Produced by an Australian company, Makedo is a revolutionary set of parts that changes what it means to play and create with cardboard. I explain further in the video below, but with reusable re-clips and locking hinges, Makedo enables a lot of creative engineering, er, play, without the need for rolls and rolls of tape.
My tween niece and I had a lot of free play fun using the basic kit for one while my teen niece created a large puppet from the robot kit.
The pieces fit together snugly enough to hold tight, but this means that taking the parts out for re-use requires a bit of work. I’d also caution that although the zip-tie device the re-clips use can unlock, you don’t want to give children the impression that all zip ties work in this reversible* manner.
Take a look at Makedo in action.
* I say this as a mom who was about a minute away from zipping her son to the ER after he unkowningly put an irreversible zip-tie tourniquet on his finger. To be clear, A) this was completely unrelated to the Makedo, my son never even touched the parts, B) it’s just a kick I’m on now about zip ties, C) I found a pair of scissors small and sharp enough to free his finger before the tip turned blue. I don’t know if girls are like this, but my curious boys have done some really dangerous things over the years.