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Cool to the Pool this Summer

A Katy Mom-to-Be reflects back on a favorite childhood pool activity

With our baby due this already very hot summer I find myself thinking back to a fun pool activity from my childhood. And it’s the perfect example of how the simplest things can bring the most fun. So what is this cool idea? It’s simple, it’s cool, it’s giant ice cubes!

On hot summer days my parents use to take large Tupperware bowls, fill them with water and freeze them. In more recent years when my brother and I would talk about how much we loved those summer days with the giant ice cubes my parents told us that they would put the water-filled bowls in the freezer the night before. So it does take a little planning but the good news is that it won’t go bad. If your swim day gets rained out don’t fret!

When it’s time to swim take out the Tupperware bowls and hold them upside down to slide out the giant ice cube. Be sure to support the ice that will be sliding out so that you don’t drop your new pool toy. We would then take them to our pool in the backyard.

You would be amazed at how much fun swimming and pushing around a giant ice cube can be! It may sound silly but it always brought some cool fun to the pool for my younger brother and I. This is just more proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on pool toys to have fun in the pool. Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that will stick with your children. That is how it was for my brother and I. Now as my daughter’s birth quickly approaches my husband and I love to talk about what kind of parents we want to be. One thing I know for sure that we want to do is to introduce our daughter to the little joys of life. In most cases you don’t have to look far to find the fun in a situation. The giant ice cube pool toy idea is a great example of this.

Do you have great ideas for summer fun? Maybe some that you remember from your childhood? Share it with us in a comment!