Marble Run Mechanics

A Kindergarten-Second Grade Exploration Activity

Marble run mechanics can be introduced in several ways but I believe the best way is to just let the kids play for as long as it holds their attention. As they are creating various marble runs, move from group to group and provide challenges for them to create more complex designs. The most engaging is “the bounce.”

When the activity is over, have them draw their favorite marble run and use new vocabulary to explain the drawing.

Academic vocabulary: motion, movement, energy, momentum

Supplies: toilet paper roll, marble, blocks or other items for design.

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