The Engineer loves marbles. He has 4 different marble tracks in his room, and loves to build different configurations and combine them despite non-compatible tracks. The Destroyer still thinks marbles are for eating so the marbles stay upstairs.
After a field trip that involved a visit to an old-fashioned country store (“mommy! they have marbles here!”) the Engineer wanted to know how marbles are made. Since I’m sneaky mommy I tucked in a few other things in there. The full title of this project should be something like “How marbles are made, what is glass, the history of marbles, engineering a marble maze, and learning skip counting.” Too long!
We watched a Discovery Channel video that showed a modern marble factory and a glass artist hand-making marbles. The Engineer was fascinated!
Making a marble maze: all you need is a box lid or cut down box, straws, double-sided tape, and a marble (or 20.) The Engineer decided where he wanted things to go and I helped put tape on the straws. We used leftover pieces of cardboard to make tunnels for the marbles to go through.
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