DIY Water Wall is an amazing STEAM activity for kids this summer! Its a great way to beat the summer heat!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Ways to Play
After my kids were playing for quite some time, I decide to add some liquid water colors to the water.
They mixed the water and poured it down the tubes and bottles. Sooo much fun!