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

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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Kiteman (author)2013-05-23

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.

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itskeiser (author)Kiteman2013-05-23

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

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-05-23

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...

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2013-05-23

or use them to sink some pylon foundations in the yard for that swing set and tree fort when the kid grows up.

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itskeiser (author)caitlinsdad2013-05-23

haha nice but we are city dwellers,no yards here,just patios

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kelseymh (author)2013-05-23

Check this out: http://blog.makezine.com/2013/05/20/instant-giant-tetrahedron/

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