How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

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DIY Water Wall is an amazing STEAM activity for kids this summer! Its a great way to beat the summer heat!

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

Making a Water Wall

The hardest part of building this water wall was gathering the supplies. I happened to have the funnels and clean tubing from another activity that I did when we went camping. I was cleaning out my craft corner and thought that instead of toss it I could reuse it in another activity. Its still pretty hot here and I wanted to get the kids outside and playing with water. We have done a pool noodle water wall and that as a real hit so I knew if I committed the time to build a water wall with piping and bottles it would definitely get significant use.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

This activity is a great way to keep cool on a hot summer day but its also a great STEAM activity for toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids! They can learn about gravity and how water flows. My kids made so many interesting observations during this activity and asked so many great questions. It really got them thinking about the way water flows and why. I also love this activity because it made use of many bottles that I had been saving for something awesome like this!

How to Make A DIY Water Wall: Summer STEAM Activity

The Wall

The size of your wall will depend on where it will be located. I used the banister on our back deck. It’s out of the way and not used by adults. It’s close to their mud kitchen and play house in the kids section of the backyard.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

Recycled Containers and Tubing

You’ll need a large rubber piping for this activity. I had about 10 feet but you can use more or less depending on the size of the water wall you want to build. I used duct tape to attach funnels to the top of the tubing. Then I attached the tubing to the banister using two zip-ties. I attached one zip tie to another in order to make it longer.

Constructing the Wall

I then cut the bottom off of several different types of bottles such as a sturdy Evian water bottle and shampoo and conditioner bottles. I used box cutters to slice off the bottom of the bottles.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

To attach the bottom to the banister I made to slits in the back of the bottles and then thread the zip ties through and then attached them to the posts.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

I angled everything downwards so that the water would flow nicely. Placing a large bowl at the bottom of the tubes and bottles to catch the water. This is a great way to save water in this activity.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

Other Ways to Play

After my kids were playing for quite some time, I decide to add some liquid water colors to the water.

How to Make A DIY Water Wall for Kids

They mixed the water and poured it down the tubes and bottles. Sooo much fun!

Age Suitability for a DIY Water Wall

This activity is good for kids 18 months and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is medium.

Difficulty to Create a DIY Water Wall


Skills Developed

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies to Make A DIY Water Wall

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  • Bottle
  • Funnels
  • Zip-ties
  • Bowls
  • Measuring Cups or jugs
  • Water
  • 10 feet of rubber piping 5/8″ X 7/8″

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