Wooden marble run toys are possibly the best educational fun ever. Working out how to get your marbles to go where you want encourages problem-solving skills, spatial thinking and introduces concepts from structural engineering and even coding! Plus these are toys that grow with your child and that the whole family will want to play with. You just can't keep the adults away! At 3 or 4 years old, kids will need help setting up the marble games but by the time they are about 6 they should be able to work out their own marbleruns independently. Even early teens will still get a lot of fun out of setting up a good marble run. We stock both Haba and Quadrilla marble runs. We think both are great but they offer slightly different experiences.
Perfect for budding engineers and builders, this Haba Marble run will provide hours of fun for any child aged 3 or 4 and over. Made in Germany from solid beech to Haba's incredibly high quality standards, this marble toy makes a Christmas present to remember for any child and helps build spatial awareness.
Quadrilla Marble Runs - Xcellerator E6007A
Spirals, curves, straightaways, accelerators, and a seesaw combine to make Quadrilla's Xcellerator the pinnacle of speedy marble run construction sets. Quadrilla's Xcellerator will make any mopey marble put the pedal to the medal with it's velocity-increasing design. Quadrilla's Xcellerator can be combined seamlessly with Quadrilla's other marble run sets. All Quadrilla marble run sets are crafted with high quality birch and rubber wood for long-lasting marble racing fun!
If you've taken a look at the runs we sell and still aren't quite sure which brand is right for you, here are some points that might help you decide.
Both brands are designed in Germany, use environmentally friendly, non-toxic, solvent free, water based stains and are made from replenishable beech and rubber wood so whichever you choose, you know you are making a safe choice.
Your set is going to get years of use. It's going to get bashed and reimagined into mousetraps and opted in to all sorts of other building adventures.
And unlike most of the plastic versions wooden marble run manufacturers specifically design and engineer them to encourage all the STEM skills. For example, the different coloured blocks in the Quadrilla range all have different functions which you have to work out.
But it's also simple to get started - both Haba and Quadrilla include full sets of easy to follow, step-by-step colour instructions which avoid any initial frustrations - not always so with those cheap plastic sets.