This Year’s Best Toys for Above-Ground Pools

pool toys children playing in poolAbove-ground pools are a good way to enjoy summer water fun without the permanent commitment and upkeep of an inground pool. They offer fun and enjoyment for the whole family, especially when paired with some of these fun pool games and activities.

There are a variety of pool games and activities on the market, including some old classics and new innovations.

Classic Inflatable Toys

Inflatables bring familiar sports to the water. Here are a few sports themed options for your pool.

Inflatable ring toss is an easy game for everyone to enjoy. With different point values assigned to the inflatable base, it can be a fun, competitive game. It includes the inflatable base and rings, and a hand pump.

Inflatable volleyball and basketball hops are another sports themed water game. Weighted nets keep them from being tipped over and the set includes both an inflatable basketball and volleyball. Great for team games.

Learn more about some of our favorite Pool Accessories to Enhance Your Fun, aside from the great ideas discussed in this article.

Innovative Inflatables

Another fun sport brought to the water is inflatable cornhole with floating bean bags. Cornhole is a classic summer yard game and can now be enjoyed in the pool as well. The bean bags are weighted and it comes with eight, along with two boards.

A floating football game allows you to work on your passes by throwing floating football through an inflatable goal. The set includes four balls and a goal made to not tip over.

For something out of the ordinary, The Inflat-a-Bull pool float is a floating version of a mechanical bull. See how long you can stay on while your friends make waves around you. If you fall off, the pool provides a soft landing.

The watermelon ball is also a fun, new version of the classic beach ball. It fills with water and then sinks to the bottom where it can then be kicked like a soccer ball or dribbled like a basketball. It also comes in a junio size for younger swimmers.

A Few More Popular Kids’ Pool Toys

Kids have long enjoyed underwater surfboards. This classic toy is durable and literally made for fun in the pool.

Pool noodle water guns are also a favorite of kids and adults alike. They are easy to fill and can shoot water up to 35 feet.

Splash bomb water toss balls can be used for a variety of games. The sponge-like balls float and don’t hurt when thrown. They are a mess free alternative to water balloons.

Creative Pool Activities for All Ages

Adults have options for pool fun as well. A floating pong game offers a place to put cups of a beverage of your choice to play the classic pong game in the pool. You will need to provide your own cups and pong balls.

The inflatable watermelon island was made for relaxing. It is six feet in diameter so it’s big enough for spreading out or for two the share. Its cute watermelon design makes a fun addition to your pool floats.

Inflatable drink holders keep your drinks close at hand while floating or playing in the pool. They come in fun shapes, such as flamingos, palm trees, or cheeseburgers.

Looking for some group fun? Turn your pool into an obstacle course with swim-thru rings.

These rings can be placed underwater for a swimming challenge. They come in a three pack and should only be used by strong swimmers.

A floating activity center with a canopy is a fun way for toddlers to join in the fun. With a sun-shielding canopy and activities built into the floating tray, even the youngest family members can enjoy the water.

This pool accessory includes safety features to help with stabilization. However, children should always be closely attended in the water.

Of course you can’t go wrong with classic toys like beach balls and pool noodles. Diving rings are also a fun activity for experienced swimmers.

Whatever your summer plans are, there is sure to be a pool toy for you that works well with your above-ground pool!

Whether you have an above-ground or inground pool, maintenance is critical- especially in the summer heat. Check out our article about the Best Supplies for Your Above-Ground Pool to learn more about keeping it clean and healthy.

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