Over a week of 100+ degrees and our swampcooler and sprinklers broke. Our grass was dying and our already tired of being together girls were about ready to kill each other. It was time to pull out the big guns. Mom’s best resource… my Pin board.
You might have seen this on Pinterest. The concept is appealingly simple. EVERYONE makes this seem so easy.
1 roll of thick, clear plastic sheeting
Voila! A lovely way to cool off that looks oh, so easy to put together. Right? Ugh. Wrong.
First off, Duct taping this baby alone is already really freaking tricky. With excited little girls bouncing around, it is nearly impossible. ADVICE: Find two other grownups and don’t have the kids around.
Second, if there is event he slightest incline in your yard, don’t do it. As it fills with water, it looks like a waterbed mattress… a King size. It is heavy. I tried this the first time and couldn’t even take a pictures as we have an almost unnoticeable incline in our front yard and as soon as it got enough water that I couldn’t move it, it began rolling, so sneakily, toward the street.
Third, If you do this where the neighborhood will see it, you will get hoards of happy children jumping on it, even if it isn’t done yet. It seems so awesome to them that they can’t help it. As it was rolling down toward the street, I was trying desperately to hold this giant water bladder up so little feet and legs weren’t trapped as it rolled forward. But oh, were those kids happy.
Fourth. LEAKS. No matter how much we taped it, there were leaks. DO NOT USE THE CUTESY DUCT TAPE. It isn’t water resistant. I recommend Gorilla Tape… a lot of it.
After the front yard fiasco, we drained it, and let it dry for another day to use in the back yard. I decided I would be really smart and turn it inside out, taping it AGAINfrom the other side. It was DOUBLE TAPED on the inside and out.
It still leaked.
Lastly, none of the post I saw talked about the last corner where the hose was filling it up. After much debate, we decided to burp the blob of as much air as we could at about half way full and tape the hose IN TO the blob, since it was leaking anyway.
Even in our seemingly FLAT back yard, it still rolled to the point that we made a barricade. This worked and the kids had a blast that I’m still not sure was worth the headache. But it made for good, clean fun in 103 degrees and looks great in a scrapbook.
It also makes a delightful addition to a water fun obstacle course.