How to create a water wall in your garden
The weather may be getting a little chillier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all this beautiful season has to offer.
You don’t have to go too far to enjoy the best of autumn. Your very own back garden is a great place to admire the stunning seasonal changes.
The garden is a great place to inspire the littler members of your family too, so why not sign off 2020 with one last fun garden project that all the family can enjoy?
What is a water wall?
There are so many fun activities that you can do with the kids in the garden, your outdoor space is after all a great environment, especially for your little ones.
Most of these creative, kid-friendly garden activities rely on one thing – good weather, which isn’t all that common in the autumn and winter months.
A water wall makes use of the heavy rainfall in the most wonderful, fun and inspiring way. We’ll let EYFS resource Twinkl talk you through the basics of what a water wall is and the vital lessons it’ll teach your children:
“A water wall is a developmental and sensory play resource which challenges analytical thinking whilst introducing basic scientific ideas and of course, a lot of wet, splashy fun. Water is channelled through a series of adjustable channels, tubes, funnel, bucket, pipes, etc.
Water walls give children control over flow and direction as they explore and experiment whilst working together and improving their social and communication skills.”
Here’s how to get started
Creating a water wall and unlocking the fun, educational benefits mentioned above is easy, free and environmentally friendly. In fact, you’ll find pretty much everything you need in your recycling bin.
Those who have been busy with some DIY or gardening over the summer will also have plenty more water wall supplies to hand. Choose different sized bottles, containers, and tubing to create a varied water wall design. Old guttering, hose pipes and funnels will also add to the fun.
Once you’ve gathered your materials, you’ll need a suitable site to create your water wall. A water wall doesn’t necessarily have to be situated on a wall. Constructing your water wall on a freestanding board, fence panel, decking rail, or piece of trellis will have the same effect – plus you can move it about for added ease.
Now it’s time to get creative and put it all together. Your water wall needs to be sturdy to cope with the weight of the water, so be sure to invest in some cable ties or heavy duty twist ties to secure your containers in the right formation. Head to Pinterest to discover tons of great water wall designs to inspire you.
Using your water wall
So your water wall is ready to go! All you have to do is add water to provide hours of messy entertainment in your garden, but don’t head to your kitchen tap to get your fill of H2O.
Save water in the garden by catching rain and collect endless amounts of water for your wall whilst keeping your water consumption down. If you don’t have a water butt, simply place a few buckets or bins around the garden.
If the weather gets too cold, bring the fun inside with these water science experiments for kids.