After seeing this awesome giant, squishy, water bag on Play At Home Mommy, we went to Home Depot and bought a plastic drop cloth in the painting section. (We used an extra heavy one, 2mm, measuring 9ft x 12ft.) I folded it in half and taped around the edges with duct tape. After squirting in a few drops of blue food coloring and filling it up with the hose, we had a super awesome, squishy squashy, extra cooling, roly poly water mat!
|The girls jumped for hours, and there wasn't a single leak!|
|It was so cool to be in the water, but not get wet!|
|Our water mat really took a beating and didn't pop!|
|Somersaults and everything.|
|The only flat place in our yard was right next to my leafy green garden, which was awesome because when we popped the bag, we watered the veggies!|
|We even ate lunch on it. Nobody wanted to go in to nap.|
|We'll definitely be making another one on the next sunny spring day when it's not quite summer enough to swim, but it's just summery enough to need to cool down.|
|So, since I brought up my garden, can I gush for a second?|
|This kooky, extra-warm spring was PERFECT for starting my lettuce, spinach and kale.|
|It's only May 4, and I have heads of lettuce that are pretty much ready to harvest!|
|I've even snagged a few kale leaves for my smoothies. Um, can I mention again that it's barely even MAY?|
I'm fully aware that I'm going to be cursing this early spring when it's apple and peach time, since everything bloomed and then froze, but it's been amazing for my personal little plot. I'm choosing to focus on the green now, instead of the bitter lack of fruit, later.
Well, that and the fact that we spent all day playing outside in the water and sunshine and it's barely MAY!
Here are my hard won tips for making a squishy water bag, and a disclosure.
I'll admit that this water bag you're seeing in these pictures of my beautiful, perfect daughters was a second run. I started the first one up the hill a little bit, thinking that it wouldn't be a big deal that it wasn't on totally level ground. Well, I was wrong. It did matter. It kind of rolled down the hill and was all uneven and the corners were sticking up in the air. It looked like I just crumpled up a big piece of plastic and plopped it in the yard. It was, I mean, totally unusable.
I tried dragging it on to a flatter area of ground. It was unmovable. I started cursing. The children glanced at each other the way daddy does all the time, saying to themselves, "Uh oh. Mommy is about to blow."
I threw a little fit. I cursed Pinterest and prepared to submit my failure to that website where people make fun of how badly they suck at being crafty.
But then, I got tough. I stopped whining, popped the bag with a knife, emptied it and repositioned it next to the garden bed. While the girls stared at me through the front window, asking over and over and over again, "Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Is it done yet?" I filled it up again, taped it closed and VOILA, motherfuckers! I win the crafty mom award after all! Scouty even said my water bag made for the best day of her life.
Plastic drop cloth. Duct tape. Level ground. Food coloring. Water. Go.