A few weeks ago I got out a large basket of “pop toobs” and a small container of marbles. The children started making intricate connections of tubes and circles to put the marbles in and out and through. It didn’t take long before the long connections of pop tubes were taken up to the tippy top of the loft. They soon started sending marbles from the top of the loft down the carpet area.
I got out a large roll of blue tape and the kids would tell me where to tape up the tubes and we had them winding all around the loft. At the end of the morning there would be large piles of marbles underneath the tubes on the floor.
This past week some of the children started to add the ramps and tubes to make different endings for the marbles as they came out! I observed them adding parts, testing them out, taking out tubes, and attempting to make the marble go farther and farther.
To encourage this idea of different ramps and motion I pulled out our Hape Quadrilla marble run. We learned about all of the pieces and set it up to watch the marbles in motion. These marble runs are quite tricky and got knocked down easily, but this taught us a lot about patience and building it back up after it had fallen down!
This is a video of the ramp in motion! So much going on in the video from sharing, taking turns, negotiating marbles, in addition to all of the math and science concepts from the marble run itself
Then their ramps got even more advanced. They asked me to move the tubes so they could go down the ramp off of the book shelf. Here is B, M and H each sending down marbles to inspect where they are landing.
T wanted to make a barrier for the marbles, and created this little half of a square to keep the marbles in after the rolled down the ramps.
I can’t wait to see what marble creations are next!