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What can you do with a handful of marbles? Kids have been figuring out answers to this question for millennia. Ancient Harappans, Romans, and Egyptians played with marbles made of clay, stone, and glass, and the classic marble game of “ringer” is played worldwide. Kids have created their own regional variations on marble games virtually everywhere; one New Hampshire marble game even requires using your feet.
And then there are marble mazes, which up the ante by adding the forces of gravity to the game. Which way will the marble go when you drop it in a Q-Ba-Maze, from Mindware? The Q-Ba-Maze 50-Piece set lets kids experiment with unlimited marble maze configurations, combining probability, physics, art, and sheer building fun.
Each Q-Ba-Maze piece is an interlocking translucent cube with two exits for the marble, making the outcome somewhat random: which way will the marble go? Because the cubes are translucent, little builders can watch the marble travel through the entire route on its way down. And the multicolored Q-Ba-Maze cubes naturally invite sculptural creativity: kids can make animals, geometric shapes, abstract sculptures, enormous towers, and more, all of which are functioning marble mazes.
Q-Ba-Maze pieces are designed for optimal stability, so mazes won’t fall apart while the marbles run through. Kids will experiment and even compete to build the fastest or slowest or tallest run, and their curiosity will keep them building, and building, and building again.
The Mindware Q-Ba-Maze 50-Piece set includes 36 cubes and 14 marbles in “warm” or “cool” color schemes. Suggested for ages 5 and up.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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