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Updated - Toddler Swim Tube

by rebecah Posted 29th Jul 2008 at 1:27 AM - Updated 23rd Apr 2009 at 5:11 PM by rebecah : Updated for Free Time
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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Updated April 23, 2009 - Sorry one more update to add an option to animate the tube without a toddled in it. I also found I'd made a mistake in the base game version.

Updated April 22, 2009 - Both versions now have an animated swim tube. I've also made several coding changes to both versions make the items work better. Please redownload and delete you old mesh files. There were no changes made to the recolor files so it is not necessary to redownload those.

Updated January 14, 2009 - Added Free Time Version to allow toddler to gain a small amount of enthusiasm for fitness, they will also gain actual fitness while playing in the tube.

Don't you just hate how EA left the toddlers out of so many activities? With this Swim Tube they can now enjoy the pool! Finally!

It has taken me quite sometime to get working, but it's pretty close to what Dragon_Slave and I wanted. My friend Dragon_Slave, requested this swim tube and came up with the idea to clone the highchair, we both had our doubts as to whether it would work or not. I tried a couple of other options but I did find the highchair worked the best.

Thanks Dragon_Slave for this great idea and all her help!

The toddler animations are my manual edit to the puddle splash for the arm movements, facial expressions, and effects, with some tweaking. The leg movements are from the idle in highchair animations. Thanks to Wes for his great plugins.

I tired to create my own animations, but the toddler legs just do not work good at all using MilkShape. Personally I think the toddler leg amimations are the hardest to get, they look great in MilkShape, but do 360° flips in game. I think mainly because I have so much trouble figuring out the stack item, it's something that really difficult for me to grasp, for some reason. I finally gave up on that idea. If anyone knows of a good tutorial explaining the stack items please let me know. I have read Echo's which is very good but I still don't quite get it, for multiple stack items.

Toddlers gain fun and body skills. It is found with Toddler Items (general/child) for $10.

You must place the swim tube in a tile at the very edge of the pool in order for adults to drop the toddler in it.

You Tube video Click Here to view

I've included a few recolors in the second file.


Be sure to download fakepeeps7 adorable swimwear for toddlers

Note: I have tested this with only base game installed and adults do not place the infants in the tube. I'm not sure what EP you might need to place Toddlers in, I'm thinking maybe Seasons because the pool walls changed with that EP. The tube can however be placed in the pool for decoration with the base game.

Polygon Counts:
Poly Count: 988

Additional Credits:
Dragon Slave for the whole idea. Everyone that contributes to this whole process. Fakepeeps7 for the adorable toddler outfit my toddler is wearing.

Style: Childrens
Room: Outdoor
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Base Game Version Mesh Only

Size: 121.9 KB · Downloads: 40,634 · 23rd Apr 2009
121.9 KB 40,634 23rd Apr 2009 | Free Time or Higher Required Mesh Only

Size: 122.1 KB · Downloads: 46,262 · 7th Mar 2009
122.1 KB 46,262 7th Mar 2009 | Recolors Only

Size: 481.0 KB · Downloads: 78,022 · 29th Jul 2008
481.0 KB 78,022 29th Jul 2008
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
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#26 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 3:06 PM
Wow, that's absolutely amazing. That's a really great addition to the game.
Test Subject
#27 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 3:33 PM
Thanks alot, I have three wee one that will love this. I'm going to go check out more of your MTS2 stuf.
#28 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 7:16 PM
Just so sweet! Very nice for this hot summer days! Thanks,
Top Secret Researcher
#29 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 8:27 PM
Another very inventive creation from you....thanks very this!!
Top Secret Researcher
#30 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 12:12 AM
very cute and useful, beck!
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 6:47 AM Last edited by jmeyers655 : 10th Aug 2008 at 9:09 AM. Reason: fix my poor writing
Quite ingenious. I've bookmarked this so I can come back for it when I finish getting my current family under control. I'm afraid to add an cc, for fear of game crashing. I will definitely use it eventually. I love the idea of dropping the toddler in pool and walking away.

Hmmm, anyone tried to feed the kid while he/she's floating in the pool? That could be amusing to watch.

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#32 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 7:37 AM
This would be awesome if the tube could animate, but as it is it's really well done. I'm usually hesitant about downloading things with custom/edited animations because they look choppy, but other than the still tube this looks great!
#33 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 6:52 PM
Very nice, great job!
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 7:51 PM
Amazing work yet again, Rebecah! I am really intrigued! Thank you so very much!
Test Subject
#35 Old 8th Aug 2008 at 8:27 PM
This is Great!!! Finally the children's section is getting more items. I love you work Rebecah!
Field Researcher
#36 Old 9th Aug 2008 at 3:25 AM
This is genius. wow. Cant wait to use it!!
Field Researcher
#37 Old 9th Aug 2008 at 10:59 AM
I love it, thanks. great job as usual.
Test Subject
#38 Old 9th Aug 2008 at 1:45 PM
Wow, this is so awesome! I'm going to bravely attempt a recolour of this.. someday! Haha.
Test Subject
#39 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 8:03 AM
Sweet :D

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Forum Resident
#40 Old 14th Aug 2008 at 8:49 AM
so cute,u know i love it!thanx
Test Subject
#41 Old 15th Aug 2008 at 12:00 PM
YAY! You finished it! I'm sorry I didn't download it sooner. This is VERY cool and I KNOW how hard you worked to get it are the supreme perfectionist, aren't you? I am looking forward to using this in my game, and thank you for making it.

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Lab Assistant
#42 Old 19th Aug 2008 at 1:07 PM
these are absoutley amazing..I just love your children objects..thank you so very much for all the wonderful objects that you make..
#43 Old 20th Aug 2008 at 1:40 AM
Woah!!!!! This is Too Cool! Incredible! ThankYou!!!! YeY!!!

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Test Subject
#44 Old 25th Aug 2008 at 2:38 AM
I can do nothing but sing your praises. Girrrl, YOU are such a DIVA!(I mean that in a positive manner) Thank you!

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Test Subject
#45 Old 25th Aug 2008 at 2:26 PM
Can't wait to try it! Thanks!
Test Subject
#46 Old 26th Aug 2008 at 11:23 AM
Rebecah - many thanks for this one! =)

One q though - what about the "Animate" command on the tube? Nothing happens when I activate this command by the adult sim.
Original Poster
#47 Old 26th Aug 2008 at 7:56 PM
Originally Posted by Nisse2ears
Rebecah - many thanks for this one! =)

One q though - what about the "Animate" command on the tube? Nothing happens when I activate this command by the adult sim.

I created an animations for the tube but it doesn't do anything, for some strange reason.
Test Subject
#48 Old 4th Sep 2008 at 4:13 AM
OMG, you are simply the best. I can't wait to have a pool and toddlers. My sim families will be able to enjoy the outdoors together.
Space Pony
#49 Old 8th Sep 2008 at 4:59 AM
Excellent work! It must've taken a good amount of time and effort. Thank you very much!
Forum Resident
#50 Old 14th Sep 2008 at 3:07 AM

Thank you.
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