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Building a water course

Watch how a group of kids joined together with other families on the same street to build a water course.

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What you need:

  • Things that will hold, spill, pour, spray water, such as buckets, hose pipes, cups and bottles.
  • Things for building and supporting your watercourse structure, such as sticks, boxes, tables and ladders.
  • Things for holding your watercourse together, such as string, tape, rubber bands and elastic.
  • Water! From a tap or a hose or a bucket or a cup, it doesn’t really matter.

How to play water assault courses:

There is just one rule: you cannot move the water yourself by simply carrying it in pots. Your assault course must do the work, using gravity and pipes. Although there’s nothing to say you can’t do a bit of squirting or spraying to help it on its way!

Why not set yourself various challenges:

  • Pour a glass of water from a jug at one end of the table into a glass at the other.
  • How far can you move water? Down your garden path?
  • How high can you get your water? Over a wall? Up to the top floor?
  • How much water can you move without spilling it? Who can waste the least?

Safe play tips

  • Water that comes out of a pipe, hose, or tap, might be drinkable… but water that sits in a drain, a pool, or a puddle should not be slurped.
  • Skin is waterproof, but water that gets someone else wet, cold and miserable is not always welcome, so ask before you drench.
  • Water might not go exactly where you think. Don’t build near electricity.
  • Try not to turn your garden into a swamp and make sure you don’t flood the living room. Make a note of where the drains are and use them.
  • Water can be slippery stuff. There will be spills, so a good grip is essential.
  • Only use clean, empty containers. Tins of paint or chemicals are bad news for you and the environment, so don’t poor stuff down the drain just to get an empty pot.