DIY Ball Ramp Activity

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I have recently become obsessed with creating a Ball Ramp. I had been saving these great sturdy tubes for, I kid you not, five years. I knew they would come in handy one day. My younger son (14 months) has shown a lot of interest in any sort of car racer or ramp. So I was sitting in our utility closet one evening seeking inspiration and I saw the “tubes”.

I fashioned them to a bar stool – in a not so pretty way – with masking tape . The next morning the boys went crazy again and again putting balls, cars, trainers, etc down the tube with pure joy.

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As you can see, however, this contraption was not too attractive.

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I thought, if I was going to keep this contraption in our living space, I need to make it look better. So that night I experimenting by painting one tube green and giving it a coat of good old mod podge.

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The tube looked a lot better.

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So my next step was to experiment with using a wall and adhesive. I used the bathtub for my laboratory.

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I used velcro wall strips to secure the tube to the tub. This approach worked well so I decided to try this approach on a wall in the boys activity corner.

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So that evening I decided to take the plunge and decorate the other tube. My 2.5 year old help me with the tissue paper and mod podge. We made a mess but we had a lot of fun.

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Here is the final look with a touch of toddler:

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I let it dry and attached the tubes to the wall after my boys were asleep.

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I set it up so if a car, for example, was going fast enough it’d make it in the second tube. So that gave us an interesting topic of learning to insert into the fun.

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Another point of learning: the second tube is smaller than the first (on the top) so if an object was too big it would not make it in the second tube.

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Or if it was small enough, it just might make it…

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I also placed baskets below each tube to provide a place for the objects to drop (or attempt to drop). Porcupine balls actually work really well for something fun and different.

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I left a basket of goodies out for the boys. I can’t wait for them to get up from their nap and discover the ramp!

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The best part? (Asks Mom) The ramp ISN’T an eye sore. Loving it.

Thank you for visiting! I hope I inspired you today!
Marnie


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