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Slip and Slide

Slip and slide is recreational activity performed by sliding face first down a slippery mat. The mat is a long rectangular sheet of plastic that is covered in water and sometimes dish soap, thus making the surface of the mat slippery. Participants usually walk or run toward the mat before sliding on their stomachs down the length of the mat. Slip and slide is a popular summertime activity for children, and is practiced at festivals, parties, and picnics. Occasionally, slip and slides are incorporated into other games, such as water pong or an obstacle course.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Slip'n Slide

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The slip and slide was created by a toy company in the United States during the 1960s, and the activity gained popularity in Canada soon after.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds, though it is most commonly a children's activity.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Slip and slide typically occurs outdoors in the summer months, and is organized informally in backyards, parks, and other outdoor spaces.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

The Urban Slide; Slide the City

Cultural Significance


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