Seriously, if you don’t have a marble run and you have kids ages 3+ you NEED to get one. This is a set from Scholar’s Choice I got a few years ago. Discovery Toys also carries a set which has a lifetime guarantee.
It’s so much fun to build and it’s really develops logical thinking, planning, engineering skills, prediction. And it’s really fun for adults to get into. Pumpkin 1 is able to build little runs herself.
I’m trying to have a new routine where after dinner I play an educational game with the kids. It’s a great way to bond with them before bed, promote learning in a fun way and have some family time. So this is what we did this evening. Now they’re upstairs watching Daddy shave and telling him stories.