A homemade water wall is a wonderful addition to any outdoor play space. Ours has provided the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare with countless hours of wet, watery, educational fun! You won’t believe how easy it was to build! It took all of about 20 minutes, and it didn’t cost me a dime!
Kids love water-play, right? Well, a water wall takes water-play to a whole new level! The hooligans have passed many a hot, summery morning scooping, pouring and splashing away at ours. It’s 4 years old now, and it’s held up well! Let me show you how easy it was to make!
To make a backyard water wall, you’ll need:
- a vertical surface to serve as your wall (more about this in a minute)
- a variety of plastic bottles, hoses and containers (more about this in a minute too)
- staple gun
- scissors or Exact-o knife
- (hole punch and zip ties or twist ties may be necessary depending on the type of surface you’re using)
What to use for the “wall” of your water wall:
For my wall, I used the seat and the back of an old bench that was falling apart and destined for the trash. It’s L-shaped and stands upright, on its end, quite nicely.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have an old bench kicking around, there are a number of things you can use as the play surface for your water wall: a wooden fence, a sheet of plywood, a piece of lattice or even the wall of a playhouse or play-structure. Any flat surface that you can attach a few plastic containers to with either a staple gun or zip ties or twist ties will do.
I used a variety of containers on our water wall. Any of the following will do a fine job:
- milk cartons
- yogurt pots
- shampoo bottles
- salad dressing bottles
- water bottles
- pop bottles
- old pool hoses or vacuum hoses
Using scissors or an Exact-o knife, simply cut your plastic bottles or containers a couple of inches from the lid to form a funnel-like container. If your bottle has a lid with a large hole in it (i.e. a shampoo bottle or salad dressing bottle), perrfect! Leave that lid on! The water will flow slowly through the hole in the bottle lid. If the lid does not have a hole in it (i.e. a water bottle), remove the lid. This will be a bottle that the water flows quickly through.
Attaching your containers to your water wall:
If you’re using a piece of wood as your water wall, you can attach your containers easily with a staple gun. Simply line your containers up vertically so water will flow from the top container into the one underneath it, and secure in place with a couple of staples.
If your wall is a piece of lattice or a chain link fence, you can attach your containers by punching holes in them, and securing them to the wall with a zip tie or twist tie.
Once all of your containers are secured in place, you’re good to go! Find a stable vertical surface to lean your water wall up against if need be.
Recycle that water!
I like to place a large, shallow bin at the base of the water wall, and I fill this with water. This provides the kids with a good amount of water to use at the water wall, and it all flows down and back into the bin to be used time and time again.
Scoops and cups for pouring:
Provide your children with a few scoops and cups and let the fun begin!
Your kids will have a blast scooping and pouring the water into all of the individual containers.
Little ones find it fascinating to watch the water flow from one container to the next all the way down the wall.