Here’s an easy way to build a marble run – with pegboard, pipe insulation, and zip ties!

My older boys really enjoyed the engineering challenge of our magnetic marble run, but this marble run was a better speed for our three year old (who is more likely to bump the pieces on the magnetic run, etc.).  Just be sure that any children using marbles can be trusted not to put them in their mouths.

Simple Pegboard Marble Run

We put a plastic container at the bottom to catch the marbles.  Half of an empty water bottle made a perfect addition to the marble run.  The marbles spin around in the bottle before dropping through the opening!

Simple Pegboard Marble Run

To make this marble run, you will need:

  • Foam pipe insulation – ours measures 1 inch (inside diameter) and 2 inches (outside diameter).  For younger kids, use a larger size of insulation and a larger ball instead of a marble.  Pool noodles would also work for this.
  • Zip ties
  • Pegboard
  • Empty water bottle
  • Rubber bands
  • Twist ties
  • Scissors

I used scissors to cut the foam insulation to the right lengths and also to trim off the top so that you can see the marble rolling down.

Simple Pegboard Marble Run

Zip ties did not work to attach the water bottle to the pegboard, so I used long rubber bands.  I tied the ends of the rubber bands together with twist ties, as seen below:

Simple Pegboard Marble Run

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