Made of an ambrosia maple stem with a walnut base, the petals graduate in size, creating a different sound as the marble works its way down the marble run.
My twist on an Instructables tutorial and now a toy making workshop at @kidlabraleigh. Kids painted and assembled their own sound marble run and explored sound with fun STEM stations such as a DIY kazoo, disk siren, straw model of a sound wave, and a sound sandwich.
The beveled miter cuts on the stem were calculated to coincide with the size of the petals with 30 degree bevel and nine degree miter cuts. I created the petal shapes in Adobe Illustrator, laser cut, then painted the petals with a nontoxic toymakers dye.
I've quickly learned that my kid testing crew knows right away whether a toy is fun and engaging or a dud and this one was a big hit with the kids!
These planet-themed spinning tops are a great way to learn through play about our solar system, practice planet sequencing, and improve fine motor skills. I made the spinning tops by turning maple and polymer clay blanks on a lathe.
The spinning tops represent different sizes and weights of the planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Kids can sort them, learn about weight and balance by recording which top needs the biggest twist to begin spinning, and which top spins the longest and fastest. Older children can use the spinning tops to replicate planet distances and practice working with relative proportions (activities and planet cards included). Please message me for pre-order.