Plastic kiddie pools have been around since I was younger and they are often the best part of summer. Of course, if your kids are grown, you may not need them anymore. Or, once summer is over, you may wonder what you can do with those old plastic pools aside from simply turning them upside down for storage. I bought a few of these at a yard sale recently for really cheap and that got me wondering just what I could repurpose them into.
I love yard sales and I love finding things that can be reused in other ways. Finding these old plastic pools made me happy because now I get to choose ways to repurpose them, and repurposing really is one of my favorite pastimes. Just check out these 25 ways to repurpose your kids’ old toys to see what I mean.
There are so many ways that you can reuse those old plastic swimming pools and several ways to repurpose those inflatable pools, as well. You can definitely put those pools to use by building a giant birds’ nest or creating the perfect ball pit and even making a container for huge bubbles – by the way, there’s a great tutorial on making huge bubbles here. Whatever you choose to do with them, know that when you repurpose those plastic swimming pools, you are helping to save the environment because you’re not just throwing that old plastic into a landfill. That’s got to make you want to repurpose them even more!
Whether you want to build a container garden, fill the pool with ice and make the world’s largest cooler or even build a duck pond, there is a wonderful way for you to reuse that old swimming pool and we’re going to take a look at the top 20 ways to do so. Grab those old pools and your imagination and let’s get creative!
1. Repurposed Swimming Pool Ball Pit
You can easily turn a plastic kiddie pool into a ball pit and give your little ones some excitement in the pool even during the winter. Just find a place inside where you can store the pit and then fill it up with balls. This works really well with deflatable pools, too. When the kids are finished playing, you can deflate the pool and store it and the balls in a storage container until next time.
2. Amazing Giant Bird’s Nest
If your kids are finished playing with their kiddie pool in the traditional sense or you just need something to do with it through the winter months, fill it with shredded cardboard and giant plastic eggs and make it into a huge bird’s nest that they can play in. This is also the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones about birds and nature in general. Plus, they’ll love playing birdie and “hatching” their eggs.
3. Perfect DIY Bubbly Ball Pit
Turn a traditional ball pit into a sensory play area for your little ones by adding bubbles. Those plastic kiddie pools are perfect for holding in the bubbles and giving them a wonderful playtime. Just add bubble bath and some plastic balls and they’ll have a blast with the textures and after all, what kid doesn’t love playing with bubbles?
4. Repurposed Kiddie Pool Container Garden
If you don’t have the space for a traditional garden, or you just prefer raised gardens for whatever reason, you can turn those old plastic kiddie pools into container gardens. These are perfect for renters, especially. You can grow your own veggies without worries of tilling up your landlord’s property. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about gardening and growing their own veggies is often all the inspiration they need to try new foods.
5. DIY Critter Pit
If you’re looking for a way to teach your young ones about nature, fill that old swimming pool with top soil and then add plastic bugs, lizards, snakes – plastic snakes! – and other critters. Use magnifying glasses, bug nests and other essentials to teach them all about crawly critters and let them explore to their heart’s content. Did I mention using plastic critters? I wouldn’t fill the pit with real bugs or other creatures at all, but kids will still have a blast learning about the critters, while being safe at the same time.
6. Repurposed Swimming Pool Duck Pond
Repurpose that plastic swimming pool into an amazing duck pond! I love ducks and would love to have them just casually strolling through the yard at any given time. This repurposed kiddie pool duck pond is perfect for adding a few young ducks and your kids will love watching those ducks grow up. Using a plastic pool also makes your duck pond really easy to keep clean.
7. Corn Filled Sensory Fun Pool
Corn is great for sensory fun and you can turn an old swimming pool into the perfect place for keeping that corn. Just fill a plastic kiddie pool with corn and let the kids have at it. You’ll need about 50 pounds of corn to fill it up, which you can get at any feed or farm supply store. You can also recycle the corn as feed once the kids are finished with their sensory playing.
8. Beautiful Triple Tiered Garden Fountain
You can turn inflatable kiddie pools into a gorgeous tiered fountain, and it’s not that difficult to do so. You’ll need three different sizes, if you want three tiers that is. This is perfect if you want to add a large fountain but don’t want to spend a fortune and would be a great addition to your outdoor gatherings or parties. You just separate the tiers with planters or other similar items and add a floating pool fountain to the top tier.
9. DIY Guinea Pig Cage
If you’re thinking of getting a guinea pig, or even a rabbit, and you don’t want to shell out over $50 for just a cage, you can easily turn an old kiddie pool into the perfect pet cage, and it gives your little pets so much more room than those expensive cages that you get at most pet supply stores. Just add a small pet fence, which you can pick up for under $20, or you can DIY the fence with some chicken wire or similar fencing material. It’s a great play space for your pets that won’t break the bank.
10. Repurposed Kiddie Pool Party Cooler
If you’re planning an outdoor party or any type of huge get together, a plastic kiddie pool is the perfect way to keep your drinks cold or you can even use it as a buffet type cooler to keep those mayonnaise based foods cool. Just fill it with ice and add in whatever you want to keep cold. This is much cheaper than a traditional cooler, and much larger, too. You’ll be able to keep all of your foods nice and cool while you enjoy the outdoor weather.