Hi, I’m Lori from You’ve Been Framed and Mouse Encounter. I am a preschool teacher, blogger and most important mommy to an awesome 5 year old boy! A few weeks ago I saw this Giant Waterbed idea on Pinterest from Play at Home Mom. Raise your hand if you love Pinterest! ME,ME,ME! So, when Pam and Lisa asked me to guest post on OTBM I knew excatly what I was going to do.
Here are the steps we took to make our Waterbed:
Step 1: We headed on down to our local Family Dollar store to purchase what we needed. I bought a 10 x 20 ft extra strong sheet of plastic and a roll of duck tape. The cost for the whole project was $8.00.
Step 2: We unrolled the sheet of plastic and then folded it in half.
Step 3: We duck taped the edges together, leaving a small opening at one end for the hose. My husband helped me do this, I suggest two pairs of hands for sure. I couldn’t have done it by myself. I also found it was easier to use shorter strips of tape.Then filler’ up! Side note: I was thinking it would be fun to have colored water, but because there was so much water the two bottles of green food coloring I added wasn’t even noticeable once it was full.
Step 4: I’d say it took us about 20 minutes for this step. After you fill up your Waterbed tape the last opening up and check the seams for leaks. We had a ton of leaks!!! Just add more duck tape and go for it!
***Warning*** Don’t expect the plastic to hold up. The very first time my son jumped on it he put three holes in the top. However, it held up. The water didn’t come pouring out, but because it didn’t allow some leaking it created a great slippery surface for him to slide on. I didn’t have to spray the top with water or add an soap. He played on it for over two hours and had a blast!
I really enjoyed this project as well. It is such a great sensory activity for toddlers and preschool aged children. If you really feel like being creative you could add food coloring and glitter. It would just take a lot of each to see it. You also could spray the top with the hose and make it a giant slip and slide. Our family was also able to talk about waves and the motion of the water. It really was a great time.
Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!