Marble Run + Art Easel
What you get
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.
Dimensions: 21 inches (L) x 25 inches (W) x 38 inches (H)
the Crate Challenge
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“The soft, rubbery track pieces are perfect for little hands to press into place. Then it's on to marble run fun!”- The KiwiCo Product Design team
By the numbers
Track piece design iterations: 12
3D printed parts: 64
Materials tested: 7 (solid wood, plywood, plastic, rubber, felt, canvas & even metal!)
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.
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.
Easy to set up. My Grandson is autistic and plays on it for hours. it helps with a lot of his skills that he needs to practice on. he gets so excited when he gets it set up and runs the marbles down the path.