If you go into many shops in the summertime you will see a broad selection of water toys. There are floats and water wings, small boats, sit on inflatables and of course pool noodles to name only a few. While pool toys which are actually made for the purpose will be a excellent addition to the pool area and provide the family hours of pleasure, not all pool toys are created equal.
Whenever your kids are about water that the number one thing is supervision. This means never going out of the sight and constantly monitoring what they are doing in the water. This also extends to the toys as well. If a toy get broken, take it from the pool immediately or else it can pose a hazard not only to the kids (cuts and the like) but also to the pool itself. While swimming noodles with chunks from these will still work, and will not cut your child, the bits can still get stuck in the works of the pool and cause trouble.
If that floatie or ride inflatable has a flow, that too needs to be removed and fixed or thrown out. No child 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 repair leaks and for the smaller things it may be easier to replace it all together than to try to keep fixing little leaks.
You may have noticed that pool toys tend to be colourful plastic, and that’s for an excellent reason. Sure those kitchen gadgets may pour and seive water and are plenty of fun, but if they are metal be careful when using them in the pool. First off metal becomes very hot in the sun, and second, the metal could respond with the pool chemicals and turn the water a nasty colour.
While this last thing could be a no brainer, there’s absolutely no room for wheeled toys around a pool. Tricycles and scooters and bikes belong on the grass or the sidewalk, not the pool deck. Safety first!