Build a Marble Run with Craft Sticks

This marble run is easy to make from just an old cardboard box, a few popsicle sticks and some marbles. This is a great project for repurposing cereal boxes or you could use any cardboard box that you may have on hand.


  • Cardboard box
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue gun

It may seem like a poor idea to give a student a glue gun, but a low temp gun can be just fine with proper supervision!

Building a marble maze is such a constructive way to spend an afternoon, plus it’s great for hand-eye coordination.  We also discovered that the marbles make a really cool sound when they hit the craft sticks.  The sound inspired us to make another marble project…

For this one, I used the bottom of a shoe box to create a back-and-forth marble run.

We cut a hole in the top of the box to drop the marble into:

Kids of all ages will enjoy this one!  It’s so relaxing and the sound is just so cool.

Another marble run option: