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If you’re looking for a toy that helps develop logic, motor skills, creativity, taps into all STEM and has longevity then you might want to check out the Hubelino Marble Run 55 piece Elements set.
Designed to work with construction bricks such as Duplo the Hubelino Marble Run 55 piece Elements set allows children to take their building skills to another level.
It contains, as the box suggests, 55 pieces (including 4 large balls) that connect together to create a marble run that can be as simple or as complex as you require.
It is important to note that the set does not come with any base plates or standard building blocks, both of which are required to get any depth of play and learning from the set.
With just a base plate you can get younger children to create smaller marble runs to understand how the pieces connect together. And from their build more creative runs. You can even add a little height as some of the marble run pieces have connectors built on to them.
But it’s with the addition of additional Duplo style bricks that the Hubelino really comes into its own and children can fully explore their construction skills and start to learn about build design, gravity and energy transference (the relationship between kinetic and potential energy).
There is a good mix of pieces to allow the marble run to curve, twist and drop over quite a large area. Although I do think it would be handy to have more than one 4 way connector… but that is a minor grumble.
How Good Is The Hubelino Marble Run?
Initially, I thought this was quite an expensive (between £40-£45 depending where you shop) short term toy appealing to mainly younger preschool kids but it actually has a lot of depth to it.
The pieces slot together well and the quality and finish is excellent. The balls all run smoothly down the track as long as all the pieces are connected properly. And there are enough pieces to make an exciting circuit. It helps that the drops, curves and straight pieces come in a mix of sizes.
Depending on how it’s used, the marble run could work right up to KS3 science being used to demonstrate potential, kinetic & gravitational energy. Plus of course, there are lots of skills required to build the framework that the marble run can sit within.
I was disappointed to find there was no base plate included with the set which would be useful as well as practical and I think quite a few people might get caught out by that. Lots of families will have duplo bricks but not everyone will have baseplates.
I love that the limit, no matter what the age, is just the child’s imagination. Whether they’re building a castle, fun fair round or just testing their technical ability… what looks like a construction toy for younger kids (aged 4+) actually has enormous reach and potential.