Marble Timer

Ages 5-8

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Construct a marble-powered mechanism that helps keep time! Experiment with your timer and design new paths to help the marbles run faster, slower, and everything in between. Then use your mechanism to time yourself while creating colorful dip-dye wood art.

Everything needed, from materials to illustrated directions, is included, along with explore!, a bonus play & learn magazine with extra projects and activities!


  • Build a timer run using marbles
  • Experiment with the timer run
  • Use the marble timer to keep time while making dip-dye art


  • Mechanics & Building
  • Time
  • Dip-Dye Wood Art

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    Andrew, May 28, 2019

    Applicable science concepts

    Loved that the marble activity introduced my son to Newton's law of motion and made him think. This is something that sparked his imagination and had easy to follow instructions so I didn't have to step in too often.

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    Mona, May 19, 2019

    Both science and art

    We really enjoyed the engineering aspect of creating different marble runs to time different things. It took a little bit of work to make the joint work correctly, but once we did my child played with it for hours! The timer is still sitting on our counter to show off to visitors.

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    Mary Anne, Feb 1, 2019

    Fun and engaging

    My grandson loved being able to build the marble timer himself and then had lots of fun watching the marbles run their course. He then experimented with changing the shelves. A great experiment for him! He also enjoyed dyeing the ornaments and wanted me to make them into a necklace so he could always show them off!

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