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By now you probably know that when we find a good idea we love and want to follow, we don’t just talk about it, WE DO IT!

Our water wall is a really good idea we picked up from Jenny over at “Let the Children Play

From this …

to this, the children were very involved the whole way!

They loved the opportunity to handle Donna’s drill …

and were so exited to be able to drill the holes in the fence themselves with Sherry’s help!

The children then attached assorted plastic containers to the wall using screws and wing nuts …

which was a brilliant fine motor exercise!

Once all the work was done …

it was time to play …

and play …

AND play!

As we are very conscious of the amount of water we use in our play at kinder …

and, the children are encouraged to attach, and detach the containers to experiment with different water paths …

we remind them to place a solid container at the bottom …

so they can tip the water back into their buckets …

and recycle it!

Our wall will continue to evolve over time with the addition of more containers and funnels and hopefully some hoses like the children at “Woodland Park” have on their water wall!

The children had such a great time with the drill, we have many more places to fill!

This post is part of the “We Play” link up over at

the wonderful Aussie blog “Childhood 101″


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32 Responses to “make it irresistible – with a water wall”

  1. avatar Teacher Tom says:

    I love it Donna! And I especially love how flexible it is. It really looks like the kids will get to do a lot of experimenting. We’ll be adding to our own water wall this summer and there are a lot of good ideas here!

    We have a real challenge here with the concept of conserving water. It’s hard to convince kids to go easy on water use when we get so much rain!

  2. avatar Scott says:

    I think my favorite part is that the kids can rearrange the containers – detaching, attaching, and experimenting with different water paths. Such fun! Such learning!

  3. avatar Lisa says:

    LOVE IT, I have a chain link fence, so we are going to use twist ties!

  4. avatar admin says:

    Thanks Scott. We really wanted this to be all about the children from go to whoa, so it was all important that they be able to do with it what they want and they are coming up with some some successful, and some less successful water paths. Like you said … Such fun! Such learning!

  5. avatar admin says:

    Thanks Tom the children are LOVING the wall! We remember when water wasn’t an issue for us here in melbourne but our children wouldn’t. They’ve been living with water restrictions their entire live …. whoa, we’ve never really thought of it like that before but it’s true … and they’re very good about it … most of the time. :) :)

  6. avatar admin says:

    Good on you Lisa! Cable ties would also work however you wouldn’t be able to move the containers around so twist ties it is!

  7. avatar Alissa says:

    This looks like great fun. And I love the way the containers are able to be moved around to allow for creativity.

  8. avatar Louise says:

    Another great idea – thanks for all the detailed photos….first we need our wall, so it’ll be a little while before I can send you our photos but seeing what and how you do it makes it seem more manageable for us…

  9. avatar Elise says:

    What a brilliant idea. Our family are going to make one for our backyard. My children will love it – we often play outside with our water table, but a water wall is going to be so much fun and we will be able to change it around and experiment. Thank you so much for sharing exactly how your wall works. What a blast for the children to be involved in making the wall.

  10. avatar Michele says:

    All sorts of awesome! Well done great job on the water wall. Once again I am thinking Hmmmmm IF ONLY we werent renting and could do that with our fence. Bit of lateral thinking needed but sure I can find a way to make a water wall without using fence – have seen a few ideas around I think a trip to the tip is in order next weekend

  11. avatar jenny says:

    Stop posting – I can’t keep up! It works so well on the wooden fence, doesn’t it. And I love seeing little hands holding power tools :) Juliet from I’m a Teacher Get Me Outside of Here has a post today on assessing risk in preschool and the things that are considered dangerous (string? dirt?). I’m sure those thinking string was a risk would have a field day with tools!

  12. avatar Juliet says:

    Well, we have now set a world wide trend in water walls. I’m so so enjoying reading what everyone has done. I like your use of nuts and screws – allowing for an unfixed system.

    I’m on the lookout for foam covered wire (not for H&S reasons – LOL!) but because I think for very little hands on wire fences it will be easier for children to attach things. I also have lots of velcro straps which make a wonderful noise for purpose.

    And I’m just delighted – I recommend participants on my courses to read the pre-school blogs like this, Jenny’s and Teacher Tom’s. There’s nothing like practitioners inspiring fellow practitioners. I’m just pleased I still get my hands dirty each week in a lovely nursery where the staff have a “go for it” attitude.

  13. avatar admin says:

    Thanks Juliet, I think you should look in the hair accessory section of your supermarket for twisty hair rollers, they’re foam covered wire. :) :)

  14. avatar admin says:

    Thanks Jenny, I’ll go and check out Juliet right now … and the wooden fence was perfect wasn’t it!


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  16. Love this idea of a water wall. This is so wonderful!

    ::: Thanks My Creative Side our children still love it every day … sometimes with water at other times with marbles! :) :)

  17. avatar amber says:

    I just shared your blog and this great project over at Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo. Your newest follower and love your stuff. Stop by and visit.

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

    ::: Thanks Amber and welcome on board! We we’ll be sure to pop on over and take a look around. :) :)

  18. avatar Judy says:

    How brilliant is this?! I would love to do this with my boys, but we’ll have to wait until we have a back yard…:)

    ::: Hee … hee! … Fair enough Judy. :) :)

  19. avatar Mercedes says:

    This looks like a blast. I need to find something to put this on!

    ::: Thanks Mercedes. If you take a look at this link over at “Let the Children Play” you will gain even MORE inspiration … http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/search/label/water%20play#uds-search-results


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  21. avatar Clancy says:

    I saw the water walls on jennys website and I thought : I’m so doing this!!! But I knew I’d need help. So I asked my hubby ( fully expecting no – lol) and he was inspired as well! We rushed off to recycling art place in brissy and found heaps of pipes, connectors ect! All dirt cheap! Guess what my family is making?

    ::: Oh COOL Clancy … what a great fun family project!!! :) :)


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