Kimber Matherne, the The Pinning Mama, obviously knows how to generate family fun. That’s quite obvious looking at the photos of her kids playing in her awesome DIY kids’ sprinkler game.
This is one of the fun DIY outdoor games in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge in which we invited some of our favorite design bloggers to come up with an outdoor game using a specific assigned material. In Kimber’s case, it was PVC pipe.
Her sprinkler limbo set is great for getting the kids (and adults!) active outside on a hot day. Who could resist the fun of doing the limbo with splashing water to keep you cool?
With two little ones, my family is always looking for fun family-friendly activities that we can all enjoy together. During the spring we often played with this DIY Yard Yahtzee game we made, but since we live in Las Vegas where we have small yards and triple digit temps as early as May, it can sometimes be challenging to be outside once summer hits. When we do play outside, it must involve water! When I was invited to be a part of the Outdoor Games Style Challenge and was given PVC as my challenge material my mind started spinning on how we could turn this into a fun family game perfect for our space.
Before we get started, here’s some Chubby Checker…
Every limbo boy and girl
All around the limbo world
Gonna do the limbo rock
All around the limbo clock
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go unda limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let’s do the limbo rock
Don’t move that limbo bar
You’ll be a limbo star
How low can you go?
Now that I brought you back to your middle school days at the skating rink, I thought this would be the perfect game to introduce my kids to, of course with a Las Vegas summer twist– WATER! Limbo is a classic game that everyone knows and everyone can get into. Adults and kids alike have fun trying to bend their bodies to fit under the limbo stick while everyone around cheers them on.
This was perfect for our yard because it doesn’t take up much ground space and tears down into just three poles that can be stored easily since we have a pretty small space for our backyard and not much storage. Also, we made our limbo stick into a sprinkler so on those extra hot days you can hook it up to the hose and have a wet and wild time getting under that ever lowering target. You can also continue to use the game throughout the rest of the year dry too!
Materials for DIY Kids’ Sprinkler Limbo
- 2 – 10 ft 3/4″ PVC Pipe
- Hand saw
- Measuring tape
- 3- 3/4″ PVC caps
- 1- 3/4″ PVC pipe to hose connector
- Pipe glue
- Spray paint
- 12- 2 1/4″ screws
- Power drill
To start measure your first pipe and cut it in half with a hand saw so you will have two equal pieces, approximately 5 feet each.
Then measure and cut your second 10 foot piece down to 4½ feet. The first two pieces will form your legs of the limbo game and the 4½ foot piece will serve as the limbo stick.
Next apply a small amount of glue to one end of each of your cut pipe pieces and firmly place the cap on.
Now, each piece should have a cap on one end.
On your 4½ foot piece, apply glue to the other end and firmly place the hose connector piece on.
Since PVC isn’t very pretty, next use spray paint to coat all three of the poles.
We did 2-3 thin coats of paint on each pole and used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze to match the earth tones in our backyard, but I think bright colors would be just as fun, especially if you are using the game with kids!
Or stripes! Stripes would be great!
Next you will want to measure your poles and mark them to place the screws evenly.
This will support the pole, so it is important that not only are they spaced evenly on each pole, but they also match up with each other.
We marked the first screw at 4 inches below the top of the pole and then spaced 4½ inches between each of the screws. Then use your power drill to screw each screw into the PVC leaving about 1½ inches of the screw protruding.
The last step is to use a 1/8″ drill bit to drill holes all around your limbo stick, giving it sprinkler power.
We drilled about 6 holes down the length of the pole, rotated it a quarter turn and drilled holes in between and repeated until there were holes evenly dispersed over the length of the pole and all the way around.
Once you are finished with the last step you are ready for assembly!
Just insert the bottom (non-capped side) of the two 5-foot poles into the ground about 6 inches, making sure to keep the screw side of the pole pointed forward on each. Space them about 3½ feet apart.
Screw your hose into the connector on your limbo stick and then place it resting on the top two screws of the poles.
Turn on your water, and you are ready for a wet and crazy good time!
You know how to play, turn on the music and lower the pole after each person has a turn to go under!
You can see the proper method of trying to lean back and get under that water.
Or sometimes you just have to go for it and run!
Anyway you try it, just don’t knock down the limbo stick!
Our whole family had a ton of fun and many laughs as we watched each other try to make it under the pole. We were all wet and exhausted with too much fun and laughter by the end of the evening.
We will definitely be bringing this out for play dates and barbecues with friends alike. It is the perfect solution to fun in the sun in a small space.
Kimber Matherne calls herself “a collector of hobbies.” She loves cooking (and eating), taking photos of her little ones, and trying her hand at just about any craft. She writes about all this and more on The Pinning Mama. She lives with her husband and two children in Las Vegas.
For more DIY backyard games, see other Outdoor Games Style Challenge articles here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. Browse our Outdoor Recreation Department, too, for everything you need for fun in the outdoors.
Kimber received a Home Depot gift card to complete her DIY backyard game project. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.