CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Marbleocity Mini Skate Park
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- Build your own working skate park model made of real wood! The Mini Skate Park features lots of fun physics action, including a stair descent, rail slide and a jump—so once you build your skate park, you can run marbles through it!
- The assembly instructions feature a graphic novel with the Tinkineer cast of characters— Kelvin, Joule, Newt and friends —to communicate meaningful STEM concepts in an engaging format.
- It’s a fun way to learn about projectile motion and centripetal force while making an awesome kinetic sculpture!
- The Mini Skate Park takes approximately one to two hours to build, and measures 6" when finished; for ages 9 and up.
- Made in the USA.
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Introduce children to STEM with fun, hands-on model kits!
The satisfaction and pride of making your own kinetic sculpture!
Engineering principles and physics concepts engage young minds, so it’s a unique and playful learning experience for beginner and experienced Makers alike! No special tools required; only household white glue (not included) is needed! The activity lasts an hour or two because of all the different building steps and waiting for glue to dry, so it's long-lasting fun!
A cool, fun, working marble run to play with!
The Mini Skate Park is full action, like a rail slide, stair descent and jump—so once you build your coaster, you can run marbles through it! Just turn the crank to start the action!
USA-made wood kit includes:
- Laser-cut birch wood parts
- Metal axles
- Tinkineer graphic novel with assembly instructions
- Note: Household white glue required for building; not included.
Meet the Tinkineers!
The graphic novel with the Tinkineer cast of characters— Mosfet, Newt, Kelvin, Joule and Iggy—communicates meaningful STEM concepts in an engaging format. It’s a fun way to learn about projectile motion and centripetal force while making an awesome kinetic sculpture!
The marbles make a super cool jump!
Watch marbles zig-zag down the stair descent!
It's a mesmerizing sculpture, as well as a fun marble run!
|Marbleocity Mini Coaster||Marbleocity Dragon Coaster||Marbleocity Skate Park|
|Build Time||1 to 2 hours||3 to 5 hours||3 to 5 hours|
|Features||Run marbles through dips and turns, like a real roller coaster!||Run marbles through dips and turns, like a real roller coaster! Connects to the Skate Park (not included), shuttling marbles back and forth, so you can expand your marble empire!||Run marbles through a lift, stair descent, rail slide and a jump! Connects to the Dragon Coaster (not included), shuttling marbles back and forth, so you can expand your marble empire!|
Tinkineer’s Marbleocity introduces children to engineering principles and physics concepts with dynamic hands-on STEM model kits made of precision-cut wood in the USA. Each kit includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions in a graphic novel that features the Tinkineer characters. The comic introduces a physics concept or engineering mechanism that is the focal point of the model, all in a fun and engaging way! The result is an awesome kinetic sculpture and some new physics and engineering insight! Building requires only household white glue…no special tools! It’s a unique and playful learning experience for beginner and experienced Makers alike!
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The instructions indicate this build will take 1-2 hours; this held true for me, taking 1hr and 15 minutes to complete. There seems to be a slight building difficulty increase over the Marbleocity Mini Roller Coaster Kit. The box is rated 9 and up; however I would imagine that my 12 year old might have struggle in some parts.
The included instructions do well to guide the builder along for the most part. The instructions assign a letter to parts as you are building to assist in grabbing the correct parts; however, the parts are not marked themselves leaving the builder to guess based off the picture in the instructions. In some spots of the instructions the parts you need to grab are show behind images of already assembled pieced. This makes it difficult to find the correct part. Since these parts are all laser cuts they all fit together nicely. If you are unsure what part belongs where, just do a test fit. It either will or wont fit.
After the kit was put together, it looks great. Honestly, I love the way it looks. In playing with the device I have noticed the ball sometimes will go off track. Sometimes when the ball goes down the jump it will overshoot the landing, hit the landing and bounce, or come off the jump on an angle. This results in the ball falling out of the kit. Sometimes, near the bottom by the curve the ball will just fall off. I have gone over the kit and ensure that there is no extra blue in these locations.
Other than the ball coming off the rail occasionally and the small issues with the instructions, I absolutely love the kit. All three of my children sat around and watched/assisted with the build. It was a great little project, I was very relaxed when putting it together, and my children love it.
The only reason we took off one star was the instructions. While the text was pretty clear, the diagrams were awful. None of the wood parts were labeled, so even though the instruction book talked about Part A and Part B, you had to guess what part they were talking about by kind of matching the shape. Worse yet, it didn't give you a clear picture in the book of just the piece. Instead, it showed you how the piece fit together with previously-built pieces, regardless of how difficult it was to see the shape of the piece. It was extremely frustrating at times. Sometimes, it only showed the 5mm edge of the piece instead of the flat side that showed the shape. Because of this, there was one part that we glued on backwards, causing the whole machine to not work. I needed to break off a piece of that wrong piece, and bend it down out of the way of the marble, so that the gear could get past that and put the marble in the right spot. Marbles still get stuck in that spot, but the next marble coming up bumps it past and will make it keep going.
Overall, it's a great product, and we would recommend it to friends. But we'd also give them the warning about the instruction book.
It comes with a nice book that gives a story (comic book style) and then the directions. It is fun directions though not the boring directions we adults get on things WE need to assemble (think the comic book theme continuing). So my son set off to put this together and we quickly realized, that Dad needed to help him. Unfortunately, my son grew tired of waiting for the glue to dry on some pieces and quickly left the project up to my husband to finish.
Once finished though my son thoroughly enjoyed playing with the crank with the four METAL balls. It has held up to his constant playing with it over the last week. Overall, this is a great kit and toy (assembled). I however would not recommend this project for a child younger than instructed. It does have it difficult parts to it and can become frustrating to children (like my son) who do not have patience.
I do not have a image of the end product. My son hid it from his baby brother and when I went to grab a image of the final product I can not find it.
I funded the Dragon Coaster in Kickstarter, which is a bit bigger and has a motor. It was easy to build and a huge hit with my cats! Waxing parts of the gears takes a bit of patience but the results were fantastic!! I also sanded all the parts in the Dragon Coaster.
When I funded the Dragon Coaster I read that they could all be linked together so I also just purchased the Mini Coaster, which should arrive in another week.
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