For $2, yes $2, I can provide one child with the most versatile non-electronic gaming system ever. Never worry again about losing parts, or power outages, batteries or plugs. What is this system, you ask? PVC pipe! I gave each of my boys two 3ft. sections of 1/2 inch PVC pipe and they've come up with a myriad of uses. So far they have been Knights on horses (PVC providing the sturdy front legs which transform into weapons when they hit the battle field). They have been used as cross bows, bow and arrow, ninja nunchucks, binoculars, swords, machetes...and that was just in the first 5 minutes!
Sometimes the less expensive, basic and simple things really are the best. Rocks, cardboard, pvc pipe, duct tape...all for less money that one normal toy would cost. Many more hours of fun. With video games or other games with all the bells and whistles they play until they conquer it and then the fun is gone. But with toys, or tools, that require imagination, there really is no limit to the fun that can be had. Of course I have to make sure they don't turn the PVC pipes into anything that could cause damage to our home or the neighbors...NO MISSILE LAUNCHERS!!!... but outside of that, these are amazing toys. Next week we hope to add more PVC and joints to go with them! That coupled with a couple of flat sheets (I mean, really, who uses those anymore?!) Look out forts here we come.