How to Make a Homemade Water Wall for Kids

A homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play space!  With a few scraps and some recyclables, you can provide hours of learning, entertainment and water play for your toddler or preschooler!

A couple of years ago, I was so inspired by all of the water walls featured at  Let the Children Play that I decided to make one of my own!   Of all the backyard water play activities we’ve done over the years, our water wall remains one of our very favourites!  Today I’m showing you how easy it is to make a homemade water wall for your own backyard!

building a water wall

Don’t think for a minute that making a water wall is complicated.  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 use to make a water wall?

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.

make your own water wall

How to make a homemade water wall for kids:

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.

containers and hoses for homemade water wall

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!

You can make a sand wall too!

Our water wall was so popular, I used a similar process to make a sand wall for our sandbox!

homemade sand wall

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.

Both the water wall and the sand wall were easy to make and they provide hours of entertainment and fun!

Looking for more inexpensive ideas for your outdoor play space?

Bucket and Rope Contraption

Portable Mud Pit

Easy, DIY Water Slide

Backyard Tight Rope

Play Logs

Sandbox Ideas


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  1. Jessica says

    Love this! I think I will be a great teacher after reading all these posts from you and other great ladies that share their great ideas! Thanks!

    • happyhooligans says

      Aw, on behalf of me and all of the other great ladies, Thank You! I’m glad you’re armed with lots of fresh ideas! Have fun!!

  2. Liz says

    I have been wanting to make something like this for inside and was not sure how to pull it off! Thanks for the ideas! I plan to find different balls to use with it.

  3. Charlene Becker says

    I am a grandma and greatgrandma. I love these ideas. Just goes to prove we don’t need expensive toys to keep kids occupied or addicted. Thank you for spreading the word. I came to this site looking for giant bubble receipe for a graduation party. I had it years ago and lost it. I can’t wait to see the delight on young and old faces. I remember years ago having daycare in my home and using corn in a bucket for cold weather play. God bless you all

  4. says

    Hi! My name is Marion from I am in the process of writing an ebook on activities to do with preschool and early elementary age children. I would like to include your blog as a reference so the readers can get more ideas. Please let me know if I can add your blog to the list of recommended blogs in my ebook. Thank you for your time.

    • happyhooligans says

      You are more than welcome to share a link to my site in your ebook, Marion. Thank you so much for asking, and for including me!

  5. says

    The water wall is just such fun and so music learning going on! However, when I saw the lovely extension idea of a sand walk attached to the sand box…I was amazed! Fabulous idea!

    • says

      Sorry I didn’t proofread this post before entering it…SHOULD READ There is so MUCH (not music) LEARNING going on…and that should be sand WALL (not Walk) although a sand walk may be a new idea to explore! I think the computer changes words in my post sometimes!


  1. […] Week number 2 of our school holidays and still glorious weather (shhh…. don’t remind the shiny thing in the sky that this is England in July or it might go away!) so I decided on another sun friendly water craft activity to have a stab at. Again, fellow villager Julie and her son joined us in the mayhem and we spent a rather enjoyable afternoon together making a Water Wall. I found the idea here at Happy Hooligans, which gives a much better set of instructions for you to follow than my “travel log” in case you want to try it yourself […]

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