This month’s issue of Family Fun magazine had a build-your-own sprinkler toy out of PVC pipes, and we decided to make our own. We didn’t follow the Family Fun directions at all, but it did get me thinking about what we could do!
I decided that instead of making a permanent structure, we would just make “parts” that could be used to build a different sprinkler every time. The boys and I went to Home Depot and bought:
- Two 10′ lengths of 3/4 inch PVC pipe ($1.77 each)
- A 3/4 inch female threaded adapter to hook to the hose ($0.99)
- Several joints – some 90 degrees, a couple of T-shaped ones – non threaded ($0.33-$0.67 each)
- A few caps to keep water from coming out where we don’t want it to ($0.33 each)
We spent $13-something total on everything we bought! Not bad!
This evening, Dad used a saw to cut the PVC pipe into various lengths. Then we were ready to build some sprinklers!
Edited to add: We used a hammer and a nail to make holes in the pipe for the water to squirt out!
Tomorrow, I’ll let the boys go out there and make their own designs, and it will be fun to see what they come up with. This was definitely a successful activity!