December 21, 2012

The Best Post Holiday Gift - Makedo

**Yes friends, you can still order these in time for Christmas through Amazon but I think this is the perfect item to have arrive a few days after Christmas when you're running out of things to do with your kids!**

Remember my cardboard Cinderella carriage?  The small child in me still loves taking the giant cardboard boxes that our UPS man is frequently seen hauling to the front door and turning them into play things.

That old rule still stands true for most kids so by the end of Christmas Day they will almost certainly be playing with the box the toy you decided to splurge on came inside of.  Therefore I feel it's my duty to share with you the wonderful world of Makedo.

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Makedo is a company that sells kits of tools to expand upon the possibilities of what your child can create with a box and other things floating around your recycling bin.  Do you remember my very fancy toy market I showed you in our tailgating post? As much as Kayla loves it, she also thoroughly enjoys an afternoon of make believe in a box, just like her mommy.

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So I thought I'd show you what comes in a Makedo package so you could see for yourself.  You get quite a bit of materials, each with a special purpose.  If your child is around Kayla's age (4) you'll need to help piece together the body of your creation.

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If you have an older child like a few of my friends who have children in the 7-8 year old range they can pretty much tackle this on their own and you can go back to gloating about how much more maintenance free your life is as a parent than mine.

What I love about the Makedo kits is that they are built for open ended play.  Makedo sent us the Market kit which includes pretty specific instructions on how to construct your market.  You can also go off on your own and decide how you'd like to piece one together yourself - which is the route I chose.

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The only thing I didn't love about our Makedo kit was the safe-saw.  It was pretty difficult to cut with. Part of that is probably because I'm used to using an X-Acto knife which cuts very easily and of course is not nearly safe enough to allow a child to use.  The safe-saw will actually cut the box, though it will take quite a while to make the cuts needed.  Of course I love that it's available as a safe option if you do have an older child working alone or want to let a younger child feel more involved. 

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Here are a few pictures from our market creating experience.  Kayla was all to eager to help attach some pieces and transform our box into her market.  Did I mention that mis-matched pajamas are her new look?  She literally refuses to wear a top and a bottom that coordinate.

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It was nice that with a little bit of help she was able to fit the parts together.  For the most part they work like zipties so you just push the nail looking piece into the hole on the re-clips and they hold together quite well.  There are no dangerous or overly sharp parts and things stay in place much better than using packing tape which was my old method for making things out of cardboard boxes.

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Our market was assembled in about 10 minutes.  We could have spent hours collecting lots of extra items to add shelves, creating a cash register or decorating it but Kayla just wanted to get down to business and sell me some expensive play food and Christmas ornaments.  I do think if you have older kids this is the most perfect way to kill an afternoon that would otherwise be spent playing video games or watching TV.

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The best part (if you ask me) is that when you're ready to rid yourself of the hulking cardboard creation your child has made you can undo a bunch of the parts are re-use them for another project....like seeing how big a wall you can make out of all the boxes from your holiday gifts!

If you want to check out the Makedo kits available for super quick delivery you can here and if you happen to create something awesome please send it my way so Kayla and I can check it out and share it with our Facebook friends!
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