Marble runs are great for open-ended building. They’re an example of a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). And, they’re a lot of fun, both for the kids and the adults. But, what are the benefits to marble runs, besides fun the whole family can enjoy?
We don’t take out the marbles until we’re ready to test the marble run. Then, together, we count the marbles we’re taking out, usually about 5, and designate someone to keep track of them. Sometimes, Sweet Pea gets to be this person, and she takes her job quite seriously. Each time we test the run, we pick up the marbles and hold them (or let Sweet Pea hold them). That way, the marbles don’t wander off and we don’t need to worry about Buddy Boy taking them.
The mess…A few pointers from what works well for us:
Before purchasing a marble run, make sure that you get one that’s open-ended, meaning it can be constructed in a variety of ways. There are some marble runs that have one set way that they can be built, and that’s it. Another suggestion is to get a set that’s expandable. We started with a basic set and quickly realized that it was something the kids would enjoy, and that having more pieces would make it more fun, so we bought an expansion set.
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