By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:35 am in Backyard fun.
Time for another installment in our Backyard Fun series, inspired by you guys. We’ve talked about children’s gardens and beanpole tepees, stickball and street games, homemade sidewalk chalk, and gigantic bubbles. And this week’s edition was inspired by Cindi and Jackie’s descriptions of lazy summer afternoons spent splashing in grandparents and aunts’ swimming pools. So without further ado, here are six great swimming pool games, none of which involve Marco Polo. Check ’em out, then click comments and add your favorites.
Ping-Pong Scramble: Ahead of time, use a Sharpie marker to number a bunch of ping pong balls – the more the better. Line up two teams of swimmers at opposite ends of the pool. Dump the balls into the center of the pool. At the signal, both teams scramble to grab as many ping-pong balls as they can carry back to a bucket at the side, but no one can carry more than one ball at a time. When all the balls have been scooped up, add up the numbers printed on each. Highest score wins. (From Family Fun Magazine)
Battleships & Submarines: Line up your two teams – the battleships and submarines – against opposite sides of the pool. At the signal, the battleships come off the wall and start taunting the subs. The subs chase the battleships underwater, trying to tag as many battleship toes as they can, before the “ships” make it to safety on the opposite side. Tagged battleships become submarines. But if a submarine runs out of air, surfaces and gets splashed by the opposition, he becomes a battleship. (From The Source 4YM)
Sharks and Minnows: This classic game is played in the deep end, so it’s a game for swimmers only. One person is the shark, the rest are minnows who line up at one end of the pool. When the shark hollers “Dinner time!” the minnows try to swim to the other side, while evading the shark. Minnows who are tagged, become sharks too. As soon as the remaining minnows have made it to safety, the “Dinner time!” call goes up again and the little fish swim frantically once more.
- Beach Ball Race, an unusual nose-to-nose swimming race
- Fruit Hoops, a fruity take on the ping-pong scramble
- Bottle, a sneaky underwater version of “Steal the Bacon,” but the “bacon” is a clear, 2-liter, water-filled plastic bottle that becomes nearly invisible under water.
Games to add to the list? Click “comments” and share!