Water Blob Fail

By Polly Conner

Well friends, my grand ideas don’t always turn out like I planned. This is the case with my attempt at making a water blob for a play date we had a few days ago.

First of all, you should know that we had four moms and eight kids under two outside playing with water on a super hot and humid day. Four of the kids are under 3 months old. Seriously. It was pretty much controlled chaos. Despite it ending in a few meltdowns (primarily my kids) the play date was a blast.

water play date

I’ve been wanting to try out this water blob idea  that this blogger raved about. It seemed so simple. Fold up a large piece of plastic sheeting, duct tape the edges, fill with water, and have fun!

It seemed so simple…

So between a toddler walking all over the plastic while I’m attempting to tediously tape the edges together and my infant protesting being outside in his bouncy seat, I managed to get it taped together before all the kiddos arrived.

As I began to fill it with water I immediately realized I had made an obvious mistake. The area of the yard had a very slight gradient to it causing all of the water to pool on one side of the blob. I tried to move it but the weight of the water was a bit too much so I just had to go with it.

All was well with the water blob for a bit. The toddlers were showing mild interest but we got a few to stomp around on it.


However, as more water entered into the blob, the duct taped seams began to show signs of weakness. It started with a few leaks here and there. One small leak eventually turned into a large leak which eventually ended up opening up an entire side of the blob. Water began pooling out and moving down the incline of my yard.

A few of my mom friends had to be first responders to the infants innocently relaxing and naive that they were in the heart of the flood plains.


Even after a massive amount of water had escaped the tarp, the blob took on a life of its own. It began slowly rolling and creeping down the yard.

I didn’t catch any pictures of the flooding and organic movement of my blob but I did get a few of the aftermath.

aftermathThat’s my gal and pup stomping around in the leftover water. At least they got to have a little fun with it, right?

Anyway, if I do this again I will make the following changes:

  • Make sure I am on even ground.
  • Take a lot more time and effort to duct tape the edges well. Probably with double reinforcement.
  • Use quality duct tape. I think the type I had was a cheapo brand that couldn’t hold much weight.
  • Not put infants downstream of blob.

We live in a broken world people. Water blobs do not escape the fallen condition.

Best of luck trying this project out for yourself!


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2 replies
  1. heather bell says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw this bc this exact thing happened to me today. This water blob thing is totally overrated. I say go get a slip n slide and call it good. Kids don’t know what your pinterest boards look like anyway.=)

    • Polly says:

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who couldn’t make it work! We are sticking to sprinklers from now on… haha!