I’ve been wanting to try this outdoor waterbed/trampoline idea that I’ve seen floating around Pinterest for a while now. To the best of my knowledge (thanks to a commenter), the original idea for a using plastic sheeting and filling it with water came from Play at Home Mom. When I found out we were teaching children’s church, I knew this would be a fun idea to do with the story of Jesus walking on water (from The Story for Children Storybook Bible). I found a great tutorial here that I modified slightly to fit our needs. It was a hit with the kids, although pretty much an epic fail seeing that most of the kids left children’s church VERY wet.
Not at all how it was supposed to go…
For a few kids, this would have been perfect. But we had nearly 20 children (ages 2-6) who were SUPER excited to walk on water. So excited, in fact, that they ended up running, jumping, and dancing on top of it…all at the same time (which was not the instructions they were given…but toddlers/preschoolers+water walking= absolutely no amount of self-control). Needless to say, there were lots of holes made in the plastic and lots and lots of silly little children who thought it was fun to play in said holes.
Please excuse the blurred faces in the photos below…I didn’t ask each of the parents permission to post these photos.
Here’s what you’ll need (if you dare try): Plastic sheeting, duct tape, and office clips. For the plastic sheeting, we used 4 mil strength from Lowe’s that was 10 feet by 25 feet. If you’re just using it at home with only a few kids, get something smaller and MUCH, MUCH thicker (like 6m or more).
Open up the plastic completely and then fold the long side over.
These little clips helped hold the plastic together to tape it.
Duct tape the edges. Leave a tiny hole a couple inches wide to put the hose in when you’re ready to fill it up.
My little assistant was very interested in what I was doing!
Use a hole to fill it up. Once it is full, duct tape the small hole where you put the hose in.
It all started off well, with the kids taking turns walking on the water.
More kids + more excitement!
Before we knew it, there was a huge, gushing hole right in the center…
Yep, we definitely have “those boys”. :)
After the mayhem died down a bit, all the kids sat on the perimeter and we made lots of waves. We read the story of Jesus quieting the wind and the waves once we got back inside.
The holes created by this crazy crew!
If you decide to try this, be sure that you tell kids to come prepared…with swimsuits and towels! :)