Styrofoam And Marbles (And Cars, Oh My!)

by Melanie on July 21, 2013

I’m currently writing this from our hotel room in Corbin, KY, where we’re on a long-awaited and much-needed family vacation. I’m attempting to pump out this post while the boys are napping, so it’s going to be a short one!

We’ve had a blast so far with Pencil Week, but I’m not going to write about all that we’ve done quite yet since we’ll be extending our school supplies theme into a second week. This way, I won’t feel rushed to plan a new theme during our trip.

Instead of the usual tot school post, this week I want to share a super fun and SIMPLE activity that we did back home!


I got a new vacuum cleaner (yay!) and there was something in the box for Rocket too… two Styrofoam ends packaging the whole thing together. I’m not exaggerating when I say that these jumbo pieces of Styrofoam accounted for HOURS of entertainment in our home!


We began our play by stacking the Styrofoam pieces on top of each other. They each had a hole in them to hold the vacuum handle and the hose. We rolled marbles down the top hole into the bottom container until we ran out of marbles. Then, we switched out the top and bottom Styrofoam pieces and did it all over again!


Grabbing a handful of marbles to send down the hole.


You can see the lower level of Styrofoam where the marbles wind up in this shot.


Rocket also got the bright idea to see which of his cars could fit through the holes.


I eventually brought our whole wheelbarrow of cars to him as he played!


Rocket also tried picking up the Styrofoam carefully so that none of the marbles would fall off. This was great gross motor skill and balance practice.


I think his favorite thing of all was to roll the marbles from the top of this slope down into the corner pit.


He concentrated deeply on this important task.


He figured out that tilting the Styrofoam made the marbles roll down even faster!


What happy times a couple of pieces of Styrofoam, some marbles, and a few cars brought this tot! His absorption in this activity sure helped to keep him busy as we packed for our trip.

Don’t forget to check these link-ups for more inspirational play activities to do with your tots:


Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas (link-up will resume in August)

No Time For Flash Cards

The Jenny Evolution

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren U August 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

Kids are so easy to entertain! Great idea


molly August 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I have no idea how you do this but I’m completely fond of this blog.


Kaylea November 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

Apaceription for this information is over 9000-thank you!


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