With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time to collect empty gift wrapping tubes to use at home or in the classroom. Have you ever put your ear up to one? The tubes are great for exploring sound and can also be fun to explore looking through, but perhaps my favorite use for cardboard tubes is making ramps!
Simply cut the tube in half down its length, and voila, you’ve created an instant ramp ready for cars, balls or anything else you want to try. Use a little masking tape to secure it to something tall like a chair or shelves and watch how far the ball rolls. Try changing the height and see if you can get the ball to roll farther. Try taping more tubes together to make an even longer ramp. Slide it through a shorter tube to make a tunnel. The possibilities for experimentation are endless!