CHEAP SUMMER FUN FOR THE KIDS
You will need:
Heavy-duty plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloth or tarpaulin to fit the space available Hose or sprinkler Wire garden staples.
pool noodles; duct tape; soaker hose rope baby oil or shampoo shaving cream
A slope makes for a more exciting ride, but a flat slip-and-slide works too – especially for small children.
Suit the dimensions of the slide to fit your lawn. Allow plenty of room on all sides of the slide to avoid accidents.
Ensure the surface is smooth with no rocks or sharp items underneath that might hurt the players or puncture the plastic. Rolls of plastic sold for greenhouse covers work well and can be reused for cloches next winter.
Pin down with wire weedmat staples, pushing them well below the surface of the lawn so they won’t cause injuries.
Place the hose at the top of the slope, or run a soaker hose along it. Pool noodles can be rolled into the sides and taped in place to channel the water and to keep smaller children on the slide.
Children can hang on to a rope to be pulled around a flat slide.
Baby shampoo adds bubbles without stinging young eyes.
You will need Four colours of spray marking paint Cardboard Scissors String line Paper plates or cardboard Pencils or chopsticks Coloured markers
Cut out a 20cm circle in a large piece of cardboard or avoid spray drift by cutting a circle out of the bottom of a bucket to use as a template.
Lay out the string in a straight line on the lawn as a guide for the first row of circles.
The basic grid is four rows of six circles but make it bigger if you have the room and there are lots of people playing.
Spray the first line of circles in one colour. Make a second row of circles parallel to the first with the second colour. Repeat with the remaining two colours. Mark two paper plates into four quarters. Colour each segment of one to match the four paint colours. Label the segments of the other: right leg, left leg, right hand, left hand. Turn into spinners by pushing a pencil through the middle.
To play, spin both spinners and call out the combination to the players who place the correct limb on the selected colour: left leg on blue, right hand on yellow, and so on. Continue until players are in a tangled, laughing heap.
Cooling, fun and practically free – a classic summer backyard game.