Marble run

Build your own maze in this month's Power Kids project

Posted on Mar 01 2016 in For Youth, Kids Projects

marblesWhat you need:

  • One pair of scissors
  • One cardboard box or lid
  • Wrapping paper or construction paper (optional)
  • Large craft sticks
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Utility knife
  • Marbles

What to do:

  • If using a cardboard box with flaps, cut off flaps.
  • Cover inside of box with wrapping paper or construction paper to make box colorful (optional).
  • Glue two craft sticks on top of each other for extra strength. Repeat until you have enough for your maze.
  • Begin gluing the thin sides of the craft stick pairs to the inside of the cardboard box using a low-temperature hot glue gun. Cut craft sticks with scissors if you need shorter sizes.
  • Create a path for the marbles to follow.
  • Once glue solidifies, ask a parent to cut a small opening at the top of the box using a utility knife. The opening must be large enough to fit a marble.
  • Drop the marble into the hole and watch it roll through the course.
  • If the marble bounces off a craft stick when dropped through the maze, glue additional craft sticks perpendicular to the original craft stick pairs to keep the marble traveling along the path.

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