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D.I.Y Marble Run

With people stockpiling crazy amounts of toilet paper, I thought it a great time to share our toilet roll tube, marble run project. This project came about after my eldest received a marble run, and my toddler could not play with it as he puts everything in his mouth, and marbles make me nervous anyway.

This simple activity was free to make and my kids loved trying to tweak the angles to get the ball in the box. For a recyclable, easy activity, it gave my kids hours of fun.

What you will need:

  • Toilet rolls (We used 5)
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Lightweight ball
  • Piece of paper (this is to make a ball for younger children to use)
  • Container to catch the ball (we used a tissue box)


  • Cut the toilet rolls into halves length-ways.
  • Scrunch a piece of paper tightly into a compact ball shape. Use sticky tape to bind the ball of paper.
  • To make the run, you need to stick the halves at a slight downward angle on a surface such as door. The amount of halves you link up, makes for a slower or faster run.
  • The next set of halves should be positioned just below to catch the ball and continue it downward. You can switch direction as I have done (see picture). The design of your marble run is up to you and the amount of surface space you have to work with. It may take a few attempts to get the angles right, but that’s part of the fun.
  • Continue your run down until you want it to end. At the end, place a small tub or box to catch the ball.


Don’t forget to recycle your run when you are done with it.


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