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20 Best Pool Toys for Kids

Updated 9 October 2020

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When it’s the summertime and the weather is fine, splashing around in the pool is where kids wanna be. While swimming is great exercise and develops motor skills, it can get a bit boring for the little ones. Introducing toys into the water will guarantee the fun won’t stop.

To get the best picks on our list of 20, we took shining endorsements from people who have played with the toys and dismissed the fishy fake reviews that stink up online shopping. We’ve thrown in plenty of variety for different budget, quality and eco-friendly options. Whether the kids want to shoot hoops, snorkel or even become a mermaid, there’s a toy for every aquatic offspring.

1SwimWays Toypedo Bandits Pool Diving Toys - Pack of 4, Colors Vary (Best Budget Option)

These toys come with four torpedoes in a pack and each one can glide underwater up to 20 feet when launched. They are designed to help kids practice swimming and getting things from the bottom of the pool.

What we love

  • Each torpedo is a different color
  • Makes for an interesting gift

We dont like this as much

  • The torpedoes could be larger in size

2Pussan Car Toys for 5-12-Year-Old Boys Amphibious Remote Control Car (Best Quality Option)

This amphibious remote control car is one of the best pool toys for kids because it can be used in all locations without getting messed up around water. It has a dual motor and multifunctional tires that make this the ultimate remote control car. Plus, it is capable of rotating 360 degrees.

What we love

  • It has an easy to use remote control
  • It is water, rust, and wreck-resistant and made from high-quality material

We dont like this as much

  • It only comes with a single battery setup for the remote and car

3Swimming Turtle Bathroom Toy

These turtles have a cutesy design and each pack comes with three turtles of different colors. They are wind-up toys, which means they will move through the water when wound up and they are easy to use and don’t require any batteries.

What we love

  • Each turtle is made from high-quality material
  • Each turtle can move on its own

We dont like this as much

  • The turtles could be a little bit larger

4Dark Lightning Swim Vest

Learning to swim can be difficult, but this is one of the best pool toys for kids because it will help keep them floating. The vest comes in different colors, which makes it excellent for boys and girls.

What we love

  • This vest can fit most kids between 30 and 50 pounds
  • Each one is made from high-quality and durable material

We dont like this as much

  • The buckle can be difficult to undo

5Laxdacee Light Up Bath Toys

These bath toys come in a pack of 12 and each one lights up individually. They change color whenever they touch the water. They can be used in bathtubs, pools, and other water-friendly areas.

What we love

  • The set includes 12 different light-up figures
  • They are made from 100% non-toxic ABS plastic

We dont like this as much

  • You don't get to choose which characters come in the pack

6Hoop Shark Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop Set

This is one of the best pool toys for kids because it will give them an active game to play inside the pool. The game can be played by multiple people, which makes it fun for the whole family.

What we love

  • This does include a ball
  • The hoop is made from high-quality inflatable material

We dont like this as much

  • It can be difficult to blow up

7HAFUZIYN Bath Toy with Fishing Net

This is a fun fishing set that kids can play within the pool or the bath. It comes with colorful sea creatures and a net that kids will use to scoop up the floating animals.

What we love

  • The toys are made from high-quality environmentally-friendly material
  • They are great for developing fine motor skills

We dont like this as much

  • Only some of the toys can be used as squirting toys

8Punada Baby Pool Float with Canopy Inflatable Swimming Floats

With this float, kids can move around the pool freely even if they are not sure how to swim. Plus, it comes with a canopy top that helps to keep them protected from the sun when out in the pool for long periods.

What we love

  • This float is made from durable eco-friendly PVC material
  • It is easy to inflate

We dont like this as much

  • It has to be inflated often to stay full

9HITOP Water Guns

These squirt guns come in twos and are capable of shooting 27 feet, which makes them excellent for use at a pool or the beach. They are designed to be easy to fill and close and they use a pump-action for shooting.

What we love

  • They are small and can be used by most kids
  • It holds up to 10 ounces of water

We dont like this as much

  • They can fade if left out in the sun for too long

10KUYOU Snorkel Set

With this snorkel set, kids can enjoy swimming underwater and learning how to use a snorkel device in the safety of a pool. It is designed to cover both their eyes and their nose and it can be adjusted to fit most kids ages five to 12-years-old.

What we love

  • The mask is anti-fog and anti-leak to provide a clearer image underwater
  • The snorkel has a splash guard and purge valve

We dont like this as much

  • The strap and buckle can be difficult to adjust

11Melissa & Doug Louie Lobster Claw Catcher

This is an easy-to-squeeze toy that can be used to pick up the fish that come with the catcher. Plus, it has an adorable lobster shape and is designed to be easy to use with one hand.

What we love

  • It is made from sturdy plastic
  • It can be used indoors or outdoors in water

We dont like this as much

  • It should come with more than just three fish for more interactive games

12Greenco Kids Colorful Inflatable Water Wheel Roller Float 52" Diameter

This inflatable wheel is designed to be easy to inflate and deflate and it has different colors mixed into the wheel to provide a better experience for kids. It can be used by most kids ages three and up, with adult supervision.

What we love

  • It is made from heavy-duty PVC material
  • It comes with a patch and repair kit

We dont like this as much

  • It is a little narrow, which makes it difficult to use for some

13Fin Fun Mermaid Tail, Reinforced Tips, Monofin Included, Tidal Teal, Youth 8

With this mermaid tail, kids can learn to swim like a fish. It is designed to shimmer under the water as they glide through it. It is designed to help kids swim faster and has tip reinforcement technology to help keep the tail from being torn or shredded.

What we love

  • It has a shimmering neoprene cover
  • It can be used in a pool or the ocean

We dont like this as much

  • It shouldn't be left out in the sun

14PROGRACE Children Kids Camera Waterproof Digital Video HD Action Camera

With this camera, kids can enjoy taking photos of their underwater adventures, and they can even take HD videos that they can cherish for years. It uses a rechargeable lithium battery that is built into the camera and will provide up to 1.5 hours of continuous recording when fully charged.

What we love

  • It has a micro SD card slow that can support 32GB
  • It comes with a one-year warranty

We dont like this as much

  • It doesn't include an SD memory card

15iGeeKid 36" Swimming Pool Ring Toss Game

With this float, kids can enjoy the classic game of ring toss while in the pool. It comes with three bean bag floats that they use to throw onto the raft gaining points depending on where it lands.

What we love

  • It is designed to be easy to inflate
  • It is made from non-toxic materials

We dont like this as much

  • It could use some sort of container to place the deflated float and bags

16Intex Pool Volleyball Game, 94in X 25in X 36in, for Ages 6+

With this inflatable volleyball game, kids can play volleyball while enjoying the cool water of a pool. It comes with a net and a ball that has weighted anchors to help keep the net from tipping over.

What we love

  • The net is made from 10-gauge vinyl for durability
  • It comes with a repair kit

We dont like this as much

  • The weight bags do not come filled with anything

17Oodles of Noodles 3 Pack

Kids can enjoy floating around with these noodles. They are made from high-quality non-toxic foam, and this pack includes three different noodles of different colors. Unlike other noodles, these are solid and do not have a hole through the middle, making them more durable.

What we love

  • They can be used for multiple purposes inside and outside of a pool
  • They are dense and will float on water

We dont like this as much

  • They could be made thicker

18Watermelon Ball JR - Pool Toy for Underwater Game

This watermelon ball is designed to provide kids with hours upon hours of fun inside and outside of the pool. It is designed to be easy to fill, and the instructions are easy to follow. They are meant to encourage pool activity for kids.

What we love

  • It is made from durable material
  • It is hard to bust this ball

We dont like this as much

  • It requires access to a water hose to fill it up

19Swim Research Swim Training Kickboard

These kickboards are designed to help kids build up their upper body strength and their leg strength while swimming in a pool. They are made from soft and comfortable EVA foam. They come in both junior and adult sizes.

What we love

  • They are easy to use
  • They are excellent for playing and working out in a pool

We dont like this as much

  • You do not get both of the board sizes

20Inflatable Pineapple Pool Float Raft

With this float, kids can feel like they are in the tropics. It is made from high-quality material and it is thick and durable, which helps to ensure that it will last for longer than many other rafts.

What we love

  • It is easy to wipe down and clean off
  • It is capable of holding up to 300 pounds

We dont like this as much

  • It could use some sort of cup holder for longer layout sessions