I’ve been seeing water walls all over Pinterest for a couple of summers and I’ve been wanting to make one. This summer, I finally decided that I was going to try to do this with the kids.
One very warm day a couple of weeks ago, the kids and I went on a trip to the local hardware store. We got the peg board and tubing we needed from there, then we went to the dollar store and picked up noodles and zip ties. I had already saved some recycled bottles for this project. We got home and gathered up all of our supplies and brought them to the deck.
- Peg Board
- Plastic Tubing (Large and small)
- Pool Noodles
- Zip Ties
- Plastic Bottles/Milk Container
- Pipe Cleaners
- Duct Tape
- Squeeze bottles
We started with some trial and error to figure out what we wanted our water wall to look like, where we wanted the water to go and how we were going to direct it. We realized we needed a bigger opening to pour water into, so I cut off the plastic bottles and attached them to the plastic tubing using duct tape. We cut off a 6” section of a pool noodle and then cut that in half. We kept attaching different tubing, noodles and plastic containers to the peg board and having fun watching the water move down. We even made a twisty part with some of the tubing. So awesome! The zip ties weren’t all long enough to use, but we had some pipe cleaners, and those worked amazingly well too.
I ended up getting a big bucket of water for them to dip their squeeze bottles in and then use on the water wall. Working together to set up the water wall was part of the fun and it kept us busy for over an hour. We played for a while, but when it got too hot outside we took a break and went to our local splash pad.
They’ve gone out onto the deck several more times to play with it. They always end up getting wet, which is perfect on these hot summer days. Overall, I’d say it was quite a successful activity!
Side note: I left the water wall standing up after the first time we were finished playing with it, but it definitely fell over and got a little crushed. No worries, I put it back up, fixed it, and attached it to the deck using pipe cleaners.