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  • Setting Up a Marble Race with a Marble Run
  • Jeff Forgrave
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Setting Up a Marble Race with a Marble Run

Setting Up a Marble Race with a Marble Run

Marble Run Toys are great because children can design so many different types of games by using them. Setting up a Marble Race with a Marble Run Toy can be a great way to demonstrate the versatility of this marble game and can also serve as a great learning opportunity for kids.  It also introduces competitive aspects to this toy, which further extends how much it gets played with.

Before you can setup a Marble Race you obviously must first purchase a Marble RunThere are many different types of Marble Run Toys on the market and in order to ensure the best Marble Race possible you need to buy a good quality Marble Run from a reliable manufacturer like marblegenius.com. The best Marble Run Toys for racing have plenty of tubes and action pieces that allow both kids and adults to enjoy. Having see-through pieces like those available through Marble Genius are more exciting than others because they allow you to see the marble action from the start to the finish. They are also liked by kids due to the bright and attractive colors of their pieces. These toys are also recommended to use in the schools as they help in improve the eye-hand coordination of kids. Even the adults enjoying these games say that they have returned to their childhood after playing with them. 

Once you have your Marble Run Toy you must now decide whether or not you want to interconnect the pieces for the race or if you keep them separate.  The featured image in this post is an example of an interconnected Marble Race, but you can just as easily divide up the pieces and keep them separate.  Once you decide what type of race you want to setup, you must evenly divide the number of Marble Run bases, tubes, and action pieces.  This is very important so that the race is as fair as possible.  As you setup the Marble Run, you might find that one needs more bases or tubes than the other, which is OK.  The key point here is that you don't want an imbalance of action pieces because that will greatly impact the outcome of the race. 

Now your Marble Run is ready for the Marble Race, you have some options for how to conduct the race.  You can either release the marbles down the Marble Run simultaneously or you can get a tablet/smartphone/stopwatch to time the Marble Race from top to bottom.  We recommend to try both options and conduct the Marble Race at least 3 times to see if the result is consistent before declaring a winner. 

Educational Benefit

We mention how Marble Run Toys are a great Educational Toy.  There is a great learning opportunity with these toys by learning what action pieces produce the fastest results.  Steepness and length are obviously big contributors to the speed of the marble, but using stop watches and having your child make these adjustments to see what produces the fastest result is a tremendous learning opportunity.  Make sure to point out the reasons why some Marble Run setups are faster than others and make it a learning moment for your child.

Conclusion

Marble Run Toys provide children and adults so many opportunities to play and learn various rules of science.  Having a Marble Race is just Marble Run pieces and use them to continue to help your child grow and development.  We would love to learn how you use your Marble Run set to have a Marble Race at home and share with others.  Please send these to us at support@marblegenius.com and we'll find a way to share with others!

  • Jeff Forgrave
  • Educational ToysMarble RaceMarble Run Toys