What benefits can a sprinkler bring to you and your kids?
There are many different ways a sprinkler can benefit you and your children. First, they offer a ton of entertainment as your kids run around under the spray. Summer is hot as well and having a sprinkler running in your backyard can keep you and your little ones cool on those extra warm days.
While the sprinkler is running, it is watering your lawn at the same time, keeping it lush and green. Even when the kids playing with it, you can use it for this purpose, moving it around your yard and garden to help everything grow.
These little sprinklers are also compact, so they fit in even small yards, plus store easily at the end of the season.
Features to consider while choosing a kid sprinkler
If you’re in the market for a sprinkler, there are few features to consider before you buy. This will make sure you have a decent product that will be right for your child.
Many of the best sprinklers for kids have an age recommendation listed on the box. These are there for a reason, to ensure the child using the sprinkler can do so properly without getting hurt.
For instance, the BANZAI 54in-Diameter Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat is designed for kids 18 months and older. This is because babies don’t have the mobility to run around a sprinkler, so the play mat lets them sit in the middle of the spray and splash in the collected water.
The Tidal Storm Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler has a recommendation of four years old and up, because the spray is more advanced, requiring the kids to run around it. This means they need to be steady on their feet to avoid injury.
The material used for a kids sprinkler needs to be durable, yet safe for the children to use. Plastic is quite common because it holds up well under the pressure of the water. Many of the products we’ve reviewed, like the Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler, use rubberized plastic, which will bend and fold if the child slips and falls on it. This keeps it from breaking and prevents any injuries at the same time. Some models also use metal in some areas, like the base, but you need to make sure this is dried very well when you’re done with it to keep it from rusting.
Another thing to look at is the hose connections. These need to be well-made, no matter what material is used for them, or it won’t connect properly. This could lead to leaking, which affects the pressure of the water going through the sprinkler.
The weight of a sprinkler matters for a few reasons. Though a lightweight model is easy to move around your yard, it may not be able to stand up under the pressure of the water. These sprinklers may have features that help keep it in place, like the Matty’s Toy Stop Henry the Hydrant Water Sprinkler, which fills with water as it sprays so that the whole construction could stay upright. If your sprinkler keeps falling over, you may need to secure it to the ground with pegs or stakes. Heavier models don’t have this issue, staying put wherever you place them.
Another reason the weight matters is for moving the sprinkler. If your kids are playing with it for long periods of time, you may want to move it around your yard to keep from flooding one area. This is also true if you’re using it to water your yard or garden when the children are inside.
The sprinkler’s dimensions matter more if you have limited space than if you have a huge yard to use it in. Smaller yards won’t have a huge area to play in, so the smaller the sprinkler, the easier it will be to set up and use.
The warranty on any product must be decent, but for kid’s stuff, it needs to be extra good. This is because kids are a bit rougher on their things than a grown-up would be, so it needs to be built to last and be covered for any damage that they didn’t cause. Unfortunately, most of the sprinklers on our list don’t have any warranty information listed. The exception is the sturdy-made Dramm ColorStorm Turret 9-Pattern Sprinkler, which has a lifetime guarantee, so you know it is built to last as long as you need it.
When it comes to extra features, there are a few to look for to ensure it will attract your child’s attention and keep them well entertained. First is the color of the sprinkler. These usually come in a variety of adorable and bright colors, all of which a child would love. The design is another thing to look at. A normal lawn sprinkler can be fun, but the design of the products above are meant specifically for children, with happy faces, bright flowers, or colorful animals on them. This shows the child that the sprinkler is meant specifically for them. The patterns of the spray are also something to look at. A simple spray will get boring after a while, but varying sprays, like the spinning middle and the wiggle straws of the Tidal Storm Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler will keep them entertained for hours.