I was so excited when I recently discovered a new product, called makedo. I immediately went and checked out the website and after seeing all the wonderful possibilities, I couldn't resist getting it for the boys.
What is it? Essentially, as they so aptly put it, it is "a set of connectors for creating things from the stuff around you".
I particularly like that they offer both free-play kits, as well as find-and-make kits. In the free-play kit, you have a set of connectors and using the recycled objects you have at your disposal, as well as your imagination, you can make anything you want to. The find-and-make kit is a project-based kit, in which you make a specific thing, for example, flowers. These kits tell you which recycled objects you need for the project and it gives you the required connectors and instructions - cool hey?
In the Easter holidays we had some friends over and I gave the kids some recycled items as well as our free-play kit. Here's what they came up with...can you spot the tiny toilet roll character?
According to the website, this product is suitable for ages 5 and over. I think this depends on the child's fine motor dexterity and finger strength. The children who made these items in the picture were aged 10 and 12.
I really knew I had made a smart purchase when shortly after getting our kit, Big One had to go dressed up to school for "Crazy Day". He created a mask from a box and using the connectors, he attached items to the box to make it interesting. I was so thrilled, because it was far easier and quicker than using glue - no drying time required!
And now for the best part, Annelize, our local agent for this super product, has very kindly given me a 33 piece free-play kit to give away to you!
How do you enter? It's really easy.
- For one entry, leave a comment and tell me what one of your favourite posts has been here at Love and Lollipops.
- For a second entry, tell a friend about this competition.
- And, for a third entry, "like" my Love and Lollipops Facebook page.
- You need to leave separate comments for each entry and please make sure that I have your contact (email) info.
- The competition closes on Sunday the 13th of May and is open world wide.
Can't wait and want to buy some in the mean time? If you are local, you can contact Annelize via her Facebook page or send her an email at preta(at)mweb(dot)co(dot)za
Annelize will also be exhibiting at the next My Favourite Things market, being held in Paarl on the 12th of May.