Ready for a challenge parents? Yes, we mean you, as ultimately it will be you at the heart of the instruction manuals, multiple pieces and lost balls. The best marble runs for kids can be tough to build, but once your child gets the hang of it, they can begin to build on their own.
Designing and building is an excellent way for kids to have fun while learning important STEM skills. Marble runs are based on building long or short tracks, then you drop a marble down and watch as it goes through obstacles to reach the bottom.
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Marble sets teach the process of trial and error, as kids can see what is needed to keep the marble in motion and the tracks level, so the marble won’t jump out.
We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best, and included some cool marble run toys a little outside of the norm. From wooden marble runs, to plastic runs, to tracks you can stick on your fridge, there is something for all ages.
Best Marble Runs for Kids
1. Hape QuadrillaHape Quadrilla is a quality item that parents will be impressed with. There are a range of marble run sets from this brand, some bigger than others. Once you get the hang of the building, the possibilities are endless to what you can create. An impressive gift or a family present, the Hape marble runs don’t disappoint.
2. Marble Run by MindwareMarble Run by Mindware is a perfect addition to your child’s daily play. This set comes with one hundred and three durable, colorful pieces and twenty marbles. There are parts that twist, turn, race and spin. The pieces are easy to connect together and simple to pull apart for storage.
3. Marble Genius Marble RunMarble Genius Marble Run. This see through track lets you see the marbles as they run through and around the various layers of track. The set comes with three large bases for stability, eighty five track pieces and fifteen glass marbles. The track is solid and stays together well while in play. It is compatible with other marble run toys from the Marble Genius company, so you can add on expansions to your fun.
4. Learning Resources Tumble TraxLearning Resources Tumble Trax you can build a track, right on your refrigerator. The magnetic back pieces attach to the refrigerator surface with ease and keep marbles in the track via a see through pane on the side. Included are ten activity build cards that let your child see the way motion and angles can speed up or slow down the marble as it falls. Read our review of the Tumble Trax.
5. Q-BA-MAZE 2.0Q-BA-MAZE 2.0. Many marble run toys let you make a track that keeps the marble on a specific course, but this set has blocks that split three ways. Your marbles won’t go the same way every time. Included are fifty-six cubes, two stunt pieces, fifteen steel marbles and a design booklet to get you started.
6. Screwball Scramble GameScrewball Scramble, the objective is to get the marble around the obstacle course by doing various things. There is a ramp you have to rock the marble around on, a crane to swing it, parallel bars and also a catapult. Use the timer to see what your best score is and then challenge friends and family to beat it.
7. SainSmart Jr. Marble RunSainSmart Jr. Marble Run, you are able to combine the pieces with other building blocks, making it a fun marble run for toddlers. This kit comes with 51 parts that include tubes and blocks for building various ramps.
8. Ideal Amaze ‘N’ MarblesIdeal Amaze ‘N’ Marbles kit comes with sixty various sized and function wooden track pieces. There is also an instruction manual that will show you how to build different tracks or you can get creative. The blocks are various shades of wood, giving this set a beautiful coloring as well as durability to last.
9. Marbleworks Deluxe Run SetMarbleworks Deluxe Run set is what you need. This kit comes with the original starter set, a crank it up piece and an included wild ride accessory set. There are ramps and chutes that that give more action paths for the marbles. The pieces are made from durable high impact polystyrene. This material is high impact resistant and has an attractive shiny gloss.
10. Techno Gears Marble ManiaTechno Gears Marble Mania. This fun looking set includes a motor and powerlifter so that marbles can move around automatically. It’s a little bit different to other marble runs as it uses gears to ramp up the challenge.
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