Cardboard Marble Run Craft for Kids

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There’s nothing better than a marble run to keep your kids entertained. Next time you’re looking for a craft to make with them, try making your own cardboard marble run craft for a fun engineering and crafting challenge!

How to Make A Cardboard Marble Run

Supplies for Marble Run Craft

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Paper plate
  • Card stock
  • Washi tape, paint sticks, crayons or marker
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Craft glue or glue gun
  • Duct tape
  • Large jar lids
  • Small bottle lids
  • Marbles
  • Cardboard

Preparing Your Cardboard Marble Run Building Materials

  1. Cut 4 cardboard tubes in 4 different length. You can use toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls or tape two toilet paper rolls together. For the tallest tube, you can tape three toilet paper rolls together.
  2. Cut 1 inch slits all along one end and spread them out. You will use this end to stand you cardboard tubes up and use tape to secure them to the cardboard.
  3. Decorate the tubes with washi tape or paint sticks or crayons or markers before sticking them on the cardboard. .
  4. Decorate the base of the marble run with washi tape, paint sticks, marker or crayons.
  5. Cut out the curly edge of a paper paper.
  6. Cut two cardboard tubes lengthwise.
  7. Take one cardboard tube and trace the circle top four times on a piece of card stock. Cut out the circles with scissors.
  8. Finally, cut a piece of cardboard large enough to hold the marble. This will be your base.

Time to Craft Your Cardboard Marble Run

  1. Start by mapping out your marble. Figure out where your tubes will go. Mark it with a pencil. See how long your paper plate will uncurl.
  2. Tape the four circles to the top of the cardboard tubes using masking tape.
  3. Use masking tape to tape down the cardboard tubes to the cardboard. Start with the tallest tube and place the next tallest close by. Don’t use too much tape on the tube just yet as you may need to shift them around to get the best position for the run.
  4. Attach the curly paper plate on top of the tubes using masking tape. Start on the tallest tube and move to the next tallest tube and attached the plate. The plate should be secured to three of the four tubes.

4. Attach a cardboard tube that was cut lengthwis to the end of the paper plate leading to a large lid with a hole cut through it.

5. Glue a small lid in the middle of the larger lid using a glue gun to help slow down the marble.

6. Attach this lid to the top of the last and shortest cardboard tube using duct tape.

7. Finally, add the last cardboard tube leading from the top lid to another large lid at the end to collect the marbles.

Time To Test Your Cardboard Marble Run Craft

  1. Test the run using a marble. Make adjustments by adding cut pieces of cardboard tube and tape.
  2. Adjust the how steep the marble run is if it goes too fast or too slowly.
  3. Once everything flow properly and your marble ends up at the last lid, secure the cardboard tubes with more masking tape or a hot glue gun. Also secure the paper plate and cut tubes with duct tape.

Age Suitability for Marble Run

These activities vary for preschooler (with adult assistance) aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 

Medium to hard.

Skills Developed

Problem solving, gross motor skills, language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

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Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

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Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

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