Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Marble Coaster

Hubby had Monday off due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac (it hadn't yet turned into a hurricane). Luckily, Isaac passed us by; but with on-again-off-again rain showers, we were stuck inside most of the  day.

Hubby and Bubba spent the afternoon constructing a marble coaster. 

Really, Hubs did most of the constructing, and Bubba took a lot of breaks to play with his trains. 

Either way, Bubba LOVED the finished product. Three days later, he is still obsessed with the coaster. 

I found the idea in the September issue of Family Fun magazine. I tried to find a link to it on their website, but haven't had any luck with my searches. 

So, (straight from the magazine) this is what you'll need to make own of your own:

Heavy-duty paper plates
Cardboard tubes
Glue dots or Hot glue

For the track, trim the curved outer edge from several heavy-duty paper plates. Cut sections of various lengths, then overlap and tape the ends together to form one long twisting route. 

For the supports, trim cardboard tubes into graduated lengths, beginning with a half-inch tall and adding a half-inch to each subsequent support. Starting at the low end, secure the track to the supports {we used hot glue; the magazine suggested using glue dots to allow your child to reposition the supports if needed}.

Also, I don't know if it was because of the type of plates we used, but the boys had to add those flaps on the edge to keep the marbles from falling off. 


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