Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PVC Pipe Ball Drop / Water Run

We made this PVC PIPE BALL DROP / WATER RUN last Summer to take with us to the beach...beach houses usually have large windows and sliding doors so I knew it'd be the perfect place to test it out. We originally used corn kernels to drop through the tubes, which turned out to be a huge mess, but we had fun!!! As cabin fever set in this week with cold, snowy weather outside I decided to bring out the PVC PIPE BALL DROP / WATER RUN again! This time we used poof balls (as well as plastic fairies and frogs) to drop through the tubes and it worked great! You could also put this up in the shower and dump water through the tubing to make a water run...I think we'll try that next! The materials for this project only cost about $10 and it provides hours of fun!

Materials needed:
-PVC connectors and elbows 
-suction cups
-flathead screw driver
-poof balls, beans, feathers, pennies...

We found these suction cups at the craft store and they were perfect...just remove the little, metal hook. 

First, drill a hole in the middle of one side of each PVC connector. Compare the suction cup piece with the drill bits to figure out the right size to use...you can always drill a bigger hole if need be, so start with the smaller bit if you're deciding between two. Using the flat head screw driver, pry and poke the suction cup into the PVC connector. 

Now, time to play!!! Press the tubes onto a sturdy glass door or window and let the fun begin! It's fun letting the kids experiment with placement of the tubes!

If your "Ball Drop" has two starting places, it's fun to race the balls down...see whose comes out first!

To mix things up, give your kid a spoon or tongs to pick the balls up and drop them down! 

Get crazy! Have fun! Enjoy!!!

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