How to Create a Water Playground for Small Children

Do your toddlers have nothing to do in the summer but sit with the TV? Help them out by building a little kid sized water playground.

Steps

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    Purchase plastic playground equipment like small toddler slides and seesaws.
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    Make sure there are no wires where you want to build your playground.
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    Dig a shallow hole, large enough to fit the playground equipment in, but with a flat bottom. Make sure the hole is big enough to allow side room for the children to play in and to ensure they won't bump their heads going down the slide.
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    Cover the hole with a layer of plastic sheeting, then smooth a layer of concrete over it.
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    Fill the concrete hole with small pieces of clean tire rubber to make the playground area soft enough for little feet.
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    Place the equipment into the hole and place it far enough from the sides to make sure there will be no trouble.
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    Place waterproof cushions under all slides and stairs for extra safety.
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    Fill hole with water, and route hoses to flow water over slides and steps. The water should be no deeper than six inches, but if the child is very small it should be shallower. An older child (around three or four) may be able to handle water up to a foot deep.
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    Let the children play with supervision.

Tips

  • If you have the ability, figure out how to add gushing fountains to your playground. It will add another visual and fun element to your playground.

Warnings

  • If you're concerned about the value of your house check into how much the playground will take away from your home's value.
  • NEVER -- even for second -- take your eyes off of a child who is playing in water.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete
  • Plastic toddler playground equipment like seesaws and slides
  • Digging Equipment
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rubber Tire Bits

Article Info

Categories: Outdoor Water Features