Check out these green natural living sprinkler play water conservation tips for outdoor families. Playing in the sprinklers on a hot summer day is fantastic gross motor activity and sensory play activity for kids. Go green and conserve water while you are out there having fun with these easy water conservation sprinkler play tips. Be safe. Have fun. Be water-wise.
Who doesn’t love to run barefoot through the sprinklers? Even adults love to cool down taking a few runs through the sprinklers on a hot summer day!
The problem is that many areas are in a deepening drought that is only getting worse. Below are a few tips for water-wise sprinkler play so you can have fun while conserving water this summer.
Water-Wise Sprinkler Play Tips to Conserve Water and Have Fun
Use the water conservation sprinkler play tips to enjoy running barefoot through the sprinklers in your backyard this summer.
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1. Use a singular sprinkler head for sprinkler play.
Another idea is to change the time your sprinklers are set to go on in the summer from the early morning hours to the late afternoon early evening hours to give the kids a daily time to go for a barefoot run through the sprinklers!
2. Keep the water level low.
Keep the water flow as low as possible while still being fun. We like to keep it at belly button level for our children. There is plenty of water to play it and it doesn’t splash them in the face as much.
Lower flow = more time to have fun. High water flow = less time to have fun. Be water-wise.
3. Play in the sprinklers before 11 am or after 3 pm.
It’s wasteful to water mid-day and therefore wasteful to play in the sprinklers mid-day–even with the excuse that you are watering your lawn while playing.
Where we currently live, the highest temperatures are typically at 5 pm during the summer months. This is the perfect time to get outside and play in the sprinklers!
4. Put the sprinkler over dry patches or near plants that need to be watered.
We have some dry patches in our lawn because we don’t have our sprinklers set to go on every day. Throughout the summer months, we have our sprinklers set to go on for only 10 minutes every other day to conserve water. When we see dry patches on a hot day we consider it sprinkler play time.
5. Use a timer for water-wise sprinkler play.
Place your single sprinkler head over each dry patch in your backyard for about 5 – 10 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget to move it to the next patch or turn the water off.
Water Conservation Sprinkler Play Tips for Outdoor Families
With the deepening drought, it’s important to conserve water while still having fun in the sun this summer! Use these water conservation sprinkler play tips to help conserve water while having fun in the sun with the kids this summer. Be safe. Have fun. Be water-wise.
If you are looking for more outdoor activities to do with the kids this summer check out these fun outside activities for kids. For more summer activities for kids be sure to check out our summer bucket list seasonal activity guide for kids and families.
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