We use a lot of toilet paper at this house. With two newly potty-trained kiddos and one who is fascinated with all things potty, together use far more toilet paper than ever is necessary. My hubby thinks I’m crazy to keep all the leftover tubes of toilet paper, and my kids love getting to play and explore with our box of tubes! I love “free” toys! We recently had an elementary-aged neighbor over and our TP tube creations became much more elaborate than previous building ventures. All you need for an hour of fun learning is a collection of tubes. We also added index cards to make the structure more sturdy.
We learned that not all toilet paper tubes (even if you consistently buy the same brand) are the same height. Before we began we sorted the tubes – short ones in one pile, taller ones in another. My son loved picking all the scraps of leftover paper off the tubes.
Then we had great fun experimenting. Is it easier to build the tubes one on top of another, or one on top of a group? I loved watching them figure out weight distribution. It was easier to balance a tube on the intersection of three other tubes. We also learned that it is difficult to stack tubes on top of each other if they are laying on their side… but not impossible. My son is a quick problem solver and figured out that he could bend the tubes to make them better building surfaces.
Have you played with your trash lately?