Marble Game

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In this activity, learners construct a simple game to test their hand-eye coordination and steadiness of hand. Learners draw face in a small piece of wood, drill indentations in the eyes and nose, and glue a clear cup over the face, with 3 marbles inside. Learners attach two craft sticks to create a handle and add decorations. To play, they slowly move the game board around until all marbles land in a hole. This toy can also be used to demonstrate how objects in nature tend to seek the position of lowest energy. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 Baseboard, 4" x 5"
  • 1 Cup, shallow and clear
  • 3 Marbles
  • 2 Craft sticks
  • Drill bit, a bit smaller than marbles
  • Marker and decorations
  • Hot glue gun with glue


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, 2011

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