I’ve loved marble runs ever since I got my first set of Frigits. I love these things! I wish they were readily available from a current vendor. At any given time there are usually a few sets on ebay, but they run close to $100 for a set. I haven’t been that willing to expand my collection!
All of the marble runs below are fairly simple and could be made with one of a number of normal household items. What started me on this blog post though, was finding this picture on Flickr a few weeks ago.
It just looks like it would be so much fun to play with! Can you imagine building such a creation?! As I continued my search, I found this great one which is in a cafe, but looks like the perfect addition to any family kitchen. I wish I could find out if these pieces were handmade for this location or if there was a vendor for them. They would be the perfect item for a place like treeblocks.com to carry!
If you want to try marble runs in your library as a center, I would suggest these more practical ideas! Also, if you search on Pinterest for “marble run” you will get such a variety of responses that it’s hard to stop scrolling!
I almost can’t decide which kind I want to start with! I think I like the idea of using the paper plates and toilet paper tubes because they would be cheap, easy, and fast to implement.
Over a longer term time frame I think I want to get a magnet surface put up. I don’t have one in my current library and have been meaning to get to it.
I have seen the Lego Wall ideas out there. I don’t have any wall space, but I do have some end-of-shelf space. It would be easy to put up 5 or 6 baseplates and use Legos (once I borrow some from, hopefully, our robotics club).
There’s just so much to do in so little time! And I LOVE looking at the pictures of the “so much to do” ideas! Happy Friday everyone!!!