Summer is here and with it comes the post-Christmas maxed out credit card, hot weather and the never-ending desperation that comes with keeping the kids cool and entertained while sticking to your New Year’s resolution to be a bit more frugal.
The answer? Get your DIY on with a backyard waterslide. And trust me, if a serial Pinterest-failer like myself can do it, anyone can.
Every self-respecting Aussie kid (and ahem, adult) knows that there is no greater feeling than using gravity and Morning Fresh to propel yourself down a slippery slope of goodness. Giant slip-n-slide events have cropped up in cities and towns across Australia where business-folk, hipsters and rev-heads alike come together in budgie-smugglers and bikinis to fly down 300m of vinyl on a blow-up donut while squirting each other with water pistols.
While significantly shorter and far less high tech, my boys favourite summer activity is flinging themselves down a homemade waterslide. Be it head first, feet first or clinging onto each other’s flailing limbs, they launch themselves down a bit of plastic with wild abandon before racing back to the top shrieking with laughter. Pools? Waterparks? Pfft, who needs ‘em.
What you will need:
- Heavy duty plastic sheeting or camping tarp (available at any good hardware store).
- Tent pegs or anything else you can find in the shed that can secure tarp to grass.
- A hammer.
- Garden hose with sprinkler head.
- Jumbo bottle of cheap dishwashing liquid or shampoo.
- Towel and pool noodle (optional).
- Bored children lathered in sunscreen.