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

By | March 11, 2022

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Sliding on a wet sheet of plastic ... what could go wrong? (twitter)

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. 

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Wham-O gave us the Frisbee, among other iconic toys. (history.com)


The Carson, California-based toy company, Wham-O has been in business for about 70 years. They built their business on producing gimmick children’s toys. Some of these toys have become American icons, such as Silly String, the Hula Hoop, and the Frisbee. Others, however, had safety concerns, such as the Super Elastic Bubble Plastic which basically required children to put toxic chemicals to their lips.