Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Paper Roller Coaster-Giveaway

My 10-year-old son just came home from school proudly carrying his very own paper roller coaster.
It's made from folded pieces of cardstock. Genius!  I declared it totally blog worthy and snapped a picture.  My son spent most of the afternoon adjusting it and sending down marbles.  If you know my son, it would surprise you to see him sitting and doing anything for longer than a few minutes.  I was so impressed, that I contacted the company to ask if I could blog about it. I told them I thought that paper roller coasters were so cool, that I wouldn't even charge them anything.   
The Super Coaster
They sent me some templates.  My husband and son saw this one on the website and they are now dreaming up their own super-coasters.

So if you are looking for something to occupy your housefull of kids all summer, then check out their website http://paperrollercoasters.com/index.htm. Their products start at $20 -which is a great deal compared to most building toys. Supporting my boy's LEGO habit is putting us in the poorhouse and we've never gotten to build anything 5 feet tall.

How would you like to win one for free? They are generously giving away an Individual Set, which includes detailed directions and enough pre-printed card stock to build a five-foot tall roller coaster.  It even comes with 5 marbles.

To enter, please check out http://paperrollercoasters.com/index.htm and leave me a comment about what you saw and who you know that would love to build a paper roller coaster (scout troops, home school groups, your family, etc). Easy Peasy. You don't have to "like" me or "follow me" or sign away your first born.  Just leave a comment.

Contest ends May 25th at midnight CST.  I will choose one comment using random.org and the winner will receive on Individual  Kit ($30 value). Shipping to US only. UPDATE: For any of you that live outside the US, you can win a set of Electronic Templates - A digital version of the directions with over eighty color photographs, and eleven templates suitable for printing onto card stock.  You will also receive downloadable directions.

Individual pack
I'll post the winner Thursday May 26th, along with pictures of whatever my boys came up with. 

Also, check out their facebook page for more pictures, tips, and videos. I'm sure they'd appreciated it if you "Liked" them.

Linking up here.

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  1. WOW! Ok, this is fun! I love that it is totally creative - as big as you want (depending on the amount of cardstock you have). Great product!

    (And, I love your blog Tara! The tabs at the top make it super easy to take a look at everything you've got to offer. Fun!)

  2. What a cool product. I love the idea that you could print out which pieces you want, and make more copies later.

    I can envision my kids working together to figure out how to set up a cool coaster. Would it be dreaming to add, "with out arguing"?

  3. Wow! I know my boys would love that...who am I kidding, my whole family would love it :)

    I loved looking at the gallery at all the different coasters, very creative! I know my kids would have so much fun imagining and building their own.

    Cool product!

  4. My little guy would love this! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Those are so cool! Being a roller coaster lover I can just imagine the blast that those marbles are having as they roll their way down the coaster.

    Even though my kids are all grown up and gone I am thinking that this would be a blast for girls camp!

  6. wow - that is amazing. My son would love it! He has played with something similar at a children's museum but to be able to do this at home would be awesome. (You can only do so much with paper towel rolls.) All of the pictures are amazing!
    jessmusumarra (at) hotmail (dot) com

  7. Wow, looks like a lot of fun and educational too. My kids and husband were in awe looking at the pictures. Could be a fun family reunion activity too!

  8. This looks like so much fun. You're right, hours of summer fun and they stay cool too!! Thanks for telling us about it. Tell your son he did an AWESOME JOB!!

  9. All of the boys in the house, husband included, would love this. This is so cool.

  10. wow now that is awesome! AMAZING.


  11. WOW! That is amazing! My kids would be all over that! Thanks for linking! :)

  12. oh heavens, my kids (and me, of course) would LOVE that! i can imagine the fun things we would come up with. very cool!!

  13. OK, this is totally awesome!! Can't wait to show my 8 yr old son the video on their site. He loves marbles & marble runs, as well as arts & crafts. I am forever stepping on marbles at my house.
    I was looking for a fun marble run to get him for Christmas, but never found one I liked. This is way cooler; to be able to build it and then play with it! It would also make an terrific Cub Scout activity!!

  14. O.M.G.!! What a fantastic idea!! My boys would love it! Great way to wake their creativity, get them away from electronics and get them working as a team. I bet they would be so proud of their creation. All the pics in the gallery are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win such a fun product.

  15. !!!! Wow, these are so cool! My niece and nephew would have a blast with these!
    myheehaw at hotmail dot com

  16. So cool! I loved watching the video on their website of that super tall one. My kids would love this, but are a little young at 6 and 4 to cut the precise parts. I would love doing it myself though - I love stuff like this!

    Saw your link on Tea Rose Home. Cool giveaway!

    krispiks )at) aol (dot) com

  17. What a great idea! This definitely has the fun factor! I liked the classrom set since I am a teacher! Thanks for linking up!


  18. My 10yr & 8yr old boys would LOVE this!! I am also in charge of scouts, but.....would probably just do it with our family!!

  19. This is so cool! I'll bet your little boy is having a blast with it. Thanks for sharing it with my readers!

    Warmly, Michelle

  20. this is amazing!!! i have six boys and three girls and most are self-proclaimed roller-coaster fanatics. we will all be playing with this! me included. what a great way to learn science, construction, how to entertain yourself. wow! skeime (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. My 10 year old is standing behind me as I type and he's saying "WOW!!!" haha!! He would love this! Thanks for linking up at the Sassy Sites Free For All party! When you get a chance, come back by and see what we've done for the American Crafter's competition... and maybe vote for us too! *wink*

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  22. How cool is that?!! I just hopped over to the website to see more and my 8 year old son (who is also a Lego lover!) would just flip out over that. He loves building and constructing and this would be right up his alley. Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

  23. This is sooo amazing!! Thank you for the great link!

  24. So fun and creative! It really gets kids thinking, doesn't it? Thanks for linking up!

  25. This is awesome! What a GREAT project!
    Most DEFINITELY qualifies as F.U.N.!!!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Bec :-)

  26. Ok, that is so cool! My husband never gets very excited about blog stuff, but he's planning to get his brothers together and build one this summer. They want to build one as tall as our second story...We'll see how that goes :)

  27. wow those are cool! I'd build one with my little sister - she loves simple machine engineering (which is pretty much what that is) and we could totally use the time together

  28. I would so love that. We had some friends that had a plastic version of these and my kids played for hours on it. So much fun!

  29. Incredible! My daughter would go nuts~ she has such a builder's heart and this would thrill her, I am so glad I found this post and company on your blog!


  30. Those rooler coasters are incredible! I would love to build one with my son

    stelmar at gmail dot com

  31. Those are awesome! My 9 yr old daughter would go nuts over that - she is constantly creating some paper craft - she's done bridges, boxes, houses...

    Of course, my Webelos den (I'm Webelos den leader in our ward) would really enjoy that too...

    In fact, I'm pretty sure my physics-major hubby would easily spend an afternoon playing around with that (most likely with daughter 'helping')!

    taffi.abp at gmail.com

  32. Super fantastic! Kids will love it! What's more, I think Dad's might enjoy it also!