Summer means pool time for Handstand Kids! While there are always the fun stand by games like Marco Polo and Categories, we’d like to share three of our favorites that make us giggle and smile. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Have everyone get in the pool and line up single file along the edge with very little space between them. Have everyone walk for a couple of minutes, then jog another couple of minutes, then “run” around the edge another couple of minutes. If done right the water will “carry” them around the pool. Finally, tell them to turn around and go the other way. It is almost impossible to go against the current!
If you have a swimming pool and lots of people together, throw in a couple of rubber ducks, and you can play Duck Push. Here’s how it works:
Put 3-4 players at one end of the pool and give them one rubber duck apiece. When you say go, they must use their nose to push the duck to the other end of the pool. They can also “blow” the duck forward; they just can’t bite the duck and swim to the other end with it in their mouths. Nor can they touch their duck with their hands or feet.
Further, the players can “distract” the other players by splashing water in their faces or splashing water toward their ducks to knock them backward. They just can’t actually TOUCH the other players or the other players’ ducks.
The first one to get his duck to touch the other end of the pool (obeying the rules) is the winner.
Divide the players into two teams and have each team line up on opposite sides of the pool with a plastic bucket. Then scatter about 25-30 numbered ping-pong balls around the pool. The numbers represent the point values for each ball. With an On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! both teams jump in and try to retrieve the balls and place them into their team’s bucket.
The catch is that players are allowed to retrieve only one ball at a time. When all of the balls have been collected, each team adds up the numbers on their balls to determine their score. The team with the highest score wins. This game can be made more interesting by allowing teams to win extra points for collecting sets of consecutive numbers.