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This hot summer season my nephew was getting bored with his paddling pool, being three he would play with it for a while and then would go off to do something else and not necessarily use it again. It's only a small paddling pool but for the 20 minutes of fun before he got bored we opted to try a different approach in trying to cool him down as it took longer to fill it up.
We found a water sprinkler from the Early Learning Centre, it's a child safe sprinkler, is has the same principals of your usual garden sprinkler just child friendly. The sprinkler is a big inflatable ring and it sprays water in all directions while your child can run in and out of the ring getting wet and cooling down.
This is not just fun for the kids I was running around with my nephew and we had a great time there is something about water that he loves as long as he does not have to get into the bath.
All you need to do is lay the ring out preferably on the lawn on a soft surface, you then attach the hose pipe from the garden to the ring and make sure you use a slow flow of water having the tap on full could create a high pressure and burst the ring. It is compact enough that you can easily store it away after use and it does not take up a lot of space like a paddling pool.
The picture on the box makes it look like the water goes really high, unfortunately it does not go as high as this but I don't think this is a problem, especially when your three years old.
The great thing about this being inflatable is that if a child falls on it or steps on it they will not cause themselves any injury or harm, it will just flatten the inflatable until pressure is released, although too much pressure could cause the ring to burst and split. It is easy to fold away and is compact so takes up minimal storage unlike a paddling pool it can be quite bulky to store in your garage or shed.
It does come with a puncture kit should any leaks occur they can be easily fixed, I have read other reviews about this bursting after a few hours, my nephew only uses it for 5 minutes a few times a day so it still in great condition and working two weeks on. For £8 I was not expecting anything amazing but this is great fun and a lot easier than inflating and filling up the paddling pool.
You can leave the ring out connected to the hose pipe and turn the tap on and off when you need to cool off, while cooling down the children it also helps to water your grass at the same time.
I would happily pay more money if they made the inflatable ring with a thicker material so it was more durable. I could imagine that Ii my nephew played with this for hours a day it would not be working now.
The only disadvantage that I have at the moment is that if you don't have access to a hope pipe this is not something that you can use. But I could see as it's a flimsy inflatable could easily split, but as of yet I have been one of the lucky ones.
At a Glance Fun water sprinkler which attaches to the hose and sprinkles water at you as you play - can also be used in conjunction with Features and benefits for ELC Water Sprinkler Fun water sprinkler which attaches to the hose and sprinkles water at you as you play - can also be used in conjunction with our smaller paddling pools (available separately)Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months.