Sprinkler hose may be a better solution for toddler lawn water play
Here's how Tracy tweaks backyard sprinkler play:
The comment about the slide in the kiddie pool (which we also do!) reminded me of the a hack I've been using for years. My kids don't like to play in the standard oscillating lawn sprinkler that goes back and forth up in the air. I've found what works great for us is a sprinkler hose. It sprays water as mist instead of a hard stream, many kids can play at once because of the length and we don't get mushy grass because the water is spread out over the whole lawn.
When my kids were toddlers, both of them were intimidated by the sprinkler's spray. We found a sprinkler hose hidden in a corner of the garage and it made all the difference.
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