Summer Fun—Day 24: Build a sprinkler playground

Beat the humidity this summer by creating a backyard sprinkler paradise with a few tools and a little creativity.

sprinklerWhat child doesn't love a sprinkler on a hot summer's day? It's always fun to break out the kiddie pool, but you can add new life to backyard splashing by making a sprinkler spray ground with PVC pipes.


A google search will bring you to hundreds of unique homemade sprinkler systems, but the main concept remains the same for each:

Drill holes (at different angles, so the water sprays in multiple directions) in PVC pipes, and then connect the pipes with 90-degree PVC elbow joints and PVC T-connections. Place PVC caps on the ends not used, and be sure to allow enough height and width in the PVC frame for children to comfortably run through. Don't have PVC pipes on hand? Get creative; an old hula hoop hooked up to a hose with holes drilled in the side can work just as well in a pinch. In no time, everyone will be cooling off and having a blast.

Don't want to do it yourself? Check out our story on spraygrounds and pools perfect for preschoolers.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities, or see our daily calendar of events

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