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Best Marble Run Toys 2017 - Social Proof

Best Marble Run Toys 2017 - Social Proof

In today's digital world, we are always making buying decisions either consciously or sub-consciously based on Social Proof.  This simply means that we rely on the input of others to help us make a decision.  For instance, we like to look at reviews on Amazon to learn how other people like a product before we buy or maybe we look at a popular website or blog to see what they recommend.

At Marble Genius, we strive to make the best Marble Run Toys that you will find anywhere and we believe there is significant external validation that backs this statement up.  Using Google or going straight to Amazon is a great way to to get this information, but we thought it might be helpful to share with you some of this Social Proof.

Amazon - Best Selling Marble Run

According to Forbes, Amazon's market power "now rivals or exceeds Walmart" and almost 50% of US households are Amazon Prime Members.  Given this market power, looking at reviews of a product on Amazon is a great place to start to get a sense of whether this product might be something to buy or not.  Products with a significant number of Verified Reviews as well as products that have at least 4 stars are a good starting point for Social Proof.  At Marble Genius, each of our products have a healthy number of Verified Reviews and we encourage you to take a look at those before making a buying decision.

Best Selling Marble Run

Another great thing to consider on Amazon before making a buying decision is how a particular item ranks in a given category.  One thing to watch out for is a particular product might be a Best Seller for the day due to a large number of giveaways or because they deeply discounted their price for a day to get a better ranking, but if you consistently see a product at the top of it's category it's safe to say that most people are buying that product in that particular category.  In the Marble Run Category, our Super Set has consistently been the Best Selling Marble Run Toy on Amazon.  This can obviously always change, which is why we included the link so that you can see what the Best Selling Marble Run products are when you are reading this.  When you want to identify what the Best Selling item in a category is, the quickest way I have found to do this is to actually Google "Amazon Best Selling _________" and that typically gets you there fastest.

External Websites & Blogs:

As of this writing, there are over 1 Billion websites on the internet, which is a staggering figure and another reason why you definitely have to consider the source or look to multiple data points before relying on what it is saying.  You can also use Alexa to see how popular a particular website is.

According to Wiki.ezvid.com, which is the world's first video wiki that gets millions of visitors every month and is a top 3000 website on the internet, our Marble Genius Super Set is the # 2 Best Marble Run Toy on the market and the best plastic Marble Run Toy in their rankings.  They spent over 29 hours compiling this and if you click the link you can see the video of the top 10 Marble Runs and additional explanation.  Note: they did not accept any money or input from the companies whose products they reviewed.

Another significant website, MyKidsNeedThat.com has ranked our Marble Genius Super Set as the #1 overall Marble Run for 2017 and our Marble Genius Starter Set as the #3 Marble Run on the market.  This website goes into great detail as far as their methodology is concerned and they did not accept any money or input from the companies whose products they reviewed as well.  One other interesting observation that the # 1 ranked Marble Run on Wiki.ezvid.com was ranked #10 on this website.  This is another reason to look at multiple sources before making buying decisions because there can be significant variability with product rankings.

We are extremely thankful to each of the sites above for the platform they have provided to help us grow our product.  It's worth noting that we have no affiliation with either of the 2 websites mentioned above and our only affiliation with Amazon is that we sell on their platform.  

2-Story Marble Genius Marble Run

2-Story Marble Genius Marble Run

We have had a goal for a while to build a tall Marble Run with our Marble Genius Marble Run Toys and we decided to do just that a couple weeks ago.  After establishing a solid base with 10 bases, we started inter-locking the Marble Run pieces.  Building the first 6 feet of the Marble Run went relatively quickly  because a ladder wasn't necessary.  The base and the first several feet of the Marble Run were the most important because the strong foundation we established allowed the Marble Run to climb over 2 stories.  In addition to the large number of bases at the bottom, 4 "poles" were established that would extend from the bases to the very top of the Marble Run.  You can see these 4 "poles" that are a combination of Marble Run Tubes and Marble Run Action Pieces in the main picture.  

Once we got above 6 feet, a ladder was necessary to complete the build.  This is the part of the Marble Run that took the most time (over 3.5 hours).  All told, it took over 5 hours to build this 2-Story marble Run and took over 20 Marble Genius Marble Run Toys (Starter Set, Super Set, & Extreme Set).  As we were finishing, the wind started to pick-up so it became necessary to secure the Marble Run to the ladder with a couple of bungee cords and we secured the ladder to the roof with a bungee cord as well.  This allowed us to keep the Marble Run up for about a week so that we could produce the video below.

Marble Run

We occasionally see feedback on Amazon that indicates our Marble Run Toys are not very stable.  We hope this 2-story Marble Run provides encouragement to those that struggle to create a stable structure.  It absolutely can be done if you establish a solid foundation and interlock the structure.  Please enjoy this Marble Run and we would love it if you would send the tallest Marble Run structures that you have created!

Happy Building!

Marble Run Exhibit Coming to a Museum Near You?

Marble Run Exhibit Coming to a Museum Near You?

Marble Genius Marble Run Toys currently hold the top 2 spots in the Marble Run category on Amazon, which is extremely humbling. The positive reviews that we continually receive have challenged us to push the envelope of innovation even more and consider how we can leave an even bigger impact. You will see examples of this with new products we introduce next year; however, we are launching our new Marble Run exhibit that we want to have in as many of the top Children's Museums in the country as possible.

Why?

STEM learning continues to be a very hot topic among parents of school age children as well as education systems.  Marble Run Toys are a proven leader when it comes to toys that not only help maintain kids attention and entertain them, but also help them learn as they have fun.  A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted some of these benefits including enhanced problem solving for kids that play with Marble Run Toys.

Given these benefits and the fact that screens continue to be one of the first choices when it comes to keeping kids busy, we feel a strong sense of urgency to get the word out that Marble Run Toys are more exciting than ever!  When you combine see-through pieces with numerous different types of action pieces, it is easy to see why kid's of all ages enjoy playing with them.

How it works?

We spent some time this last week creating an example of what a Museum Exhibit could look like.  The picture below is only about 12 sets and stands 6 feet tall by 3 feet deep by 8 feet wide.  This exhibit could be in full light or if there's a dark place, it also could look really neat with Black Lights.  We would pay to enclose it in glass and make sure the marbles are accessible at the bottom of the exhibit so that guests can easily access the entry to interact with the exhibit.

Here is a brief video to give an idea of what it would look as it's being used:

 

How you can Help?

We are looking to donate these exhibits to any Children's Museum that is in the top 30 largest Children's Museum's in the United States.  If you work one of these museums or know of someone that does and is interested in having us setup an exhibit, please reach out to me: jeff@marblegenius.com.

Thanks!

Marble Genius Extreme Set

Marble Genius Extreme Set

We are happy to announce the arrival of our latest product, the Marble Genius Marble Run Extreme Set!  This set has 125 pieces and 20 glass marbles and contains a number of exciting new pieces:

1.) 360 degree loop:

2.) Jump and catch piece:

3.) Y - Splitter Piece:

All pieces in the Extreme Set:

Since we launched our Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set & Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set, the success of these has been amazing! We have sold thousands of each of these sets since our launch 2 months ago and have consistently been in the top 5 marble run toys on Amazon.  One of the requests we often received was if we had  anything more, which is why we launched the Marble Genius Marble Run Extreme Set just in time for the Christmas Shopping Season. This set is great on it's own or is a fantastic addition if you already have a Starter Set or Super Set.  

 

NEW Marble Run E-Book Instruction Manual

NEW Marble Run E-Book Instruction Manual

We are happy to announce that we have produced a new e-book that has step-by-step pictures for 4 different marble runs.  Even though marble runs are a lot like Legos in that they allow for "flexible play," we occasionally receive requests for step-by-step instructions.  

In an effort to respond to this occasional feedback and maintain a green footprint, we produced a 50 page electronic marble run manual that has 2 beginner marble runs and 2 advanced marble runs.  We have produced a Kindle version and a PDF version.  This e-book has a number of features including a clickable table of contents and the ability to enlarge pictures to see the details.  

We include a product insert in every package that includes pictures for ideas and we include details for how to access our Tips, Videos, and E-Book.  Since we have received so few requests for this, we have only created an e-book and have not included a hard-copy of the manual with the product.  This allows us to keep the product cost lower and also maintain a green footprint by not unnecessarily including a large manual with every product.  Please e-mail me if you think we should include a manual with every product and raise the overall price of the product. 

Instructions:

Kindle - If using a Tablet or Phone, simply click the link and open in the Kindle App.  This manual will then be stored in your kindle Library.  If you download the file from your computer, follow these instructions for getting it to your library.

PDF - This version is not as interactive as the Kindle version, but it has all the same content.

