DIY Water Knee Hockey Rink

Water Hockey

My kids are HUGE hockey fans. They LOVE the NHL and they love to play hockey in any form- on or off skates, indoors or outdoors… they play it nearly every day! So when I came up with this fun Water Knee Hockey Rink, I pretty much won the “Mom of the Year Award.” This project took me less than 30 minutes to put together and cost less than $5. (Budget $20 if you need to buy your own tarp.) Here is how I made it:

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 Big Tarp *Mine was 12 feet long
  • Stakes to keep your tarp down (I used stakes from our croquet game)
  • 2 Foam Pool Noodles
  • 1 Wooden Dowel, split into 4 equal parts. *You can just break them in quarters
  • Duct Tape *I used red and blue tape to resemble the lines on an ice hockey rink


Set Up:

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1. Stake your tarp to the lawn so it doesn’t blow away or move around during the crazy movements of the hockey game.

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2. Tape off your rink using your duct tape. (One red line in the center, 2 blue lines between the red line and each goal.)

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3. Stick 1 piece of your dowel into each end of your pool noodles, then stick the other end of the dowel into your lawn.

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4. Bend your pool noodle to form your hockey goal posts and secure it to the lawn with the wood dowel.  Repeat for both sides of the tarp.

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5. Get your hose out, play and have fun!

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Oh my gosh Steph! Love this project so much! What an amazing project…you are so creative! We are a total hockey crazy family too! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  2. This is a great idea! I know my kids would love something like this for the summer!

  3. Crystal says:

    WOW! SO awesome! We are big hockey fans to and my oldest (4) plays ice hockey. This would be such a great idea for him and his little brother (3) to play during the summer!!!! I know my hubs will love it too! Thanks for the awesome tutorial and idea!