We had so much fun creating these! One of our kindergarten classes have been learning about roller coasters and movement. I decided to give them the chance to design and create their own roller coaster. As students designed and planned their idea, they worked on their architectural skills. As they began to build and create, they became engineers. This STEM activity was a great hands-on way to explore these skills.
I started by showing a short video of a roller coaster ride. Many children had been on one before, but some had not experienced what it felt like or looked like. Once everyone had seen a roller coaster, they were excited to create their own!
The great thing about this project is that you only need construction paper, glue and markers. I cut the construction paper into strips of different lengths. I gave everyone a large sheet of paper for their base and then they selected what colours of strips they wanted to use.
Next, children began drawing lines or markings on the strips of paper. This detail added a great deal to the roller coasters visually. Children added flips, curves, turns as they connected each strip to the last.
In the end, everyone was left with a twisty twirly roller coaster of their own!
As an extension, I cut out small trains/seats and glued a picture of each child’s face onto the train. Children then were able to move their train all over their track. I love this STEM activity because every child creates something different, but they are all successful in creating their own.