We hope that this manual gives you some ideas for how to build different types of marble runs.  We plan to add more runs to these manuals over time, but we encourage you to build your own runs and be as creative as possible!

All you Need to Know About Marble Games

All you Need to Know About Marble Games

All you need to know about Marble Games

Games are an important aspect of kids’ lives. This is not only because games are entertaining to kids but also because they are very educational. Some of the crucial benefits that kids benefit from playing games include developing critical thinking skills, sharpening the mind for better understanding and ability to creatively solve problems and challenges. One of the oldest and most popular types of games for kids is the marble game. The history of this game dates back to 4000 BC in Egypt when the first form of this game was developed. Over the years, the game has undergone numerous changes and is now available in different varieties. One of the most unique aspects about this game is that it has never fallen out of fashion and is very entertaining to both children and adults. 

What are marbles? 

Marbles can be described best as small, spherical objects with a diameter of not more than 2.54 cm (about an inch). These objects are made using either glass or stone and are usually brightly colored. They can be also decorated using captivating colors that are very attractive. Primitive marble games have evolved into modern sports such as pinball, billiards, and bowling. 

Examples of Marble Games 

There are several examples and variations of marble games. These games follow different rules and have varying levels of entertainment. They include:

Marble Run Toy 

Marble Run Toy, also known as the rolling ball game, revolves around constructing a Marble Run tower where the marble will run through. This is a favorite marble game among many kids because it is very engaging and captivating. The Marble Run game is comprised of a set of plastic Marble Run tubes that can be put together as parallel Marble Run tracks for a Marble Race. It is very easy to assemble this track as the player can use different types of Marble Run action pieces and Marble Run support pieces to set up the track they want to build. The Marble Run game uses can use marbles that are 5/8 in. or smaller and various weights, colors, and material (either glass or plastic). To make the game more exciting, the player can consider building Marble Run tracks interconnect with one another, but these will usually require the help of a parent. 

Marble Run Roller Coaster 

Many children identify with this game due to their great love for riding real life roller coasters. There is nothing more exciting to kids than running several marbles down the roller coaster that they have built. This game requires serious tinkering as setting up Marble Run Roller Coasters requires superb imagination as well as problem-solving skills. It is worth noting that the Marble Run Roller Coaster game may be quite hard and complex to set up especially for beginners. However, you can help your children to develop and polish their roller coaster building skills before letting them to do it on their own. You can make a Marble Run Roller Coaster that is as long as you would want it to be as long as you have enough building structures. These structures are made of plastic and have interlocking capabilities for easy set up and stability while playing. 

Magnetic Marble Run 

This is yet another incredible example of marble games. This game is quite similar to the ordinary Marble Run only that in this version, the Marble Run track is made using magnetic foam pieces. These pieces can be combined in endless design combinations and set ups to provide multiple fun and learning levels. The most basic version of this Marble Run game features 14 base pieces, 10 activity cards and 4 marbles. Using your imagination and creativity while referring to the Marble Run track suggestions in the activity cards, you can create a sophisticated track and then let the balls run through the track. The best thing about this game is that it helps greatly in developing critical thinking skills. As such, it is very beneficial to kids especially in sharpening their minds.  

Marble Run Track 

Ideally, the fun and excitement of playing marble games are dependent on the type and nature of track you set up. If you are able to design and build an outstanding Marble Run track, then you will find playing marble games very fulfilling. There are lots of commercial marble track set ups that you can purchase to use in playing your favorite marble game. Marble Run tracks differ in aspects such as maximum length and height attainable, quality of the tracks, and overall appearance including their décor aspects. Therefore, it is important to conduct an extensive search on the best Marble Run track to purchase depending on your preferences. It is advisable that you purchase multi-game tracks as you can use such tracks in playing different variations and versions of marble games. 

Where to buy the best quality Marble Run Toys

There are lots of places where you can purchase quality marble toys but we believe that you don’t need to look any further than www.marblegenius.com. Being a leading seller of Marble Run Toys, www.marblegenius.com prioritizes on sourcing and selling top quality Marble Run Toys. These are toys that come with a guarantee for excellent performance, great durability, and unrivaled uniqueness. What is more amazing when buying Marble Run Toys from this site is that we also offer some of the most unique and exciting pieces on the market. As such, if you want to gift your child a something that he/she will live to remember, you should start and end your search at www.marblegenius.com! These toys are made using the latest technology and thereby boast not only great quality but are safe for kids older than 3 years old to enjoy. 

