All you need to make ramps of your own are toilet paper or paper towel tubes, tape, something to mount your ramp on (we used boxes), and something to roll down the ramp.
I began by cutting the tubes in half and taped them together to make a slide for the cars. We taped a few together and tested it out before completing the ramp. On the first test run, the car ran right into the ground and flipped over. The problem was I hadn’t decreased the slope at the end.
We didn’t want our cars to crash, so it was time to find a solution!
With a simple fix to the bottom tube, the car rolled right out.
Now that we’d created one successful ramp, we made two more of different heights using a table and two boxes. When all three ramps were complete, it was time to test which sent the cars farthest.
One by one, we sent the cars down our ramps. First the shortest ramp. Then the medium. And finally the tallest.
The cars were surprisingly fast as they slid down the ramps, and the rolled completely across the room. The car rolled farthest out of the ramp off the table. This is because it had a longer incline to accelerate down due to the force of gravity (and also a good example of why slides level off at the bottom).
We sent the cars down the ramp over and over (and over).
Try it out yourself at home. With just a few simple materials, you can make ramps for your favorite rolling toys.
And don’t forget to sing a building song while you’re at it.
I hope you and your trailblazer have so much fun building ramps!