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The Best Marble Run Sets for Kids and Families

Updated on November 15, 2015
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Marble run toys are designed to give children ages 4 and up creative thinking skills and hours of fun play at the same time. Even adults love playing with marble mazes alongside their children. The building combinations are endless and the larger sets come with dual tracks so you can race your marbles against each other. Or just note timed runs to see whose marble moves through the twists and turns faster.

These are the best marble run toys reviewed so you can choose one that your child will love. Many of the sets come with a variety of pieces such as ladders, chutes, funnels and so your child can build a different variation of a marble maze every time. Marble run sets are made in either bright colored plastic or sturdy wood pieces. Marble run building sets gives your child an introduction to basic math, science and physics skills also. There is even a bit of mechanics and engineering thrown in too. But building these mazes are so much fun for your kids that they won't know that they are getting and using any educational skills as they play for hours with this fun toy.

Investigate, examine and review marble run toys made by Quercetti, Learning Journey, Galt, Marble Run and more. Each set has its own unique variety of pieces and the sets by Quercetti can be combined to make an even larger marble maze. Teachers, day care centers and parents all need to have at least one marble run set for their developing school age child. Marble runs also promote social play when several children work together on building and taking turns to play with there marble run.

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Marble Run 68-pc. Marble Run Play Set
Marble Run 68-pc. Marble Run Play Set

This is one of the more popular starter sets for a younger child. Once they get the hang of constructing their marble run with this small set, then add on a larger set for additional challenges.


Marble Run Toy for Beginners

A Classic Marble Run Set

A beginner set is a great set to introduce your kindergarten age child to the fun play of marble mazes. With these basic pieces, your child will have many different ways they can put this marble run together. What a great way to stimulate thinking skills for your child while playing for hours recreating different marble mazes with just one set.

Starting out your young child with starter set which gives them just enough pieces to build a simple marble run. Once you see how involved your child gets in the building process of this game, then adding another set would be a great idea. A basic marble run set is a great birthday or Christmas holiday gift to introduce your child to marble runs.

Edushape 103 Pieces + Bonus 50 Marbles Marble Run Set
Edushape 103 Pieces + Bonus 50 Marbles Marble Run Set

A top selling set! Basic, colorful and sturdy! Plan on hours of fun indoor play with this game. Perfect for those cold winter months when kids are stuck inside due to bad weather.

Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortis
Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortis

Super Marble Run Set

The Largest Marble Run You Can Buy!

This is the largest marble run set with 224 pieces is made and sold by the toy maker, Quercetti . This set really expands your child's building skills with pieces such as funnels, spirals, ladders, chutes and long bridges. The plastic pieces fit together nicely in any combination so there are endless possibilities for your child. If your child or children are like my grandchildren, big is better!

Kids of all ages will love to build and play for hours with this large marble maze. It is a toy that we bring out when the grandkids come to visit. All of us, especially grandpa gets really involved in building a marble run maze. This can make a great bonding toy for you and your child or grandchild. This set has enough pieces that the children can build more than one at a time. A little healthy competition never hurts!

See How Easy It Is To Build and Play With a Marble Run Game

See how easy it is to have lots of fun with a Marble Run by Learning Journey. Built by a 10 year old. See how mutliple marbles can run through this maze at one time. Hours of fun for all ages.

Benefits of Puzzles, Mazes and Building Toys

Builds Thinking Skills

Enlarges Imagination

Creates Challenges

Develops Social Skills

Cooperative Play

Opens Communication

Family Time Possibilities

Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles 60 Piece Classic Wood Construction Set
Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles 60 Piece Classic Wood Construction Set

If you like classic wood toys that hold up for a long time, then consider purchasing a wood marble run set for your youngster. Purchase a second set to build even a larger maze!

Amaze n Marble Run
Amaze n Marble Run

Wooden Marble Maze

Durable and Long Lasting Sets

My grandsons have a nice wood marble run set. We were just playing with it at a family get-together. Even the grandfathers and uncles were having fun trying to think up new ways to build a maze for the marble to run through to the end. My grandsons' father is studying to be a mechanical engineer, so the boys tend to take after their dad and love to build things. A marble run is perfect for developing building and physics skills.

If you prefer nice wooden toys that will hold up with lots of playtime, then consider a wooden marble maze set such as the Amaze-N-Marbles 60-Piece Set. This marble maze set is a really nice wooden toy for kids. It is made of a nice smooth wood, the pieces fit together nicely to make a variety of maze designs to keep them occupied for hours. This set comes with 10 marbles to keep this maze fun going for a long time.

There are other really nice wooden marble maze sets available also. One in particular is pink and purple which girls will really like. Another set called the MindWare Contraptions comes with a lot of smaller building pieces which is good for older children.

A nice basic set comes in both a natural wood and primary colors and sometimes with wooden beads instead of marbles. Any one of these wooden marble maze is a great durable toy that gives children basic science, mechanics and building skills. It also will keep them entertained for hours, is a great toy for teamwork and social play and teaches hand-eye coordination which is important for the younger child.

Best Marble Maze Game

Challenge your Brain and Your Family

I bought this game for my 9 year old grandson this year. It was passed around the table of family members of all ages. I think the grandfathers really enjoyed it too. Great-Grandpa received one for Father's Day and Grandpa got one for his birthday! The Perplexus Maze is a growing fad in our family.

This is a great marble maze game that will give children and adults hours of entertainment is the. This sphere contains 3 different marble runs and hundreds of ways to move the marbles through the game. The challenge is to run through the game faster than your friends.

Nowadays, we hear how important it is to keep our brains challenged with a variety of games and puzzles and this marble maze game is the best marble maze for brain power. For children, this spherical marble run is also great for hand-eye coordination and thinking skills.

This game has been a family favorite at the holidays. Great Grandpa received one since brain games are good for helping his thinking and memory skills after a stroke to my youngest grandson who received one for his sixth birthday! Puzzles are so good for the mind plus are fun too!

Mindware Marble Run Sets

For kids over 5 years old, these highly rated, high fun games are a must have. These Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 sets make geometric marble run shapes such as animals, buildings, cars and more. Just let your imagination go and see what it builds. Made of strong, clear plastic these sets come with lots of pieces to build with and a good selection of marbles to use when you are done building.

What do you think of Marble Mazes?

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      6 years ago

      These are lots of fun for the kids.Nice lens

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I had no idea that they still made these marble runs, I grew up with a set that I loved! Now it's pretty beat up after all the use, but I'd love to buy a set for my kids someday!

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      6 years ago

      I think they are a lot of fun!

    • ryokomayuka profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      I love these things. They are so much fun. I love to play with them when ever I can.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I like building sets for kids but I don'y see this one yet. Thanks... great resources.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      That wall coaster looks like fun!

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      fugeecat lm 

      6 years ago

      These are always so much fun!

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      Elaine Chen 

      6 years ago

      I should grab one for my son, he sure likes it

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, nice job! Squidlikes

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      7 years ago

      These are so much fun - thanks for reminding me of them!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      My daughter had a marble run toy when she was little and really loved playing with it. It was fun for the adults too.

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      7 years ago

      I love these sets! My kid had a wooden marble maze and we spent hours arranging and rearranging it.

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      7 years ago

      these are fun and silly and I as an adult love doing this with my boys, great write up on them.


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