Creative Explorations

PVC Pipe Exploration

by Therusticfive-

I am a huge fan of giving kids real world objects that will spark creativity while they play. One of the most played with objects in our play area has to be our collection of PVC pipes. These get used for all sorts of different play. We’ve seen them build towers with them, use them as mics, and pretend scuba gear. The options are truly endless for any kiddo with a huge imagination. 

Scout singing into her microphone

The husband purchased the 10 foot pipes and then cut them down into various sizes. This kept the cost down on the pipes. It’s more expensive to buy precut pieces. We also added 90 degree and Tee fitting to connect the pieces. 

Both our 16 month old and 9 year old love playing with the pipes. It’s by far the most popular item in our play area. It will keep their attention for what seems like hours. 

Scout playing with the PVC pipes


PVC pipes



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Useful for:

Home, Daycares, Preschools, Elementary Classrooms 

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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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  1. Megan @ The Many Little Joys

    This is completely brilliant. I’m not sure why I never thought of doing this, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to go buy supplies and make a Christmas present for my little boys (4 and 2). Do you ever give them direction on how or what to build, or do you just leave it completely free form?

    09 . 12 . 2016
  2. The Sanity Plan

    I absolutely love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    09 . 12 . 2016
  3. Stephanie

    What a creative idea! I already fantasize about getting my own metal pipes for closet fixtures. If metal pipes make great toys for adults, it makes perfect sense that PVC pipes would make great toys for kids! 🙂

    09 . 12 . 2016
  4. Nicole Parise

    Great idea! Looks like fun 🙂
    xx nicole

    09 . 12 . 2016
  5. Therusticfive

    The kids love it! I don’t give them any direction. They just play and build whatever their hearts desire. I love watching them be creative.

    09 . 12 . 2016
  6. Therusticfive

    Thanks! The kids love it.

    09 . 12 . 2016
  7. Therusticfive

    Thanks for reading. I’m glad you love the idea.

    09 . 12 . 2016
  8. savagesevenblog

    She looks like she is having a blast! What a fun and entertaining simple item to play with! -Breyona Sharpnack

    09 . 12 . 2016
  9. houseofmitchells

    I need to get some these look so entertaining!

    10 . 12 . 2016
  10. Chanel van Reenen

    my son absolutely loves this activity! our local children’s museum has a center with these and he spends all his time there.

    12 . 12 . 2016
  11. mamamillason

    I love this! My daughter’s favorite toys are not toys, so I think she would be all about some PVC pipes!

    12 . 12 . 2016
  12. Therusticfive

    She sounds like my daughter. She loves everything that’s not a toy. 🙂

    12 . 12 . 2016
  13. daniadams111

    My boys would really love this. Such a simple way to invite lots of play.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  14. Danielle

    Such a great idea! I love how many possibilities there can be with PVC pipes.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  15. Miri

    This is exactly our style too.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  16. Therusticfive

    Thank you! It’s truly endless. 🙂

    13 . 12 . 2016
  17. Erin Vincent

    What a fun idea!!!!

    15 . 12 . 2016
  18. fitfoodiemomlife

    Oh my gosh! What a brilliant idea! I’m all about practical toys because they just seem to learn and be more entertained. Thanks for sharing.

    14 . 01 . 2017
  19. Alesia

    What a great idea. It’s true that kids find joy in the simple things! My kid loves boxes so it makes for a few hours of on and off playing by himself.

    14 . 01 . 2017
  20. twoboysonepup

    How fun and simple! We might do this, we’re at Home Depot all the time as it is!

    14 . 01 . 2017
  21. thecoffeemom0617

    Such a cute idea. Really anything can be a toy. It’s a cool learning expirament for them trying to fit the pieces together and pretty inexpensive too

    15 . 01 . 2017
  22. Kristie McCollum (@ceomomblogs)

    How did you come up with this!? This is such a great idea. Small kids can imagine the creates things out of any object.

    15 . 01 . 2017
  23. ericaaugust

    This is such a fun idea! I’ve been looking out for more things to do with my toddler!

    15 . 01 . 2017
  24. The Domestic Musician

    What a great idea!!!

    15 . 01 . 2017
  25. caseyp1110

    What a clever way to occupy a little one!

    15 . 01 . 2017
  26. gloriousmomblog

    Cool idea! My boys would probably clobber their sister with these, lol!

    16 . 01 . 2017

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