A few weeks ago I shared with you this PVC Sprinkler that I made as part of the #LowesCreator challenge. I am FINALLY getting around to sharing with you exactly how to make a PVC sprinkler for kids.
This is really a pretty easy and inexpensive project and the kids were all super anxious about helping us build it.
I originally saw the idea in the Family Fun Magazine and decided to design my own version. I wanted one that the kids could run under or ride their bikes and scooters under.
This is the original version that I sketched out. We used the design and then made a few modifications when we actually were building it.
You can make your own version or build ours. You will need the following:
1o feet of schedule 40 1/2 inch PVC Sprinkler Pipes
Four 1/2 inch three-way corner joints
Seven 1/2 inch T joints
Three 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows
One 1/2 inch threaded T joint
1/2 inch riser
Full Sprinkler Head
drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit
1/2 inch coupling (one side threaded)
We cut the PVC into 4 foot (top cross pieces) and 5 foot lengths. We drilled holes (with the water running to make sure we didn’t lose too much pressure) along some of the sides and top pipes for a fountain effect. You can always fill the holes with silicone if you get too many or one is out of place. We did a total of about 30 holes.
For the middle cross piece, we cut the four foot section in half and installed the threaded T joint for the sprinkler. For the house attachment, we put it on the bottom, front end.
We did not glue any of the pieces so we could store it easily. Sometimes a connection would come apart from rough usage but it was easily fixed.
The kids have loved the different ways to use this. They have ridden their bikes through it, run under it, and even used a giant sheet of plastic for a slip and slide.
Please let us know what other fun uses you come up with.