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My sons are always looking way to make toys more fun. When their large pool is up, we place one end in the pool and they put a hose at the top, making a water slide. However, without the large pool up, this quickly turns into a mud bath, and also was damaging our already slightly patchy lawn.
So to keep everyone happy, I suggested my boys (ages 2 and 6) , give us the money a friend had given for Easter to buy this. They quickly agreed, and forked over the £10, but I added another a £ 5 to take advantage of the two for £15 deal at Argos and bought a board game for the caravan as well.
This is pretty simple a long strip of plastic with an soft water filled pillow at one end. A hose connects to one end and makes a sprinkler down one side at the bottom end keeping this wet. You also get a small inflatable raft type thing which is meant to be held over the child's stomach as they belly flop onto this and slide down. This raft really does help them speed along. I really wish they had included two rafts though, and am currently looking for a second one. With two boys it awkward passing the raft back and forth and occasionally leads to tears.
Set up is incredibly easy and only took about 5 minutes. You do need to check the ground for stones, twigs, or anything that could puncture the slide or hurt a child flopping onto it. after that you just unroll this, put two spikes in at the end, connect a garden hose and inflate the little raft. Putting away is much more time consuming as it needs to be cleaned and dried.
My sons absolutely loved this, and were the envy of the neighbourhood, as the other children were not allowed to get wet and dirty. Of course they did get dirty as well as this does end up making a bit of mud too. My sons see getting filthy as a bonus though. Of course trails of wet and or muddy footprints through the house with this type of toy is a given, but I really don't mind, it's easy mopped up.
The main disadvantage to this product is that if does waste water. Of course the kids could still slide along a bit with the water off, and my youngest prefered it that way, but the water did get left on quite a bit as well. It also does leave the garden a bit swampy, and you must use the two large plastic spikes to hold the end down. These do leave holes in the garden. Finally this toy would be pretty well useless without a hose pipe. Also at just over 13' long, this does take up quite a bit of our garden.
My sons say this is "The best toy ever", but then again, nearly everything is when it is new. They did have a lot fun with this item, and for the price, I do think I will be a good buy for the summer. They have had two days of fun with this so far, and it appears reasonably well made. I will update however if this fails to last the summer, but with any luck it may do us for a few years at least