15 Cool Pool Floats to Try Out This Summer

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Amazon/iStock

Now that it’s finally getting hot out, it’s time to hit the water. Relax in style with one of these amazing pool floats.

1. Ice Pop; $30

A girl stands next to a pool float shaped like a popsicle

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

What’s better for summer than a pool float shaped like an iconic tri-colored ice pop? Unlike the edible kind, these inflatable pops are 6 feet tall and perfect for even most adults to enjoy.

Find it: Amazon

2. Gumball Machine; $25

A woman stands next to a pool float shaped like a gumball machine

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

This giant gumball machine is 5 feet tall and comes with a ring in the center to sit in. The bottom part of the machine is perfect for resting feet. The “glass” part is clear plastic to mimic the real thing.

Find it: Amazon

3. Unicorn; $31

A woman sits on a giant inflatable unicorn pool float at the beach.

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This 9.5-foot-long unicorn floatie is definitely the most magical thing you can add to your pool. This gigantic creature can hold over 400 pounds and comfortably sits two people. There are handles on the neck, so yes, you can totally live out your dreams of riding a unicorn.

Find it: Amazon

4. Gummy Bear; $38

A pool float shaped like a red gummy bear

Swim Central, Amazon

For a sweet time in the pool, grab one of these large gummy bears to relax in. The sugary float stands at 5 feet tall.

Find it: Amazon

5. Doughnut; $19

A pool float shaped like a pink doughnut with a bite taken out of it

Big Mouth Inc, Amazon

If you’re looking for a dessert-oriented floatie, try out one of these doughnut inner tubes that come in strawberry and chocolate (pink and brown). The sprinkled doughnuts are 4 feet wide and made with durable vinyl. Despite being pretty tough, it comes with a patch kit just in case you hit a snag on the lazy river.

Find it: Amazon

6. Patriotic Bald Eagle; $13

A pool float shaped like an eagle with the American flag on its back

Swimline, Amazon

Ride around the pool in style at your next Fourth of July barbecue with this extremely patriotic float. It’s shaped like a bald eagle with an American flag across the back, perfect for celebrating the United States. The durable PVC material allows for use in a pool, lake, or ocean. It’s 8 feet across so two adults to sit on it without being too squished together.

Find it: Amazon

7. Toucan; $50

A woman in a pool on a toucan-shaped pool float

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Turn your pool into a tropical rainforest with a toucan pool toy. The floatie comes with a head, wings, and tail. The neck has handles to hold onto when riding the float around in the water. Despite the dark color of the floatie, it stays cool in the sun thanks to its vinyl exterior.

Find it: Amazon

8. Pizza; $34

Friends on interlinked pizza slice-shaped pool floats

Swimline, Amazon

Ever want to cuddle up with a piece of pizza but without the grease stains? This pizza pool float can make that a reality. It’s 6 feet long, meaning most adults can lay on it comfortably. For a real pool pizza party, there are bungee connectors on the sides to connect the slice to other slices—you can even form a whole pie with eight of your friends.

Find it: Amazon

9. Everything Bagel; $15

A pool float shaped like an everything bagel

Swimline, Amazon

For more New York food fare, check out this everything bagel. Just like the doughnut, the bagel is the perfect shape to be transformed into an innertube. The delicious looking floatie comes with a bungee connector so you can hook up with another bagel lover while floating around.

Find it: Amazon

10. Dinosaur; $20

Kids on a dinosaur-shaped pool float

Swimline, Amazon

The young (and young at heart) will love this intimidating-looking, 6.5-foot-long T.rex that stalks pools, lakes, and rivers. It even comes with some tiny arms that wobble as you move around.

Find it: Amazon

11. Flamingo Cup Holders; 16 for $15

Three flamingo-shaped inflatable cup holders

Home Kitty, Amazon

If your float doesn’t come with a cup holder, your drink is going to need a float of its own. These floating coasters look like pink flamingos, making them perfect for pool parties and luaus. For added fun, you can get a big matching flamingo to ride.

Find it: Amazon

12. Pirate Island; $97

A pirate fort-shaped pool float

Swimline, Amazon

Reenact your wildest pirate dreams with this inflatable fortress. To enter, there’s a a swim-through ring in the center and a working drawbridge. To protect the float from enemy pirates, there are also three inflatable swords and shields included in the box.

Find it: Amazon

13. Serpent; $26

A pool float shaped like a coiled serpent

Swimline, Amazon

This fun spiral-shaped float looks just like a sea serpent. The two-toned toy has a head on either side for double the fun. It stands just under 4 feet tall, making it a good size for children to enjoy.

