I saw this activity on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to work on Trevor’s fine motor skills.
What You Need:
- Pool Noodle (another great steal from the Dollar Tree)
- Duct Tape
- Serrated Knife
- Bin or Bucket
How to Make it:
- Because Trevor is only 33 months old I first cut about 1/3 or so of the pool noodle off to make the marble run a little more his size. You could skip this step if your child is older.
- With the remaining 2/3 I cut the pool noodle in half, lengthwise, using the serrated knife.
- When your two halves have been cut out, put them side by side with the curved edge facing up and tape them together using the duct tape.
- Your marble run is now ready to use! Find a spot a few feet off the ground to angle the pool noodle and put the bottom into your bucket/box/bin (we did this activity at our ottoman and at Trevor’s toy box).
- Drop the marbles down the grooves in your pool noodle marble run. You can even set up a race since there are 2 “tracks”.
Getting the marbles into the tracks the inside of the pool noodle makes is a great way to encourage your little one to use their pincer grasp. Trevor has a great pincer grasp when using his left hand, but struggles with his right. He usually uses more of a whole hand grasp, but this activity forces the child to be more precise. Plus, it’s fun!
All set up and ready to go:
Dropping marbles down the track:
Look at that great pincer grasp: