Kids love playing in the water, but with the fickle British weather, it’s not always possible to let them play outside or take them to the beach. It’s good to know that no matter what the weather, you can always take them to your local swimming pool for a great time.
Once you’re there, why not give these fun games a try?
- Dolphin racing. Dolphin racing is great fun and the kids can race as individual or in relay teams so any number can join in. All you need is a beach ball for each competitor or team. The players line up on one side of the pool and try to move their beach ball to the other side using only their noses. The first one to get right across is the winner. If it’s a relay, the next player takes over and this continues until everyone has had a turn. Take care though, as if the ball touches any other part of the body, then the offending player has to go back to the beginning and start all over again. It’s a great game because kids of all abilities can join in – some can swim across while non-swimmers can use a board or else walk.
- Bobbing heads. This is a fun game that helps kids become confident at putting their heads under water. Any number can play and all you need is a soft ball. One player is designated “it” and takes the ball. The others spread out a short distance away. The idea is that the other players submerge and when they pop up to breathe “it” tries to hit them with the ball. The player who has been hit then becomes “it”. You can let the kids play this game as long as they like and join in or drop out as they please as there is no winner and numbers are not important, as long as there are more than two. As a variation, players who are hit can be given another ball and join “it”, the winner being the last one hit.
- Whirlpool. For a fun way to get younger kids used to the water, whirlpool is a great game. You don’t need any equipment and there are no complicated rules. At the shallow end of the pool get the kids to join hands and then get them to walk clockwise in a circle. As they walk they get faster and when they are going as fast as they can, on a given signal everyone turns and tries to go the other way. The whirlpool effect makes it practically impossible – the result will be hilarious chaos.
We want you and your family to have fun in the pool, but remember that you need to keep a close eye on the children at all times to make sure that accidents don’t happen.
For a great deal on a family swim trip, why not put some Nectar points towards your visit? Just head to the Nectar Swim website, tap in your postcode, and all the pools in your local area will pop up. You’ll then be able to redeem your points for emailed vouchers for use at your nearest participating pool. You’ll get your vouchers within 48 hours and then you’ll be able to get off to the pool of your choice.
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