Marble mazes help kids develop spatial reasoning skills, logic and motor skills – plus, they’re a fun cooperative toy. As the popularity of STEM toys continues to grow, the number of marble mazes on the market has increased, and it can be difficult to know which ones are the best buys. If you’re wondering how to choose a great marble maze and which ones out there have features worth noting, we’ve taken a look at the 11 best marble mazes to buy in 2019 to help you make your best pick.

Our Top Picks

How to Pick the Best Marble Mazes

1. Recommended Age

Age is an important factor to note whenever you’re buying toys or gear, but when it comes to toys that kids assemble, it’s especially important. Toys gear the size and difficulty level of their pieces and assembly to kids of the age range indicated, and if you stray from it, your child might be understimulated or unable to use the toy. Check the recommended age range first to make sure they’ll have fun and be safe – and just FYI, because these are marble toys, assume choking hazards across the board. They’re never safe for kids under 3.

2. Number of Pieces

Some of the mazes on our list have many pieces, while others have only a few. It’s easy to assume this would directly correlate to difficulty level, but that’s not the case – some sets with high piece counts are still very easy for kids to assemble. That said, some younger kids may be overstimulated by too many pieces and some older kids may find small sets to be boring, so the number of pieces may be a factor to note.

3. Number of Marbles

All of the sets on our list come with some marbles, but some have fewer than others. They’re small, and can be lost easily, so in these cases, it wouldn’t hurt to have a few more on hand. If you like to be prepared, this is a detail to be aware of.

4. Difficulty level

Some marble mazes are very simple and straightforward, while others have more complicated assemblies. Age doesn’t necessarily correlate directly to skill level, so if your child is a new builder, you may want to stray away from something more complex that could frustrate them. Likewise, if they build toys in their sleep, don’t pick something that they’ll breeze through – it won’t keep them stimulated.

5. Size

If you don’t have tons of room to spread out, huge toys can have a big impact on your child’s play space. Marble mazes can vary in size from small to large, and some are pretty hefty. If you’re concerned about a good fit, make sure to check the dimensions of the maze before you purchase.

6. Color

Like most children’s toys, marble mazes come in a variety of colors. Some are very utilitarian, while others offer bright sensory color stimulation. If you’re looking for something bright for a younger child, being aware of a maze’s colors could be helpful in making your decision.

the winners

#1

Hape Wooden Marble Run

Best Overall

Extra durable, fun and large, the Hape Wooden Marble Run features awesome spirals that are inspired by DaVinci circles. They help to demonstrate centrifugal force and gravity to kids, and they stack easily with the other brightly colored blocks and natural wood chutes and circles. Kids can create their own designs with this impressively large set that will keep them busy for hours.

Recommended Age: 4 – 15 years
Number of Pieces: 134
Number of Marbles: Bag provided
Difficulty Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Size: 21.3 x 13.4 x 5.4 inches
Colors: Natural wood tone, blue, green, orange, yellow, red, purple

#2

MindWare Marble Run

Upgrade Choice

The MindWare Marble Run is an ideal marble run for the younger set, the frustration free brightly colored pieces stack easily and hold up to the energy and enthusiasm of kids at the minimum recommended age of 4. The pieces are big enough for small hands to use easily while gaining important small motor control. Kids will delight in watching marbles drop from the tall towers they create, and can easily scale up from smaller to larger creations as they grow.

Recommended Age:4+
Number of Pieces: 123
Number of Marbles: 20
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 17.7 x 15 x 3.5 inches
Colors: Red, green, white, blue, yellow

#3

Mindware Q-Ba Maze 2.0

Best Budget Buy

Bright, cute and different, the Mindware Q-Ba Maze 2.0 features small, translucent plastic pieces which fit together at the sides or bottom to create a stacking and falling puzzle run. Kids can make ramps and paths to watch their marble go. It’s a little harder than some others to assemble, which makes it better for older kids, but it’s an inexpensive toy that’s very cool and doesn’t look juvenile.

Recommended Age: 6+
Number of Pieces: 72
Number of Marbles: 20
Difficulty Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Size: 15 x 16 x 3 inches
Colors: Purple, pink, blue, green, clear

#4

Ravensburger GraviTrax Marble Run

Best marble run for older kids

A more complex set than the others on our list, the Ravensburger GraviTrax Marble Run features a fairly utilitarian appearance but has detailed, sleek metal construction that holds up to repeated use. It features elevated tracks that kids can use to create their own marble run, starting with simple patterns and eventually graduating to some of the really awesome designs possible with this toy. It encourages them to think critically and form strategies, both of which are essential life skills.

Recommended Age: 8+
Number of Pieces: 122
Number of Marbles: 6
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Size: 13.5 x 13.5 x 4.5 inches
Colors: Silver, grey, green

#5

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run

Best marble maze game

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run is a simple falling marble games that combines the teaching of logic and cause and effect with a marble run and plenty of fun. Good for cooperative play and small motor skills, this small table top game offers similar lessons to larger toys without the space constraints. It’s worth noting that it only comes with 3 marbles, so you might want to pick up a few extra to have on hand.

