Kids Activities Summer

Outrageously FUN Kid Car Wash

This kid car wash is an outrageously fun, zany, and memorable summer activity for kids of all ages. Using pvc pipes your family can make a backyard water activity for kids that will be the envy of the neighborhood. This EPIC water play for kids took 2 hours and less than $35 in supplies for a reusable, endless summer fun project. This summer stem activity allows you to design and engineer your own diy kids car wash.

This kid car wash is an outrageously fun, zany, and memorable summer activity for kids of all ages. Using pvc pipes your family can make a backyard water activity for kids that will be the envy of the neighborhood. This EPIC water play for kids took 2 hours and less than $35 in supplies for a reusable, endless summer fun project. This summer stem activity allows you to design and engineer your own diy kids car wash.

Kid car wash

This kid car wash is one of those epic summer projects that your kids will talk about into their adulthood. Not only was it a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day, but building it together was such a precious memory and fun wayto introduct kids to the process of building. Plus this summer stem project takes less than 2 hours and costs about $35 to make it. The options for making a water activities is truly endless and open ended. Basically you are going to crate a standing suppor system where water will flow through it to get your kids watered as they walk through the childrens car wash.  The exact placement isn’t so important as allowing kids to put it together with trial and error to create theri custom summer activity for preschoolers! This water play for kids is fun for all ages, but expecially toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5,and grade 6 students.

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Althought you can dress up your kid wash in a variety of ways the basics of what you need to make this project work are the following. So head to your local Menards, Lowes, or Home Depot to pick up these supplies:

Supply List:

  • 8x 10 feet 3/4” PVC pipe
  • 12 T’s
  • 2 crosses
  • 7 elbows
  • 4 caps
  • 1 T with with 2 1” and middle 3/4”
  • 1 straight fitting
  • 1 female hose adapter (threaded)
  • pool noodle
  • craft foam, Velcro, and permanent marker (for signs)
  • 3 large sponges, 40 feet nylon lawn chair webbing, paper fasteners, and rope (car wash accessories)

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Water activity for kids

You will need to cut the PVC pipe to the following sizes (I wrote size on each piece so we could take it apart at the end of the season and build it again!).

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  • 22x 30” long
  • 1x 5 feet long
  • 4x 3 feet long
  • 2x 1 feet long
  • 3x 6” long

HINT: Apparently Lowe’s will cut the pvc pipe to size for you so if you want to make this project and you aren’t particularly handy in the tool department – no worries!

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Drill holes for the water to come out! You can do this however you like. We drilled 15 holes (all in a row) each in two of the 3 foot pieces, 3 holes on two of the 30” pieces, and 3 holes in two of the caps.
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Now it is time to assemble your wash.  We put it together just like Family Fun suggested. Click here for online assembly instructions.
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DIY kids car wash

Then it’s time to PLAY!!
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Summer Activity for Kids

And then they wanted to get soaped up to go through!
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Childrens Car Wash

Even Tinker Bell went through…. but she preferred it as a CAR WASH!

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Summer activities for preschoolers

Even now, over 10  years later this is still a favorite summer activity!

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. EPIC Bubble Painting - kids of all ages will love this fun summer art project where they will make a bubble craft by blowing bubbles. Recipe included for this fun to make, easy, summer activity for kids!

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art This EPIC summer activities for kids uses a really fun technique to make squirt gun painting! This water gun painting is such a fun summer art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. The squirt panting is as much fun to make as it is to look at afterwards with the unique patterns. This Summer Painting for kids is a MUST for your list of summer activities for preschoolers!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream free-ice-cream-summer-bucket-list ice cream cone letter tracing 

Ice Cream Activities

If you are looking for more ice cream activities to add to your ice cream theme of summer learning, check these out!

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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