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Roll That Marble!

Age Range
3-9 yrs
Setup Time
5-10 minutes!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Concept development and sensory awareness begin in infancy and continue to develop throughout a child's life. They are intertwined in every part of one's life, whether as a preschooler learning left from right, as a child learning Braille, or as a teenager learning to use cardinal directions. When these skills are continuously reinforced in all aspects of a child's life, and throughout daily routines, the child will ultimately gain greater independence.

Humans are tool users, and young humans manipulate objects. With their perfectly polished, round orbs, marbles encourage the development of small motor skills and digital finesse. Watching children play marbles, we see the refinement of manual dexterity.

This activity will encourage your child to develop strategies and practice the perfect roll in order to get the maximum score! This could be a great birthday celebration game too!

Note: Supervise young children with marbles. They can be a choking hazard.


  1. Take an empty shoebox. Turn the box on the side and cut a hole in the center of the long edge

  2. Cut two progressively bigger holes on each side. You can paint the shoebox with chalkboard paint or use as-is

  3. Mark the scores on each hole, with center hole as 5, the hole on the immediate sides as 3 and the biggest holes on the ends as 1

  4. Now ask your child to roll the marble into the holes and score them to see the maximum scores they get

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.