Recommended Age: 8+
Number of Pieces: 10
Number of Marbles: 3
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 9.4 x 3 x 10.5 inches
Colors: Grey, blue, orange, green, purple

#6

Ideal Amaze Marbles

Best wooden marble maze

Classic and safe, the Ideal Amaze Marbles is a great first marble run for younger kids. The large and durable wood pieces are a great size for small hands, and they stack easily to form your child’s unique marble run creations. They can build small runs to start and branch out to larger ones, discovering principles of gravity along the way.

Recommended Age: 5+
Number of Pieces: 60
Number of Marbles: 10
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 13 x 4 x 11 inches
Colors: Natural wood tones

#7

LEGO Ideas Building Piece kit

Best lego marble maze

This cool LEGO Ideas Building Piece Kit features a medieval theme. It’s a great pick for kids who already know and love LEGO, which is so many of them, and building toys encourage the development of many important skills. 769 pieces is an intermediate level building set, so be prepared to help younger users, but it makes a nifty and sturdy maze. 3 marbles are included, but you may want to snag a few more for backup.

Recommended Age: 10+
Number of Pieces: 769
Number of Marbles: 3
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 15 x 10.3 x 3.7 inches
Colors: Tan, black, silver

#8

Galt Super Marble Run

Big and exciting, the Galt Super Marble Run is still easy for little users to put together all by themselves. It features the chutes and curves needed to make their very own exciting marble run creation, letting them test theories and concepts and develop essential critical thinking skills. The pieces fit together with ease, so the assembly experience is frustration free for kids.

Recommended Age: 4+
Number of Pieces: 60
Number of Marbles: 8
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 10 x 16 x 3 inches
Colors: Red, yellow, blue

#9

Magnetic Blocks Marble Run

A great pick for smaller kids, the Magnetic Blocks Marble Run is a city themed play space that lets kids assemble magnetic blocks and tracks to create their own simple marble run. It encourages small motor skills and critical thinking in younger children, and the shatterproof blocks hold up to repeated building(and falling). The road theme makes it easy to imagine creating a skyline of buildings, tall and small.

Recommended Age: 6 – 12
Number of Pieces: 32
Number of Marbles: 2 wooden balls
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 20 x 12.9 x 2.5 inches
Colors: Blue, yellow, green, pink

#10

Quercetti  Marbles Race Track

Straightforward and utilitarian with plenty of pieces, this roller coaster themed Quercetti  Marbles Race Track builds a big set, and the assembly is a little more complex than some of the others on our list. Younger users may need a parent to help set up the first few times, but once they’ve got it, they can build big, unique creations with pillars that can be used to elevate tracks to impressive heights. Although it’s a safe toy around age 6, the pieces aren’t as durable as sets made of thicker plastic or wood, so be warned.

Recommended Age: 6 – 12 years
Number of Pieces: 150
Number of Marbles: 8
Difficulty Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Size: 24 x 13.2 x 14.9 inches
Colors: Red, yellow, black

#11

Learning Resources Tumble Marble

The most simple pick on our list, the Learning Resources Tumble Marble is an ideal pick for pre-k aged kids. It features large, easy to handle magnetic pieces which can easily be pieced together to create a fun little marble track. The included accessory cards give kids building ideas and a guide to work from as they first begin playing, giving them the confidence to branch out and try their own unique patterns. It encourages small motor skill and logic development in a safe environment and with a safe toy.

Recommended Age: 3 – 12 years
Number of Pieces: 14
Number of Marbles: 4
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Size: 12.6 x 10.1 x 2.7 inches
Colors: Green, yellow, blue, purple, orange, red

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for marble maze lovers

straw marble maze

Need a fun marble craft project that’s perfect for younger kids? Try this DIY marble maze from Jodi at Meaningful Mama that uses a simple box lid and straws to make a small maze kids will play with again and again.

CLASS MARBLE JAR

Looking for a great way to encourage good behavior? Rachel at Minds in Bloom offers a tutorial on how to use a marble jar as a rewards system – she discusses using it in a classroom, but the rules can easily apply at home as well.

cardboard box marble run

If you’re looking for a homemade marble run that’s a little bigger and more intensive, Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls offers this awesome marble run DIY made from cardboard and craft sticks that kids can help decorate.

kids marble painting

Want something else to do with marbles? Marble painting is tons of fun and makes really cool artwork that kids will be proud to hang on the fridge. Jean at artfulparent offers a great tutorial on how to make this process fun and easy AND keep the mess impressively contained.

lego marble maze

We can’t believe we never thought of this genius marble maze by Jen at Mama Papa Bubba – it’s made of legos, using a standard platform to build a unique maze your child can take apart and rebuild to their heart’s content. It’s a great way of demonstrating cause and effect with a toy they likely already have.

Quick Decision

Hape Wooden Marble Run – Best Overall
It’s a big, highly durable easy assembly set with a wide age appeal and awesome DaVinci-inspired spirals

MindWare Marble Run – Upgrade Choice
It’s a large set that’s just the right size to encourage younger builders

Mindware Q-Ba Maze 2.0 – Best Budget Buy
It’s a unique, creative, compact design that’s a great tabletop run for older kids at a low price

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HANNAH H.

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Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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