Looking for a fun way to encourage summer learning? Building marble runs is a fun and educational activity for children to work on during the summer months. It also requires children to develop and use a variety of building and engineering skills, especially if they build their own marble run. From gathering the materials to figuring out how to put everything together so the marbles won’t fall off the track or get stuck, children will get lots of practice with problem solving and experience a lot of trial and error as they build their marble run. Here’s a list of possible materials they can use, an example DIY marble run, how you can enter our marble run contest, and where you can find different design ideas.

Possible Marble Run Materials

One of the good things about building a DIY marble run is that children can reuse materials from around the classroom or home, and they can be creative about what they use to make the track. Here are just a few ideas for possible materials:

  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Shoeboxes
  • Paper Plates
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Aluminum Foil Rolls
  • Construction Paper
  • Craft Sticks

Example DIY Marble Run

For the DIY marble run we created as an example, we chose to use paper towel rolls and construction paper. We also had tape, scissors, markers, regular glue, and glitter glue on hand to help construct and decorate the marble run.

Step 1: Draw a quick layout of what you want your marble run to look like when finished, and make a plan for how you’re going to build the marble run.

Step 2: Start preparing your materials. We cut some of our paper towel rolls in half to create ramps, and we also cut slots in some of the other paper towel rolls to fit the size of the ramps and help us put everything together.

Step 3: You can choose to decorate your marble run before or after everything is put together. We chose to start decorating it before we put everything together and finished decorating after it was built.

 

Step 4: Start taping the paper towel rolls together and constructing your design. If you build a marble run similar to our example, you’ll likely need a large piece of cardboard to tape the marble run down. Remember to finish decorating the marble run once it is assembled.

Step 5: Have fun! Be sure to take a video of the marble run and enter our Marble Run Madness Contest (details below).

Participate in Marble Run Madness!

Start summer off right by encouraging children to build their very own marble run! Whether it’s something simple or something a little more complicated, take a short video of children’s completed marble run and share it on our Facebook page. By submitting a short video of the marble run, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the Wall Coaster Extreme Stunt Set. The contest runs from June 20–26, 2016, and the winner will be announced on June 28, 2016.

Check out our Marble Runs for Kids! Pinterest board for some great marble run design ideas!

Looking for a fun way to encourage summer learning? Building marble runs is a fun and educational activity for children to work on during the summer months. It also requires children to develop and use a variety of building and engineering skills, especially if they build their own marble run. From gathering the materials to figuring out how to put everything together so the marbles won’t fall off the track or get stuck, children will get lots of practice with problem solving and experience a lot of trial and error as they build their marble run. Here’s a list of possible materials they can use, an example DIY marble run, how you can enter our marble run contest, and where you can find different design ideas.

Possible Marble Run Materials

One of the good things about building a DIY marble run is that children can reuse materials from around the classroom or home, and they can be creative about what they use to make the track. Here are just a few ideas for possible materials:

  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Shoeboxes
  • Paper Plates
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Aluminum Foil Rolls
  • Construction Paper
  • Craft Sticks

Example DIY Marble Run

For the DIY marble run we created as an example, we chose to use paper towel rolls and construction paper. We also had tape, scissors, markers, regular glue, and glitter glue on hand to help construct and decorate the marble run.

Step 1: Draw a quick layout of what you want your marble run to look like when finished, and make a plan for how you’re going to build the marble run.

Step 2: Start preparing your materials. We cut some of our paper towel rolls in half to create ramps, and we also cut slots in some of the other paper towel rolls to fit the size of the ramps and help us put everything together.

Step 3: You can choose to decorate your marble run before or after everything is put together. We chose to start decorating it before we put everything together and finished decorating after it was built.

 

Step 4: Start taping the paper towel rolls together and constructing your design. If you build a marble run similar to our example, you’ll likely need a large piece of cardboard to tape the marble run down. Remember to finish decorating the marble run once it is assembled.

Step 5: Have fun! Be sure to take a video of the marble run and enter our Marble Run Madness Contest (details below).

Participate in Marble Run Madness!

Start summer off right by encouraging children to build their very own marble run! Whether it’s something simple or something a little more complicated, take a short video of children’s completed marble run and share it on our Facebook page. By submitting a short video of the marble run, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the Wall Coaster Extreme Stunt Set. The contest runs from June 20–26, 2016, and the winner will be announced on June 28, 2016.

Check out our Marble Runs for Kids! Pinterest board for some great marble run design ideas!

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