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Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large)

by HABA

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  • 42 piece set
  • Includes 6 glass marbles
  • Made of beechwood
  • Includes a little bell
  • Construction blocks
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 13.7 inches ; 10.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000F94GMO
  • Item model number: 1136
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 months - 5 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,766 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Product Description

HABA's Marble Ball Track Large Set is made from natural beech wood and includes 6 marbles and a bell. Who would think problem solving could be so much fun? An exciting marble rolling game that is both educational and fun. Hardwood blocks with grooves, and holes are combined in a variety of ways with the end result of 6 marbles ringing the bell to signal success. Helps educates the laws of structural engineering and stimulates spatial thinking. This marble track includes 42 pieces.

From the Manufacturer

Large construction set including marbles and a bell. Make fun marble runs. 42 piece set made of beech wood.

Customer Reviews

It is heirloom quality.
Amazon Customer
Haba also has many additional pieces, and while they are imaginative, I do find them to be pricey.
S. Rosengarten
A toy that will grow with my kids.
Indy mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Indy mom on December 11, 2006
Bought this for my girl on her 3rd birthday. Both her and her big brother (5) love the toy. Possibilities are endless, from very simple designs to the very elaborate. In fact, my husband is having just as much fun creating very complex and creative designs, with the addition of some other accessories. This toy enthralls them all for hours. Beautiful, sturdy, educational, quiet. Highly recommended. A toy that will grow with my kids. All you can wish for a toy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Thai V. Pham on August 18, 2009
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Pros: the blocks are well made and durable. My 3-year-old son enjoys playing with it.

Cons: the blocks are stacked on top of each other and/or put adjacent to each other to construct a ball track. They have to be pretty much perfectly aligned for the track to work properly, which is a very difficult task for little kids to handle (hence, you have to do it). Since these blocks cannot be attached to each other, they can easily go out of alignment after a number of runs (marble runs), not to mention when accidentally bumped by the kid(s).

Comments: It would be a major improvement if the blocks are designed so that they can be attached to each other. The toy is fairly expensive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KTBR on January 16, 2010
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Santa just brought this for my 6 yr old son this past Christmas. At first my son was not too excited about it -- but when I reminded him of the ball track in one of his 'I SPY' books he became somewhat interested. It was not until we laid it out and starting working with it did he really get into it. As one of the reviewers noted - if you move the pieces by just a hair -- it makes the marble run off the track incorrectly. But quite honestly that's what I love about this. It makes him fine tune what he's made. It has definitely helped with his patience. If it doesn't first work - we try, try again. We don't quit and give up. We have to check and double check the track as we're making it. So instead of waiting until the end to test the track -- we test it throughout the process. We usually start out making one of the designs but by the end we end up creating our own ending.

Our 7 yr old neighbor came over today to play. I suggested they play with the marble run vs watch TV. The 7 yr old balked and I said -- just wait and see. So my son and I got out all of the pieces and started assembling it together. Okay, so as of right now the 7 yr old will not STOP playing with it. He has already searched some other pieces that we could get to go along with this and is loving it!

They have had to figure out how to take turns, how to make the pieces all work together, and see if they can create anything on their own.

I also love playing with this as well. So I don't mind helping them get it started. There is a definite sense of accomplishment when you can get the marble to run the track, hit the bell and end up where you've planned for it to land. I LOVE THIS TOY!!!

I plan on keeping this toy for when I have grandchildren.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kailden on January 19, 2008
The set is well made and the blocks were bigger than I expected. Children at first might think its just another block set but when the marbles get rolling their attention follows fast. A bell bridge and a "klicker/klacker" track are the two special pieces included. Made in Germany, it's a bit pricey for the 42-pieces, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of five on the overall rating, but for a toy that is likely to last decades beyond the flimsy plastic junk everything else is, this toy is a worthwhile investment. I hope soon to buy some more accessories such as the domino track. The Quadrilla Marble Railway, Twist and Rail seems to be the main competition.

This review was written at amazon.com.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Heredia on March 7, 2008
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Editing to say we enjoy this toy so much, especially now that the littlest one is 2 1/2 and we don't have to worry about him swallowing marbles. Mostly he uses these as building blocks, making roadways, towers, and parking garages.

Now our five year old enjoys building the ball track. This is such a high quality toy. I would say this would be best for 6 and up, or younger with lots of adult participation. The wooden pieces are so nice and sturdy, they are very nice to hold and can be put together in infinte ways. This toy will help your child learn in a concrete way about physics, building, patience, motor skills, and so much more. I wish we had only such simple, sturdy, educational playthings in our home. Definitely an outstanding toy that will last for years and years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Rosengarten on December 10, 2007
Our whole family plays with this. Our children, 3 & 5, love coming up with various combinations, and this set has enough variations in tracks and drops to keep it interesting. We had also considered the plastic versions [including one by Lego], the Quadrilla, and the one on Back to Basics, but this one won out because of its variety-- short tunnels, a zig-zag, a couple of bridges, and a bell. It is sturdy and well-made. One thing worth considering-- smaller children will need help because pieces don't click together as plastic mazes do. My children have played with plastic mazes before, though, and got bored with them (they seem slow).

Haba also has many additional pieces, and while they are imaginative, I do find them to be pricey. We've made up our own variations out of toys we have though!
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