Three thrilling summer activities
Make your own fun this summer with these ideas from DIY daddy Todd Davis
Slip and slide
So easy to do and guaranteed many laughs. Go to your local hardware store and get a heavy-duty plastic tarpaulin that folds out lengthwise. Find a small grassy hill and stake the tarpaulin down on both corners at both ends. Pour on some water from a bucket, ready for your child to launch himself down. For extra speed, try adding a tiny amount of biodegradable soap to the tarpaulin.
Water balloon launcher
Drill a hole in each side of a plastic funnel and attach ten inches of surgical tubing to either side. You can then use it as a slingshot to propel water balloons up into the air. Give awards to whoever can “catch” the balloons, even a trophy for whoever can catch it with out breaking it! Beware of up close launches, they can be deadly…
Mix about ¼ washing up liquid with ¾ water in a shallow pan. Then take a wire coat hanger and bend it into a complete, closing circle, using pliers. Bigger is always better, I say. Dip the circle into the tray and run around the air will fill the bubble up and with a twist of your wrist, close the end and watch these huge bubbles dance across your yard. Try to lift a bubble up and over your friend’s entire body, be sure that the wire circle is big enough to go around him or her. Then when it works, take a picture and call him bubble boy!
Todd Davis is the author of Handy Dad (Chronicle, £16.99).
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