So Here's My Life

The things we make,
the food we eat and
the shenanigans in between.

A blog about making things by
MICHELLE SEXTON

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Marble Run

I came across the Marble Run idea on Pinterest several months ago and started saving all my cardboard tubes. We didn't get around doing this activity until recently. Not only did The Toddler LOVE this activity, but so did the spouse and I! It's problem solving game to see just how you can get your marble to run all the way through the tubes without falling out.


We used acrylic paint (because that's all we have) and allowed The Toddler (equipped with a bib) to paint the tubes. And we painted them too. Because it was fun.

Be aware that if you give your child more than one color at a time, they may end up dipping their brush in EACH color before they actually begin painting. 

And all those pretty colors may end up looking more like a greyish-olive green.
 

Like the paint on these tubes. But it's really ok, because this activity really isn't for us, it's for the kids...right? Right....

After the paint was dry, I hot-glued the magnets onto the tubes.

And then we put the tubes on the fridge

and played with them!





Ahhh!!! Rolling marbles through this is so much fun, I can hardly stand it!!

And when you are done with your tubes, you can also do this. What more could a kid ask for?
:)



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16 comments:

Tammy said...

that is such a fab idea!!!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

What a fun idea! I don't want magnets on the front of my stainless steel fridge...I'll have to see if my exterior doors are magnetic :)

Jill said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE this idea! The magnets on the tubes are genius! It certainly looks like lots of fun!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

I have been wanting to do this too. It looks like so much fun! Thanks for reminding me and sharing how much you all loved it.
Rachel

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

this is BRILLIANT! I am sharing with everyone!!!

Lindsi B said...

What a fantasticly fun idea, I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

Juggling With Kids said...

My son loves marble runs! This looks like so much fun! Will definitely have to try it out someday. Visiting from Toys in the Dryer Fun Stuff Fridays...come visit me http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/

Juggling With Kids said...

My son loves marble runs! This looks like so much fun! Will definitely have to try it out someday. Visiting from Toys in the Dryer Fun Stuff Fridays...come visit me http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/

Melissa said...

What a cool idea!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

What a clever, way fun idea!! Love it! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, if you wan to =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at my kid oriented linky party TGIF - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - I know my readers would love this too!
Beth =-)

Eddie said...

This is great! We're going to have to try it out!

Stopping by from The Usual Mayhem, via Fun Stuff Friday.

Danielle said...

This is awesome!! Can't wait to do this!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

This is SUCH a darling idea! So creative and clever and fun! Thank you so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday. :-)
Vanessa

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

I LOVED this so much I featured at TGIF this week - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/01/tgif-linky-party-14.html - thanks for linking up!!! Come grab an I was featured button & link up again this week!
Beth =-)

TheCraftBarn said...

Love it!! I never thought about putting magnets on the back - what a clever idea!! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board!
Thanks,
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn
**I also have a GIVEAWAY going on - please stop by & enter!!

Beth said...

Ooh totally going to do this with my kids!