Unplugged play idea: kiddie pool + bubbles = awesome!


Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far in central Indiana and, after the long winter, the kids and I were ready for it!  We’ve been loving the sunshine and the blue skies.

This week has been the first week of the year we’ve been using the pool, which is always one of our favorite backyard summer treats.

Normally we have a larger pool that uses a filter to keep it clean and the water clear all season long.  This year, however, my youngest doesn’t quite have her sea legs, though she’s eager to explore the water, so we decided a smaller kiddie pool would be best for our backyard space.

A kiddie pool for the summers we have toddlers seems to be a family tradition and my big kids don’t mind too much as long as we take them on plenty of trips to the big pool, too.


To keep the kiddie pool from getting slimy and a little gross, every once in a while we dump it out and clean it.  I use a dish scrubbie designated for this task and a few squirts of dish soap to scrub down the sides and floor, and then I rinse it out before we refill it.  This works for us.

Sometimes before I dump and clean the pool I add the dishsoap while the pool is still full of water for some super fun – think GIANT bubble bath.

Dish soap + a thumb over the hose nozzle = instant super mom status!




Note:  dish soap won’t feel great if it gets into your little one’s eyes, so make sure no one is going to be putting their heads under water if you try this, okay?  Also, a little bit goes a long way. 


And should you be a toddler prone to do something crazy like, say, get a hold of a marker and give yourself a neck tattoo? Well, a little bubble soap and some time in the pool will help your mama be able to scrub you clean in no time.


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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Jessica Saunders says:

    what about baby shampoo, because you know the water will go flying. Then it shouldn’t hurt the eyes!

  2. We broke out the pool yesterday too (Ohio). Our son was on cloud 9 :)

  3. What a great idea! I hate the sliminess that always builds up in the little pools but never thought about using dish soap. My kids are definitely chomping at the bit to get their bathing suits on.
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  4. What a fun idea! And a win win win situation … clean pool, clean kids and lots of fun to boot!
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