When I was little there was a toy to build your own marble run. The idea of building a little roller coaster to roll my marble down had so much appeal to me! But sadly, I never received that toy.
However, as a grownup I have realized that you don’t need fancy toys to create a very cool marble run. In fact, over the years my kids have created a number of awesome marble runs using different materials.
This week I’ve gathered up some super creative ideas for DIY marble runs. Below you’ll find more than a dozen great marble runs ranging from from simple to complex.
Benefits of creating marble runs
One thing I love about marble run activities is that they provide children with an open-ended challenge. Open-ended challenges require creativity, ingenuity, and problem solving skills. Through open-ended challenges children can put engineering design principles into practice, testing out designs and making changes as needed to improve their marble run.
Plus, kids can approach the task from whatever developmental level they are at. Young children can create a simple marble runs and older kids can create marble runs that are extremely elaborate. Marble runs truly are an activity that works for all ages!
DIY marble run ideas
Cardboard tube marble run from Taming Little Monsters
LEGO marble run from Little Bins for Little Hands
Mini marble run travel game from Artsy Momma
Straw maze from Teach Me Mommy
Paper plate marble track from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Magnet maze from Go Science Kids
Magnetic marble run for the fridge door from Go Science Kids
Recycled box marble run from Red Ted Art
Craft foam marble run in a clock from Instructables
Cardboard tube marble run from Little Bins for Little Hands
Play dough and cardboard maze from Pink Stripey Socks
Marble roller coaster from There’s Just One Mommy
Pool noodle marble run from Little Bins for Little Hands
Craft stick marble run from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Cereal box marble run from Made by Joel
Wooden marble coaster from Instructables