Marble Run

Tips to remember 

It is best to set up the Marble Run Toys playing tracks on a smooth surface preferably in an open space for free movement. If you are setting up the Marble Run track indoors, you can build the tracks on a reasonably high table or on the carpet. In addition to this, you should consider using marbles that are the same color as opposed to differently colored marbles. The uniformity in the color of the marbles makes the game more enticing to play. Try learning a new Marble Run playing technique and concept everyday in order to find marble games thrilling and exciting. Playing the same game version everyday can be quite boring. Check out our Marble Run videos for even more ideas!

Combining Multiple Marble Run Sets Together

Combining Multiple Marble Run Sets Together
There are so many different types of toys on the market that it's often overwhelming to know what type of toy your child will like and what kind they won't.  One aspect of a toy to consider when making a purchase is expandability.  In other words, are there additional components/features that you can buy as an add-on to enhance it.  Some toys start gathering dust as soon as it is out of the wrapper, but the best toys to consider are expandable and keep toys fresh and exciting over time.
Marble Run Toys fit into the expandable toy category because there are many different expansion options.  At Marble Genius, we offer Marble Run Toys that can be combined together to allow you to make bigger and more complex Marble Run setups.  We often see people that bought the Marble Run Starter Set or the Marble Run Super Set,  but buy another set or two because they want to make bigger and better Marble Run designs.
Before purchasing an additional set, it's important to understand what Marble Run pieces are compatible with your current set.  Marble Genius Marble Run sets are compatible with all Marbulous Marble Run pieces.  So if you have an existing Marbulous Marble Run you will be able to buy a Marble Genius Marble Run set and add to your fun!
Once you have determined compatibility, it is then important to understand what you are looking for when adding on to your existing Marble Run set.  Chance are if you are looking to add-on, you will want to buy nothing less than our Marble Run Super Set.  Based on the feedback we have gotten about those that love our sets, this is the most popular choice for an add-on. Based on this fact alone, Marble Genius will be rolling out a Marble Run Extreme Set later this year that will have twice as many action pieces as our Super Set and will offer jumps, loops, etc.  Also, we will be adding additional features over time based on customer demand that include automated features to bring marbles from bottom to top. 
Having a Marble Run Toy is the pinnacle of fun and adding on to it makes it even better.  When you add 2 Marble Genius Marble Run Super Sets together, it's hard to believe all the marble action that would come from this.  Here are a few pictures that try to capture the excitement that will come from doing this:
Marble Run Super Set X 2Marble Run Super Set X 2
In conclusion, when looking for a toy, always keep in mind the expandability aspects of that toy because chances are that if there are not things to add to it over time to keep it engaging for them as they get older it will just collect dust  Marble Run Toys are a great example of an expandable toy that can stay fresh for years by adding components to it over time to keep it fresh and exciting for your kids.

Is Your Marble Run Fun?

Is Your Marble Run Fun?
When we were very young, our toys were our world. Remember the feeling of happiness when someone gave you a new toy to play with? Today, we can look at our children and their toys, and we can completely understand how important they are to them. However, not every toy is ideal for children. The best toys combine fun and learning, and this is especially important for young children. You are buying toys because they are fun, but each toy can teach us to be creative and to gain some knowledge of the world around us. This is the situation with the Marble Run.

Besides being extremely interesting, Marble Run Toys can teach your children a lot about physics or design. We all know that learning through entertainment is the best way of learning, so this is a good reason why you should get your kid a Marble Run.

The "Fun Factor"

As mentioned earlier, the most important characteristic of toys is the fun factor. Children are obviously not interested in boring toys and a toy that you can use in only one way often falls into this category. This doesn’t leave space for creativity, and because of that, the learning factor is also missing. Remember sitting in a boring class of a subject that you really liked. When the teacher presents us something in a boring way, then there is no way that we will perceive that knowledge. The same goes for toys. The fun factor is tightly connected to the learning factor, and one can’t go without the other. When buying a toy, always consider the various uses that toy will have and whether or not additional components can be added to it to keep it new and exciting for your child.

The benefits of Marble Run Toys

Marble Run Toys are a fun toy for many reasons. They are dynamic and can keep the attention of children. Besides that, it also improves a child’s cognitive capacity. The first thing that they will learn with a Marble Run set is patience, because time is needed to build a marble run. During the process of assembling, children will have to follow picture instructions so they can reach their goal. This will prepare them for future activities that include instructions  or problems that they will have to solve when they are older. The final benefit worth mentioning is creativity. Yes, after your child has studied a picture, and after the Marble Run was made according to the guidelines, the next step is to create a unique Marble Run with the same pieces. This opens the door for many creative possibilities and many hours of fun because there are seemingly endless ways to create them.

How to choose the right marble run

Marble Run Toys come in many different varieties and we have a number of articles on our site that talk about things to consider.  As it relates to fun, the first thing to keep in mind is the parts that make it up. Marble Run Toys can be very simple, like the Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set that that comes with all of the key components to build a good Marble Run without overwhelming your child.  On the other hand, there are Marble Run Toys that have 100+ parts like the Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set that can keep your child entertained for hours. 

For younger children it is better to buy a Marble Run with a few parts like the Marble Run Starter Set sold by Marble Genius.  This set has fewer pieces and is designed to be completely safe for your child to play with. If your child has never played with a Marble Run, start with the Starter Set so your child can get comfortable with the concept and not get frustrated. 

The right time to buy complex marble runs is when your child is at least 6 and has some knowledge of Marble Run Toys. The Marble Run Super Set sold by Marble Genius will be a great challenge to your child.  This set has a number of exciting action pieces that are sure to entertain!  Good action pieces like ladders, wheels, chutes, and similar components are sure to entertain!  Please keep in mind that some Marble Run manufacturers like to advertise a large number of pieces for a cheap price; however, keep in mind that these Marble Run Toys often contain many decorative parts that don't have any practical use. The best choice is to pick a marble run that has plenty of tubes and action pieces, which will allow your child to be creative and to have hours of fun. 

Some Marble Run Toys are poorly designed and the marbles get stuck on the way down.  It's sometimes difficult to know whether or not you are buying a Marble Run that has this reputation.  On one hand, this can be a great challenge if you buy a poorly designed Marble Run and your child might find some creative way to get it to work. On the other hand, Marble Run Toys that have this problem will probably be  irritating, and your child will stop playing with it.  One sure fire way to know what you are getting is to watch Marble Run videos that show the marble action.  At Marble Genius, we pride ourselves on creating well designed Marble Run Toys that don't have this problem.  See for yourself: https://www.marblegenius.com/pages/marble-run-videos

Marble Run Toys are an "old-school" toy that has gotten a tremendous makeover thanks to companies like ours.  These toys are not only great educational toys that teach basic physic laws, but when designed right will provide hours of fun to children!  Hopefully this article has provided some guidance for things to consider when looking to buy Marble Run Toys that maximize FUN!

Is your Marble Run Sturdy?

Is your Marble Run Sturdy?
Marble Run Toys can be a great toy to that will provide hours of entertainment for you and your children; however, a number of very cheap and poorly designed Marble Runs have emerged on the market that will lead to nothing but headaches.  To an untrained eye, all Marble Run pictures on the internet might look the same leading you to by the cheapest priced Marble Run.  However, this is definitely not the case so this article is designed to highlight what to look for when buying a Marble Run.
1.) What does the Marble Run look like up close?
Marble Run Products that have few pictures and no close-up pictures are ones to stay away from.  9 times out of 10, the companies selling these products are trying to hide something.  If you can’t see the Marble Run pieces up close than keep looking!  Here is an up-close image. If you look close, you can see the plastic is thick and strong and there aren't any tiny parts that can easily break.  You can also tell that all the pieces fit together very nicely.
Marble Run Up-Close
2.) What are the Marble Run bases like?
The base of the Marble Run is the equivalent of a strong foundation of a home.  If you have a bunch of weak bases like the green one below, the Marble Run will be weak and wobbly.  However, if you have at least 1 or more large bases like the blue one on the right, this will go a long way to help ensure the Marble Run will be stable and strong.
Marble Run Bases
3.) How thick/strong is the plastic of the Marble Run pieces?
To the untrained eye, it might appear that the 2 pieces below are the same.  However, the Marble Run piece on the left is significantly thicker and stronger than the Marble Run piece on the right.  This leads to a strong Marble Run and also the design of the piece on the left allows the pieces to stick together better.
4.) How well do the Marble Run pieces stick together?
Most Marble Run sets won't show this to you because they don't have Marble Run pieces that stick together well.  Below is a picture of the Marble Genius Marble Run pieces that stick together extremely well.  If you buy a set with pieces that don't stick together well you will know it instantly because your set will keep falling down as you try to build it.  If you are luck enough to get your Marble Run set assembled you won't be able to move it anywhere because it will quickly fall a part.
Marble Run Strong Pieces
5.) Are there a bunch of small Marble Run pieces?
The orange pieces below are a great example of tiny parts that will break in no time once your child starts playing with it.  These can also become a choking hazard for small kids.  Stay away from Marble Run sets that have a bunch of small pieces like the orange pieces below.
6.) Which Marble Run looks stronger?
When you put the Marble Run Toys side-by-side, you can easily tell which one is more sturdy.  The Marble Run on the right as stronger bases and the quality of materials is not even close between the two.  When you are shopping for a Marble Run you might not have the luxury of putting two pictures side-by-side, but hopefully this gives you an idea of characteristics to look for.
Marble Run Comparison
If you use the 6 points above as a guide to look for when you buy your next Marble Run, it will go a long way to save you time and frustration!  Definitely read the product reviews and try to watch any videos that the manufacturer has so you know what you are buying.  If you want to save yourself a lot of time and hassle, rest assured that if you buy a Marble Genius Marble Run set we have thought of all these things, which is why our Marble Run Toys are the best on the market!

