Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sand table into waterworks

My parents were in town last week and we made all sorts of fun things with the kids.  One of my favs was this fun water feature for outside. 

We have a Step 2 sand and water table that has a hole for an umbrella in it.  We bought it on Craigslist a couple of years ago sans umbrella so we've always just had a hole in the middle.  We fill it with sand in the spring and when the sand is all gone we just let the kids play with water in it for the remainder of the summer.  I had a an idea to build some sort of hose attachment that would come up through the hole and then fit different pvc pipes and connectors onto similar to the one at the children's museum we frequent. 

On top of being an all around handyman who can build or fix anything, my dad builds fountains and was the perfect expert to build this for us.  After a trip to Home Depot and an hour cutting pvc and assembling pieces, the kids were set with a nozzle to change up all sorts of ways.  From the base you can interchange any pvc pipes and fittings to make the water go wherever you want.   I'll probably add a simple pump in a bucket next summer to replenish the water as it fills up pretty fast. 

He screwed some holes in some end caps to create a sprinkler effect as well.

It's been oddly warm here the last week so they had a few chances to play with it.  The neighbor kids all came over one afternoon and spent two hours playing in the water, filling buckets, and splashing around. 

Thanks again, Pop Pop!  Best.  Idea.  Ever.

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