We really enjoyed all of the water playing we did in Utah from swimming to sprinklers to spray bottles and buckets. I especially loved the kid exhaustion that followed with guaranteed naps or bedtime. We don’t have great access to a pool here (driving to and from and swimming with two completely dependent children is not my idea of a good time) and sprinklers aren’t a built in feature like they are in the West.
Yesterday I decided to make our own water fun and created a sprinkler. We used a juice bottle from a neighbor and I drilled holes on three sides (skip straight to the power drill). The opening of the bottle was significantly bigger than the diameter of the hose, but wrapping duct tape around both held the system together perfectly. Because there were holes on three sides, we had lots of different options for the height and distance of the water depending what side was facing up. We started with the water only coming up to the little girls shoulders but eventually rotated it so the water made nice tunnels for them to run under.
All of the ages from Nathan at 8 months to a 7 year old neighbor found a way to enjoy this diy sprinkler. I think we’ve stumbled on our new go to summer activity.