Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did You Know Tuesday - Slip 'n Slide


Do you remember playing with Slip 'n Slide in the backyard during your childhood?  I loved all water toys (Slip 'n' Slide, Water Wiggle, water pistols, and of course little swimming pools!), so of course I loved this.  (Plus we had a little hill in the backyard!)

The Slip 'n' Slide is a long sheet of plastic, with a tubular fold on one side.  A garden hose is connected to the fold, so water sprays onto the plastic.   Outside on a hot summer day (especially on a sloping surface), this provided lots of childhood fun in retro days.


The Slip 'n Slide was invented in 1961 by Robert Carrier, and marketed by Wham-O toys.  Robert Carrier was an upholsterer for a boat company, and was inspired to make the toy after seeing his son sliding in a stream of water outside.  300,000 Slip 'n Slides sold in the first six months of sales. 

Here is a 1972 commercial by Wham-O for Water Wiggle and Slip 'N Slide.  (I loved both these summer toys!)



Do you remember Slip 'n' Slide?   What other summer water toys did you enjoy?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

8 comments:

Chelsea Hetzel said...

How cool is this!!! I remember so many great memories with our slip and slide growing up. Somehow someone ALWAYS ended up hurt!!!

Sami said...

Awesome bit of summer memories here! My friend had one with a big hill in her backyard --- lots of fun!

Sheila Jo said...

Thanks for taking me back! Had loads of fun on our slip and slide back in the day!

Lauren Vavala said...

Ahhh I used to love this! I did buy one for my son but the thought of throwing myself on the ground now....oh no. Not happening lol.

Kristin Longacre said...

Haha ohhh slip n slide! They were so much fun! This was an awesome flashback and great history!

Jessica said...

Love this! Slip n slides are just as much fun as adults as they were back then!

Krista Dial said...

Awe! How fun?! I loved slip n' slide as a little kid! Just went to a birthday party this weekend where they had one...I didn't participate this time, lol.

Birdhouse Books said...

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed hearing your memories of this fun summer toy. - Trish