So today it is 2017, and I’m going to tell you about a DIY Splash Pad we created in 2013. Back then, my kiddos were ages 4 and 8. We don’t have a neighborhood pool, and the kids needed more water play in their life! This project also made it extra fun to play with the neighbor kids. Win-win all around!
I set out to solve the problem of losing the water when the kids play in the sprinklers. I didn’t want a big wading pool. I can buy a blow up one. They love playing in the sprinklers and it is very active, but I kept thinking that if I could contain some of the water it would be more fun. So I came up with this idea and it has been a hit summer after summer.
In fact, last summer, my son did a YouTube video on his channel explaining exactly how we made it. His video got a lot of attention fast, and 6 weeks later we got a call from TruTV’s Hack My Life show. They wanted to feature my son and the Splash Pad in one of their Hack features! He had so much fun and his segment was featured on Season 3, Episode 7, which aired on February 14, 2017. Click here to see the Hack My Life clip!
So, I don’t feel like I need to go over how to make it. I will post Nathan’s video here. Below the video, I will post the list of materials we used to make it and some important details!
Here’s what you will need:
16×20 Tarp – go bigger if you want, but buy more pool noodles!
16-22 tent stakes – 16 will be enough, but 22 will secure down every hole
100 ft of clothes line
14 FAT pool noodles
Watch the video on how to assemble. The first time you do this it will take more time because of stringing the pool noodles onto the clothesline. But when you take it down, don’t take the pool noodles off the clothesline! Just leave them on for storage and fold them like an accordian. We actually bought enough pool noodles that I brought the box home from the store. So, we just use that box for storage.
A few other notes
You definitely need a level spot in the yard for this. But even when you do, one side may dip just a slight bit more. Mine usually wants to spill out a little on that front left corner (in the video pic). If you have a low side, water will spill out that side before the whole Splash Pad fills with water. So what I do is build up under the pool noodle a little. I have found that just slipping a 2×4 under the pool noodle before I stake it down gives it just a few more inches of height. That way, the whole Splash Pad will fill with water before it escapes that low corner.
I will say that this Splash Pad is enough for the littles. It is PERFECT for the toddler age because the water is the depth of the bathtub. Even babies that don’t walk yet, just crawl, LOVE this!
Now, as my kids got bigger, they needed more to make it last all day. They started using their boogie boards to slide in it, and last summer I found an inflatable slide that the kids loved! This slide is great for the littles too. I got mine at Sam’s Club, but I did find the same one on Amazon if you are interested. Just click the image below to check it out on Amazon. This image is linked in to Amazon, so if the image ever disappears because Amazon stops selling it, just search the web for Intex Water Slide!
In total, with airing up the slide, it takes less than 45 minutes to put this up. Then you will need another 45 minutes to fill the Splash Pad. If you buy the slide, you can attach the hose to it and then the water sprays out from the top!
We are so happy to share our Splash Pad with you, and hope that this idea creates many, many more fun water days for kids all over the world!
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