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Children's Play Pond

Learn how we converted a water heater drip pan into the perfect place for kids to play with toy boats. With these easy tips, making your own will be smooth sailing.

 Children's play pond

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Pliers
  • Shovel


  • 26" water heater drip pan, #317904
  • 1-1/4" white rubber cork, #202315

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Step 1

Using pliers, remove the drip pan's PVC drain fitting. Insert a rubber stopper in its place.

Step 2

Set the pan on a level surface in your yard. Backfill soil or sand against the sides of the pan to create a stable base.

Step 3

Fill the pan with water, then float your boat! Remember, young children and toddlers must have adult supervision while playing in the pond.