There is nothing like a swimming pool to add fun to family time in your backyard, and pool toys certainly add to that fun. But you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy pool toys, because once you jump into the cool blue water of a swimming pool, everyone feels like a kid at heart!
Swimming pool toys are a must for those that plan to spend countless hours of fun in their pool. Unless you are looking for a solitary oasis to relax in the quiet of your own backyard, then you will certainly want to include a repertoire of fun pool toys to have on hand when the gang comes by for a swim or you want to have some good times with your kids (or with your spouse!).
What types of pool toys are best? There really is no one pool toy that is superior to all others. The general rule of thumb is this: As long as the pool toy can provide some fun, is safe to use, and is sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear that it will endure, then it is a good pool toy. When it comes to toys for pools, there is a wide variety to choose from.
Below we list just a sampling of the types of swimming pool toys to choose from:
Inflatable pool toys – These are a must for any pool, whether you’re looking for hours of active fun or a great place to lounge and relax. Inflatable pool toys include floats, rings, and any other type of inflatable item that is made for the pool and can hold the weight of a person laying or sitting on it. There are also inflatable toys just for playing with, such as beach balls, blow up floating toys and other toys made for smaller children. There are also large inflatable pool toys, such as large slides, that can provide hours of fun and laughs.
Motorized pool toys – These can provide hours of fun! Motorized pool toys include boats, animals and other small toys that can be navigated along the water with the help of a small motor. They are not made for humans to ride on, but rather for a bit of fun from the side of the pool as you navigate a remote control to make the toy ride across the water.
Floating pool toys – Floating pool toys can include any type of toy that can float in the water. This includes inflatable pool toys, such as floats, rings and blow up balls, as well as any other type of toy or item that can float along the top of the water. There are many types of pool floats that are not inflatable but that float and are great for a few hours of relaxing on the water, and there are lots of other types of toys or other items that float that can provide fun and can also help with floatation and even exercising. These include items such as kickboards, swim noodles and more.
Plastic pool toys – Plastic is one of the most popular materials used for making pool toys for kids and also baby pool toys because they are so durable and can also easily be cleaned. Plastic pool toys are hard and usually float, although some (like diving sticks) can be weighted so that they can provide an opportunity for diving and exploration below the water’s surface. These toys are inexpensive, easy to clean so that if they wind up in the mouths of small children they remain fairly sanitary, and easy to transport if you’re headed to someone else’s pool.
Sports pool toys – Want to get in a fun family game while in the pool? Consider installing a pool basketball net, a volleyball net that spans the pool or another type of sports pool toy that can provide hours of fun and recreation for the whole family. These work especially well in inground pools, but can also be used in some above ground swimming pools as well.
There is no doubt that when it comes to pools toys add an added element of fun, whether for the young or the young at heart. There are lots of cool pool toys on the market and they come in a variety of sizes, price ranges and types. There are toys for as little as a dollar that can provide hours of fun for the little ones, while some pool toys and floats can get rather pricey but can last for a long time and can meet the needs of even the largest (or oldest!) kids.
Pool toys can be purchased almost anywhere. They can be found online, at your local pool store, at a toy store, or even at the nearest discount store. Some toys are specifically labeled and sold as pool toys but there are other regular toys that can easily be transformed into a fun swimming pool toy with just the addition of a little water. Whether you own an above ground or inground pool, pool toys can really add to the fun!