This is actually a science project I did when I was in school but I remembered it being so fun, I introduced it to my kids one very wet weekend. They had a ton of fun rearranging the path for the marble to run down. It’s great for them to learn about scientific discovery this way – sometimes one way doesn’t work, so you have to problem solve and think of another way to solve the problem of getting the marble into the box.


Material

  • 6 empty toilet rolls
  • 1 small box (not seen in the picture)
  • 1 marble
  • sticky tape

Method

  1. Clean the toilet rolls from any scraps of paper left on them.
  2. Cut strips of sticky tape and double side them. Stick them to one side of the toilet roll, then stick the toilet roll to the door. Do this for all the toilet rolls.
  3. Have your child figure out a path for the marble to run down and place the box on the ground where they think it will land.
  4. Once the path has been arranged on the door, have your child place the marble in the topmost toilet roll and see where it runs to. If it lands in the box - fab, see if they can make another path. If not, have them rearrange the toilet rolls until the marble runs true.

Notes... If you have small children, substitute the marble for a pom pom. It falls slightly slower and doesn't run so away if it misses the box. Plus, if you have wooden floors, it is much less noisy!

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    • 13 Jun 2016
      4:48 pm

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  • What a great idea to keep the kids amused.

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  • Thank you for sharing.We love toilet roll activities.

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  • Fantastic. Such a great idea, and a good use of used toilet rolls!!

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  • Such a great activity with hours of fun

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  • That is such a great idea, I always keep the cardboard rolls and they just accumulate in the craft box thanks for a great idea

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  • Looks like good fun, thank you.

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  • We do always a lot of toilet roll crafts :)

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  • Might do this around the pole of our decking this weekend if it’s dry

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  • Great idea. We might try with a bouncy ball too

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  • A ping pong ball is another good idea, less noise then a marble and easier to find.

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  • Great idea and using the pom pom is a good idea.

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  • What a great rainy day activity, and cost next to nothing, just have to save up the toilet rolls.

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  • We literally just handed over a bag of *dozens* of toilet rolls to my 5yo’s kindy this morning! Now I almost wish I hadn’t, lol!

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  • This is very clever!

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  • Great idea to substitute a marble for a pompom, was wondering how to make it baby safe!

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