Teach Kids All About a Roller Coaster Ride

A roller coaster ride brings out the dare devil in all of us! Teach kids all about how roller coasters work and all the fun that comes along them.

Teach kids all about a Roller Coaster Ride

This Summer Learning Series is all about roller coasters! You will find a list of favorite activities, books, movies, snack ideas and field trips that are all about a roller coaster ride!

Roller coaster rides are fun at any age. Pick and choose what activities your kids may enjoy to learn all about roller coasters.

Also be sure to check out our other fun topics like bugs, trains, airplanes and cars with our Summer Learning Series.

Introduction to Physics

Roller coaster rides are a fun way to introduce physics to your kids. I found this great article on how a roller coaster ride works on Howstuffworks.com. You can read it with your kids or read it yourself and get a good idea of how to teach it to them. It’s kind of fun to be able to learn a thing or two while teaching your kids.

Centrifugal Force

Try out this easy centrifugal force bucket experiment from Suzy Homeschooler. You can also try this experiment with a penny in the bucket. Kids are always amazed that the water stays in the bucket! It’s pretty cool to see that then explain how a roller coaster ride will keep you in place.

Centrifugal force

Educational Roller Coaster Movie

We found Popular Mechanics for Kids: Rip-Roaring Roller Coasters at our library and my kids have loved watching it. It’s an informative and educational movie and also really fun.

Roller Coaster Ride Books

Here is a good variety of picture books with roller coaster rides in them. All of these books have links to Amazon if you want to purchase them. Many of them can also be found at your local library.

Forces Make Things Move (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Curious George Roller Coaster

Harriet and the Roller Coaster by Nancy Carlson

Roller Coaster Kid

The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt

Roller Coaster Coloring Sheets

These roller coaster coloring sheets are an easy activity to do, especially for the little ones that aren’t quite tall enough for roller coasters yet. They were all found here.

front seats of roller coaster with star coloring page
front of roller coaster log ride coloring page
Back seats of roller coaster ride coloring page
back of roller coaster log ride coloring page

Roller Coaster Craft Activity

  • Make paper plate roller coasters by cutting the edges off of paper plates and taping them together. This is the perfect way to re-purpose empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. The skewers help raise the track. Send down the marbles and watch them go!
paper plate roller coaster ride
kids playing with paper plate roller coaster ride
  • These name roller coasters from jodibobo.blogspot.com are so cool! It’s a great writing assignment and art project all in one. I love that you can have your kids practice writing their name or switch it up and have them write a paragraph or the alphabet.
roller coaster craft with letters of name
  • We can’t wait to make these 3-D construction paper roller coasters from Sparklyart.blogspot.com. The possibilities are endless!
roller coaster art with construction paper
  • Check out this amazing pretzel roller coaster from croqzine.com. If this is too hard, you can make simple tracks for a snack.
pretzel roller coaster

Roller Coaster Snack

For a snack/treat, use Fruit by the Foot to make a roller coaster ride! This is really quick and fun for the kids. For older kids, you can take the Fruit by the Foot and try to make a roller coaster with skewers, toothpicks and a slab of styrofoam.

Boy making fruit by the foot roller coaster.

Field Trip to an Amusement Park

No roller coaster theme would be complete without a field trip to an amusement park to ride on an actual roller coaster!

People on a roller coaster ride

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