If you go into many shops in summer time you will notice a wide selection of water toys. There are floats and water wings, little boats, sit on inflatables and of course pool noodles to name only a few. While pool toys which are actually created for the purpose will be a excellent addition to the pool area and give the family hours of pleasure, not all pool toys are created equal.
Whenever your children are about water that the number one thing is supervision. This means never going out of the sight and always monitoring what they are doing in the water. This also extends to the toys also. If a toy get busted, take it out of the pool immediately or it can pose a hazard not only to the kids (cuts and the like) but also into the pool itself. While swimming noodles with chunks from these will still work, and will not cut your kid, the pieces can still get stuck in the works of the pool and cause trouble.
If this floatie or ride inflatable has a leak, that too has to be taken out and fixed or thrown out. No kid wants to get stuck in the deep end of a pool on something that is losing air. For bigger inflatables, there are kits available to fix leaks and for the smaller items it may be easier to replace it all together than to attempt to keep fixing leaks.
You may have noticed that pool toys are generally colourful plastic, and that’s for an excellent reason. Sure those kitchen gadgets can pour and seive water and are plenty of fun, but if they are metal be careful when using them at the pool. First off metal becomes really hot in the sun, and second, the metal could respond with the pool chemicals and turn the water a nasty colour. Besides, why use the fantastic kitchen ware once the plastic pool toys are just as much fun and made for the job?
While this last thing may be a no brainer, there’s absolutely not any room for wheeled toys around a pool. Tricycles and bikes and scooters belong on the grass or the sidewalk, not the pool deck. Safety first!