Instructables
Picture of Sploosh
Sploosh is a self contained, outdoor toy that lets children create and play with moving water. It's ideal for urban gardens, decks, patios, courtyards and balconies.

Many water toys just plug a hosepipe into one end and waste the water once it hits the ground. Summer hosepipe bans and other water use restrictions in many countries mean that it is getting harder to let kids splash around with lots of moving water. Sploosh recycles its water again and again - and it operates entirely on kid-power, not electricity.

Sploosh in action:

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Background to Sploosh

Picture of Background to Sploosh
lego flash floods.JPG
We have designed Sploosh to be fun, simple to use and durable and to recycle water to give as much fun as possible with minimal water use. It was originally designed for racing boats down the chutes and waterfalls but by adding Lego baseplates into the chutes kids can design and add their own rocks, dams, bridges, channels, waterwheels, whole towns for flooding and even science projects.

Here we attach the design we used. We live in Shanghai, China, where some of the industrial sized parts are relatively easy to find in shops. We have provided information for online suppliers for these parts in other countries wherever possible.

The original Sploosh design was intended to fit onto a garden wall in London, England. However, we moved into a high-rise apartment with no garden. Consequently, Sploosh developed as a stand-alone unit. This also allows the toy to flat-pack into the base for storage in winter.

All the dimensions for building this toy depend on the size of the base and chutes - and these vary from one supplier to another. We recommend you get the base, guttering and pump first, then build your Sploosh frame accordingly.

If your garden is suitable you can take the "Sploosh DIY - Design It Yourself" route. The chutes and pump can be attached to a house, garden wall, "Jungle-Gym", treehouse - whatever - and we have attached a few ideas here to get you thinking.

Special thanks is owed to the Sploosh Test Dummies: Alex, Caleb, Ryan, Jack, Cameron, Olivia, Eleanor, Isaac, Izzy, Alice, Oliver, Libby, Tom, Saskia, Matthijs, Casper, Anna and all in Mrs. Mills' 2006 Reception Year class at the British International School, Pudong, Shanghai.

nb: sand and pumps don't mix so better to keep it clear of the sandpit!

Disclaimer:
Children must be supervised at all times when playing with water. The writers cannot accept any responsibility for injury caused while playing with any item described here.
Sploosh name and trademark and the design described below are the property of Mr Jonathan Robson. They may be copied and adapted by individuals for use by their own children and their friends. For all commercial adaptations, uses or variations please contact jrobson1 at mac.com
1-40 of 44Next »
Tigger461 year ago
Awesome project! Thanks
BlueHazel3 years ago
I am so making one of these with my Daycare group this summer! I love that it's compact and can be stored in the shed! I also love that it's also a teaching tool!
Si Thu Zaw4 years ago
I think the kids watch too much 2012 movie.
savtamama4 years ago
LOVE IT! love that it is kid powered and fosters creativity.
drakesword4 years ago
Couple ideas for modifications.

One. have the pump put water in a tank above the upper gutter and have one or more small openings at the bottom to reduce the flow. this way they can pump the water for a while and still play without pumping for a bit after. Or have a spicket attached to the tank so they can control the rate of flow. and learn somewhat more of ohms law.

Two. If you were going to use a sump pump (althought this would reduce the amount of exercise involved in this) use a solar one. This way the pump is active only when the kids are going to enjoy this (nice sunny day) and you dont waste any electricity in the process.
I've was expecting billy mays to walk in front during the kids' introduction; And start yelling about how it works
PCfreak5 years ago
I thought of an idea similar to this one..... I make the gutter material spiral down the stand. I would use a solar powered pump instead of a hand crank pump. it would be used as a decoration not a toy and it would be a good way to recycle building materials and other misc stuff
PCfreak5 years ago
any way................
bad apple5 years ago
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD, THEY THINK!!!!!
Steamdnt7 years ago
i personaly dont beleve in global warming but what ever
it is a proven fact that global climate change is going on now. the only debate between scientists is what's causing it
it's no longer thought of "global warming," b/c of the associated misnomer and arguments thereof, "climate change" is more accurate.
To say that there is no debate between scientists about the existence of global warming just proves that you are uninformed. To list a few scientists who believe there is no global warming or it has ceased :

