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We found this novel idea for a marble run from ‘Serving Pink Lemonade Blogspot’.

Take one of those foam noodles the children use in the swimming pool. Make sure it has a hole down the middle.

We cut our noodle in halves down the middle with a bread knife …

right down through the entire thing.

The children put the two halves side by side and had marble races. It was interesting for them to figure out that you could make your marble go faster by lifting it up at the end before letting your marble whizz down the noodle.

Then they joined them into one long run, all by themselves, with sticky tape  …

and had a ball zooming the marbles down as fast as they could.

If you want to join the tracks together side by side, simply use some toothpicks …

to hold them in place.

You can also use the same technique (instead of sticky tape) …

to make the track twice as long!


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18 Responses to “noodle marble run”


  1. forgot about this activity. so fun! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    ::: You’re welcome Activity Mom. :) :)


  2. This looks similar to my picture frame padding – when you transport pictures, you can buy the same foam pre-cut to push onto the edges of the picture.

    It winds around trees and other awkward shaped objects and works well with children who lack spacial awareness and find guttering a bit much.

    ::: What a great idea Juliet! … It’s nice to know we can put all of those awful packaging materials to some good. :) :)

  3. avatar bianca says:

    Over at Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone, the foam noodles have been cut into blocks and used for printing and construction. They look fantastic.

    ::: We LOVE Maria’s page Bianca! Thanks for sharing this info. We’ll be sure to pop on over and take a look. :) :)

  4. avatar Scott says:

    I was by earlier and read this but didn’t comment. All I can say is “Genius!”

    ::: I here I was thinking you hadn’t stopped by today! Thanks so much for popping back Scott! ;) :)


  5. Holy smokes, thats fabulous! Love it! I will definitely be seeking some of those noodles out, now. I can see some marble fun in the kiddie pool this summer, in fact (though marbles in the grass could be a problem, ha!).

    ::: Hmmm … We agree, marbles on the grass could be a problem Kristen … Marbles in the pool however sounds like fun! :) :)

  6. avatar Gianne says:

    Must say that I love everything you do! Wanted to also stop by and tell you my girls loved that little absorbtion
    experiment of sorts. Super fun! We took pics too… http://www.cowsgomooandducksgoquack.blogspot.com We gave you credit of course!!

    Thanks so much for all the ideas and inspiration again!
    Gianne

    ::: Thanks Gianne! That is a very cool experiment … so glad your girls enjoyed it. :) :)

  7. avatar Elise says:

    Who knew that the noodle could be so versatile?!? My children would really enjoy this as a racing track.

    ::: How about that Elise, although you need to be sure you get a hollow noodle … most of them tend to be solid! :) :)


  8. What a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for once again supporting We Play :D

    ::: It’s our pleasure Christie! :) :)


  9. You guys always have such great ideas that are SO SIMPLE it boggles my mind why I can’t think of them! :) And what I love even more is that they’re ABOUT PLAY!

    I wish we had some of those noodles laying around…
    Jamie

    ::: Thanks Jamie we really appreciate your support. :) :)

  10. avatar jenny says:

    This is soooo cool. And I’m loving the new look blog complete with moving pictures :)

    ::: Thanks Jenny, it is cool fun we agree! As for the ‘new look’ … it’s still a work in progress but thanks. :) :)

  11. avatar Kerri says:

    Looks like lots of fun!

    Thanks for sharing!

    ::: You’re welcome Kerri! :) :)

  12. avatar Tracy says:

    Fantastic! I have unused pool noodles, I thought. But alas… no holes!

    ::: Never mind Tracey that foam is so easy to cut perhaps you could make some tracks using a stanley knife? :) :)

  13. avatar bubble936 says:

    very unique idea…love it

    ::: Thanks bubble936. :) :)

  14. avatar Louise says:

    Another goal – to find some noodles – maybe a cheap shop? Thanks girls (And I also love the new look) :)

    ::: Louise we did get ours from a $2 shop but remember – if you can’t see the hole down the middle it won’t be hollow inside. The new look BTW is a work in progress. We figured it was time to mix things up a bit! :) :)


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  16. avatar Julie says:

    I used this for interactive science lessons with school aged kids at work.

    You can buy 1/2 in pipe insulation at Lowes for even cheaper than the noodles. There is definitely a whole in that and, bonus, it’s also slit down one side already, so you can just slide the knife down the length to get a straight cut on the other side, too!

    ::: Sounds perfect Julie! :) :)

  17. avatar Jane says:

    Thanks. 2 and 4 year old had lots of fun with this on a rainy sunday afternoon. Lots of fun and lots of science! Enjoyed racing each other as well as experimenting with different sized marbles.

    ::: That’s so good to hear Jane. Our children are still having fun with it also! :) :)


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