Nothing says Summer like hanging out in the water. For us older kids we like large pools where we can play games and clown around with friends. Others like really long pools that allow one to swim laps. I personally prefer a good water park. For me nothing beats water slides (especially with tubes) and gently floating down a lazy river. Even the thought of it is cooling during this oppressive heat wave (not that I mind the heat). For our little ones though a shallow wadding pool in the backyard is all that is needed to keep them happy.
Nick received his first pool as a birthday present from his Nana. We’ve only had a chance to get it out a couple times, but he loves it. She got him the My First Inst-A-Set Pool. It’s wonderful because it does not require us to blow it up. As an added bonus once it has been drained and dried you can roll it back up for easy storage which is really nice since our garage is small and doesn’t have a lot of spare storage room. The pool itself is on the inexpensive side, so we figured if it didn’t last more than a year then it wasn’t a big deal.
Of course it does take a little more than some round plastic and seven buckets of water to make the pool time truly enjoyable. Enter fun pool/bath toys. We keep some special toys on hand that we only use in the pool. Nick’s favorite one is the Fisher-Price Spray ‘N Lights Bath Whale (seen in the picture above). You put batteries in it, and then you can push down on the top of it and it lights up (although it’s almost impossible to see this during the day) and sprays water up. Nick loves to have the water turned on over and over again (it doesn’t stay on long and he never pushes hard enough to turn it on himself). He loves to try and grab the water that is being sprayed.
Swimming Pools whatever their shape, size, or kind are a big part of Summer and a wonderful way to cool off and beat the heat. We went for a simple one, but today’s market carries more styles than you can imagine. I’ve even seen huge blowup ones that include climbing walls and large slides. That sure beats what we did as kids which was to put our wadding pool at the bottom of the swing-set slide. It’s really great if you have the hose on so water is running down the slide. Whatever you choose though your child will have a wonderful time.