I adore the big size of guttering. I don't cut it down to a "manageable" or "safe" size. I think children handle the uncut versions beautifully and enjoy the satisfaction of being able to move big pieces themselves.
Guttering links play to the real world. I find it hard to believe that this essential play resource, is a necessary part of a house, draining water away from the roof. It leads to questions about where water goes and an exploration of holes and drains.
Guttering and water go together like toast and marmite. Yet guttering seems to work brilliantly for any activity that requires movement of an object. Cars, stones, balls and other objects get carefully placed on guttering or tossed recklessly down the pipes. I think Teacher Tom's idea of pumpkins dipped in paint and rolled down guttering adorned with masking tape really says it all! This is one of my all time favourite posts.
It can be attached to fences using velcro straps or soft wire. It is very accessible when left on a hill. The joining bits make it go round corners or change direction.
I like seeing guttering being part of a wider play activity. Where it just becomes another part rather than the main being. I never quite worked out why the bread crates were needed as bridges, but I was assured this was important at the time.
Oh and guttering is easy to get hold of! Most DIY shops stock various sizes and colours. I tend to buy 3 half pipes and 3 pipes, along with a selection of attachments. Black is dark and dramatic. But a light colour is great when food colouring is added to the water.
So, guttering is good. Go get some, if you haven't already got some!