Engineer, Snoopy, and I worked together to make a marble course! We started out with the following items:
- Paper towel and toilet paper tubes (stockpiled in the craft closet)
- Painter’s tape and packing tape
- A few pieces of cut up pool noodle
- Plastic eggs from Easter
- Marbles (of course!)
We decided to use our sliding glass door to make a vertical marble course. Try really hard to ignore the dirty glass in the pictures!! Engineer was very much involved in building the marble run, whereas Snoopy just wanted to help us test it out. This worked out well, since Engineer seemed to have a specific “vision” for his design! 🙂 I had the honor of being Engineer’s assistant during this process. That basically entailed holding tape and cutting tubes when asked.
It was fun to observe and help Engineer as he constructed the marble run. I noticed that he would hold up a tube, changing the angle and direction as needed. He’d then test what he’d built by rolling a few marbles down his partial construction. After testing it, Engineer would make adjustments as necessary. During construction, Engineer mentioned that some of the marbles bounced oddly at the joints. He decided to use plastic egg halves as “shields” and pool noodle pieces as “bumpers”.
Snoopy and Engineer had sooooo much fun playing with the marble course once it was completed. They experimented with sending one marble and many marbles; regular marbles and large marbles; with plastic containers at the end and glass containers at the end. In doing so, Engineer noted that the marbles bounced off of each other when sent down the course together. Snoopy laughed at the sound the marbles made in the glass container, commenting, “They make so much noise!”
When Little Hurricane woke up from his nap, he wanted in on the action. The older boys weren’t sure they wanted to share, but Little Hurricane would not be denied! He ended up trying out the marble course at whatever height he could reach. Then Engineer made a small section of the marble course just for Little Hurricane. All three boys were giggling at this point!
As I write this, the marble course has provided more than 3 hours of entertainment. There have been some breaks — for snack, for the bathroom, and to play with trains. Most of those 3 hours, though, have been somehow focused on the marble run. Something tells me I won’t be able to take it down for some time!
Have you ever made a marble course with your kiddos? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!