Marble Run

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Marble Run

Turn a collection of cardboard tubes into an open-ended construction project with a fun payoff.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard tubes in a variety of sizes (paper towel, wrapping paper, toilet paper)
  • Empty tissue box
  • Colored tape
  • Craft knife
  • Self-adhesive magnet strips
  • Marbles

How to play

  1. Cover the tubes with colored tape. Use a craft knife (a parent's job) to make half-pipe tubes and window cutouts as shown, if you like.

  2. Place self-adhesive magnet strips on one side of the tubes and attach them to the refrigerator.

  3. Let your kids assemble — and reassemble — the run with the tissue box at the bottom on the floor to catch the speeding marbles.

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