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12 Best Pool Toys and Floats for Kids

A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

Summer Activities for Kids

Finding fun and creative pool activities for my kids starts with getting some creative pool toys. Some toys on my list I purchased for fun or as gifts. But, I did not buy all of them.

I also have to consider the cost and ensure the toys work in our pool. For example, I included the Aqua Climb, but I didn’t get it because the price and setup are way over my budget.

Some toys I listed need a large water area and will take up most of any pool’s surface, but you’ll discover they’re well worth the adventure. Of course, the larger ones are more costly, but that never stopped my friends who have a big enough pool.

Still, I assure you I bought some of these pool toys I listed. And my kids enjoy and use them safely. To keep the pool activities fun, I bring out a couple of new pool toys every summer to watch the kids have a ton of fun.

1. Water Wheel

I call this a creative pool toy for kids because it quickly burns up their energy. My kids sleep well after a day of playing in the pool with the Water Wheel.

Kids sit in the middle of the wheel and turn it using their body weight. It goes fast, and some kids get dizzy from the spinning. The manufacturer recommends an electric pump to inflate and deflate the wheel. Adult supervision is a good idea. In the video, the kids need more practice before it's fun.


2. Aviva Saturn Rocker

My kids got creative with the Saturn Rocker. They whipped around in the pool as a sea-saw. My kids partnered up while some played with it on their own. My daughter and her friend played on it for hours - an excellent way for kids to bond and develop friendships. The girls are compatible in height and weight. That is important. Either way, it looks like the girls had a great time.

I tried it on my own and decided it wasn't for me, but my friends loved it.


3. Aqua Climb

I like this pool toy because it mixes swimming with rock climbing. If you slip and fall while climbing, you end up cooling off in the pool — no harm done.

The toy costs well over five thousand dollars, but I hope the cost will eventually go down. It’s a creative idea for recreational swimming. They set it up at public pools and fancy hotels. I am sure some campgrounds have invested in one or two for their members. The toy looks like a lot of fun but is too big for my pool.

4. Nuclear Globe

Oh, my gosh, I want this pool toy. It is expensive but worth every penny. If you have room for it, it is worth the price. When I tried it, I was nervous at first. I got used to it and relaxed. I went all over the swimming pool, and it seemed very small.

I only borrowed the globe to try it. I am not interested in buying one because our pool is not enough to enjoy it fully. I recommend taking the Nuclear Globe to a lake or any large body of water and having a great time.


5. Aqua Rocker

Aqua Rocker is a kids' pool toy. Two kids need to be on it. One on each end, they rock back and forth in the water. They use their body weight, getting the inflatable toy to move in the water. I tried it on my own, and I rocked back and forth by myself.

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The only thing is that the two kids need to be similar in weight. If one weighs more, the lighter kid will have difficulty staying on the toy, falling off, and being unable to rock back and forth.

6. Inflatable Balls

Though I didn't try it in my pool, I did at my friend's pool. We had so much fun with the balls. The video says it all. I struggled to balance myself, then got used to being inside the ball. My legs were sore the next day, which tells me it was a good workout.


7. Giant Swan

My niece and nephew enjoyed their giant swan in their pool and had a great time floating on such a big bird. My sister-in-law found one on sale for $30.00 at Kohl's. She thought it was a great deal, and we all tried it. Calling this pool toy a giant swan is nothing but the truth. It is huge. The picture shows a girl on the toy, but it is big enough to hold a man. I tried it for about 10 minutes and got bored, but it's great if you want to relax and float around.

8. Bull-Riding Inflatable Pool Float

I noticed the rubber is thicker than other inflatables, so the bull endured all the beatings and thrashings. The price wasn't too bad. We joke around, talking about having a beast in our pool.

You will have a rough time with this inflatable bull. All ages have a great time, including teenagers, adults, and little kids. My kids had fun competing against each other. My husband and I enjoyed riding the bull, and the kids were on it longer than the adults.


9. Floating Hoops Basketball Game

The floating hoops basketball game is perfect for young kids and teenagers. The idea is to play a basketball game in the pool with two or more players. Six players per game will work best. Any more, and someone might get hurt like an elbow in the eye. We blew up the hoop, and it floats. The basketball had issues. We replaced the ball with a heavier and more durable basketball. It is easier to control, and it flows. My kids played HORSE. That took some time and kept the kids busy. They played until late in the afternoon, and the floating basketball hoop cost $5.99 to $9.99 on Amazon. There are others for around $15.00. The more durable ones are more expensive.


10. Aqua Monterey Multi-Purpose Inflatable Hammock

I purchased two inflatable rafts for our pool; I am glad I did because they are easy to pack. They are flat before inflating them, so they pack without taking up a lot of room in the suitcase. We took them to the beach at Lake Tahoe. They were perfect. Once my kids were on them, I couldn't get them off. They held spontaneous races.

My husband and I snagged them back as soon as we could. The float allows your body to sink a little into the water, which is refreshing. It's perfect for a hot summer day. People asked me where I got the rafts because we looked so comfortable. The netted material separates the two inflated pillows and helps you move through the water. I consider it the best float device because it's light enough to move through the water using my arms.

Amazon photos show how much fun the Aqua Ball is.

Amazon photos show how much fun the Aqua Ball is.

11. Aqua Ball

I visited my brother's house and discovered this incredible basic pool toy that is so fun. My niece and nephew called it the Aqua Ball. It is for teenagers or adults, not little kids.

You can pass, kick, bounce, and even dribble the ball underwater. We hugged the ball and did cannonballs into the pool, throwing, catching and diving.


12. Light-up Water Balls

My kids play with the lights in the pool at night and outside. They take them into their rooms at night and make up fun games with each other. My kids even take them into the bathtubs, ensuring the bathroom light is off.

The light-up balls need batteries, so have extras around the house because the kids will light them up all the time. Each ball has a button you can switch, so the colors cycle through or rotate.

When you purchase these light-up balls, you must check and ensure they work immediately. I bought some that didn't work and received a refund. The balls can break if thrown too hard and hit anything substantial.

A friend of mine uses these balls to accent her pool at night. It's very effective.

Children's Safety

As I said, I did not get all these pool toys, but I shopped around and bought a few of them. I recommend you do the same.

Every pool needs inflatable toys and floats. It's the only way to keep the kids busy and outside in the pool during the summer.

I advise you to get the affordable ones and feel comfortable using them based on the children's ages. Each pool toy adds a lot of fun. They keep kids busy in the pool for hours and hours. Just make sure your pool doesn't get overcrowded with toys. Safety is a concern at my house, so we keep the toys on deck if the kids are not using them.

I need to stress the importance of adult supervision and never swim alone. We have a buddy system at my house, so everyone stays safe.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh


Amirmadrid 29 on May 18, 2017:

I have something I guess it's old money from 1320's I want know the value of it?

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 15, 2017:

Great time to check out these pool toys, summer is coming.

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