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PaperRollerCoasters.com Individual Set $30

Create incredible paper roller coasters using strips of heavy paper. By folding, cutting, and taping the paper strips together you will be able to make sturdy roller coasters that reach the ceiling! PaperRollerCoasters.com has downloadable templates to print and cut out, but if you don’t want to spend time cutting them out, they have a pre-cut kit available.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


  1. Great list! Thanks for sharing. My STEM gift list is smaller, but has some overlap with yours. It’s at http://www.themakermom.com/2012/11/hot-holiday-stem-gifts-for-kids-ps-im.html

  2. Rose Glenn says:

    I have absolutely nothing to add to the list at this time, but I just wanted to say thank you. These are incredibly awesome ‘toys’ and though all my holiday shopping is done, every item here has made my christmas list for my kids next year. (boy 9 girl 5)
    The most I could come up with myself this year were a telescope, carnivorous plant system, triops, k’nex roller coaster, and a robot building kit.
    These are so much more awesome! thank you!!!!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Toys for Kids