Cruising through Pinterest and ignoring the pile of dishes in the sink, I came across a neat idea—water walls! Parents stapled and glued funnels, tubes, and old soda bottles to boards and fences in the backyard, so kids could pour water in one end and watch it flow, trickle, and sprinkle down to the ground. It was a great idea and my toddler loves playing with water—but there was one problem. Backyards tend not to exist when you live on the top floor of a city apartment, so I tried to think creatively. Man, if ONLY we had an indoor wall that could get wet, and a way to easily drain the water so it wasn’t all over the floor…
Oh. Right. The bathtub.
Naturally, we had cleaned out the refrigerator and taken out the recycling and trash the day before. I managed to scrounge up a few objects we could use, though.
- Various things exiled to the recycle bin
- Any other objects you don’t mind having taped to the bathtub
- Duct tape
Clean out your objects. You may or may not use all of them, that’s fine! We had a few empty plastic bottles, a couple of old funnels that were destined for the Goodwill box, and later picked up a plastic basket and a purple tube that were laying around as well.
Alter your objects as you see fit. Here, I nailed a bunch of holes into the bottom of the peanut butter jar, and cut out the bottom of one of the juice jugs. I cut the other juice jug in half, which took way longer than it should have and I cut myself on the plastic edge and probably ruined my scissors in the process, so I forgot to take a picture of that.
Head into the bathroom. Set it up! Since my toddler is still pretty short, our objects are rather low on the bathtub wall, so adjust to your kid’s height(s) as you see fit. We bought fancy no-residue duct tape for a home project several months ago, and it’s perfect for renters like us—it really doesn’t leave any sticky residue at all!
It’s not pretty. At all! I suppose you could spice it up with some printed duct tape if you wanted to. But the point of this wasn’t to make a pretty activity, it was to make a fun one. And it definitely passed the Toddler Fun Test™! We added a few drops of blue liquid watercolor into the water to make it even more exciting. As we eat our way through more food containers, we’ll probably cut ‘em up and add onto the wall. This will definitely stay up on our bathtub wall for a while!
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