I received a SwimWays Squidivers set to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own.
Summer is in full swing and between our pool membership, numerous lakes and of course, our back yard kiddie pool, the kids are spending the hot days in the water! We just grab a friend and some cool water toys and away we go! Swimways has us covered with their wide variety of toys and games for the pool. While my twins are long fans of diving toys, Kinsley has recently discovered the joy to be found in this water treasure hunt game.
Kinsley is doing great with her swim training but one of the kids recently taught her to plug her nose while going under water. While I wanted her to be comfortable diving in water without plugging her nose, she really has developed no fear of diving with this method and is constantly under water. Diving is her favorite thing to do in the water right now so naturally Swimways Squidivers are her favorite water toys!
Designed for ages 5 and up, Squidivers are for children who feel comfortable diving and retrieving. They come in a pack of three, colorful toys shaped like squids. The heads have an opening that are a perfect for fingers to toss in the pool.
Squidivers are also weighted so they balance on their heads when they are at the bottom of the pool. The soft, flexible tentacles float upright making them easy to grab.
Kinsley loves playing with these in her kiddie pool. Even though it is only two feet of water and not much of a hunt, she dives right under to retrieve her squids.
When she gets a little better at swimming, we are going to try these at the lake with her. Right now, she isn’t a strong enough swimmer to dive in deeper depths. My 14 year old twins, on the other hand, adore diving and have for many years. Now, if only Kinsley would share her Squidivers!
SquiDivers are great swim training dive toys! Here are some great game ideas for Squidiver play from the Swimways website!
8 Fun Games You Can Play With Squidivers
Diver Down: Wait in the water while the SquiDivers are dropped into the pool. The aim of this dive game is to get as many SquiDivers as possible – before they hit the bottom. Go one at a time, or work as a team!
Open Hunt: For this pool game, wait poolside while someone places the SquiDivers in different parts of the pool. When all the water toys are placed, race against friends and family to get as many SquiDivers as possible. The player that collects the most wins!
Color Call: Wait poolside while someone places the SquiDivers pool toys in different parts of the pool. Get a supervising adult to call a color, then players just need to find the called out color and return it to the color caller. The winner is the person who gets the most SquiDivers.
Map the Pool:
What you need:
- Snorkel, mask, and fins.
- This pool game is the most advanced of the eight SquiDivers games.
- Wait poolside while the SquiDivers are distributed into various parts of the pool.
Players can then swim around the pool to memorize the SquiDiver map and return to the start area. What is the best route to take to retrieve the highest valued SquiDivers? Then just decide on a game format: Number Hunt, Open Hunt, or Color Call.
Number Hunt: Similar to our other pool game, Open Hunt, except the value of the SquiDivers is added up to determine the winner. The points are located on the head of each SquiDiver. Orange is 30 points, green is 20 points and yellow is 10 points.
Falling Squid: Have a supervising adult throw the SquiDivers in the water. Wait poolside until the dive toys hit the bottom, then dive down to retrieve and return to the pool surface – how many can you catch in one dive?
Squid Poker: This game combines a great mix of memory and critical thinking skills and can be played in the water or poolside. Each person has a full set of SquiDivers. The more sets of SquiDivers, the more combination of “hands” can be gathered. Hands are rated from lowest to highest:
- One pair of same color
- Two pairs
- Three of a kind
- The mix
- Full house
- Four of a kind
Hide & Seek: Stand poolside with your eyes shut while your friends and family hide the SquiDivers in and around the pool. When they shout “Ready” open your eyes. It’s now up to you to find them all! Where will they be?
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