Splash Pad Sprinkler

Cool Off with Minimal EffortJasonwell sprinkler play mat light blue with shark in middle and three kids sitting in it

  • What: Splash Pad Sprinkler
  • When: 18 months to 10 years
  • Why: Affordable, fun, easy to use
  • Where: Amazon

All the community swimming pools, wading pools, and splash parks haven’t opened for the season, another little gift from the pandemic. Meanwhile, we’ve had high temperatures here in the city, so when I saw this deal online, I grabbed a Jasonwell Sprinkle & Splash Play Mat .

I first saw this advertised on Thrifty Littles, my source for great deals on all things kid-related. By the time I got around to reading it, they’d sold out of the 60 inch design, but the deal was still good on the 68 inch version. For less than $10 including taxes, I figured we would try it, since this size easily held four kids at a time with some room to move around.

Jasonwell 68 inch sprinkler play mat splash pad filled with water

Once the outer ring inflates with water, the inner portion holds several inches of water.

My kids, at five, eight, and nine, are well past the intended age – that phase where more than an inch or two of water can kill your toddler if you look away for longer than 30 seconds. But I still thought they might enjoy it, even for the novelty. They loved it. They splashed, they ran through it, and they came up with games to play involving the shark printed in the center. They sat in it, laid in it, and even pulled up lounge chairs and stuck their feet in the pool.

Kids lounging in chairs around Jasonwell Splash pad sprinkler play mat

My kids even enjoy lounging around the pool.

This rubber mat hooks up to the hose directly. Water then sprays around the circumference of the circle, while the inside holds several inches of water. At roughly ankle deep, it works great for splashing around, and I imagine it is just the ticket with little ones, too. It sets up in less than five minutes, and packs away compactly when not in use, though I’m not sure I’ll ever get it back into the small box it arrived in.

Jasonwell Sprinkler play mat brand new folded into small rectangle

The play mat comes folded into a small rectangle.

The sprinklers spray at regular intervals around the ring, which stays inflated with water, not air. Adjust the flow of water, and the sprinklers rise or fall depending on the water pressure, which lets you control the height of the spray. As the non-slip surface fills up, the edges hold the water inside. The sprinklers mostly fill the pad as the water goes into the center. Simply hook up the hose and turn on the water to start the fun. When the kids finish, the water will seep slowly out as the sides deflate, or you can pick up one edge and any water remaining in the sides will run out the sprinkler holes.

Jasonwell sprinkler play mat splash pad set up on brick patio

Attach the hose and let the fun begin.

If you need an inexpensive compact way to cool your kids off, give this splash pad a whirl.

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