Outdoor Waterbed

14 Apr

Outdoor waterbed

The other day I came across this post from Play at Home Mom LLC on making a “Redneck Waterbed.” Rednecks aside, I loved the idea  of using a giant plastic sheet and duct tape to make a fun outdoor waterbed for the kids. Originally, PAHM had used the sheeting to make an enormous “bubble” that the kids could walk in, which I originally read about on Curly Bug’s blog.

So it was Easter weekend and we were staying home because the husband had a cold that we didn’t want to share with others. We had picked up a pack of Husky sheeting at Home Depot and a roll of duct tape; no one but me knew what they were for. While the kids were napping I began laying out the sheeting, folding it in half, and taping. This was harder than I expected and my tape job was far from perfect. Still, I called everyone outside and we turned on the hose.

The baby was at best skeptical, at worst terrified.

Sad baby

But my daughter was amazed.

Happy kid

I felt like the coolest mom EVER.


We watched the water shoot in between the sheeting, forming rivers and lakes under our feet. We squished our bare feet on the cold plastic; we walked on water. We jumped and ran, then we laid down and basked in the Easter sun. They call this sort of thing “sensory play” for a reason.

Everyone is a kid when there's a lawn waterbed involved.

The waterbed filled up, and up, and up. And then it sprung some leaks, and we patched them. So we all got a little wet, which added to the fun for my daughter anyway.

We turned off the hose, but kept coming back to play throughout the day. Overnight, much of the water leaked out and the next day I dumped out the rest. We turn on the sprinklers in the back yard manually, so we skipped a few days to make up for the water we had dumped out while making our waterbed.

There was something so novel about this activity, so different from the norm for us, that we all acted like kids. I’m happy to have found the idea and decided to actually do it, instead of just pinning and forgetting, like I do with so many things.

Family time

Coolest mom. Coolest kid.




5 Responses to “Outdoor Waterbed”

  1. Colleen April 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    So awesome. So so awesome. You are such a cool mom ❤ Consider me inspired!

    • hollowglen April 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Mr. Pants would love it mama! Or at least I think he would. You should try it. 🙂

  2. Kelly April 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Love this!!!

  3. Rhiannon July 12, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I was thinking about doing this for my daughters up coming birthday party. She is 3 and has cousins that are around the same age but there will be some children who are older. What do you think the durability is on a project like this, since you have done it? If I tape the heck out of it do you think it will last?

    • hollowglen July 26, 2012 at 4:19 am #

      Well, the birthday party may have passed by now. 😮 My thinking is that it will last at least a few hours if you are very, very thorough with the tape. 🙂 We were all able to lay on it, jump on it, etc. and the only holes that developed early on were because of lazy taping on my part.

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