Cool Off This Summer With A DIY Slip and Slide
The more the temperature heats up this summer, the harder it is to find ways to stay cool outdoors. This can be especially problematic for kids who are tired of being cooped up inside during the summer break. Creating this DIY slip and slide is an easy and inexpensive way to bring some cool fun to your backyard.
What You’ll Need
To make this slide, you’ll only need a few materials and tools, all of which you can easily find at your local hardware store:
- Heavy duty plastic sheeting
- Landscape anchor pins
- Garden hose
How To Assemble
First decide how long you want your slide to be and where you want to put it. The slide will work fine on level ground, but a slight downhill slope is better. Unroll the sheeting, cut, and fold it in half length-wise for added durability. Smooth out all the wrinkles, and secure the edges with anchor pins. Make sure they’re pushed all the way in so the kids won’t get snagged on them. Use the hose to wet the entire slide. Then place it at the top and let it continue to run down. Finally, get a running head start and slide!
Instead of letting the hose run down continually, you can substitute a sprinkler. This will help spread the love all over the yard instead of into one big pool at the bottom of the slide. The use of baby soap, which won’t burn the eyes, adds a whole new level of excitement to the sliding experience. Try going down on an inflatable tube to pick up even more speed.
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Leaving the slide in one spot for too long will kill your grass, so make sure you move it around to avoid dead patches. This slide will also make your yard quite popular with the other children in the neighborhood. So don’t create one unless you’re okay with hosting a few extra kiddos.
We hope you enjoy this DIY backyard slip and slide hack, as well as the rest of your summer!
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