Sydney School Holidays Day 45/47- DIY Water Slides

We’ve had such a laugh at various water slides over these Christmas holidays.

I think the four kids have enjoyed them almost as much as their dad and myself.

But the homemade slides have been the best fun.

It all began with a family up the road who brought this huge tarpaulin to our annual street party.

The tarp was held down at the corners with tent pegs, then the kids used a hose to wet it. They kept chucking buckets of water down it, and all over each other, of course. I think I saw them squirt some dishwashing liquid down it too.

 It kept them active and amused for hours.  

The grass suffered, but it’s OK now.

 When we went to the country to see some friends, the big boys made a similar slide in a sloping paddock.  What a laugh for them and for us watching as well.

So there you go, just find a tarp, some tent pegs and a gentle slope.  Easy to make, cheap as chips.

 The best things in life are free, don’t you reckon?





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Posted on: January 29, 2012


  • Reply January 31, 2012


    oh memories and yes we used dishwashing liquid too – you go faster!! xx

    • Reply January 31, 2012


      I’m going to have to try out the old washing up liquid trick myself, do love a slide although on the day the photos were taken I was very delightedly nattering to the neighbours whilst the kids played… very civilised!

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    My husband was reminiscing the other day about the big tarp his dad used to throw out in the backyard for summer slippery slid fun.

    I was a sprinkler on the backlawn kid 🙂

    • Reply February 2, 2012


      I’d never seen a tarp slide before that street party and was awestruck, so were the kids! It was huge and the slope out front is pretty good for the bigger kids. Ah, there was no such stuff as this when I gre up in a wee town in Scotland. We were wearing our wellies most of the summer and all of the winter.

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