Build Your Own Marble Coaster

Construct your own creative coaster with this laser-cut wood kit.
created by

Adam Hocherman

$29.95

created by

Adam Hocherman

read more about the maker

Little Dipper

Take your imagination on a DIY ride full of dips, turns, and daredevil demonstrations of physics and engineering with this laser-cut wood roller coaster kit. With no special tools (just household white glue), more than 30 Baltic birch pieces come together to make a mini marble coaster. Powered by a hand crank, the DIY thrill ride runs on kid power instead of batteries, and includes engaging instructions in graphic novel form to make building it half the fun. This playful kinetic sculpture makes a great gift for tinkerers young and old. Ages 9+. Designed by Adam Hocherman; made in Beverly, Massachusetts.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Entrepreneur and product designer Adam Hocherman is an unsung hero to parents of toddlers. One of his most beloved products is a clock and night light that helps kids stay in bed longer so parents can get some sleep. He began designing housewares, but ultimately specialized in electronic toys, clocks, and night lights. Today, he's focused on a unique venture that introduces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts to children and adults using natural wood, American-made marble machine kits. Adam lives North of Boston with his wife and two little daughters (who are both headed for careers in engineering). In his rare moments of down time, he enjoys tinkering with his vintage Williams Cyclone pinball machine.

Ages
9+
Made from
baltic birch plywood, steel
Measurements
6" L x 4" W x 6" H
Notes
Includes 4 marbles.

Build time is approximately 1 hour. Requires white glue.
Item ID
42542

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UncommonGoodsBuild Your Own Marble Coaster
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (13)
  • Entertaining (11)
  • Interactive (8)
  • Easy assembly (6)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Creative development (9)
  • Family (9)
  • Indoor (8)
  • Imaginative play (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (6), Working parent (5), Grandparent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again and again

This was a great gift for a child. Great project for parents to do w their children. Keeps them entertained

This was a great gift for a child. Great project for parents to do w their children. Keeps them entertained

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Frustrating build for kids. Not worth buying

Thought this would be a good project to share with my 8 year old and usually have good luck with Uncommon Goods. Toys are expensive but well made. This one was just expensive....Read complete review

Thought this would be a good project to share with my 8 year old and usually have good luck with Uncommon Goods. Toys are expensive but well made. This one was just expensive. My son bailed after a couple of steps and I spent three hours before giving up. A couple pieces of wood were slightly warped which kept them from going in flush. Without every piece fitting perfectly you can't get it all to come together. My son called it the "worst toy on planet earth".

Reviewed by 17 customers

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5.0

I love UncommonGoods

By 

from Hockley Texas

About Me Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Assembly
  • Entertaining
  • Fun
  • Interactive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Creative Development
    • Family Time
    • Imaginative Play
    • Indoor
    • Young Children

    Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

    Fun for grandkids

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    So much fun!

    By 

    from Costa Mesa, CA

    About Me First Time Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Assembly
    • Entertaining
    • Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Creative Development
      • Family Time
      • Indoor

      Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

      It was super easy to assemble and came with great instructions!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent birthday gift for an 11th birthday.

      By 

      from Springfield IL

      About Me Grandparent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great STEM incentive.
      • Great Value
      • Interactive

      Cons

      • NO Con

      Best Uses

      • Creative Development
      • Imaginative Play

      Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

      Excellent quality of parts and assembly instructions.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Marble coaster! Great!

      By 

      from Cape cod ma

      About Me Grandparent

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Creative Development
          • Family Time
          • Indoor

          Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

          HE is 6 years old, and enjoys logos and mine craft sets very much. He follows instructions and very proud of his achievement. Dad helped him with this, he is very proud and brought in to school for show and tell,
          Class was impressed.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Fun toy that involves engineering principles.

          By 

          from Truckee, CA

          About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Great Value
          • Interactive
          • Realistic

          Cons

          • Assembly is a little bit time consuming.
          • It's small.

          Best Uses

          • Creative Development
          • Family Time
          • Indoor

          Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

          Our daughter loves toys she can build. She has the interest and perseverance to see a project like this through. If she fails at first she will keep trying until she succeeds. She's not afraid to try and to learn from her failed attempts.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          I will purchase more items like this.

          By 

          from Edmond, OK

          About Me Working Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Assembly
          • Entertaining
          • Fun
          • Interactive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Time

            Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

            We had a family fun night and built it together and we loved it! I will be looking for more just like it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Fun gift for my 33-yr-old

            By 

            from The Great Midwest

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clever bar gift for home
            • Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

                I am always struggling to find something fun for my 33-year-old, Special Forces veteran son. I saw this, and even though it's marketed as a STEM activity for kids, I knew he would have a great time putting it together and playing with it. I liked seeing in the reviews that people had bought other similar products from the same craftsman, so I am looking forward to being able to pick up others for him. I couldn't answer some Qs because I haven't given it to him yet.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                Great gift

                By 

                from Austin, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy Assembly
                • Entertaining
                • Fun
                • Great Value
                • Interactive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Creative Development
                  • Imaginative Play
                  • Indoor

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

                  My nephew loved this gift. He immediately started playing with it and had it assembled and was playing with it that night.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Just plane fun!

                  By 

                  from Saginaw, Michigan

                  About Me Grandparent

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Assembly
                  • Entertaining
                  • Fun
                  • Interactive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Creative Development
                    • Family Time
                    • Imaginative Play

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

                    Small parts, so supervision needed for small children. Play for hours!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Frustrating build for kids. Not worth buying

                    By 

                    from St louis

                    About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Assemble
                      • Flimsy
                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

                        Thought this would be a good project to share with my 8 year old and usually have good luck with Uncommon Goods. Toys are expensive but well made. This one was just expensive. My son bailed after a couple of steps and I spent three hours before giving up. A couple pieces of wood were slightly warped which kept them from going in flush. Without every piece fitting perfectly you can't get it all to come together. My son called it the "worst toy on planet earth".

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes, Yes

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