Marble Maze

A-MAZE-ing Marbles

Marble runs have enchanted kids for decades. Architect Andrew Comfort’s grandfather built a wooden marble run for him when he was young, and the seedling for a new take on an old game was planted. Years later, Andrew designed a build-your-own marble run that encourages kids to create 3-D sculptures, play with the principles of engineering and spatial configuration, and enjoy endless fun.

Q-BA-MAZE consists of translucent cubes that fit snugly together to form a marble run. The openings in the cubes differ, so you can decide as you’re building if you want a marble to exit a cube from the side or the bottom. Some cubes have openings on both sides, so you can never completely predict the path a metal marble will take to the finish.

Build a fish, a moose, a tower, or whatever your imagination can think up. The game is new each time you start building. Set Q-BA-MAZE up in your family room, and watch as adults and kids can’t resist giving it a go. It’s addictive and enriching. Andrew’s granddad would be a-MAZE-d.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sara

    Hello Daily Grommet fans! My name is Sara Olson and I’m a part of the MindWare family. As an award-winning creator of Brainy Toys for Kids of All Ages, MindWare is thrilled to have Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 featured on the Daily Grommet! I will be online throughout the day to answer any questions or comments you may have. Enjoy!

  • Ann
    12/12/2011 2:38 PM

    What ages do you recommend for this maze?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/12/2011 2:51 PM

    @Ann: Hi Ann! All of the Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 sets are rated for ages 5 and up. Thanks!

  • Meg Ogilvie
    Meg Ogilvie
    12/12/2011 2:52 PM

    @Ann: Is this too advanced for a nearly three-year-old?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/12/2011 2:54 PM

    @Meg Ogilvie: Hi Meg! I think that a 3 year old could get the concept of putting the blocks together, but we've rated it 5 as a safety precaution for the marbles. Thanks!

  • Jesse
    12/12/2011 2:39 PM

    I'm curious about the number of pieces in the starter set?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/12/2011 2:52 PM

    @Jesse Parker: Hi Jessie! Each of the Starter sets includes 36 cubes and 14 marbles to equal 50 pieces. Thanks!

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/12/2011 2:53 PM

    @Sara Olson: Oops, I typed your name too fast Jesse! Sorry about that!

  • Beth
    12/12/2011 2:45 PM

    I am wondering how many pieces and marbles come with the set. Also wondering what the age recommended is?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/12/2011 2:55 PM

    @Beth Evraets: Hi Beth! Thanks for your comment. Each Starter Set comes with 50 pieces (36 cubes & 14 marbles) and they are rated for ages 5 and up.

  • Aggie Cohen
    Aggie Cohen
    12/12/2011 5:49 PM

    Hi Sara. Could you tell me where the Q-Ba-Maze is manufactured, please?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/13/2011 11:48 AM

    @Aggie Cohen: Hi Aggie! Sorry for the delay in my response. Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 is currently manufactured in China.

  • Victoria
    12/12/2011 6:47 PM

    Hi Sara,

    This looks like it will be perfect for my grandkids. I'd like to order 4 sets of these today to get the free shipping. A couple of questions first--will the order be shipped and here in time for Christmas? Also, in placing the order, it still wants to charge me for shipping even though I'm ordering 4 sets. Help!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/12/2011 7:39 PM

    @Vikki Kinsler: Yes it will get to you in time for Christmas. Thanks for letting us know that the free shipping wasn't calculating for you. It is fixed now. This is going to be a great gift!

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/13/2011 11:55 AM

    @Vikki Kinsler: Hi Vikki! Thanks for your interest in Q-BA-MAZE 2.0! Your grandkids will love it :) Happy Holidays!

  • Marshall Loring
    Marshall Loring
    12/12/2011 8:22 PM

    What is the diameter of the marbles? , What are the dimensions of the cubes?

  • Sara
    Sara – Special Guest
    12/13/2011 11:54 AM

    @Marshall Loring: Hi Marshall, the approximate diameter of a marble is 7/16ths and the cubes are 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.625". Hope that helps! Thanks!

  • alice
    12/13/2011 12:54 PM

    Thinking beyond the starter set - what else is offered?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/2011 1:25 PM

    @alice: The wonderful thing is you can keep getting more sets to build bigger structures.

  • alice
    12/13/2011 4:02 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    So additional sets are approximately how many pieces and what price? Thanks, in advance of your response.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/13/2011 6:44 PM

    @alice: We have the warm and the cool sets available. They contain 50 pieces (36 cubes & 14 marbles) each.

  •  5lita5
    11/20/2012 12:18 PM

    LOVE IT! Saw the plans for building objects and wondered if any of these "models" are constructed with both sets?

    If not are there plans in the works for larger more fabulous creations?

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/20/2012 6:11 PM

    @ 5lita5 Sorry, I am not sure what plans you saw so I cannot answer your question. The two sets are identical except for the colors. We are not aware of plans for follow on sets. This has been a VERY popular Grommet. Thank you.

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