A couple of weeks ago, I was outside playing in the snow with my grandson. The snow was hard and crunchy and there was meager supply to say the least. I thought I might be able to extend our outdoor play a bit if I could find some tubes to use with the snow. My original idea was to have us fill the tubes with snow. I did pull out some tubes, but I also found the trash bin apparatus I had built in 2015.
I set the bin on the seat of our picnic table. My grandson was already on top of the table busy breaking the ice and smashing the hard snow. Since there was no good snow on top of the table, we had to search for some decent stuff in another section of the yard. We found some in a section of the parking area where the sun doesn't shine. We filled a green bucket and brought it back to the table.
For over 45 minutes and several trips to mine some more decent snow to refill his green bucket, he scooped the snow into the clear plastic tube. In the process, he would constantly check to see if it came out the other end and to see if the chute to the ground was filling up with snow.
He used a broken ice cream scoop to shovel the snow into the tube. When the end of the tube was full, he used a duct-taped piece of wood to push it down the tube.
Snowtube play from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
After pushing the snow with the piece of wood, he took a measure of his work by looking down the clear tube.
I had hoped to extend our outdoor play a little. It did that an more. It inspired a whole set of operations that my grandson created to constructively transport the snow through the tube and down the chute.
Oh, and by the way, we had a lot of fun, too.