Thursday, September 29, 2016

Marble Track

YouTube has struck again.  B watched some outrageous marble track and now that's all that's on his mind.

Saturday morning B, Ryan and I went to Home Depot to get some PVC pipe connectors (I guess that's what you call them).  I designed and built a PVC pipe cardboard corral for my classroom and it wasn't as stable as I'd like it. So, we needed some different connectors so we could add more pipes to the bottom.
the list
don't be hatin' on the sandals.
the world's dumbest dog ate B's
apparently the world stops selling
sandals in July. 
I thought this would be a quick trip.  I knew what kind of connector I wanted.  Apparently, pipes aren't supposed to come together that way.  So we had to take some time to figure out a work around.  B came in with a list of things he wanted for his marble track.  While Ryan and I experimented and figured out our problem, B assembled quite a pile of stuff.  We hadn't gotten a cart (I thought we were coming in for 4 connectors) so he gathered all his stuff in his shirt to go to check out.  $25 bucks later, he had marble track parts.

Do you know how hard it is to find marbles? It's not as easy as I thought it would be. I figured I'd go to the Mart, go to the toy section and find a bag of marbles.  Nope.  Not even any marbles in the crafts section.  I had to go to Hobby Lobby.  And even there I had to buy 2 pounds (that's a lot of marbles) in the floral design section! When I got them home B was not too pleased because all the marbles were the same.  How can we tell who wins if they are the same!?! Thank goodness for Sharpies, another crisis averted!

Ryan had agreed to help with the marble track.  B wanted to glue his pipe parts together but Ryan geniusly convinced him use blue painter's tape to connect the parts.  As you can see from the picture, B had already drawn out what he wanted the track to look like.

After some trial and error, they finally had a track that worked. It was so cool to see them work together.  And, honestly, it was nice to watch instead of being the one doing the project with B.  Ryan was great about explaining to him what needed to be changed to make the track work.

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