A crazy cool DIY water play stand

I spent about an hour at our local Home Depot store in the PVC pipe section trying to figure out how to make my own crazy cool DIY water play stand and this is what I came up with!

I had several employees stop by to ask if I needed help but I told them I just needed time to think through my plan. Here is what I found out about building with PVC pipes…

First you need a plan. I had a plan in my mind but it might have been better if I drew it out on a piece of paper before I went to buy my PVC. A simple sketch of what you are trying to build will help you stay organized and it might even help the employees help you accomplish your goal.

Second you need to learn the difference between types of PVC connectors.  After about 20 minutes of trial and error, I started to figure out the difference between a “threaded” connector and one without threads.  I made sure none of my connectors were threaded as it changed the size of hole in one end of the connector.

Third you need to choose the size of PVC pipes you want to work with. I chose 3/4″ pipes which meant I only needed to look through the 3/4″ connectors. I chose 3/4″ for two reasons:

  • One is so I could cut the PVC pipe myself with a PVC hand cutting tool that I bought (it can’t cut any thing too thick but is perfect for 1″ and smaller PVC pipes).
  • Two is so the stand would be sturdy enough to stand up. Too thin of PVC pipe is a bit flexible so it needed to be thick enough to stand up!

And finally, before you head off to the store to buy PVC pipes, be sure to bring a tape measure and measure your students! My first attempt at building my stand ended up about 6 inches too tall so I had to shorten all the legs.

My students loved exploring water through the DIY water play stand. I simple placed the stand over my water table and added a few funnels and pitchers for play.

If you have any questions about our DIY water play stand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.  I really should have taken photos of each piece and the steps as I went along but honestly, I was just working from trial and error.

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By |2018-11-02T10:54:02+00:00September 30th, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Judy Weinrich-Pre-K Teacher, Direcctor October 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    I love this! How is the PVC piping secured to your water table? Also, where did you get the water table with the insets for separate water bins? Did you make that, as well? Thank you very much for all of your wonderful ideas over the years. I have used many!

    • Deborah Stewart October 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Judy,
      My hubby built the water table. The PVC Piping is standing up off of the floor and set over the water table.

  2. Natalie Witt November 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    I’m currently a student at University of Northern Iowa and majoring in Early Childhood. I absolutely love all of your DIY ideas!! So fun and creative. Do you have and tips or words of advice for a soon to be teacher?

  3. Mary May 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    It would be nice to have a table like that, but I’m sure it would work with any water table. I’m planning to do this during the summer so it can be done outside. I’m wondering if the end spouts are able to be redirected by children.

  4. Water Table | Teach Preschool June 21, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    […] In today’s featured photo, the children are exploring the flow of water through PVC pipes. I simply built my own stand out of PVC pipes and set it up over the water table. Let me tell you – this was a huge hit. You can read more about this specific water table over on my blog –> A Crazy Cool Water Table. […]

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