{Tube Play} How we transformed PVC pipes into a “fall” wall.

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Has your child experimented with tube play?  Thanks to Lowes for their sponsorship, we got to play with these play tubes!  They are a great way for kids to have fun learning while being creative and having fun.   Here at Kids Activities Blog, we love to promote simple fun projects like this.

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Tubes + Kids = Hours of play!!

During the summer our kids love to play with water walls.   We have a collection of piping that they rig up and pour water through the pipes, making a lovely muddy mess in our “dirt pit”.  It is one of their favorite summer activities…. and now that it is winter they miss their “pouring” play.

Thank you Lowes and the Creative Ideas Network for inspiring us to create an indoor version of our favorite kids activity.  Also thanks to the random pin I saw ages ago… when I find it again I’ll put the link in here… it was a bathtub version of this.  If you saw it, let me know!!  Whoever you are who wrote that post, thanks for inspiring us!!


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We got a variety of PVC pipe connectors and joints from our local Lowes.  We found that the 2 1/4 inch wide pieces were the easiest to drill through, easiest to pour through, and still economical – we made our entire wall with roughly 10$ in parts!!   This is the best time of year to go get the suction cups too!   After Christmas they go on sale – we were able to get them at 50% off in the Lowes Christmas Supply aisle.  Maybe you can too!!

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We drilled holes into the pipe connectors, matching the drill bit to the suction cup “fitter”.  You want the hole to be slightly smaller than the connectors on the suction cups.   We used a kitchen knife to help stuff the cups into/onto the PVC pipe fittings.  Once the suction cups are firmly inside the PVC tubes, they are really easy to press onto the window.


Our kids played with the tubes and beans for HOURS!!!  Thanks again Lowes for sponsoring this post.


More Kids Activities

If you like this tube play activity, consider the other posts we have written on behalf of Lowes, all featuring DIY kids activities:

Check out the Lowes Creative Network site for more inspiration.  Lowes is also on Facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

Rachel About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. Now, if only I can get my hubby to fix the drill.

  2. I remember seeing that bathtub post, too, but don’t remember where it was! I love the tube wall, especially the suction cups! This is just SO cool!!!!

  3. This looks like so much fun!! We need one of these at our house!

  4. This looks like an activity kids would love, but honestly do the beans and stuff get all over the place or are they pretty contained?

  5. This looks like so much fun!

  6. This is what I pinned for the bath on Pinterest a few weeks ago : http://pinterest.com/pin/160722280423489943/
    I hope to make this for my grandsons soon.

  7. LOVE it!!! :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. Going to try it with sticky velcro on the tubes and then make a flannel “wall” since we’ve got plastic over all our windows. Hopefully that will work. And Faigie, yes, the beans go EVERYWHERE, but they’re a reasonably easy clean-up with the broom.

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  11. This is a great idea! I got all the tubes from Lowe’s, but I’m having a hard time finding suction cups for a decent price. Where did you get yours?

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