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Friday, February 3, 2012

Redneck Waterbed

My son loves jumping on the air bubbles that are caught under the sheets on my bed when he pulls them in the air and brings them back down quickly.  I have also been trying to think of something different to do with the tarp from my BUBBLE BOY post.  This is what I came up with......our redneck waterbed (and may I just say that I love rednecks and the title is in no way derogatory).  He had so much fun and it lasted for a good 45 minutes before it sprung a leak!  Who knew Duct Tape was so strong!!??  I would recommend reinforcing all the side with extra duct tape.  I was so excited about doing it that I didn't take the time to reinforce the sides and make it really strong.  It probably would have lasted longer had I done that.

Basically all I did was use the tarp from the Bubble Boy post and filled it with hose water and blue food coloring.  Its like a giant sensory mat/squishy bag/waterbed all in one.  I had intended on adding things to the water....like fish or balls, but we got so caught up in the fun that I totally forgot.

THIS WAS MADE WITH ONE TARP (10' X 25' - 3.5 mil)
**MAKE SURE YOU FILL IT ON A FLAT GROUND**

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watching the water pour in

touching the water as it splashes against the tarp

blue food coloring added....time to run

"Mommy, Im in water and I'm not getting wet."

Daddy had to check it out.

"I can see underwater."

:)

See how full it is?  It got even bigger but he got naked, of course, so there are no more pics.




- AK (MESE, MECD)

34 comments:

  1. How fun! Can I just say, although you may be tired of hearing it, thank you so much for the wonderful interactive ideas you post. My daughter and I had a great time painting the snow this morning in CO. I thought of you guys when she was having a hard time holding the bottle with her gloves...she wanted to take them off. My gut reaction was NO it is cold outside. Then I channeled my PAHM and said sure it will be easier to hold. She had cold hands for a little bit, but had SO much fun. I love you guys!

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    1. Love your story! Thank you for sharing. AK

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  2. Great idea! I will have to get new plastic tho as my boys love their bubble from time to time in the garage this winter.

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  3. I really wish we were neighbors.

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  4. that looks fun. I wonder if my boys would like it, or just think i was being weird

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  5. I can't wait until my baby is old enough for this one!

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  6. This looks like so much fun! My daughter would have a BLAST with this!

    I would love it if you could share on my outdoor link party! http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/p/come-play-outside.html

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  7. haha--I have a chronically naked little guy, too, and was just about to comment that "Wow--looks like so much fun! AND he's got clothes on!" But then I read the rest of the post, so I guess we'll just stick with the first part--looks like fun! :) And perfect for pretty weather that's just a tad too cool for full-on water play (although I think our boys would agree that it's never too cold to get naked!)

    Thanks for keeping me inspired. Even when we don't have the supplies on hand to try your ideas, I'm always encouraged to just shop my house and make something fun happen for my kiddos.

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  8. I got a free waterbed mattress off of a site called freecycle here... craigslist is all over the place too... and I filled it with air and they played on it for MONTHS before it popped... but after about a week, we put about 3 inches of water in the bottom so the wind in AZ wouldn't take it away!

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  9. How much food coloring did it take to make all the water that blue? I love it! You do such fun things with your son. I think it might be cool to add some flimsy plastic fishes so my niece can watch them "swim" as she moves on it.

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  10. that's great! after reading through your posts for a bit i had a question... how do you balance babyproofing with all this empowerment? do you babyproof? it's something that seems to come up a lot in asides and comments and i think a post on the topic from one or two of you would be interesting. thanks again for all the great ideas!

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  11. I just tried the Bubble Boy thing today!!! I was proud that it actually worked just like in your post!! But my son was kind of playing rough in it and now there are several rips in it! Have to get more plastic for the 'Redneck waterbed'!!!!

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  12. Need to find large size tarps.. My oldest just asked if we could try this out.

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  13. Gorilla tape works really really well! I used some to patch our slip and slide and it lasted all summer. It seems a little more sturdy than duck tape!

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  14. I might have to try this! My son loves water but hates getting it in his face. He plays rough so I don't know if I would even give it 45 mins lol

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  15. I wondered how you actually did it, besides folding the plastic in half and taping it on three sides? How did you get the water in, then seal off the hose hole? Looks like great fun, can't wait to try it!!

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    1. I did this today with my preschool class. It really works, and I had up to 8 4-year olds on it at one time -not that I recommend that many but I was thrilled that the "water bed" held. I used the Gorilla tape liberally. I was worried about the space I left for the hose, but it was no problem. I kept the opening as small as possible, used the corner on the edge where I folded the plastic sheet in half. Once I had the water in (I used a whole bottle of blue food coloring for color, one of the bottles that comes in the multicolor pack)I took the hose out, lifted the corner so that the water was away from it, dried it with a towel and taped that sucker as thoroughly as I could. It never leaked. From there anyway. We did have pinprick leaks here and there but the water level never went down and the kids had a blast!

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    2. Thank you for sharing this! I love that people are actually doing our redneck waterbed - so cool! What an incredibly fun preschool teacher you must be. What did the parents/co-workers think? LOL AK

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  16. We are doing this tomorrow. I am using the plastic sheeting bags you can get for covering your mattress during a move. Then I only have to worry about taping one side. I am so excited!

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  17. Awesome! I love the idea. could you make it slippery like a slip n slide?

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  18. Excellent idea for a sensory station for an elementary school field day! Karen

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  19. I tried this.. LOL it was not as awesome as yours.. http://amsd2dth27.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/interest-not-included/

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    1. Your post had me LOL!!!! Sorry it was a bit of a bust.

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  20. This looks like a load of fun! I will need to try it for a water play date!

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  21. We made one today! I cut the tarp in half and half again and it's still a good size for my 5yo. I put it at the base of her slide and also put some water on top for splashing. I'm not sure how well it's holding, but I closed it up by folding strips of gorilla tape over the cut edges, then rolling that in twice and taping the roll down with more gorilla tape. I used the whole roll and had to seal the water hole with duct tape though! :) she's been between that and hee Muskie kitchen all afternoon, so I'd say it's a hit!! Thanks!

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    1. I have to tell you that this idea was literally something that just popped in my head one day and I just tried on a whim. I was thrilled that it worked, that it was so fun, and I LOVE reading about others who have tried and enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing. Its like having a job and creating something you think is so great and having other people think its great, too. (Im a dork). LOL

      THANK YOU for sharing your story.
      AK

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  22. I have tried this twice with no luck. The kids wanted it to work very badly but our yard is not level and even with it on the flattest spot, the weight of the water would cause it to roll down to the steep part of the hill. It was quite a sight actually. I would love for it to work for us if anyone has ideas.

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    1. Do you think you could run a few pieces of duct tape off of the corners that are slightly uphill and stake them into the ground??

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  23. There is something also called gorilla tape that is stronger than duct tape and waterproof. It worked great when I used it to patch a whole in the blow up kiddie pool. Just seems that if it sits in the sun the sticky part will melt a little. But that might be a good option for this! FUN!!

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