My boys, like most children, love construction play and love balls and marbles, so it was no surprise that a build your own marble run activity would appeal to them. We were sent the Kugelbahn / Marble Run starter set from Hubelino and have had so much fun building our own marble runs together. It’s a great activity for teamwork and learning through play.

Build a marble run activity - kids learn so much while playing. So awesome

Our set came with 85 pieces and we also received some extra pieces just in case we needed more. The Hubelino toys are totally compatible with Lego Duplo which is perfect for us as we do have plenty of that to mix in and it can be frustrating for children when they have similar sets which are not actually compatible.

While building the marble runs the boys were working on their problem solving, team work, developing engineering skills, making observations about the speed and direction that the marbles travelled in and lots more – plenty of great STEM learning here (science, technology, engineering and maths).

building with hubelino - very cool construction toy to make marble runs, compatible with lego duploThe Hubelino box comes with a booklet of instructions for loads of different marble runs. Each page shows the design and the number of each of the pieces that you need, and then you can work it out from there – so children may sometimes need a few attempts as they use trial and error to complete those tracks.

hubelino instruction book - how to make lego marble runsMr Z successfully copied the first few tracks

simple building blocks marble runThey start out pretty simple and then progress. Even the most basic tracks are lots of fun and give kids a sense of achievement in building it themselves. Soon they moved on to designing their own

DIY marble run made from Hubelino (like Lego duplo)It was great to listen to the children’s discussions while they built, negotiating with each other on where each piece should go and how to make each track even better.


Of course the Hubelino blocks can be used simply to build and make towers too. If younger siblings are joining in then this offers an easy way for them to be equally involved in the play.

hube8This is a brilliant toy for young children, that would suit any age from 3+ and works great with mixed age groups. I can see it keeping its appeal for years as you can build up to some much more complex and involved layouts for the marble runs. If you want to extend, you can add extra packs and it’s all compatible.

hubelino marble run toyThe Hubelino marble run sets are available on Amazon (aff) along with other educational toys in their range. I’ve been really impressed with the range we tried and would definitely recommend this set. It keeps the boys attention for hours at a time and has been returned to often.

You can download free instructions for the marble runs here