Fun Pool Games for Kids

Advice // 12WBT Staff

Pool Dodgems

There’s nothing like pool games for kids to keep them cool and entertained this summer. Forget boring games like Marco Polo and Piggy in the Middle – here are five fun games for the whole family to enjoy.


Little kids will love this pool game that can be played safely at the shallow end of the pool.

What you will need:

  • Sunscreen
  • A large Beach ball
  • An even number of players split into 2 teams

How to Play

Stand the kids at opposite sides of the shallow end, butter up their hands with sunscreen, wet the beach ball, then watch their slippery little fingers try and hold on to it as they pass it back and forth.


This fun pool game for the little kids can be safely played at the shallow end of the pool.

What you will need:

  • Some rubber duckies or floating bath toys
  • 2 or more players

How to Play

Line up all the players at one end of the pool, with one rubber duckie each. To win the race, players must use only their nose or chin to push their duckie to the other end of the pool.

If older kids are playing, change the game so that they can “distract” the other players by splashing water in their faces or toward their ducks to knock them backward, as long as they don’t TOUCH the other players or the other players’ ducks.

The first one to get their duck to touch the other end of the pool (obeying the rules) is the winner.


Test your speed and balance in this fun game that can be played in singles or in a team.

What you will need:

  • A pool mattress, raft or donut (big enough for two people)
  • Pool Noodles

(Note: If you are playing in teams, each player needs a donut or raft and pool noodle)

Select two players to sit on a large blow up raft or donut in the middle of the pool.  Give each one a pool noodle and have them joust with the noodles to try and push, poke or unbalance each other off the raft. The winner ‘takes on’ the next player.

To make this a team game, split players up into even teams (maximum 4 people per team) starting at opposite ends of the pool. Each player is equipped with their own pool noodle and must jump on the donuts or rafts and charge the other team. Using their noodles as jousting poles they must push their opponents into the water. The last team to have a player still on their donut or raft wins.

Swimming pool noodle joust

Photo by Travis Hornung


Just like the name suggests.

What you will need

  • Donuts or floating pool toys that you can sit on
  • At least 4 players

How to play

Players evenly position themselves at opposite sides of the pool and climb on to their floatation toy. To begin the game players kick off the sides of the pool and try to knock as many people off their “Dodgem” as possible.

To make it more interesting, have someone poolside playing DJ – when the music stops, everyone has to stop what they’re doing until the music starts again.

Last one floating wins!


Pool volleyball is a classic pool game for the whole family.

What you will need:

  • 4 or more players
  • A ball
  • A Net or a long piece of rope that can act as a net

How to Play

Securely fasten your net or rope across the middle of the pool and start playing. If there are an odd number of players, someone can be the poolside umpire. This game is also great exercise for the whole family.

12WBT recommends everyone be water and sun safe. Here are the 6 steps to take:

Quick Pool Safety Tips

  • Make sure there is a supervising adult within eyesight of the pool, at ALL times
  • NEVER dive or bomb in the shallow end of the pool
  • Running around the wet edge of a pool makes it easy to slip. Remind the kids to take it easy and walk
  • Don’t swim on a full tummy
  • Don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap!

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