Water Wall

In Finches daycare, an idea seeded and grew right into and over our week! Instead of continuing with the car project for now, teachers got excited about making a Water Wall with the children.

A Water Wall is a structure designed to direct water in various streams, drips, and flows when poured over-top. The children talked about waterfalls, containers, and funnels before embarking on this project. Each child was able to choose a container and pick the spot on the “Wall” (a donated scrap piece of linoleum) to attach it. Then they discussed what holes should be drilled or cut into the container to allow water to pass through it, and where the water would go next. (Lots of big hand motions, “Wooooooshhhh” noises, and excited grins.)

Children stood behind a fence at a safe distance to watch a teacher use a power drill to follow the children’s instructions about drilling holes and attaching the containers. Then, children from the Robins daycare were invited to help paint the wall according to a few instruction from the Finches children. A few different kids worked together on it with great cooperation.

We hope for a sunny day next week for our inaugural Water Wall exploration with a big tub of water, buckets, cups, raincoats, and rubber boots!

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8 responses to “Water Wall

  1. I love it! And I love your preschool and your blog – I’m off to read more of it now. I’m so glad you left a comment for me at Let the Children Play so that I could find you and see some of the wonderful things you are doing at preschool. Would you mind if I posted a link to the water wall on my blog?

    • It would be an honour to be linked to! Thanks for your comment and we’re looking forward to reading more “Let the children play”. Gotta love the internet – it is so cool that educators across the world can have easy dialogue and share ideas like this!

    • p.s. We had our first proper play-time with the wall today – huge success! The way the water behaved in the different containers surprised us all. The kids were very excited and engaged.

  2. This looks like such a wonderful idea! Unfortunately, I am a bit challenged when it comes to putting this type of thing together. Is everything drilled into the linoleum? Why and how were the holes drilled, and then how were the items attached?

    • So we used “zap straps” (plastic locking ties) to attach everything through holes – 2 holes drilled in the container and 2 holes drilled in the linoleum to match up so that the bind was tight. Then holes were also drilled in the bottoms of the containers (according to the kids wishes) so that water could trickle out in various ways.
      If you were using a wooden backing material instead of lino, I bet you could use basic wood screws or even nails to attach the containers.
      Would love to hear how it goes if you try something like this! Good luck!

  3. Pingback: Jugar con agua: Water Wall — En el país de las hadas

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