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All You Need to Know About Marble Games

All You Need to Know About Marble Games

Many of us have fond memories of playing with marble games when we were kids, and nothing makes us happier than seeing our own kids or grandkids having a blast with the very toys that brought us joy.

While some aspects of marble games have remained the same, a lot has changed over the years. Many more products are on the market, not to mention new innovations and mind-bending challenges that have been introduced. When it comes to choosing the right marble game for you, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. 

What are some of the key categories of marble games on the market today?

1. Marble Roller Coasters

These come unassembled, often with many small parts, and the track is open rather than tubed. The building process can require a lot of imagination and patience, making these a better fit for older kids. Once built, marble roller coasters create lots of excitement as the marble follows the path. Since they’re geared toward older kids, these sets tend to look less vibrant, focusing more on the construction aspect than providing a variety of colors.

(Spacerail Star Coaster Level 2)

2. Marble Runs

These of course are our specialty here at Marble Genius. Marble runs are similar to marble roller coasters in that they require assembly and create lots of exciting action once they’re built. However, the pieces are tubed and slightly larger, making them much easier to assemble and modify for kids of all ages. Marble runs feature bright colors, and most sets feature see-through pieces, allowing kids and parents to watch the marble as it races down the track.


(Marble Genius Super Set)

3. Magnetic Marble Runs

These marble runs contain larger pieces that can be arranged on a magnetic surface, such as a refrigerator or magnet board. Once they’re arranged, the marble rolls from top to bottom. Placement is important to avoid dropping the marble between pieces. These sets typically work best for younger children, since the pieces are larger and require less construction work. Older kids may get bored with these quickly due to the limited creations that can be made and fewer unique pieces.


(Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run)

Once you decide which type of marble game you want, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Set up your marble run or coaster on a smooth surface, preferably in an open space for free movement around the track. If setting it up indoors, a large table or sturdy flooring work well. Softer carpets aren’t ideal due to lack of stability.
  • Let your imagination have fun as you explore new combinations and structures. The best way to make the most of these toys is to allow for free play.
  • Challenge a friend or family member with a competition, such as building the tallest marble run, using pieces of all the same color, or creating a marble race down the stairs. The possibilities are endless! For more ideas to take your marble game to the next level, check out our YouTube channel for creative ways we’ve used our Marble Genius sets.

Marble games are the perfect toy to have around the house. They’re an appealing alternative to screens, and they provide endless possibilities of creativity and fun. Let your kids’ imaginations run free!

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Importance of Interactive Toys For Kids

Importance of Interactive Toys For Kids

Interactive toys are an inseparable part of kids' lives, playing a vital role in their development in early phases of life. The main purpose of interactive toys isn't simply limited to having fun, but also to learn. 

FUNCTIONS OF INTERACTIVE TOYS

In our view, there are five primary functions of interactive toys for kids:

1. Improvement in Cognitive Skills

Interactive toys help kids recognize colors and develop memorization and problem solving skills. Kids also learn about numbers and size when playing with certain interactive toys.

2. Development of Social Skills

It's important for children to know and master social skills from a young age. Some of the interactive toys like board games prepare them to understand emotions, explore the environment by turns, and learn to cooperate with others.

3. Growth of Imagination and Logic

Children use their logic and imagination while playing with toys that are open-ended and allow for flexibility. Interactive toys also develop awareness and recognition of the surrounding environment.

4. Development of Motor Skills

Some interactive toys work on various parts of the body like legs, hands, and fingers to balance and develop kids' muscular abilities. This is necessary for continued growth as they explore the environment around them.

5. Growth of Speaking Skills

Today some robotic interactive toys are available in the market, teaching kids how to speak a language properly. With guidance from parents or older siblings, they can learn speech skills while enjoying the fun of the toy.

TYPES OF INTERACTIVE TOYS

Various types of interactive toys are available in the market today, including educational toys and digital games. While you can find a wide variety of interactive toys, here some of the most popular.

Gear Sets

These interactive toys improve children's imagination and logical skills. They're very kid-friendly, with bright colors, and can be assembled easily. In addition to providing kids a new building experience, gears also develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Children think like engineers as they interact with different components, such as pillars, gears, axels, handles, and interlocking bases.


(Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set, 100 Pieces)


LEGO Blocks

A long-standing classic, LEGO blocks are a perfect choice for developing kids' intelligence while having fun. There are many different LEGO toys, including free-form sets with no instructions to highly scripted sets that build boats, cars, planes, and more.


(LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box)


Marble Run Toys

Marble games have been played by kids for decades. With the advancement of new technologies and manufacturing innovation, they've emerged as a leading interactive and STEM development toy in recent years. This is particularly true of the marble run.

Though you can find a variety of marble runs at stores or online, there are only a select few that offer the highest quality while maximizing the development benefit for children. At Marble Genius, we consider our marble run toys among the best you'll find anywhere.


(Marble Genius Super Set)


Whether you decide to move forward with the purchase of gear sets, Legos, or marble run toys, it's always important to do your research so you know what you're buying.

Marble runs in particular have had a number of very cheap and flimsy versions being sold on the Internet. Do your homework and read this blog post to find the best marble run money can buy!

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Finding the Best Marble Run

Finding the Best Marble Run

Finding the best marble run can be a daunting task because there are so many options and the quality differences between products can be significant. No matter how difficult it might be, doing a little research up front will save you a lot of money and frustration later.

Here are some tips to make your marble run search a little easier...

DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE OF BUYING A MARBLE RUN.

It's essential to know the specific reason of your purchase when considering a marble toy. Do you want to build a marble race? Are you looking for a marble roller coaster that requires complex construction? Or are you looking for a traditional marble run toy that allows your kids to create numerous configurations and endless fun?

Once you're clear that you want to move forward with purchasing a marble run, there are additional considerations to take into account.

UNDERSTAND THE COMPANIES MAKING MARBLE RUNS TODAY.

There are a number of companies that sell at least one type of marble run, and each of them have their pros and cons.

Galt

This is one of the better companies that has mostly satisfied customers. Customers who have complained mention its poor design and quality for the price. Galt's primary marble runs don't have see-through pieces -- a feature that tends to be a kid favorite.


(Galt Mega Marble Run Toy)

Quercetti

This is an Italian-made product that has received an average response. Many people are unhappy with its poor quality and flimsy structure. However, Quercetti offers a variety of eye-catching pieces in their sets.


(Quercetti Super Marble Run)

Imaginarium

This company is well known for creating education toys, but reviews suggest that Imaginarium's marble run doesn't live up to their usual standards. The run is difficult to assemble, and once built, isn't sturdy for long-lasting play. They do, however, offer colorful, eye-catching pieces that are sure to get kids excited to play.


(Imaginarium Deluxe Marble Race)

Mega Fun / Mindware / Toysmith 

Each of these companies makes several different marble run toys, but have mixed reviews regarding the quality of product. Mega Fun and Toysmith get the worst reviews in terms of flimsy structure and quality, while Mindware is a more solid option. Toysmith and Mindware marble runs don't have see-through pieces, whereas Mega Fun offers a mixture of both. Be sure to research and read reviews for pros and cons of each one before purchasing.


(Toysmith 80-Piece Marble Run)

Edushape

Edushape has a number of different marble run products. Many of their designs are bright and colorful. Unfortunately, many of their sets get mixed reviews due to the pieces not staying together very well and the bases not being solid enough.


(Edushape Marbulous Marble Run)

Discovery Toys

The Discovery Toys Marble Run was one of the originals and still receives a good response. The pieces are easy to assemble for older kids, but can be challenging for young kids. It's an entertaining set because of additional add-ons, but unfortunately these products have failed to innovate over the years, so the colors and some of the pieces are a bit outdated.


(Marbleworks Starter Set by Discovery Toys)

Marble Genius

Here at Marble Genius, we've gone to tremendous lengths to build high-quality marble runs that are stable and durable. We've researched every product on the market, noting its strengths and seeking to improve on its weaknesses.

Our designs are bright and colorful and feature a number of exciting action pieces. From the very simple to the very complex, Marble Genius has a marble run for every age group that's both challenging and engaging. Our pieces stick together well, but they can come apart easily when built by younger kids. We also provide a higher number of large bases to support the tallest of marble runs.


(Marble Genius Super Set)

DO PLENTY OF RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING YOUR MARBLE RUN.

Before you purchase any marble run, we highly encourage you to do your own research on each of these products so you can come to your own conclusion. Don’t get sucked in by pictures alone, but make sure you pay attention to all of the quality aspects mentioned above. For more specific buying tips, check out these articles on purchasing a fun and sturdy marble run.

Happy shopping!

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