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Milk-Jug Sprinkler

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Playing in the sprinklers is a time-honored tradition. This activity takes it one step further and combines a summer classic with a bit of art. Kids get to decorate the milk jug however they want, and then there’s some science, too, as the kids figure out how high to hang the jug and how fast the water should flow.
Sprinkler

What You’ll Need

  • 1 large nail
  • Clean one-gallon milk jug
  • Craft foam, cut into shapes
  • Glue
  • Rope or string
  • Garden hose
What to Do
  1. With a large nail,  poke holes in the empty milk jug.
  2. Use glue to decorate the jug with shapes cut from craft foam.
  3. Tie the handle of the milk jug to something high, such as a tree branch or swing set.
  4. Securely set the garden hose in the mouth of the jug.
  5. Turn on the water and have fun!
Extend the Fun

Younger kids: This activity needs a milk jug to work. What does the jug have that makes it good for this activity? Do you think a large yogurt container would work as well? Why or why not? What about a cardboard box? 

Older kids: Play with the water pressure. What happens to the milk-jug sprinkler if you turn the water on low? What happens if you turn it up high? What do you think would happen if you covered all the holes in the sprinkler? Make a guess, try it out, and then see what happens.

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