Found Friday: Marble Runs

Found-Friday_TwitterThere are so many ways to create marble runs in your library (or at home with your lovely niece and nephew who really really really need more engineering toys!!!).

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 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!!!

January 16, 2015
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