beat playing in the pool.
The Best Pool Toys For Kids
As noted previously, safety always comes first when anyone is in or near a swimming pool, but this is doubly true when children are involved. Before any consideration is given to the best pool toys for children, the adult's responsible for the safety and well-being of the kids in question must take into account each child's ability to swim and must ensure floats or life jackets are worn if needed. Constant adult supervision is also mandatory.
With safety accounted for, it's time to help this kids have plenty of fun while they splash in the pool. And go ahead and think beyond simple balls or pool noodles; these days there are dozens of great pool toys available for purchase.
When considering which pool toys to choose for your kids, first consider whether your children and their friends or other family members are of an age at which and a of a disposition such that they enjoy playing with others. There are myriad pool toys that are best enjoyed by several people at once, such as poolside basketball hoops or dive-and-grab retrieval types of games.
But so too are there plenty of pool toys that are amusing when used by a single person. These include everything from a self-propelled underwater scooter to a spinning water wheel in which a child can traverse the pool by crawling. Most children love to be active and they love to be challenged, so look for pool toys that will encourage activity and which can be used in dynamic ways.
The Best Pool Toys For Adults
When some adults jump into a swimming pool, they can't wait to start tossing ball back and forth or bouncing one over a volleyball net, shooting hoops into a basket perched above the water, or simply swimming back and forth for some enjoyable exercise. If you look for an active pool experience, consider one (or many) of the plentiful sports themed pool toys available these days. From floating golf greens that can make for the ultimate chip shot target practice to nets that span the width of the pool to unique games like that played with the Watermelon Ball, it's not hard to find a great pool toy for the active adult.
Other adults have a markedly different idea of enjoying the swimming pool, and may be more interested in a relaxing float, perhaps accompanied by a book and an adult beverage. There are many floats available that are perfect for the use by one person at a time, but so too are there floating island-type floats which can be enjoyed by multiple adults at once.
And if you think your pool needs some more serious pool "toys" to maximize everyone's enjoyment, you'll be pleased to know that many waterslides are actually relatively affordable. Give swimmers of all ages the ultimate thrill by adding some serious hardware to your pool and letting kids and adults alike make a splash this summer.