Is Your Marble Run Safe?

Is Your Marble Run Safe?

If you ask someone with kids if they want them to play with toys that are safe, the obvious answer is yes.  However, if you ask them how they know the toys are safe, the answer probably doesn’t come as quick. This article is intended to bring to light the US Toy safety requirements and refer you to additional resources to learn more.

Laws to ensure toys safety 

Over the past 10 years, there have been multiple laws that have taken effect in the United States to protect the children from dangerous manufacturing practices. 

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: This act was enacted in August of 2008, and mandated that toys that contained even more than 600 million parts per million total amount of lead was not to be sold. Those products that were manufactured before or on 10 February 2009, will not be allowed to sell if they possess, more than 0.1% of specific phthalates and if they are unable to meet the standards of the manufacturing process of toys. This limit of 600 parts per million in substrates was later reduced in 2009 to 300 parts per million in substrates and 90 parts per million in surface coatings. This law act is applicable to the United States of America. The act mandates that all the manufacturers producing the products domestically, certify the children’s products be made according to the standards of safety prescribed by the government and the lead ban. The act strictly prohibits the sellers of the used children’s toys like thrift shops and second hand stores to certifying the toys that are sold according to the new standards.  Exposure to lead is obviously very bad, especially in young children and this law was passed to help protect kids.

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: This act is a landmark in the child’s safety laws passed by the US congress. The acts necessitates that the children’s products, comply with the safety rules and regulations set by the act. It requires the child’s product to be tested, in a authority tested laboratory unless and until it is subject to exception. It requires that the product possess a written product certificate that can provide the evidence of the compliance of the product. It requires the product to have permanent tracking information that is attached to the product that allows it to be tracked wherever it goes. The act states that every company responsible for selling children’s products is requires adhering to a set of rules and standards set. These standards include an acceptable amount of lead, acceptable surface coating materials, toy safety tenets, durable toddler products, thirdly party certification and testing and phthalates. Phthalates is a group of chemicals that are used to make the plastic much more flexible and much harder to break. These are often called plasticizers. Some of the phthalates are used in form of solvents and dissolving agents in the production of other materials. It also looks into tracking labels and managing imports. There is a simple way to be sure of the fact that the toy meets the safety norms of the guidelines. On the packaging of the toy .One can look for the sign that says that the toy conforms to the ASTM F963 and the Phthalate standards .In addition one can always contact the manufacturer of the toy and find out the Safety product certificate that the toys are being certified with. 

Marble Run Safety 

It is essential to monitor young children at all times when they play with marbles. Children age 3 and below are especially prone to put things in their mouth, which is why their is a choking hazard warning on anything with marbles. Storing marbles safely away from young children is very important.

In addition to the choking hazards that come from marbles that are in Marble Run Sets, there are other safety considerations.  Some Marble Run Sets have lots of small parts that can easily break off and become a choking hazard.  This is something to watch out for!

Marble Run SmallPiece

At Marble Genius, we take child safety very seriously and make sure our Marble Run products fully comply with the current laws.  We leverage certified testing laboratories that do this for us.  Before you buy any toy, make sure to look for the label that states that the toy complies with ASTM 963 standards.  Also, if you have any concerns that they comply, ask them for their Child Product Safety Certificate that demonstrates the appropriate testing has bee completed by certified laboratories.  Here is a link to our Children's Product Certificate.

References:

CPSIA Timeline

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