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Set up a Slip and Slide

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Published February 14th 2011

The words slip and slide conjure memories of hot summer days spent gliding around on a wet piece of plastic. While Gen X and Y may think that the slip and slide belongs to their generation, this play thing has been a backyard mainstay since 1961.

The official Slip 'n Slide is produced by toy manufacturing company Wham-O. This version is a long sheet of plastic with tubes running down either side. The length of the plastic becomes wet once you connect your garden hose, leading to loads of slippery fun.

Of course, Aussie kids know that you don't need the official version to enjoy slipping and sliding. Take the cheap option by laying out a plastic tarp and covering it with water and liquid detergent. For extra fun, set up on the steepest hill you can find.

Injuries can occur from travelling too quickly or stopping too fast so be sensible and stay safe this summer.
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Why? Stay cool this summer
When: Any time
Where: Your backyard
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