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 activities as much as the hooligans do, you’re going to love this idea! It’s one of the easiest things to add to your outdoor play space to make it a more exciting and engaging place for your kids to play.
The quest to add running water to our backyard play space:
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 because 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 yard
Ta-daaaa! It’s the water jug that we use for camping!
Is that brilliant or what?
If you’re not a camper and you don’t happen to have one of these tucked away at home, 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 camping jugs in all shapes and sizes.
Likewise, you can use my affiliate link to see a variety of camping jugs here on Amazon.com.
This is the one that we have that we have:
A portable water jug with a spigot is perfect for water play in the backyard! It’s easy to fill with the garden hose, it holds a LOT of water, and you can easily move it to wherever you’re playing in the backyard.
Who knew the humble camping water-jug had so many uses?
Sometimes I set our camping jug a stool beside the sandbox, because hey, wet sand is WAY more fun than the dry stuff.
And we have to have running water when we’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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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.