22 February 2014

Homemade marble run fun

'This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 February challenge. If I'm chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest.'

The little ones have been playing with our marble run this week, it has sat out for several days, being modified often and played with repeatedly. I have been forbidden to dismantle it and have even had to hoover around it!

For the Center Parcs February challenge, to try to win a break at Center Parcs with Tots 100 and Center Parcs, we had to make a homemade game and after reading Center Parcs' Games Guru Lisa Brown's top tips for homemade games we were inspired by the tip below:

  • Screw up some old newspaper and stick it together to make a ball. Decorate it, grab some empty toilet roll holders and make your own indoor ten pin bowling alley.

We thought what could we do with the newspapers, toilet rolls and cardboard boxes filling our recycling bin? How about making our own home made marble run, that would be a lot of fun. So here is what we did....

The Little ones got busy choosing the bits they wanted to use, rolling tubes of newspaper and painting all the pieces in bright colours, they really like painting. Little 1 looked very busy and was concentrating hard, Little 2 was engrossed in what she was doing making some funny faces as she painted the awkward bits. Then things got a little messy....

Little 2 started painting her hands first and rubbing them all over the box she was painting then her face, Little 1 thought it looked fun and started to join in too painting her hands orange. They were having sooo much fun, it seemed a shame to stop them and clean up but Little 2 definately needed a wash!

When all the pieces were dry it was time to start building. Little 1, with some help from Daddy holding the pieces, was in charge of the sticky tape and got busy slotting and sticking all the bits together, all four of us joined in the building and had some good old family fun together deciding which bit to put where and checking that no marbles were going to get stuck on their journey down...

And finally it was finished, there were 2 routes for the marbles to go down, the girls loved having a choice of where to put them. The finished marble run was so long it needed a bit of support from the sofa and the girls needed so stand on a chair to reach to put the marbles in, 'Wowee' said Little 2! 'This is so much fun' said Little 1.

The girls loved putting the marbles in, and running down to the bottom to fetch them back again and again. We played with our marble run until it was way past the girls bedtime as they didn't want to stop. Little 1 asked 'Can we do it again tomorrow?' when she was on her way up to bed.

Here is a little video of our marble run in action...

We had good fun making our marble run and we will definitely be doing it again sometime soon, now what else we can do with our recycling?


  1. my kids love our marble run. I'm so impressed that you made one yourselves! #minicreations

  2. Lucas says - I love that you're not allowed to take down the Marble run - I make sure the Mother doesn't ruin my basecamps when I'm at school. Some very good work here which I really enjoyed looking at. Good Luck witht eh Challenge #minicreations

  3. We made one and put magnets on the tubes. It's still on the fridge, even though I take it down every now and again. They still play with it. Making own toys is such a winner! #LetKidsBeKids

  4. Oh that is so cool! We love doing things with old loo roll holders so am sure we could build one. Glad it's not just my boy that covers himself in paint.

  5. We adore marble runs in this house. Yours looks fab and it looks like you had loads of fun making it too, well done!
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  6. Lifelittleones4 March 2014 at 18:37

    We had great fun doing it, they want to do it again soon x

  7. Lifelittleones4 March 2014 at 18:37

    It took a while but I'm glad we did it x

  8. Loving Life With Little Ones4 March 2014 at 20:36

    We did Thank You, next time it will be bigger and better!

  9. Loving Life With Little Ones4 March 2014 at 20:37

    They always end up in paint, at least it comes off in the wash! x

  10. Loving Life With Little Ones4 March 2014 at 20:39

    Great idea, i’d like to make one that runs through different rooms but would take a lot of loo roll tubes!!

  11. Sara (@mumturnedmom)4 March 2014 at 23:30

    That's brilliant! And I do like the blue hand :) #LetKidsBeKids

  12. Loving Life With Little Ones5 March 2014 at 11:31

    It got worse after that, she rubbed her blue hands all over her face!

  13. How wonderful! My youngest son has missed his marble run recently and has actually been trying to create his own in a similar way! #letkidsbekids

  14. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault8 March 2014 at 09:22

    So which did the children enjoy more? The bought or the home-made version? I reckon I know which!


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