Find it: Amazon

14. Heart-Eyed Emoji; $20

Text your friends (with a waterproof case, hopefully) on this 5-foot-wide emoji-shaped float toy. The heart-eyed face is the perfect symbol to show your love for the summer.

Find it: Walmart or Overstock.com

15. Sloth, Teddy Bear, and Panda; $35

People relax in pool floats shaped like a panda, a sloth, and a teddy bear

Swimways, Amazon

Relax in the embrace of your favorite animals with these cute Huggables floaties, which come in the shape of a teddy bear, a sloth (our personal favorite), and a panda. Each oversized lounger is just over 4 feet long and features a handy cup holder in the moveable arm.

Find it: Amazon

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A version of this article first ran in 2016. It has been updated to reflect current availability as of May 2019.

12 Quirky Books for Imaginative Kids

Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster

Though childhood classics like A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are never truly go out of style, each year brings a new cache of funny and fantastical books that will feed the expanding imaginations of young readers everywhere. From a self-conscious sewer monster who wants to make friends to a gluttonous dinosaur who gobbled up Christmas, this guide has the perfect quirky story for every kind of kid on your holiday gift list.

1. Rumple Buttercup // Matthew Gray Gubler ($9)

This whimsical tale about a self-conscious sewer monster is written and illustrated by Criminal Minds star, and king of quirk, Matthew Gray Gubler. While cute characters and a simple message about embracing your individuality make it a great gift for very young kids, its absurdist humor makes it a laugh-out-loud read for older kids and adults, too.

Buy it: Amazon

2. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath // Mac Barnett ($8)

president taft is stuck in the bath
Candlewick/Amazon

Mac Barnett’s good-natured retelling of William Howard Taft’s infamous (though unconfirmed) bathtub blunder teaches children two things. One, history is far from a tedious list of names, dates, laws, and battles. And two, even the most stately world leaders have embarrassing moments.

Buy it: Amazon

3. It’s Only Stanley // Jon Agee ($15)

it's only stanley book
Dial Books/Amazon

When strange noises wake the Wimbledon family at night, they assume their dog Stanley is cleaning or fixing something; in reality, Stanley is transforming their house into a rocket ship that will carry them to an alien-inhabited planet. Fans of The Secret Life of Pets and Phineas and Ferb’s Perry the Platypus will love this rhyming read-aloud (and surely wonder what their own pet is up to when they’re not around).

Buy it: Amazon

4. Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge // Megan Frazer Blakemore ($6)

frankie sparks and the big sled challenge
Aladdin/Amazon

Third-grade inventor Frankie Sparks is back for the third book in her STEM-inspired series, and this time, she’s about to learn that the hardest part about creating a competition-winning sled is less about sled-building and more about team-building. Great for elementary school kids who love to create anything—be it art or architecture—as well as anyone who’s ever had to work on a group project.

Buy it: Amazon

5. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! // Mo Willems ($10)

the pigeon has to go to school
Hyperion Books/Amazon

Mo Willems’s original pigeon book was Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, a thoroughly riotous, award-winning tale about a pigeon trying to convince readers to let it drive the bus when the bus driver asked them not to. In the latest story, the headstrong pigeon pivots to something it very much does not want to do—go to school. It sends a message about the value of doing things you don’t want to do, but, most importantly, it’s also really funny.

Buy it: Amazon

6. The Glass Town Game // Catherynne M. Valente ($11)

the glass town game
Simon & Schuster/Amazon

Catherynne M. Valente spins a riveting fictional tale from the true story of Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell Brontë’s childhood in a Yorkshire parsonage, where they passed the time dreaming up an intricate fantasy land populated with toy soldiers. In Valente’s novel, the fantasy land comes to life, complete with whale-sized flies, Champagne flutes that play music, and fire-breathing porcelain roosters, and the siblings must use all their wit and imagination to figure out how to get home. It’s a little like Alice in Wonderland meets The Chronicles of Narnia, and perfect for fans of both.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Lambslide // Ann Patchett ($13)

lambslide
HarperCollins/Amazon

The internationally bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth is just as clever when it comes to writing for kids. In Lambslide, a group of lambs mistakenly hear lambslide instead of landslide and begin a farm-wide campaign for an actual slide for lambs. With quaint illustrations, endearing characters, and an engaging plot, this is the type of book that ends up in the family for generations.

Buy it: Amazon

8. The Book With No Pictures // B.J. Novak ($9)

The Office alum B.J. Novak turns storytime into a full-fledged comedic performance with The Book With No Pictures, a book filled with nonsense words and phrases like blork and blaggity blaggity, which the reader has to read aloud. For parents, it’s a blueprint for embracing their silly side. For kids, it’s a chance to see their parents not seem so parental.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Spencer’s New Pet // Jessie Sima ($14)

spencer's new pet
Simon & Schuster/Amazon

The author of Not Quite Narwhal returns with another adorable story, this time about a boy who must avoid sharp objects in order to protect his balloon-animal pet dog. The mostly black-and-white illustrations (except for the dog, which is red) give Spencer’s New Pet a refreshingly old-fashioned feel, and the tale itself is sweet, evenly paced, and timeless.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Serafina and the Black Cloak // Robert Beatty ($8)

serafina and the black cloak
Disney-Hyperion/Amazon

When children begin disappearing from the Biltmore Estate, Serafina, who secretly lives in the basement, knows the culprit is a mysterious man in a black cloak who prowls the corridors at night. This novel has everything a quality middle-grade fantasy needs, including secret passageways, a forbidden forest, unknown magic, and a scrappy heroine. And the chills and thrills don’t stop at the end—it’s the first in a series of four (so far).

Buy it: Amazon

11. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas // Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter ($18)

the dinosaur that pooped christmas
Aladdin/Amazon

This jolly, strange story about a ravenous pet dinosaur who gobbles up all of Christmas is hilarious enough on its own—and perhaps even more so when you consider that it was written by British punk rockers Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from the band McFly.

Buy it: Amazon

12. This Is a Taco! // Andrew Cangelose ($16)

this is a taco
Lion Forge/Amazon

A high-spirited, unique squirrel named Taco provides color commentary on regular squirrel facts in This Is a Taco!, a book that is much more than a factual guide to squirrels. In it, Taco embellishes, acts out, and sometimes completely changes the facts to be truer to his personal experience as a squirrel, which involves being opinionated and eating lots of tacos.

Buy it: Amazon

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8 Adorable Products You Can Buy for International Sloth Day

Good Luck Socks/Intelex via Amazon
Good Luck Socks/Intelex via Amazon

It’s that time of the year again, folks—the time when we all collectively lose our chill over a slow-moving, two- or three-toed mammal with an adorable squeak and poop that defies physics. That’s right: International Sloth Day is coming on October 20. Here’s a list of must-have coloring books, onesies, and Christmas sweaters that you can pick up to showcase your love of one of the internet's favorite animals.

1. Cuddly Microwaveable Sloth; $23

Microwavable sloth for International Sloth Day.
Intelex/Amazon

Warm your heart and your body with a plush sloth that doubles as a soothing heating pad. The toy is filled with millet grains and dried French lavender, a combination intended to help you get to sleep easier.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Hanging Ceramic Sloth Planter; $19

FattyBee Ceramic Sloth Planter.
FattyBee/Amazon

This flower planter pulls double duty, communicating both your love of sloths and your appreciation for plants. And it makes a tasteful piece of hanging home decor, too.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Sloth Coloring Book; $7

Sloth Coloring Book on Amazon.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/Amazon

Sloths themselves are already works of art, but you’d be forgiven for wanting a few more sloth-related crafts in your life. Now you can make your own masterpiece with this detailed coloring book. All you'll need are some colored pencils and you'll be ready to go.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Farting Sloth Coloring Book; $7

Sloth Farts Coloring Book on Amazon.
M & L Coloring Books/Amazon

But maybe traditional coloring books aren’t your thing. You’re in luck: Amazon sells a coloring book for the crowd that both loves sloths and laughs a little too much at farts.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Sloth Socks; $14

Sloth Socks on Amazon.
Good Luck Socks/Amazon

These socks are ideal for people who might not want to wear their love of sloths out in the open but are very comfortable showing it off on their ankles.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Sloth Onesie; $60

Tipsy Elves Sloth Onesie on Amazon.
Tipsy Elves/Amazon

No list of sloth-related products would be complete without a cozy onesie, and this one from Tipsy Elves is perfect for either pajamas or a last-minute Halloween costume. This onesie even comes with zippered pockets and cuddly sloth claws!

Buy it: Amazon

7. Sloth-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater; $45


Tipsy Elves/Amazon

Why not celebrate the upcoming holiday season with this sloth-themed ugly Christmas sweater? You’re sure to be the hit of any holiday pub crawl or office Christmas party.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Sloth Mug; $13


Mika Mugs/Amazon

Really, what says it better than this mug? You just really freaking love sloths, and there’s nothing wrong with that, so be sure to declare your feelings along with your morning cup of coffee.

Buy it: Amazon

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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