Four Pool Games for Summer Fitness

Playing in the pool not only helps your kids stay cool in the summer, it’s also a fun way for them to get the exercise they need to be healthy. Keep your kids entertained for hours by trying out these great pool games that help make fitness fun for the whole family.

Always follow the rules of water safety when playing pool games by having an adult present. 

Marco Polo

This classic pool game requires at least three players. One child is deemed “it” and must shut his or her eyes. He or she then tries to tag other players. To find them, he or she yells, “Marco!” to which the players must respond, “Polo!” Once a player is tagged, he or she becomes it.

Monster Ball

You need at least four players and three beach balls for this game. One player, the Monster, stays at one end of the pool with the beach balls. The other players must swim from one end of the pool to the other without getting hit by a ball. If the players swim underwater, they must come up at least twice while crossing the pool to give the Monster a chance to tag them with the ball.

If players are hit by a ball, they become “Monsters,” too, and help tag other players in the next round. The game is over when only one swimmer is left to cross the pool. He or she is the winner of the game. For the most fun, make sure to keep the four players to three balls ratio. For instance, if you have eight swimmers, have six balls.

Color Blind

In this game, one swimmer, who is it, stands in the middle of the pool with his or her back to the other players. The players stand at one wall of the pool and quietly each pick a different color. The player who is it then calls out colors. If a player’s color is called, he or she must swim to the other side of the pool without being tagged. The player who is it cannot turn around to see if anyone is swimming, but must listen to hear if someone moves. If a player is tagged, they become it and new colors are picked. 

Rubber Ducky Race

For this game, each child gets a rubber ducky. When an adult shouts “Go!” players must push swim and push their rubber ducky’s across the pool using only their noses. The first player to get their rubber ducky to the other side, wins.

Discover ways to stay active out of the water: IU Health Speed and Agility camp gives kids the chance to develop speed and flexibility while decreasing their risk of athletic injury. 

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