As I was organizing my old photos recently in preparation for an upcoming photo book, I ran across these old photos of my kids playing with water in our yard. We never joined a pool until this year, and we never took the kids to the beach. I wasn’t about to tackle that trip on my own. Lake Garrison is the only time I’ve taken my kids to watering hole and felt comfortable. My youngest son has a healthy fear of the water which unfortunatelyled to his falling down at an indoor pool last summer when another child was grabbing at him.
Walmart has very inexpensive inflatable pools in different sizes. They usually hold up pretty well, though beware toddlers wielding lawn ornaments. Walmart also carries the heavy plastic inflatable pool. Toys R Us used to carry it, and may still. The teeny tiny baby pool in the picture above came from The Dollar Tree. I loved it because it was just big enough for a few inches of water, yet not too big for a sitting and crawling baby. We also like to keep one by the bigger pool for rinsing the grass off the kids’ feet.
This pool came from Walmart or Target. We brought the Little Tikes slide over and draped the slide part over the side of the pool. We didn’t have any issues with the slide falling apart, though the little ones thought it was fun to jump off the Little Tikes slide into the pool. If yours do that, remove the slide for pool time.
One year we found this seal that sprays water out of its nose. Just attach the hose to the bottom of the seal and you’re good to go. As you can see, the kids love to bring other items into their water play like umbrellas.