My daughter is obsessed with marble runs, and this may be the fourth one we’ve built in one week! Here’s another one we made last week with a cardboard box.
For this toilet paper roll marble run, we started by wrapping the rolls with colored masking tape.This alone took a good part of a morning! We had fun layering and wrapping tape, selecting colors, and cutting the rolls. Once the rolls were appropriately covered, I took a pair of scissors and cut the tubes right down the center. N thought this looked like fun, and cut some of them as well.
Then we found some free wall space, taped the highest tube to a spot that N could easily reach, and kept on taping rolls until we had something we were happy with. We tested it a few times along the way to work out the angles and distances. This is a fabulous math and physical science lesson!
After rolling a marble, N stood back to watch the magic happen.
We needed something to catch the balls (and jellybeans!), and a strawberry basket was just right for the job. If your kids like making marble runs, if you’ve made a marble run, or if you’re planning to make one, I’d love to hear from you!