How to Make Your Own Pool Toys


Before you throw away your plastic containers or deliver them to the local recycling center, try to find a use for them at home. This is easy if you have a swimming pool because plastics make excellent floating toys. They're cheap, easy to make and relatively safe even for the youngest swimmers. All you need to construct them is rubber cement.

  • Remove the lid from an empty 1-gallon plastic water jug. Apply rubber cement around the inner rim of the lid and screw it on as tightly as possible. Use the jug as a ball in pool games.

  • Remove the lid from an empty 5-gallon plastic water jug and glue it to the jug as in Step 1. Use the jug as a floating device.

  • Remove the lid from a 6-by-12-by-31.5-inch plastic storage container. Apply rubber cement along the top edge of the container, replace the lid and press down tightly to secure the bond. Use the container as a pool float.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fill the toys with glitter or confetti to make them more attractive. Avoid paint because it can come off in the pool water.
  • Though these toys can help inexperienced swimmers float in the pool, never leave someone unattended who doesn't know how to swim.

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