If there were ever a "toy" made for Parenthackers, it would be Makedo.
Makedo isn't exactly a toy, not at first anyway. It's a set of tools that lets kids build toys out of materials lying around the house. Cardboard boxes, paper cups, toilet paper tubes…and anything else through which one could punch a hole.
One might be able to accomplish the same thing with scissors, paper fasteners and tape, but not as quickly, safely, or independently as with Makedo tools. Which means that young kids can apply their no-holds-barred creativity to serious construction projects.
As I'm sure you know, I'm a big fan of early independence and open-ended play. Makedo hits the jackpot with both.
Even better: Makedo tools are built to last, and to be reused many times.
You can buy the "freeplay" Makedo tools by themselves, or, for a little more guided creativity, you can opt for a "find & make" kit.
Visit the Makedo shop for the full selection of Makedo kits, but for US holiday delivery, you're better off with Amazon. The selection is smaller, but all kits are eligible for Super Saver shipping, and some have great discounts.
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Win it! I've got two Makedo Find & Make Robot kits to give away! I'll randomly choose two Parenthackers who answer the following question in the comments:
What's the most memorable holiday gift you received as a child?
Deadline to enter: Monday, December 12, 2011, 5pm PST (prizes will arrive in January 2012). No residence restrictions! Good luck!
Hat tip to Cool Mom Picks for introducing me to Makedo.