We finally decided to get on the bandwagon and create our own Marble Run! So many blogs have been inspiring us....click on the link after this post for our inspiration. We made a Marble Run from our Magna Tile Toys here, but it was much more creative and enjoyable to create a "Run" from the ground up! We used all kinds of recycled materials that we have been collecting for the the past few months! Check it out:
Here are all the recycled tubes, oatmeal boxes, raisin containers, yogurt cups, food boxes, milk cartons, and egg cartons we had to choose from!
We started by cutting apart tubes and making tunnels from cylindrical boxes! We've eaten a lot of oatmeal and raisins in the past few months! We used tape to temporarily hold the recycled materials together so we could test out our runs and ramps.
Here is Cassie testing out this newly formed ramp. Our marble run went through a lot of changes as we were building and testing things out.
We found since we were building higher structures that we needed a base to put everything on! Thankfully we had some huge cardboard pieces in the basement! Cassie wanted to lay all over the cardboard.
Once we knew what structures were working we used a glue gun to hold things together. The glue gun worked well for fast joining of pieces! It was a little dangerous working with a glue gun on the floor because we had shorts on! It worked out well though!
In the end we made two runs off the highest tower. We used other containers for support underneath and added a couple tunnels too.
Cassie tested out the two ramps and found one to be faster! The one with the steeper hill in the beginning was faster (The right ramp)! I guess this could be a preschool physics lesson of some sort?
Cassie and I had a lot of FUN building our Marble Run! We also enjoyed playing with it and testing out all the marbles. Isn't it amazing that you can create your own toy? What a valuable lesson to teach children! I'm so glad that we have all this inspiration from such great blogs to do such wonderful activities!
Have we inspired you to create a Marble
Seven different Marble Runs that inspired us can be found here.