For cool-off fun, try this one-of-a-kind outdoor activity made with recycled materials.
Looking for something a bit more engaging than running through the sprinkler? This wall-based (and drought-friendly) plaything lets kids arrange and rearrange the various repurposed bottles, funnels, and tubes, creating endless options for the cascade of water.
Use hooks or rope to hang a 24-inch by 5-foot piece of vinyl-coated hardware cloth. (Press it flat first.)
Wrap a rubber band around the neck of a funnel; insert it into a Pop Toob (see "What's That," below). Adjust the band for a tight connection.
Use a serrated knife or strong scissors (an adult's job) to cut bottoms from plastic bottles, either straight across or at an angle.
Use a cap with a small opening to slow water flow. Or, make a hole in a regular cap with a nail.
Hang smaller sections with large paper clips bent into hooks.
Use sections of pool noodle (cut it with a serrated knife; an adult's job) to connect Pop Toobs and bottles. Hang larger items with Velcro plant ties.
What's That? Find vinyl-coated hardware cloth (about $13 a roll) and Velcro plant ties at home improvement stores. Pop Toobs are sold at toy stores for about $3 each.
Tip: Place a watering can at the bottom to catch the water; use another to pour water into the top.
Originally published in the June/July 2013 issue of FamilyFun