Anna Ruth adores marbles, or "mardles" as she calls them. I bought some one day at Wal-Mart because I thought they'd look cute displayed in a jar. And, as the story usually goes around here, Anna Ruth asked if she could see them and I said yes. After watching her get far more enjoyment out of them than a glass jar would I let her have a box of marbles to get out occasionally. To her, it's better than candy. :)
One morning I got in on the fun. I used a Diet Coke bottle (20 oz.), and cookie cutter tube taped to the laundry basket to make a mini marble run. We both had a blast poking the marbles through the bottle and watching where they would roll afterwards.
Afterwards Anna Ruth had fun using her tin container as a drum.
Childhood sure is fun around here.