Water Wiggle and Slip n‘ Slide: The Fun Yet Dangerous Sixties Water Games

By Karen Harris
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Drinking from garden hoses. Riding bikes without wearing helmets. Baking cupcakes with a lightbulb. Childhood in the 1960s was risky business at times, yet most of us survived unscathed. Two of the more popular outdoor toys of the time, the Water Wiggle and the Slip ‘n Slide, rank in this category as well. Although they were loads of fun, especially on a scorching summer day, they were also quite dangerous. The Water Wiggle was recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Slip ‘n Slide was precariously close to the same fate.