Marble Run + Art Easel

Ages 3+

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$119.95

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Description

Get creative with this convertible kid-sized easel — with two ways to play! Explore engineering with a marble run gameboard, complete with 35 track pieces and spinners to build all sorts of marble-ous machines. Then turn your gameboard into an artist's studio with a reversible chalkboard / whiteboard panel and built-in paint cups and art tray to help your imagination soar.

As seen on: Romper

Delivery note: This item will ship separately from any other items in your order. Your entire order only qualifies for Standard Shipping (delivered within 3-10 business days).

Marble Run comes as a finished product, not a DIY building kit.

Activities:

  • Use the marble run pieces to design and test different paths for your marbles to follow
  • Complete different marble run challenges — like testing probability
  • Use the artist's studio to make amazing art that's uniquely you

Explore:

  • Engineering
  • Creativity
  • Problem-Solving

Using charter school funds?

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    Jess, Jun 18, 2020

    Great item

    I had been looking for a marble run so when I saw this I was really excited. It was easy to put together, all the items are good quality and it looks very cute once set up. The marble run and easel work perfectly. The reasons I gave 4 stars instead of 5 are the pegs on the canvas totes are a little short so it's hard to get them to stay in the peg wall. Also I found that white board markers do not wipe off of the wood surrounding the white board (white board works great though), so it gets very marked up very quickly. For the price I wish these two issues were addressed but over all I'm still happy with our purchase.

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    Sawdust is man glitter, Jun 2, 2020

    This is a GREAT idea with poor QC and a bit of frustration

    First off, our kids LOVE this thing. It is clever and useful for these days were we are all homeschooling BUT QC is poor and if you lack the proper tools, this could be a nightmare.

    There were several issues so I'll explain them and the fix in order that I believe are most critical:

    1. Not all of the holes were completely drilled out, including 2 that had metal thread inserts and are a critical as well as structural component (if this you don't fully tighten these pieces it can easily collapse on an unsuspecting wee one). I had to remove the threaded inserts, drill press the holes and install new threaded inserts. While I was at it, also installed a fail-safe catch system to keep it from completely collapsing when one of my kids undoubtedly tested the colored fancy knob sticking out.

    2. This issue can and will be frustrating to parents and kids alike: The top and bottom of the peg boards do not fit flush. What this means to you is that it is quite difficult to continue the marble run from top to bottom as they are not coplanar. Its a design flaw that requires reworking. The top peg board ships with many more screws installed keeping the pegboard flush but the bottom is held by considerably less. It required lots of trial and error testing and more holes drilled and screws and finally required a support between the two parts which was quite a bit more work.

    3. The two catch mechanisms that hold this at the proper angle and keep it from collapsing where bent and not very firm. Adding square block to the end of the peg keeps it properly latched

    4. Not all of the easel/run was completely sanded or finished and if there is a splinter to be found, our rugrats will find it so I had to sand the whole thing down and spray acrylic finish over it.

    Again, my kids love this thing and I think it is a good idea but it definitely needs some additional engineering and better QC. All in, fixing this thing did cost a good deal of time, additional money but my kids love it so I went ahead and made some stellar modifications that will keep this thing relevant for some years to come.

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    Ashleigh, Mar 25, 2020

    Love it!

    We will get a lot of use out of this! I have an almost-7-year-old, a 5-year-old, and an 8 month old. We have to keep a VERY close eye on the marbles and the kids have lost one under the oven already. For now they are safe in the paint cups that come with it. There is some assembly involved, but directions are easy and the packaging is very clever—just make sure you open it in a room with adequate space. The whole thing is just so clever! The boxes at the bottom NEVER stay on because the little dowels that hold them in are too short AND they fall off and pose another choking hazard. I haven’t looked through the booklet with the kids yet, but I flipped through it and thought it was neat. It talks about the designer and the challenges she had and why she made the decisions they made. I think it’s neat for the kids to put a face to a product and realize HOW STUFF GETS MADE! Got some chalk for the chalkboard and the kids practice spelling. I thought the kids would spend more time playing with the marble run and I’m sure they will. Haven’t even given them the challenges yet, but their aversion may understandably have to do with me threatening their lives if they let the sister get a hold of a marble. Just a guess.

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