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Exercise Floor time - Kiddie Pool question

Kim37040

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I search through the forum and I could not find anything about snap pools.
I am interested in getting a pool like the one below.
I am wondering if the sides stay up without it being filled with water.
My boys get at least an hour of floor time a day. The set up and take down of their floor time area is exhausting for me. I thought I could use a 'snap' kiddie pool for Monday- Friday floor time and set up the regular are on the weekends for their longer floor time.

Does anyone have experience with a pool like this one? Will it stay in place minus water?


https://www.amazon.com/Intex-Sun-Fish-Snapset-Pool/dp/B00005O6TY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1326405179&sr=8-3

Thanks in advance!
 
i don't know about this pool - it looks interesting. i do absolutely know what you mean about how exhausting the set up and take down of floor time can be!! :melodrama fortunately my c & c cage is big enough that i give them floor time on weekends only - they have plenty of running room in their cage, and they get daily lap time. i would love to hear from others about short cuts to set up and take down!!:eek:ptimist:
 
I think the walls on that pool are pretty floppy without water in it, but that may vary with the quality of the pool.

What are you all setting up and taking down for floortime? Not that mine move when they have floortime, but I throw down a big king sized blanket, unfold my chain of zip-tied grids into a fence, put some food and some hideys in there, and that's it. I shake the blanket good when they're done, let it dry, and wash it about every third or fourth floor time.
 
Pools like those usually don't stand up without water, but you can prop the sides up with chairs or something.

I'm with bpatters though, one or two large blankets bought from goodwill work plenty well for my little guys.
 
I put down a couple of big blankets covered by fleece. Unfolding the grids is the most time consuming since their floor time has the kitchen table right in the middle of it. I put down stuffed animals, shoe boxes, mini laundry baskets, bags of hay, and scatter leafy greens around. The more I have down the better they get along, but it takes me a good 15 minutes to set it up and twice as long to clean up.
 
I dont know about those pools but I purchased a regular kiddie pool for playtime and was really surprised to find that one of my pigs could just out of it! I thought the walls were plenty high enough and know other people who use the kiddie pools...so maybe my boy is quite the gymnast? Just something to keep in mind...
Also...I bought a playpen that just folds up and I set it out and just put down puppy pads. So when playtime is over, I just throw out the puppy pads and fold the playpen up and put it in the closet. Its a lot easier than some of the play areas I had been making and cleaner. Plus I can switch up the shape of the play area a bit, which they like.
Good luck to ya!
 
I know that this is not a kiddie pool but for my girls for floor time we got a play pen fence. The fence is really fast to set up and really secure. We just put a tarp down and then a flannel sheet on top of it and then the fence. The girls have a great time. It is big enough that I can sit in there with the girls if I want. Here is the link for it....

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I know that this is not a kiddie pool but for my girls for floor time we got a play pen fence. The fence is really fast to set up and really secure. We just put a tarp down and then a flannel sheet on top of it and then the fence. The girls have a great time. It is big enough that I can sit in there with the girls if I want. Here is the link for it....

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What size pen do you have? For how many pigs?
 
For my pigs, I use extra zip-tied grids like bpatters. They unfold in about 20 seconds to make a large pen (I can sit in there with them and they still have tons of room) against a large corner wall. I have a bed sheet handy that I set down, and a small pet "taxi" (kennel) full of bedding and hay. They do their business in the kennel, and the sheet just gets folded back up at the end of floor time and put away for the next day. It takes about 60 seconds to set up, and 60 seconds to take down. Works REALLY well and makes it easy to give them floor time each day.
 
I must just be slow. I use grids zip tied together as well. But it takes me far longer to get it all set up.
 
I must just be slow. I use grids zip tied together as well. But it takes me far longer to get it all set up.

Well, my set up does include a corner of the living room (we have wood floors so I don't need to worry about protecting carpet). So I set up grids to enclose that corner, using the walls as half the barrier, lay the sheet down, add the pigs, and done. If you are using grids all the way around and doing this on carpet, that might be more complicated!
 
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i have the animal playpen discussed in the post above. i got 2 and connect them together so i have a large enough space for my 2 boys. the set up of the pen is not so hard. it's putting all the toys and tunnels and hideys in there for them to GET their exercise (that's the point right?) that takes time. i guess for me the problem is because i have trouble bending and straightening up, so that part is hard :(
 
i have the animal playpen discussed in the post above. i got 2 and connect them together so i have a large enough space for my 2 boys. the set up of the pen is not so hard. it's putting all the toys and tunnels and hideys in there for them to GET their exercise (that's the point right?) that takes time. i guess for me the problem is because i have trouble bending and straightening up, so that part is hard :(

The next time you have them connected, could you take a pic and post it?
I like the idea of snapping 2 of them together. especially if I end of getting the smaller sized ones.
Do you have to do anything to keep your sides up?
Thanks :)
 
sorry, but i'm technically challenged! :crazy: the pen i bought is joined together with a hook and eye kind of deal. all i did when i bought the 2nd pen was to take the hook side of the first pen and attach it to the eye side of the 2nd pen, and vice versa. it's really pretty simple, even if it's hard to picture. i'm not sure we're talking about the same pens - if your pen stores flat and comes together with the same hook and eye kind of thing, it should work,. good luck!:eek:
 
Floor time - Kiddie Pool questionI have the large....it is 198" circum.....I have 2 girls...Here is a pictures...I attached their play pen to their cage so they could go in and out as they want to
 
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