|Pouring water into the drainpipe to make a shower at the other end.
|Our small ball challenge.
Zac could post a ball in the top of the drainpipe and it would roll down the pipe, along the gutter and plop into the carefully positioned bucket ready to be hauled up to begin again. A thoroughly absorbing game for a small boy who liked technical inventions. We had to incorporate Danny's potty to help the bucket find it's perfect loading position, but since Dan was never a fan of sitting on it anyway this was no problem!
|Sliding a giant ice cube.
Of course, there is no limit to what you can post through a pipe or slide/roll down a gutter. As long as it fits, it's worth the experiment! We've leaned the gutter up here and there to drive cars and any other wheeled toys down it, we've used it to launch balls at targets, we've slid ice and sand and gravel down it, we've run the hose down it and let leaves go white-water rafting.
|A small pipe makes a great tap-extension.
And if you've tired of making things go through your pipe you can always shout down it- it makes your voice go funny and it seems very strange to hear it coming out from somewhere other than your mouth. Plus, if you're good at blowing raspberries you can do a fairly good impression of a digeridoo player with a length of drainpipe!
For an action version of the drainpipe challenge check out: