Constructing a Home-Made Slip n Slide for Your Kids

A slip n slide is a great way to spice up the summer entertainment at home. The kids can get easily hooked onto this yard feature if it is built in the correct way. Making it at home also helps you save on a few bucks that could cause a drain on the pockets as manufactured varieties can cost up to $20—and aren't known for their durability. Follow the simple steps below to create your own slip n slide that may work even better than any  store-bought kind.

Tool and Materials

  • Plastic Tarp Sheet
  • Water Hose
  • Filler Gravel
  • Baby Shampoo

Step 1: Area

First you need to choose an area where the slip n slide shall be installed. The area must be grassy and uncluttered. Make sure that the area is even. It needs to have access to a hose for water supply. The installation needs to be placed such that there is at least 7 to 10 feet of space between the end of the slip n slide and the surrounding roads, buildings, trees or poles.

Step 2: Preparation

Mow the grass lawn well so that it is level and neat. The grass must be trimmed short, and all rocks and pebbles need to be removed before making the slip n slide. Fill up puddles or holes with filler gravel or sand so that they do not come in the way of the slip n slide. A neat surface ensures a safe and exciting feature without the risks of accidents. Ask your friends and family members to help you with the preparation process. This not only adds to the fun, but also makes work finish up faster.

Step 3: Placement and Dimensions

The standard dimension of the slip n slide is generally 12 feet in length and only a couple of feet wide. When you make your own, you can choose whatever dimensions you like. Make it as long or as wide as you want to allow more space for play. Make sure that the slip n slide is suitable to be placed within the lawn area you chose.

Step 4: Laying Plastic

Lay the plastic on the prepared space of your lawn. Sometimes the sides need to be held on to the ground with the aid of bags filled with sand. You may also attach the sides to wooden planks by taping the sides to the wood. However, keep in mind that there is nothing around that could hurt the kids.

Step 5: Setting Up

Finally, you need to add the main thing that is required to make the slip n slide work: the water. The entire plastic sheet has to be made wet using the hose. Make sure that the hose is turned on a medium level so that the plastic is continuously getting wet. Keep in mind that the kids do not get injured due to excess water on the slip n slide. If you do not want to stand and hold the hose during the entirety of its use, you can either find a way to prop it up so it sprays water upward or plan to positing the slip n slide going slightly downhill. Place the hose near the top entry point and let gravity take care of the rest.

Step 6: Finishing Steps

You may add few drops of baby shampoo to the running water so that the slide becomes more slippery. The slip n slide is all ready. However, you must be aware of the risks involved while using the slide. Make sure to inform the parents of any of your children's friends of your plans to let them use the slip n slide, and always supervise kids using it.