4th of July Party – Water Blob for Kids

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So, who’s up for some backyard splashy fun for the kids?

Water Blob splashing easy backyard fun for kids

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Yep, I’m talking 4th of July water blob splashy fun!

I keep seeing this fun idea all over Pinterest and I knew I had to test it out on our resident tweens (who were more than willing), and with a 4th of July twist.

We don’t have a pool in our backyard, and in the summer it can get pretty hot. This is the perfect crazy fun alternative to a pool. It turned out to be a cross between a ginormous waterbed and a homemade slip-n-slide!

4th of July Backyard Party Water Blob for Kids

Here is how I made this 4th of July water blob:

Main supplies needed:

Extra heavy duty plastic drop cloths (I used two 9′ x 12′ plastic drop cloths)

Extra sticky duct tape (I used a mix between Gorilla tape and Clear Duck tape)

Optional: I used red, white and blue spray paint to add the 4th of July Flair (Krylon Fusion which is fast-drying and made for painting plastic)

I started by spreading out and laying both drop clops on top of each other on the grass in our backyard.

Then, I sprayed red strips and the outline of stars with the blue paint. I added extra star detail with the white spray paint.

Then, I carefully taped all of the edges together with at least 3 layers of tape, making sure to leave one open hole about 6 inches on one corner.

This is where we filled the “plastic pillow” with water from our hose.

filling water blob

It took awhile to fill the whole thing, but it was worth the wait.
After it was filled with water, we sealed up the hole with more tape.

The girls started playing and rolling around on the blob at first.

4th of July Water Blob backyard party fun

And, to be honest, I wasn’t sure how the weight of three 12 year old girls would hold on our water blob.

They started with clothes on, and soon moved to suits or things they didn’t mind getting wet in. There were small leaks, and then the first hole which we did patch up with tape, but really the fun was beginning!

Backyard 4th of July Water Blob DIY

Little holes turned into an opportunity to splash and get wet. And the fun thing is, because the sides were taped so good, the water just kind of stayed on top of the blob.

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The girls went from hopping around on top of the water blob…

DIY backyard water blob for kids copy

….to slippin’ and slidin’!

4th of July water blob backyard party fun for kids

Would I make a water blob again? YES!

But I might try a different technique, maybe double up the layers to see if the water held a little better.

Also, I might not put paint on the top again to decorate it – maybe duck tape. The more water soaked it got, the paint started to come off a little bit and onto the girls’ legs.

4th of July Homemade Water Blob and Slip and Slide for kids

But if you are looking for a fun, super unique, way to entertain the kids for a backyard party, try making your own water blob!

These girls spent over an hour playing on it, giggling and laughing the whole time!

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Happy Crafting!

SPECIAL NOTE: I completely admire and respect everything that the American flag stands for, and all of the people and veterans that work for and have worked to keep our country safe and free. By painting a representation of the American flag, I, in no means, intend to disrespect anyone or the American flag in any way. I am grateful every day for the life and freedom that my family enjoys, and know that there are so many people that have fought to keep the American dream alive. We celebrate all of you and your families, and send the biggest virtual hugs. Thanks to all you do!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  18 comments for “4th of July Party – Water Blob for Kids

  1. June 18, 2014 at 5:15 am

    This is so awesome! I have a small backyard, but not too small for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  2. Allison Burke
    June 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    OMGoodness! HOW FUN! My girl is turning 12 and we are planning a cookout type party for her and her friends and this is PERFECT! You rock! Thanks!

  3. June 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This looks like so much fun! This is one I will try for sure this summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. June 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This is so awesome! I’m positive we need one in our lives.

  5. June 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! This is so happening!! My girls are going to go crazy! Love it.

  6. June 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

    This looks like so much fun!! What a fantastic idea for kids!

  7. Rain
    June 19, 2014 at 6:05 am

    This looks soooo fun! I wonder if you could use an air mattress?

    • June 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Good question Rain! I dare you to try it out :) – but only if you are willing to part with one that may pop. If you do – take pictures!

  8. June 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Such a fun idea. I’ve been meaning to make one of these for so long and keep putting it off, we need to add this to our summer list. Thanks for linking up to The Creative Collection Link Party!

  9. June 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This is SO FUN Pauline!

  10. July 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Have I mentioned how much I love this?? I’ve heard you can use parchment paper on the seams and then iron them together and the plastic melts together. Just a thought for the next time you try it! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  11. July 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This is looks fabulous! I will need to try this out at our next block party. Thanks for the great idea.

  12. Niki
    July 4, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Maybe next time you could paint the inside layer and have the top layer the clear plastic layer. What a fun idea!!

  13. Erin
    July 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I saw something like this but using parchment paper you can iron the edges of the plastic to make a seam together. (Put iron on the parchment paper not the plastic) then leave the corner to fill and seal that with duct tape. I am going to try this as well!

  14. Kim
    July 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I have recently seen where some made a water blob and they used some parchment paper and an iron and sealed the edges of the blob by putting the plastic between the parchment paper, they did like a 3 inch strip around and left a whole big enough to put the hose in to fill and then sealed that I believe with duck tape really good.

    • July 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

      wow, I hadn’t heard that technique. I will have to try that.

  15. valerie
    July 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    hello – my son’s birthday is in july in texas and it is HOT. I wanted to try this for his party but was worried it may be a slipping hazard for his friends (ages 2-4). what do you think?

    thank you for sharing!!

    • July 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Hi Valerie,
      When my girls were playing with it, as the water started to leak, it did turn into somewhat of a “slip-n-slide”. They had a blast sliding on it. I would say, it depends if you would feel comfortable having the young ones slide on it. My girls were older, so they were deliberately running and sliding on it. For a 2-4 year old – it might be more of a splashy type of thing. I would say, just use your best judgement. = )
      Hope that helps.

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