“ Brand: Argos / Type: Water Toys „
With the long, long school Summer holidays looming large on the horizon, we are all thinking of ways to keep the children happy and amused. A paddling pool is an ideal solution...especially if the weather warms up and the sun starts to shine. Like most families we have have had a whole succession of paddling pools over the years, starting with the smallest and cheapest and working our way up to a very large one last year. It is available from Argos, Asda and various garden centres at a cost of £39.99. and measures a generous 304cm by 183cm. The first problem, is blowing a pool this size up! It takes ages...we used a foot pump and it took a team of two a good hour to fully inflate it, (two people were needed because one pumped while the other lay collapsed on the floor from exhaustion)! Once inflated, it then took ages to fill the pool, a hosepipe is essential, there is no way you could fill this pool by running in and out of the house carrying buckets and kettles... When we were finally ready to paddle, we found that 4 adults and 2 children could easily fit in quite comfortably. It was also roomy enough for an adult to float stretched out on a giant rubber ring...if the children allowed you to take a turn that is! The pool empties via two plug holes in the base...this proved very tricky. When the pool was placed on a paved surface, the sheer weight of water, kept the base of the pool pressed solidly to the ground, and stopped the water escaping...eventually I had to push a broom handle under the pool (very difficult to do), in order to break the suction and allow the old water to run out. The paddling pool lasted all of last summer, but eventually the cat used the pool as a feline tramoline one time too many and I couldn't get the tiny repair patch provided to stick over the holes left by his claws and the paddling pool was no more.... Great fun though and despite ALL the
hassle, another one will certainly be purchased by my family...if only the sun decides to shine. A final word of warning, of course it is ESSENTIAL to always supervise children playing with water, regardless of their age and the depth of water involved.