Recently I was handed a box of Makedo, a set of connectors that enable you to build quickly with recyclable materials like cardboard boxes. If you are a regualr at Uber Savvy you will know that recycling is a big part of what I do with my students, so this product looked like it had potential....
A basic kit ($30 AUS) contains:
- 5 groovy plastic construction tools with knife and hole punching device.
- Connectors (a pin and clip)
- Hinges - that can be fixed or pivot.
The kit says it is for ages 4+, so I took the Makedo kit home to test it out with my
My children picked it all up straight away and ran with it (metaphorically and literally).
We used masking tape, stickers, a circle hole punch and some left over contact paper together with the Makedo system to build our robots.
This connector system is easy to use and perfect for children at home. I can see Mums and Dads creating side by side with their kids- it is a fabulous holiday idea!
I love the way the circular clips become part of the design (as with the eyes on the robots). It is great how you can incorporate movement (the robots' legs and the arms move) - you can't do this with tape!
The box doesn't take up much room in a cupboard and all the clips and hinges can be used over and over and over again.
In a classroom situation it would work well with all age groups for a whole range of projects. It enables fast building which is always welcome. I am definitely planning some sculptural work with this soon- the students will love it.
The Makedo site has a video demo and a interesting gallery to gather ideas- click here. You can also upload your own creations which is what I am about to do after I finish this. By the way I haven't been paid to review this product, I just think it is a really interesting one that allows creativity to grow.
It has my eco-art thumbs up!
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