Water Wall - Outdoor Construction Area

There are some great blog posts out there featuring some amazing water play construction areas. We have limited space & resources in our play area, but have been inspired by this wonderful idea from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning.

With just a few recycled containers, pipes, drawing pins, & a fence Minnie & I created this...


We made a number of holes in the bottom of different containers, this allowed the water flow to be varied.



Minnie decided where the containers should go & I attached them to the fence using large drawing pins. (The pins have held the containers securely, but supervision is needed just in case they become loose)



The washing detergent box & milk containers all had lids which Minnie could close, & remove. This was great for experimenting & controlling the flow of the water.




Minnie had great fun exploring, making predictions, observing the movement of the water, collecting it, transferring it, recycling it, & discovering new ways in which the water flowed.





We later discovered that the baby bottle & milk containers we attached to the fence made great rain gauges too!


A fun construction area to explore... whatever the weather!


16 comments:

  1. This is absolutely awesome! It may have taken a little while to put together the first time (but man, Henry would love doing that part!) - but the fun that the kids would have with it afterwards! I can just see their minds thinking away!

    I haven't checked, but if you haven't, please link this up to It's Playtime - this is WONDERFUL!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

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  2. wow, this is amazing! i can't wait till the weather is warm enough here to have some water fun.
    great job, Minnie!

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  3. WOW Minnie your water wall is irresistible for sure! I hope you have as much fun with yours as our children did with theirs.
    Donna :) :)

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  4. Brilliant - going to have to try & replicate in my nursery playground for the 3 & 4 year olds

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  5. I love it! I'm adding it to my list of outdoor classroom inspiration :).

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  6. Thanks for sharing, we did this yesterday and my son loves it x

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  7. My mind is turning. We will be inventing something like this soon. So neat, and such an AWESOME idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower.

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  8. New follower and I just gave a shout out about your great project on my blog. Stop by and visit.

    http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/water-play-construction-area-more-fun.html

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  9. My boys would love this...if only we had a back yard, this would be their primary entertainment for the entire summer :)

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  10. Thanks so much for playing!!! Yay! :) We don't have a fence in the yard, so I'm brainstorming some ways to do this here... so creative and playful!

    Jamie

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  11. Oh girls! You have too much fun! ;)

    This post is now featured on this week's High paw. Thank you for participating and hope to see you again this week! :)

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  12. Visiting from "Best Toys for Toddlers". This is such a stupendous idea for kids to have hours of play and observation. I am sure my daughter will love this.

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  13. Your blog is wonderful! This water activity is fantastic! I can't wait to try it. I'll just have to modify it for a 3 year old.

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  14. SO cool. I love it! New follower. Come visit us at bookwormfun.blogspot.com sometime!

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  15. This is simply fantastic! What a creative use of space and a wonderful exploration!

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