As I mentioned here, my family headed to the East Coast late last week to visit my dad and grandmother. Unfortunately, the weather has been kind of crummy (nonstop rain and thunderstorms with temperatures in the 70’s – not exactly the best beach weather). But, hey, we are on vacation and determined to have a great time despite the weather.
So for Week #5 of HIP’S Summer Challenge, we decided to make our own Slip N’ Slide. My dad has the perfect backyard for this sort of slide with a large hill, lots of grassy space, and a sprinkler. First, we headed to the local home improvement store and purchased a 50 ft. x 8 ft. heavy-duty plastic sheeting for around $16 (you can find a similar item here on Home Depot.com). To anchor the slide on the grass, we used some tent stakes that my dad had in his storage shed (you could likely purchase stakes at the store for around $2 or less). Then just add some water and baby/dish soap if you have kiddos that like a super fast slide.
As you can see from the pictures above, all of the kids have been having a great time on the slide! They even used their Boogie Boards and tubes for an even faster ride. And the slide has been used daily so it was well worth the $16 investment – in my opinion, it is the perfect item to purchase/create for summer as it is re-usable, durable and fairly inexpensive.
* Set up your slide in a grassy area free of rocks and sticks
* Only use baby/dish soap if you want a super fast ride; if you have smaller kids, plain water is likely fast enough
* Be sure that the plastic is completely dry before you store it away to avoid mold and mildew
* For step by step instructions, check out this post.