School is out for the summer, and if your kids are like mine, it's only day three of summer vacation and you are already hearing the dreaded words "I'm bored!" Let me say - kudos to teachers everywhere for keeping these little guys entertained for over 7 hours a day! Because the last thing you want to do is have them sit in front of the television, computer, or video game console all summer - now is the time to make a plan!
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. It is recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Why not spend those 60 minutes splashing in the pool this summer? Swimming pools are an outstanding resource for getting your kids to exercise during the summer months. Kids love to play in the water and probably won’t even realize that they are getting at great workout at the same time! (And from my experience, water play REALLY tires them out - think naps!!!)
We have some really great pool games available here on SwimmingPool.com, but here are a few of my favorites:
You don't really need expensive toys or equipment - inexpensive pool noodles or a beach ball will work great. The most important thing to remember is that children should never swim alone in a pool without adult supervision. Be sure to enforce pool safety with children at all times.