Get Creative With Water: PVC Pipes For Kids

This post was originally published Summer 2013 and my kids are still really loving it!

pvc pipes

IMG_2343My sister and I found this great instructable for a Tinker Sprinkler and decided to try it out… I’m glad I did because my kids spend hours upon hours playing with it! You can modify PVC pipes for kids. It’s really fun for them to be able to put the pipes together in different ways all the time and so fulfilling to be able to build their own sprinkler. After building their “water machine” my kids fill buckets with water, send marbles through the pipes, or run through it to cool off.

You can read the original post here with a helpful photo of all the pieces laid out.

When I first looked at this project it seemed overwhelming, but the biggest part is buying the pieces so don’t freak out! I ended up talking with a woman at my favorite home improvement store who found all the pieces with me.

Also, I made a few modifications…

  1. Don’t paint the pieces. Although it’s a nice idea to color code by piece length, I didn’t think it was worth the cost or time to paint each piece.
  2. I couldn’t find side outlet elbows with all three branches being 3/4″, so I bought side outlet elbows that were 3/4″-3/4″-1/2″ and then bought fittings that brought the 1/2″ outlet up to 3/4″.
  3. A hack saw or miter saw is much easier to use than the hand saw pictured in the instructable.
  4. I could not find the black funnels pictured and bought regular funnels from the auto section, which work just as well.
  5. You could only buy half of all the materials listed and still make great water contraptions.

If you have any questions or need more pictures, please let me know by commenting below or emailing me at annie@mykidlist.com. Enjoy! Your kids are going to love it.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

2 Comments on "Get Creative With Water: PVC Pipes For Kids"

  1. Where did you find the PVC tube adapters? I’ve been hunting and can’t find them anywhere!

    • I couldn’t find side outlet elbows with all three branches being 3/4″, so I bought side outlet elbows that were 3/4″-3/4″-1/2″ and then bought fittings that brought the 1/2″ outlet up to 3/4″. Is that what you are talking about? I found everything for this project at Home Depot and Menards.

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