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Inflatable Pool Toys and Games| Rides, Wheels and Other Funny Water Floats

Updated on February 19, 2012

It must be really fun to have a pool and get ready for summer. All that inflatable water toys and games, all that floating chairs and lounges, all that slides and bouncers waiting to be dusted, blown up and lunched at water all over again.

But are you really ready? Did you take a look online to see what the market has to offer? If you did not make any investments in your pool fun inventory for few years you may be surprised to find new or improved inflatable pool toys and games.

The good thing is that you don’t need to invest a small fortune in your floats. Their price is more then affordable.

Of course, you can find bigger and better inflatable supplies for your pool party if you want to impress but if you just want to have some fun for you and your kids these inflatable toys are perfect.

Here are some idea for cheap water fun toys, from trampolines to bouncers and slides, from rockers and wheels to giant serpents and sharks, from ping pong to mini golf.

Bouncers and slides

Bouncers are the water counterpart of a trampoline. Also, there are floating trampolines as well but they are very big and more suitable for lakes then pools.

There are small differences between a floating bouncer and a floating trampoline. On a bouncer the bounce is not as high and powerful then in a trampoline. That is due, in part, to its construction.
Safety guidelines apply to bouncers as to trampolines and you can read some safety tips here.

Another difference is the price: you can get up to ten bouncers for the price of a trampoline.
Slides are a great addition to a bouncer or a floating trampoline. But they can also be set up as a single piece.

The most used water slides are the ones that are set up at the edge of the pool, with the end reaching below the water. However, if you prefer to have a slide in the middle of the pool you will need an inflatable floating slide.

Floating water rides

Like in a park, floating water rides are toys, mostly designed for children. They are among the cheapest floats for your pool and the amount of fun they provide to little kids is worth every penny.  For less the twenty dollars you can get an alligator, a shark or a dolphin, a turtle or a whale.

There are all kinds of sea creatures along with ride on floating logs or giant serpents. If you buy for little children that don’t handle  swimming very well, then you may want to make sure that your floating ride has a large flat surface. The more narrow and curved they are, the more they tend to flip and can even pose a potential danger.

Some of these inflatable toys can hold up to two children but I won’t allow an adult to ride on them because they are not designed for heavy weight. You better buy some floating chair for moms and dads.
My favourite one is the alligator.

Floats for playing games

Some of the games that you and your guests can play while in the pool are volleyball, basketball, polo, bean toss, ping pong, mini golf and many other. All the games can be set up as inflatable floats on the surface of the water.  Some floats require a larger surface while other are fine in a small pool. Also, some of them, like basketball or volleyball, can be attached to the edges of the pool .
Unlike rides,bouncers and slides everybody can play these kind of water games. They are double the benefits: besides having fun you get a nice work out for your body.

Other inflatable water toys

There is an infinite assortment of water toys out there. And many more are being invented right now. Some of them caught my attention as being different. Take for example an arcade shooter that comes with water guns also.

A water wheel is an inflatable floating wheel, the kind that hamsters are put  in, that is supposed to roll on your pool. This float is can be challenging for bigger or unskilled bodies or for shallow water.

A floating motorbike is an inflatable ride on that looks like a boat and comes with a water gun. This toy is for kids only. Pair this with a UFO spaceship squirter and you have a star war battle on your very pool. 

The biggest question now is not if you get an inflatable pool toy but which of them should you get.
When you make your selection think about who is going to use them and for how long. If you have more then one child or have guests then is better to buy a toy that allows multiple players. Are these toys be traveling at the cabin? Then maybe they should be easy to pack and set up. Are you going to take them out of the water after each use or let them in the pol for most of the time. In the latest case maybe is better to g something that have a longer life, is made with heavy materials and it may also come with a better warranty.

Also, when you do your researches online check the customers reviews before you buy. And don’t forget to get that pump for all your floats as you may have a lot to blow.


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    • Kevin Peter profile image

      Kevin Peter 

      8 years ago from Global Citizen

      I love all sort of water toys

    • KiaKitori profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      L.L. Woodard...summer is too short not to enjoy it.

    • KiaKitori profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      MarieAlice, my kids like the pool and they play all kinds of games too. Sometime I can't get them out!

    • KiaKitori profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      thank you, joy 56

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Good article and the accompanying pictures gave a good impression of the wet fun to be had with a pool and pool toys.

    • MarieAlice profile image

      Maria Alicia Cardenas 

      8 years ago from Spain

      nice hub and great kids love spending their time in the pool, so pool toys are a must!!!

    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      well done, the pics are great, and i enjoyed the hub.

    • KiaKitori profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Denise & kashmir, thank you for your visit and support.

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi KiaKitori, very well done !

      Welcome to Hubpages !!!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Great start. Welcome to hubpages!


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