The lengths are plastic and without sharp edges. Obviously, this is only frugal if you happen to have some guttering sitting around although planks of wood could be used equally well for some of the activities. It would be more important to secure these carefully due to their weight.
I put the guttering up at different heights on the slide. This didn't interest the children so they asked me to move things around and made race tracks with the guttering from the swing into the "jungle" of weeds.
This kept them busy for a fair time but putting the guttering on the ground provided some impromptu balance boards. There was plenty of talk about acting out Mirette on the highwire. I did intervene to prevent attempts at walking on guttering suspended on the swing!
Water came next. Anything outside tends to involve water.
Making a water wall needed plenty of practice!
Finally, we hunted for snails for a snail race. Amazingly, we only found one; perhaps, there are so many slugs that the snails don't have a chance. The one we found seemed more interested in escaping perhaps because there were so many squeals about its size.
I'm sure that these two pieces of gutter are likely to provide more fun over the summer before I put them to another purpose-maybe bookshelves or planters?
This is linked to 4 weeks of frugal fun, the weekly kids co-op, Science sparks, Living Life Intentionally and Summer-Sensory-Fun.