A water wall made with recyclables is a great way for kids to keep cool while learning this summer!
A couple of years ago, I was so inspired by Jenny over at Let the Children Play, and all of the water wall pictures that she’d collected and posted that I decided to a water wall of our own for the Hooligans.
Don’t think for a minute that this is a complicated process. It might look like it is, but it was a really easy DIY project that came together quite quickly after I figured out what I would use for my actual “wall”.
What can you make a water wall out of?
I used two pieces of an old bench which worked out really well as there are two sides for the kids to play at. Mine also folds up and tucks away at the end of the day, which is a bonus. You could also use a board, a wooden fence, a chain link fence, a piece of lattice etc.
Pop over, and check out Jenny’s water wall post to see if there’s a board that will work for you.
How do you make a water wall?
I went through the recycling bin and rummaged through our cupboards to find various bottles and containers to use. I also had an old piece of pool-hose which worked really well.
I attached the containers to the wood with a staple gun, just kind of lining things up and pouring water through to make sure the placement was right before I stapled.
If you’re using lattice or chain link fence for your wall, you can attach your containers with zip-ties, heavy duty twist ties or florist’s wire.
Reycycle that water!
To keep water consumption down, I place a couple of plastic bins at the bottom of the water wall so the water can be re-used as they play. The kids LOVED it. The first day that I introduced the water wall, the hooligans played at it for over an hour. It was a huge hit!
Anyway, that was such a hit, I decided to make a sand wall in the sandbox.
I had a piece of scrap lattice which I fastened to the sandbox/playhouse with screws, and I attached the containers by poking holes in them, and securing them to the lattice with long twist ties. It’s not quite as popular as the water wall, but it’s still a lot of fun!
These are easy to make and provide hours of entertainment! Drop us a line and share some pics if you make one, or if you already have one. We’d love to see them!
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