Engineer Your Own Marble Racing Game

Engineer Your Own Marble Racing Game with Lynn Lilly

Engineer Your Own Marble Racing Game
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For today’s virtual learning break, we’re engineering a DIY marble racing game. This exercise is a great way to let the kids have some fun outside of the traditional classroom environment.

At the same time, it will help reinforce important core subjects surrounding science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Prepare the kids for their academic journey with this DIY activity! Decorate a cardboard box with your favorite colors, put together tubes and ramps, and then grab a stopwatch to time how long it takes your marble to race down.  Find us on social media @GreatWolfLodge and tag #pawsnplay to show us your progress!


  • Cardboard Box
  • Scissors
  • Decorative Tape
  • Marbles
  • Liquid Glue
  • Pencil
  • Box Cutter
  • Two Craft Rolls

Time to Craft: 45 minutes

diy marble racing game materials

Step 1: Carefully cut the cardboard box in half and remove the top. This is an adult job.

cut cardboard box in half

Step 2:  Tape over the rough edges of the cardboard box with decorative tape.

tape edges of cardboard box with red tape

Step 3: Add additional tape on the side of the box for decoration.

line bottom of cardboard box with red tape

Step 4: Cut the craft rolls into pieces. Set aside.

attach craft roll to cardboard box

Step 5: At the top of the cardboard box, trace and cut a circular hole the same size as the roll. Slide the craft roll into the hole.

Engineer Your Own Marble Racing Game

Step 6: Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the cardboard box. Leaving enough room for it fit against the cardboard roll.

create ramp out of sheet of cardboard

Step 7: Bend the end of the sheet of cardboard, apply glue, and tilt slightly inside of the box to make a ramp.

Engineer Your Own Marble Racing Game

Step 8: Apply glue to a craft roll and place vertically on the edge of the cardboard wall so it lines up with the ramp.

glue craft roll onto cardboard ramp

Step 9: Cut another piece of cardboard to create a second ramp for your marble.

create second ramp and attach to cardboard box

Step 10: Cut a narrow and long piece of cardboard and cover with decorative tape.

cut narrow piece of cardboard and cover with orange tape

Step 11: Apply glue and place this piece of cardboard on the ramp to use as a guard rail for the marble.

 glue cardboard on the ramp and use as a guard rail for the marble

Step 12: Drop the marble down the first craft roll and watch your marble fall down the tubes and ramps!

finished cardboard marble racing game

We hope you had a blast making your very own marble game. Visit us again soon for more ideas on how to have fun at home with the family during your eLearning recess break. If you’re curious about visiting Great Wolf Lodge, be sure to read our Paw Pledge. We’re committed to keeping your family safe while you play!


Created by / @craftboxgirls


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