  • Timothy F. Ball, former Professor of Geography, University of Winnipeg: "[The world's climate] warmed from 1680 up to 1940, but since 1940 it's been cooling down. The evidence for warming is because of distorted records. The satellite data, for example, shows cooling." (November 2004)[5] "There's been warming, no question. I've never debated that; never disputed that. The dispute is, what is the cause. And of course the argument that human CO2 being added to the atmosphere is the cause just simply doesn't hold up..." (May 18, 2006; at 15:30 into recording of interview)[6] "The temperature hasn't gone up. ... But the mood of the world has changed: It has heated up to this belief in global warming." (August 2006)[7] "Temperatures declined from 1940 to 1980 and in the early 1970's global cooling became the consensus. ... By the 1990's temperatures appeared to have reversed and Global Warming became the consensus. It appears I'll witness another cycle before retiring, as the major mechanisms and the global temperature trends now indicate a cooling." (Feb. 5, 2007)[8]
    • Robert M. Carter, geologist, researcher at the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia: "the accepted global average temperature statistics used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show that no ground-based warming has occurred since 1998 ... there is every doubt whether any global warming at all is occurring at the moment, let alone human-caused warming."[9]
    • Vincent R. Gray, coal chemist, climate consultant, founder of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition: "The two main 'scientific' claims of the IPCC are the claim that 'the globe is warming' and 'Increases in carbon dioxide emissions are responsible'. Evidence for both of these claims is fatally flawed."[10]
b5200 b52006 years ago
I do believe that there is (non human caused) global warming but to say that there is no argument is a false statement.
he's right, this morning it was raining and now's the sun shining all bright. it must be global warming
the ice caps are melting themselves!! the weathers not getting warmer or more extreme, we're becoming sissies! all the reports are fake! its a CONSPIRACY!!! ...it all makes so much sense....
I belive in "global warming" but its not going to last mroe than 100 years or so. there are scientists with DOCTORATE degrees that say that this has happened before, and it lasted only about 100 years. yes, thats 100, not 1,000.
I have a doctorate. I can say your penis will fall off spontaneously in your life. Does my having a PhD make me correct? Science is data driven. The preponderance of data backs global warming. Science is driven by research and agreement on what works. Not just outlandish claims. You can make them all you want, but it is then up to you to prove why you are correct and answer the challenges of those who question you. It is not adversarial but rather looking at how to poke flaws in a theory until it works well enough to explain what is going on. The fact that these few individuals have PhDs does not make them automatically correct. It is a logical fallacy that appeals to authority for power. Or in this case, truth. PS You penis will fall off, but let's hope it is well after death. Decay of tissue doesn't bode well on extremities. Mr Happy will part ways. And if you are a woman, you never had one. A penis actually grows from the clitoris. So you are safe. You have to look at "how" the question is being asked and in what context.
I agree. but look at the credibility of the people that are saying global warming is going to happen, and what they say is causing it. I recall someone saying "cow flatulence" is part of the cause lol. I just hate all the arguments about it. all I can do is let it pan out and see what happens. and yes, I believe in lowering emissions.
Actually, cow flatulence is pretty much methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas. A greenhouse gas is a gas that retains heat better than a certain volume of air. Carbon dioxide is considered the baseline gas. In this case, methane actually has a greater ability to retain heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. So yes, as preposterous as it sounds cow farts hold a greater amount of heat per given quantity than carbon dioxide. Methane is produced by every ruminant (sheep, horses, cows, rabbits) and abiotically degrading organic material (land fills.) Another gas that is horribly good at holding heat is the coolant in your air conditioners. The earlier generations depleted the ozone. The later generations were more benign on the ozone. However, they are roughly 10,000 times more effective at retaining heat than CO2. So, to put it in another way, it takes 10,000 tons of CO2 to hold as much heat as 1 ton of ac gas. Just because something sounds preposterous doesn't mean it is false. It's always good to look at the reasoning. The media is full of "pump and dump" stories. They love to get people to watch and then they drop the study.
amen to that thinker:)
ChefZombie5 years ago
Isn't the name of this instructable from the book HOLES
Yeah Sploosh the drink The fat Runaway kid made up And the foot odour thing
goatgirly5 years ago
Funny. I'm gonna build one.There accent is so cute!
Miniature terrorists lol Great project .........I WANT ONE lol
noraajagger6 years ago
I love this project! And I agree with the hand pump as a physical part of play. The plastic gutters are a nice stepping off point for many other ideas.
bounty10126 years ago
lol that video was funny
Spint6 years ago
This is a really great idea. +1.
blugyblug6 years ago
why wont people actually start talking about the actual instructable and not fricken global warming?
bedbugg26 years ago
omg i would have +LOVED+ one of these when i was younger this project is fantastic
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Looks cool! You could even buy a cheap sump-pump and plug it in instead of having to crank it.
Jonathan Robson (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Water + electricity + kids = really bad idea. Sorry!
We looked at a lot of pumps for this but the RP90 model was the only one we found that fitted all the requirements - hand operated, lightweight, high flow rate durable and easy enough for small children to use. And it has lots of bolts holding the casing together that can be removed to make excellent points for fixing it onto the frame.
It seems to be readily available and was the only expensive item in making Sploosh but I look forward to others trying it out and hopefully coming up with alternatives.
12 volt bilge pump could safely do the trick for $10 to $20 (depending on how fast they pump. Great set of plans!
Sump pumps are made to be put in water...SAFLEY!
Vertigo6667 years ago
do i hear a hint of English accent?
Jonathan Robson (author)  Vertigo6667 years ago
Yes, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, but lived in Africa and Asia for some time now.
hey, i'm Asian! (specifically Korean) --(even more specifically SOUTH Korean
garydion7 years ago
How cool! This is a great instructable. I love the fact that it's powered by the kids instead of electricity. No waste, no nagging them to turn it off when not in use, and they get exercise. I would expect it to be more fun too. Set all the pieces up, then unleash the flood on the ususpecting villagers!
PetervG7 years ago
I'm 15, but I really want one! But alas, it will never happen.
Jonathan Robson (author)  PetervG7 years ago
If you build it you will Sploosh :-) My chief tester is only 6 years old so I am keen for older kids to have one and give me feedback on the Lego projects they build to put into it.
1-40 of 44Next »