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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Water pressure

Introduction

Do you enjoy playing with water? Have you ever considered building a water sprinkler toy? It is easier than it looks!

Get some PVC pipes, a few connectors, and a backyard water hose, then drill a few holes and start connecting! What will be your most creative and most fun design?

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • 1/2" PVC pipe, 25 ft or more
  • PVC pipe connectors. Since you will make your own design, we cannot give you exact numbers. Make sure to get "slip" or "socket" connectors (the kind where you just push in the pipe) instead of threaded. Start with a few of each of the following:
  • Garden hose
  • 1/2" PVC hose adapter. A 1/2" Slip PVC x 3/4" Female Thread Garden Hose to Pipe Fitting works for most garden hoses.
  • Permanent marker
  • Drill with 1/8" drill bit
  • Pen and pencil
    Pictures of the materials needed to build a waterpark from PVC pipes.

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Water pressure
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