If you’re feeling as though the summer’s been a long time coming, the good news is – the sun’s out at last! And what better way to make the most of it than with some water games in the garden?

Get warm in the rays, then jump into that chilled H2O for a serious cool down! And with a paddling pool handy, you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy a beach style day with little ones.

If you’re staying at home, a paddling pool is the perfect way to keep little ones cool on warm days. Even as the kids get a bit older, having an inflatable pool to hand is never a bad idea as they can at least dip their feet in when those rays heat up! If you can, fill your pool up first thing in the morning so the sun will warm the water as the day goes on.

If you’re keen not to use too much water, we suggest keeping the paddling pool for a special treat, and not filling it all the way to the top when you do use it. And remember that as long as you haven’t put any chemicals into it, you can use the water to sprinkle on the grass and plants once you’re done.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eiseley

Water games for kids

Paddling pool throw and catch

As simple as it sounds! Get a big inflatable ball and catch and throw, or just let your little one throw it in the air and watch it splash into the water.

Sink or swim

Choose items that will sink or float (eg, a metal spoon, a sponge) and let your child guess whether it will stay on the water’s surface or float down: this is a mini science lesson to boot!

Fishing race

Scatter 7 or 8 objects in the paddling pool (ping pong balls, small bath toys or any waterproof figures) and see how many your little one can catch in one minute! Use a net if you have one, if not, a sieve or even a bowl will do, though they’ll need to be extra skilful at emptying the water out every time they grab an object!

Bucket races

Fill buckets with water from your paddling pool and get the kids to race each other from one end of the garden to the other. Whoever has the most water left in their bucket at the end wins!

Bubble Blowing

Bubble blowing is a great activity to do while sitting in the pool! If you have some handy, let your little one blow them across the garden while they splash, and watch in delight as they float here, there and everywhere!


Get the kids to sit in the paddling pool with small cups, and fill a big bucket with water. Pour it down from a height: the winner is the one who collects the most water.

“Water is the soul of the Earth.” – W. H. Auden


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