Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had access to a water supply at the sandbox or in the mud kitchen? Well guess what! They can! I’m going to show you how you can add a source of running water to your backyard play space in minutes. It’s a simple solution that’s fast, easy and cheap. In fact, it may not cost you a dime!
If your kids love water-play as much as the hooligans do, you’re going to love this post! Listen up! I’m going to show you how I added a source of “running water” to our backyard play area.
The quest to add running water to our play area:
Now, to be honest, what I really wanted was a water pump like Teacher Tom’s. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love to pump his own water from an antique hand pump?
For a while, I kept my eyes open at auction sales and flea markets hoping to come across an old in my price-range, but they’re a little hard to come by I guess. I never managed to find one.
That’s ok though – because, resourceful thinker that I am, I realized there was a super-easy, super-inexpensive way to provide the hooligans with their very own backyard water source. In fact, I had it set up in just a few minutes, and it didn’t cost me a thing!
Some of you may have to fork out a few bucks for this contraption, but trust me, it will be worth every penny!
There’s a good chance that for many of you, installing running water in your mud-kitchen will require nothing more than a quick trip to your storage room!
The 20 dollar (or less) item that transformed our outdoor play space.
Ta-daaaa! It’s the water carrier that we use for camping!
Brilliant or what? If you’re not a camper, and you don’t happen to have one of these in storage at your house, don’t worry. You can pick them up in the outdoor section of most hardware stores or big box stores.
Also, check out second-hand stores and thrift shops! Our local consignment shop has a shelf full of water carriers in all shapes and sizes.
Likewise, you can use my affiliate link to see a variety of water carriers here on Amazon.com.
This is the one that we have that we have:
A portable water carrier is perfect for water play in the backyard! The carrier is easy to fill with the garden hose, it holds a LOT of water, and I can easily move it to wherever we’re playing in the backyard.
Who knew the humble camping water-jug had so many uses?
Sometimes I set the water carrier on a stool beside the sandbox, because hey, wet sand is WAY more fun than the dry stuff.
You have to have running water when you’re getting messy in our mobile mud-pit.
Running water is a must when we’re making concoctions…
and having tea parties…
The kids love having complete control over that simple, little tap.
It’s handy too, for rinsing off when we get really sandy or muddy.
The kids love gathering around the water spigot to fill their containers.
Cranking that handle is a bit tricky. It requires strength and co-ordination to turn the tap off and on, but they work together and help each other to make it happen.
To conserve spills and wasted water, simply place a large bowl or container underneath the spigot of the water carrier. Your kids can use it for play or for watering the flowers.
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