Garden Hose Activities

Hole-y Hose

Ever get squirted by a hole in the garden hose? The Hole-y Hose activity is actually designed to provide the same level of wackiness and water -- but this time, kids make it happen on purpose.

If your family has an old, leaky garden hose that's got to go, don't toss it until you try this crazy game.

What You'll Need:

  • Old garden hose
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Duct tape
  • Stopwatch (optional)

Note: Adult help needed.

Step 1: Help your child use a hammer and a nail to sink holes every few inches down the length of the hose.

Step 2: Attach the hose to an ordinary water spigot and let 'er rip.

Step 3: Your child's assignment is to try and repair the hose with duct tape while water is gushing out of the holes. Kids can set a timer if they like to add another element of excitement to the game. Tell them to be prepared: It's nearly impossible to properly duct-tape the holes shut, but it's great fun giving the impossible a wet and wacky try.

NOTE: Make sure you put the nail and hammer away before the kids begin the game. The only thing you want punctured in this adventure is the hose, not bare feet, elbows, or knees.

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