In June I will be traveling for three weeks to the UK and the Netherlands to do several presentations on sand and water play. For the next few weeks, I will be preoccupied with preparations for that trip. Because it takes me so long to do an original post, I will revisit some earlier posts. The second post I would like to revisit is from January 20, 2011 and is called CLOSED CARDBOARD CHUTES. This is mainly a "how-to" post with pointers on embedding chutes on a slant and on taping things securely with little to no measuring.
If you look at the DIMENSIONS in the righthand column of this blog, the first Cardboard Chutes posted in this blog (November 26th posting) fell under the dimensions of open and incline. The cardboard chutes in this post are also on an incline, but are closed. Since this apparatus takes some constructing, this post explains how to build the apparatus. The next post will talk about types of play and exploration fostered by this apparatus.
To make the holes for the chutes, I first trace the end of the "chute" box onto the support box near the designated top of the support box.
By the way, I hardly ever measure. Once I have done one side, I move to the other side. I usually place the top of the trace on the second side about where the bottom of the trace is on the first side. I then add an inch or two to the bottom.
Once the tape is in place, I tear or cut any extra that is hanging over the corner. One section of the torn duct tape is pressed flat against the box and the other is folded over and down.