For Hanukkah we bought a really big marble drop set at Toys R Us. Without exaggerating it took us four hours to set it up. It provided hours of entertainment- until a week later, one section of this large intricate, mechanical, battery opperated, moving maze- stopped dropping the balls into the next section.
We took it back, I got my money back and to this day the monkeys ask about it- I'm mean- I know.
There was simply no way I was going to give eight hours of my life to this thing.
So we made a FREE marble drop- a super easy, fun craft-
We used several toilet paper and paper towel rolls, an egg carton, packing tape and scissors.
We also used a glass door so as not to ruin the walls with the tape
I explained the intricacies of an engineers and architects jobs and responsibility- so much so that my youngest monkey (pictured above) was reciting 'A good engineer always makes sure' while he dropped the marble before placing the tape.
They monkeys added on several features (even since I took these photos) including a 'see through ledge' made out of tape that makes you think your ball is going to drop- but in fact takes it to another 'area'.
The ultimate drop has different number 'points' drawn onto the base of the egg carton and depending on where your ball lands you can add your points up.
Questions to consider while creating:
What materials (medium) are we using to create?
What are the genres of art that use recycled materials? ( Assemblage, Junk Art, Found Art, Up cycle)
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)