Create a Marble Race with Paper Towel Rolls

Simple marble run with recycled paper towel
Watch the marbles race in this paper towel maze

Help your child develop fine motor skills by picking up marbles and placing them down the tube.

Material list:

  • 2 recycled toilet paper rolls
  • 5 recycled paper towel rolls (you can use toilet paper rolls or wrapping paper rolls)
  • Painting tape (as to not damage wall finishes)
  • Scissors
  • Marbles or any small objects (uncooked chickpeas works really well)
  • 2 small bowls or buckets (optional)


  1. Cut two half circles in one end of the first paper towel roll.
  2. Place each toilet paper roll sideways in the half circle end of the first paper towel roll and secure it with tape.
  3. Add the additional paper towel rolls to continue the length of the tube.
  4. Attach the tube structure to the wall with tape.
  5. Place a bucket at the end of each tube to catch the released marbles.
  6. Make it fun by guessing which side the marble will emerge from.
Help Your Toddler Develop Their Fine Motor Skills With This Marble Race