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Marble run club?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by EBC, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Would this work as an after school club?

    I've heard of lego club.... But do you think this one would? Was hoping to show a few YouTube clips of some amazing extreme runs... Hopefully to inspire them.

    If you've seen my post before, I was thinking of running a, space club but after talking to another teacher friend she sort of put me off with the amount of resources and planning I'd need to do.

    Do you have any ideas for an after school club, that might be easy to run, but isn't too artsy. Parents have asked for more variety.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Yes, we have one. Rec-Yr2 and it is very popular.
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  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Lead commenter

    Like the sound of this. You could also have domino rally as an option - similar sort of thing.
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  4. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Oh okay!

    I thought I'd hear some points about it sounding boring. Might give it a go then.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Nooo definitely not boring.
    And dead easy to sort out each week.
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  6. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter

    Sounds brilliant. My boy would have loved it in primary school, problem solving and lots of fun. In fact marble was one of his first words, although it was 'marmal'.
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  7. Lucy2711

    Lucy2711 Occasional commenter

    I agree - and lots of chance for children to cooperate and perhaps interact with those of a different age. All good!
  8. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Good for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination too!
  9. EBC

    EBC Occasional commenter

    Thank you. I guess I'd need to order a few boxes to have enough for the club. I'll keep my eyes open for any offers.
  10. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Senior commenter

    I teach UKS2 and have a significant collection of marble run pieces collected over time as I tend to buy a set most years to replace any broken parts (the plastic can go brittle and crack on the oldest pieces). This increases the size of my collection as there are always more pieces in the new set than broken pieces needing to be replaced.

    In every class I have, at every opportunity they get, there are children who will get the marble run pieces out and make the most elaborate runs they can. Sometimes at the end of a wet play we do our next lesson with a half completed marble run going around the room and the kids waiting to get back to it at lunchtime.
    Over the course of an academic year I can see how their design develop.

    Marble runs are fantastic and a club would be a huge success in any primary school. The only obstacle would be needing enough pieces to allow imagination to have full reign.
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