At play with marbles and tubes

What can you do with a bag of marbles and a whole bunch of left over wrapping paper tubes? Our prekindergarten kids figured out something fun to do and all we needed to add to the mix was a roll of tape…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

You may be wondering where all the tubes came from. I actually collected them right after Christmas time from our local recycle drop off site. I get lots of snazzy classroom materials from that site like boxes and shoe box lids and this time I made sure to drop by a couple of days after Christmas and see if there just might be any paper tubes and there were bunches…

Tubes and Marbles by Teach Preschool

My prekindergarten class found the tubes set out on a table along with a roll of clear packing tape. We used the tape to connect the tubes together to create longer tubes…

Tubes and Marbles by Teach Preschool

I assisted the children in helping them tape the tubes together so they wouldn’t fall apart quite so quickly and once we had a long row of tubes put together we started on a new row…

Tubes and Marbles by Teach Preschool

The connected tubes stretched from one end of our classroom to the other end going up and over tables and chairs…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

The children learned through trial and error that they had to position chairs strategically under the tubes in order for their marbles to roll from one end of the tube down to the other end of the tube…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

The children worked in teams with some of the children at one end of the tubes dropping in marbles and other children at the opposite end of the tubes catching marbles in a cup.  We started out without cups and marbles went shooting all over the floor so we learned that it was much better to catch them in a cup and they came out fast!..

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

The children took turns dropping and catching marbles…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

After spending time exploring the marbles and tubes, the children also discovered that they could talk in one end of the tubes and listen in the other end…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

But there was usually more talking than listening going on…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

A wonderful morning of engineering and designing and collaboration and cooperation going on…

Marbles and Tubes by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-01-24T00:45:08+00:00January 24th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Karen Harrington January 24, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    We love tubes too!
    I’m going to be adding marbles now! THANKS!

  2. Heidi Butkus January 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    There seems to be no end to your creativity! I love this! It’s wonderful for science as well as language development, too.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Heidi Butkus

  3. Sarah @ How Wee Learn January 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Such a meaningful activity! What a wonderful idea Deborah!

  4. [email protected] January 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    What fun!!!!! I love marbles now I just need to collect a bunch of cardboard tubes. Usually when we get one it gets used right away for some type of project.

  5. Rhythm January 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Now that looks like loads of fun!!

  6. Lauren February 24, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    That looks like a lot of fun! I couldn’t help, but notice the cups with pictures of the children on them. What do you use them for?

  7. Laurence May 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Nous sommes une famille vivant en France, on fait IEF (instruction en famille) c’est à dire que mes enfants ne vont pas à l’école mais nous profitons de la vie, et nous prenons des idées de votre site qui est vraiment très bien.
    Si vous voulez nous pouvons correspondre et vous faire découvrir notre pays, notre région, notre département.
    Voilà, je vous souhaite bonne continuation avec vos loulous.
    Cordialement Laurence.

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