Get creative with marble-rolling fun with this National Geographic marble run kit from Blue Marble! | Source: Blue Marble/the Toy Insider

Who said physics can’t be fun?!

The National Geographic 100-Piece Makeway Magnetic Marble Run from Blue Marble challenges kids to get creative as they build up their vertical-mount marble run. They can use the 33 magnetic connectors, 34 track pieces, and 11 trick pieces to construct a Rube Goldberg-style marble run on any magnetic surface. Kids can start with the instruction guide, which lays out all of the pieces, as well as track-building puzzles and challenges to help kids kick off the fun.

The real shining star factor of this kit is that it’s magnetic, meaning that kids can build vertically. While it comes with a magnetic board and suction cups, the pieces also stick to any magnetic surface, so kids can build anywhere that it’ll magnetize. Plus, unlike those letter and number magnets typically found on your fridge, this can be packed away after kids are done playing, so it doesn’t have to live in your kitchen forever.

National Geographic – Makeway Marble Run – 45sec from Blue Marble Inc on Vimeo

In addition to building a fun track and racing the included 20 marbles down their creation, kids will get the added benefit of learning while they play. Like most construction sets, this one helps kids get familiar with basic engineering skills. With this Rube Goldberg-style run, kids can also practice skills in cause-and-effect and trial-and-error, sparking their curiosity and encouraging them to experiment. This definitely is not a build-it-once-and-never-again toy — kids can try out something new every time they put it together. 

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Once kids are done playing, they can pack everything up into the included storage bag, which also is a great carry bag to take on the go. With all the pieces, build time, and marble run fun in store, this is a great activity for multiple kids, so pack it up and take it with you to sleepovers or playdates. 

Whether you’re looking for a toy to beat the wintry cabin fever or looking to add a little more STEM play into the mix, get ready to roll with this super-fun, versatile, marble-run-building kit from Blue Marble!

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Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of industry experience, Ali is a trusted source for parents, gift-givers, manufacturers, retailers, and more on the latest trends and hottest products. Whether you’re shopping for the best toys for kids — or looking for the latest in geek culture and entertainment for yourself — Ali’s expertise has you covered. When she’s not building LEGO sets or unwinding with a puzzle, Ali is obsessing over the latest season of The Bachelor, scrolling through Gritty’s Twitter, or rewatching The West Wing (for the 100th time). She is also a self-proclaimed expert on the history and lore of the entire Bachelor franchise. Ali has been featured on TODAY, The Wendy Williams Show, Fox & Friends, HLN, The Weather Channel, ABC World News Now, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @hashtagtrendy.