How to Make a Marble Run Out of Cardboard Tubes

How to Make a Marble Run Out of Cardboard Tubes

Here’s another fun craft to do with the kids. Today, I’ll show you How to Make a Marble Run out of Cardboard Tubes. With a family of 6, we go through a lot of toilet paper, and paper towels. So, when I see an idea for using the cardboard tubes, I’m all over it.

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How to Build a Marble Run out of Cardboard Tube

This has to be one of the biggest hits with the kids. It’s so simple and fun. I leave a little basket in the kitchen filled with marbles and their magnetic paper towel and toilet paper tubes. They love to start a new design each morning.

Are you ready to make this Marble Run? Let’s make sure you have everything you need…

  • Magnetic Tape
  • Cardboard Tubes – from toilet paper and paper towel
  • Marbles
  • Styrofoam or plastic cups
  • Bucket or tall plastic container (like an old pretzel rod container)

marble run from cardboard tubes

Suggestions for decorating your tubes:

  • Self Adhesive Contact Paper
  • Fun decorative paper
  • Stickers
  • Crayons or paint

Here’s what we did to make our magnetic marble run:

  • Cut a large hole into the bottom of the cups
  • Decorate paper tubes
  • Add magnetic strips onto the back of the cups and tubes

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  • We found a large pretzel container to catch the marbles – the kids thought of using a plastic cup with a magnetic clip to catch the marbles. They both work great.

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  • Place tubes and cups in fun designs so they are vertical and diagonal
  • Place your bucket or plastic container under your tubes

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  • Then, let the kids add marbles to the top tube and watch it shoot through their maze

 

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com 

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