This Marble Tubes game is made of recycled toilet paper tubes and it is fun to both craft and play for kids of all ages. This fun kids craft works well at home with kids of different ages helping or in the classroom. It uses things you already have on hand.

Marble Tube 2 toilet paper tube craft

Toilet Paper Tube Crafts for Kids

There are so many different crafts you can make from  recycled toilet paper tubes, and if you have younger kids not old enough to make this craft, I know you’ll love this Baby Play Station.

I love to create crafts with things I have around the house and recycled materials.

What I love about this craft is that the kids also have an activity to do once it is all complete. It becomes a game they can enjoy over and over.

Plus, I love the idea of introducing kids to vintage toys. All these new toys are great, but there is something so great about this small glass ball! Everyone loves a bag of marbles.

Related: Check out this inertia and spinning marbles activity!

Marble Game Made from Toilet Paper Rolls

If you don’t have and don’t want to buy foam letters, don’t worry. Markers, stickers and crayons are another alternative. This is a great game for kids to work on addition as they keep score based on where the marbles land.

All the things we used could be substituted for things you already have.

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Supplies NeededTo Make This Marble Game

  • Toilet Paper Rolls, Craft Rolls or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Lid to a Box
  • Colored Paper
  • White Glue
  • (optional) Double Stick Tape
  • Foam Letters, Numbers and Decorations
  • Marbles

Instructions for making the Marble Tubes Game

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Step 1

Cut a strip out of your toilet paper tubes about 1 1/2 inches side. I needed 6 tubes to fit the length of my lid, but sizes may vary.

Step 2

Place your cut tubes in the lid of a box and mark cutting lines for both length and height.

Step 3

Cut lid to size.

Step 4

Glue toilet paper tubes into the lid of the box, keeping the cut portion facing up and the glued portion touching the lid.

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Step 5

Trace around a bowl to create the “Marble Tubes” sign for your craft. Cut this out and then cut it in half, leaving you with a half-circle.

Step 6

Let the kids choose from a  variety of foam stickers. They will decorate the lid with these stickers and also need letters to spell out the word “Marble Maze.” They will also want numbers to represent the score of each tube. If you don’t have foam stickers, they can always use regular stickers or markers to create their designs.

Step 7

Have the kids stick their “Marble Maze” stickers onto the half circle paper. Once done, fold the bottom of the half circle up about an inch. This will become the tab to glue it to the lid. Glue it to the front edge of the lid.

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Step 8

Let the kids decorate the box with stickers or coloring utensils.

Step 9

Cut out circles for the tops of each of the tubes. These will represent the score a child receives for rolling a marble in that tube.

Step 10

Put score numbers on each of these circles. You can use whatever numbers you want. These become great for kids who are learning to add as well. You could put multiples of tens or fives for kids learning to skip count. You could do bigger numbers for older or more advanced children.

Step 11

Adhere the circles with the score numbers to the front of the game and the top of each tube using white glue or double stick tape.

Step 12

It is time to enjoy the game. Kids take turns with an equal number of marbles. Keep score for a designated amount of rounds and see who comes out the winner. Some of this is luck, so little kids will be able to compete against the older ones.

It’s time to start creating with your kids. Remember to use their math skills as you keep score.

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Our Experience With These Marble Games

This is such a fun game a great reason to introduce your kids to marbles. Whether it’s a new marble or old, this puts a fun twist on classic marble games.

My kids had to practice patience while the next player had to wait their turn. They had to learn math during the game play to count up their points (with a little help). Classic marbles are fun, but sometimes a new game can be so much fun.

Plus you can even make up your own rules to keep things from getting too heated. My kids are competitive sometimes.

You can also use it have a fun marble race with your own marbles. There are so many fun ways to have so much fun with this simple game. I think educational games are best when the kids don’t realize they’re learning. From the youngest player, to the oldest player, to the worst, or best player, everyone will love this game!

Oh! I forgot to mention, since there are so many different ways for younger children and older children to play this game…that means lots of fine motor skills practice!

Make A Marble Game Using Cardboard Tubes

Image shows a DIY marble race craft made with toilet paper rolls and paper. Marbles are on the floor.

Make this marble game using cardboard tubes, paper, a box, glue, and scissors. It's so easy to make and even more fun to play with!

Materials

  • Toilet Paper Rolls, Craft Rolls or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Lid to a Box
  • Colored Paper
  • White Glue
  • (optional) Double Stick Tape
  • Foam Letters, Numbers and Decorations
  • Marbles

Instructions

  1. Cut a strip out of your toilet paper tubes about 1 1/2 inches side.
  2. Place your cut tubes in the lid of a box and mark cutting lines for both length and height.
  3. Cut lid to size.
  4. Glue toilet paper tubes into the lid of the box, keeping the cut portion facing up and the glued portion touching the lid.
  5. Trace around a bowl to create the “Marble Tubes” sign for your craft.
  6. Cut this out and then cut it in half, leaving you with a half-circle.
  7. Let the kids choose from a  variety of foam stickers. They will decorate the lid with these stickers and also need letters to spell out the word “Marble Maze.”
  8. Have the kids stick their “Marble Maze” stickers onto the half circle paper. 
  9. Once done, fold the bottom of the half circle up about an inch.
  10. Let the kids decorate the box with stickers or coloring utensils.
  11. Cut out circles for the tops of each of the tubes.
  12. Put score numbers on each of these circles. You can use whatever numbers you want.
  13. Adhere the circles with the score numbers to the front of the game and the top of each tube using white glue or double stick tape.
  14. It is time to enjoy the game.

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How did your marble game craft turn out? Was the game a big competition at your house?



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