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
Ingredients
Notes
Includes 4 marbles.

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

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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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UncommonGoodsBuild Your Own Marble Coaster
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (15)
  • Entertaining (13)
  • Interactive (10)
  • Easy assembly (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Difficult setup (3)

Best Uses

  • Creative development (11)
  • Family (11)
  • Indoor (10)
  • Imaginative play (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Grandparent (6), Parent of two or more children (6), Working parent (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (26)

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".

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Product

By 

from New York, NY

About Me Parent

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Creative Development
    • Introducing Physics Concepts
    • Mechanical Awareness

    Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

    This was purchased for a child who loves building and tinkering; he enjoys taking things apart, but doesn't necessarily know how to put said things back together so they work again. The designers of this STEM toy took the creativity of basic marble runs and added mechanics and basic machines to the equation, instantly capturing my kid's fascination. He was able to put the entire coaster together with no help other than the instructions provided. I'd purchase another set without hesitation. Note: The glue is provided and was important to use for stability.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    This was very disappointing

    By 

    from Pennsylvania

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

    Wood pieces were warped, marbles did not fit through the pre-made holes. Once built, had to tilt so far to get marbles to move, they fell off track. Bought for 11 yr old, adults had to assist with gluing and holding together. Wish I would've researched better on this. Had a very disappointed kid.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Wonderful product and 'toy'!

    By 

    from Lake Geneva, WI

    About Me Grandparent

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Creative Development
      • Family Time
      • Indoor
      • Young Children

      Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

      The 12 y/o learned to follow non-electronic (thank you!) directions had quality time with Grandpa, both of whom enjoyed themselves during the building process. Then the 5.5 y/o got to play with it and was beside himself with excitement. An excellent gift all around. I think it will be in use for quite awhile.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      1.0

      I would not buy this product again.

      By 

      from Big Lake' Mn

      About Me Grandparent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cheaply Made
        • Difficult To Assemble
        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Family Time
        • Imaginative Play
        • Indoor

        Comments about UncommonGoods Build Your Own Marble Coaster:

        Wouldn't stay together with out glue.Kept falling apart. Never said Need glue to put together.!! Was not worth the money I paid for it! Made him very frustrated. He's 11yr old boy

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

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