In this post we’ll be showing you how to make a really fun Marble Alley game!

What you will need

  • A shoebox. The bigger, the better.
  • Some paper and a marker. For the scoring labels.
  • A scissors. For cutting the shoebox and the paper. A craft knife would be better if you have one.
  • Sellotape. For sticking the alley dividers and sticking the scoring labels to the alley.


  1. First, you will need to cut away the lid of your shoebox and cut away a rectangle on the bottom (apologies for the blurry image). Hang on to this rectangle, you will be using it later (or the lid, that will do too).
  1. Next, you will cut out the rectangular holes for your marbles. Make sure they fit! You will leave about 2cm between each hole. Vary the sizes of the holes – some will be narrower than others and you will be awarding more points for these holes!
  1. Next, we will cut out the dividers between each alley. Use the rectangle you saved earlier. Stick them in between the holes as shown below.
  1. We’re almost there. All that is left to do is to give each hole a score! Make sure that the harder it is to roll a marble through a hole, the more points you will award.

How to play

What we like to do is roll out a yoga mat and put the marble alley at one end. You select 10 marbles (or as many as you like, preferably of the same size) and roll them from the other end of the yoga mat.

At the end of your turn, tally your score! This is where the dividers come in handy as you don’t have to add up your score during your turn, you can just do it at the end.

Takes turns with another player. Or play solo and try to beat your score. You can even play over multiple rounds!

Have fun!

2 Replies to “Marble Alley”

  1. Woo hoo. That’s absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to play it. Super fun and easy to make too. Super family fun.

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