# Marble fun

An unusual looking wooden puzzle. The name of this puzzle is “Marble Fun” Because I think all children have marbles and playing with colorful glass marbles is funny for all ages.

This is my first design and craft experience with marbles. I learned a lot of thing from this project. I like describe first this puzzle. This puzzle is a multi challenge puzzle. There are challenge cards with different difficulty levels. The aim of this puzzles is making given pattern by challenge card. If you look to the picture on the top of this machine there are three hole (three input) for putting marbles. And at the back of the machine there are four slot (four output). Each slot can contain maximum five marble. And this puzzle uses total 20 marbles in four different colors.

How the machine send marbles from three input points to four slots? For solving challenges you must first discover how this machine works. I will describe here how it works.
Understanding the mechanic of this machine is not sufficient for solving puzzles but for making your own copy this is a must.

And the fun of this machine is not limited with puzzles. I found also three different two player game possible to play with this machine. Games also require analytical thinking and memory for both player like puzzles.

Inside the machine there are eight wooden switch. Each switch has two position (0 or 1) that direct a marble to left or right. For starting to the game you turn the machine 90 degree to the left for putting all keys to start position as seen in the photo. When you roll a marble, keys that touch to the marble send this marble to correct way and change state for next marble. For example if a switch sends a marble to left, sends second marble to right. That means if you roll two marbles from same input point two marbles can go to two different slot. This machine works with a binary logic.

I made this puzzle by using mahogany, beech, olive and padauk. The tray at the bottom of the machine is removable for taking marbles and also makes easier handling of marbles. I designed this machine for small 12 mm marbles and the overall dimensions of this puzzle (without tray) is 228 x 130 x 26 mm. It’s possible also making a model for 15-16 mm marbles.

If you want make your own marble fun puzzle/game  you can download free PDF file including drawings, plans, photos and craft tips from here. (0.8 MB on secure server box.com)

You can download free PDF file including some puzzle cards and game rules from here. (2.0 MB on secure server box.com)

# Minipeg

This is a simple peg solitaire puzzle played on 4×4 board. As you can guess this puzzle isn’t for puzzle enthusiasts. I designed this puzzle as a training puzzle for small children about 6-7 years old. 4X4 board is easy. The challenges start with beginner level for teaching basic removals. I think after finishing this challenges, a child may be ready for English or French board.

This is a very easy craft project. You can make a 4×4 board as you wish from wood, cardboard, fabric etc. and finding funny game pieces isn’t difficult. There is 40 challenge card. Challenge cards are two sided. At the back side of each card there is the solution for this challenge. I printed them on a card stock in a print on demand company. You can print as you like and cut with a craft knife and steel ruler. Keep your fingers away.

I think an easy, funny and educational craft project for your kids or as a gift for friend’s kids. If you want make your own puzzle you can download free PDF file including print and play cards from here (3.7 MB on secure server box.com)

# Micro chess

Micro chess is a chess based puzzle. Mr. Krill Kryukov was analysed all possible combinations for a 3×3 chess board. I decided to use some of his analyse results and make this puzzle. This puzzle include a small 3×3 board, a chess set, and some cards. There are four level. Beginner (mate in one), intermediate (mate in two), advanced (mate in three) and expert (mate in four). This puzzle is especially funny for chess beginners, occasional players and for kids as a training tool.

3×3 board looks easy. But when you try, you will see that it’s more difficult than you expect. There are also more difficult problems for a 3×3 board. Longest position for a 3×3 board is checkmate in 15 move. You can see other problems from the web site of Krill Kryukov.

If you want make your own puzzle you can download free print and play files from here. I made the board in a DVD cake box from a scrap wood. If you have not woodworking possibilities you can use also a printed board. Small chess sets are chip. This puzzle use only eight pawn of the set. (four black and four white).

I made and publish this puzzle with the permission of Mr.Krill Kryukov. thanks from here. You can make your own puzzle but all copyrights belongs to him.