Sunday, August 18, 2013

Slip N Slide Hockey

Henry got a knee-hockey slip n slide for his birthday from Gordy's parents.  Oh My Goodness is this a fun toy.  I got the idea from pinterest and snuck it on Henry's birthday list.  Henry loves to play knee hockey and everyone likes a good outdoor, water-soaked game.  On paper (or rather on computer) it seemed perfect, but I was a little worried when I read some of the reviews on Amazon.  A few people had written praising comments but a greater number of people had written more disappointing reviews. One person said that she was shocked at how small the "rink" was and another person said that her children had gotten bored in five minutes.  The rink did look rather small to me, but we also have a very small yard, so I thought it would work perfectly.  And as for getting bored, I have two children who play knee hockey constantly in our basement, so I didn't think that would be an issue.

I was right. 

We just put sod down in our backyard, so we had to use the hockey slip n slid on our (rather sloped) front yard.  It made for an interesting game.

While it's hard to tell from certain photos, the yard is dramatically sloped to the left and the water soaked "rink"was at a angle closest to Henry.  This helped even the score a little for Josie and made for a good, water-drenched time for Henry.

The goals and the puck are filled with air (the puck is also filled with water).  The rink is filled with water and there are sprinklers coming from all four sides.

And for those moments when you don't feel wet enough, you can step on the blue "guard rails" and splash more water on yourself and your opponent.

And your mother, who is holding her expensive camera, apparently!

This particular day was incredibly hot and we hadn't had time between activities to go to the pool.  Slip N Slide Hockey was the perfect way to cool down.

It will be even more fun played on the level yard at our rental house on Block Island - it's definitely getting a place of honor in our packed car!

So what was with all those negative reviews?  I have no idea.  Maybe they aren't hockey fans?  Maybe their children hate getting wet?  

We have nothing but positive things to say.  

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