Kids' Play "thing" out of 5 1/2 ft Cardboard Tubes

Hey guys, I am in a creative slump with some great supplies and no ideas. My wife runs a fabric coop and as a result we have a bunch of large cardboard tubes, roughly 8in in diameter, about 5 1/2 ft long. We also have a very energetic 15month old who climbs and plays with everything. I'm trying to think of something I can build him out of these rather than let them go to waste. I thought maybe a little log cabin,but it seems a bit too much. A Ball pit sounds good but it might be too hard edged. Any ideas? 

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Kiteman4 years ago
Rather than a whole cabin, why not just the roof? Make a sloping roof that starts at floor level - he can crawl up one side, slide or gently tumble down the other.

Or cut them to various lengths, fit them on a rack of some sort, and give him a small mallet to hit them like a giant xylophone. When he's older, give him a paddle to hit the ends - you could make him properly musical without having to shell out for a "proper" instrument.
itskeiser (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
thats what my main idea has been so far,especially since its the easiest to cut and build. Hes small enough that he could crawl under it as well
caitlinsdad4 years ago
A gatling air cannon...wait, that's just me. A kiddie treadmill? I only recommend noisy musical instruments like drums, didgeridoo, blue man group xylophones as gifts for other parents...
or use them to sink some pylon foundations in the yard for that swing set and tree fort when the kid grows up.
itskeiser (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
haha nice but we are city dwellers,no yards here,just patios
kelseymh4 years ago
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