Giveaway: Best Toy EVER!!

Update: Giveaway is now closed.. See below for winner announcement!

I am SO excited to be hosting this giveaway, for what I consider to be the BEST toy EVER!!! When I first came across makedo, an Australian toy company, I contacted them to see if they would be interested in sponsoring a giveaway. Not only did they agree to sponsor a giveaway (Yay!!), but their distributor in the US also generously sent us three sets. We were thrilled!!

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Makedo makes and sells re-useable safe-saws, connectors, and cardboard hinges — allowing kids ages 5 and up to create amazing toys and spaces from recyclables! It’s sort of like our Invention Kit, on steroids. They have a Free Play kit, and also several “find & make” kits that give kids a bit more direction for building. For this review, I received a dollhouse find & make kit (pictured below), a play house find & make kit, and a free play kit. They were all fantastic!!

First up, the girls and I tried the dollhouse kit….

It contains 57 reusable parts, and dollhouse stickers for furniture and accessories. We had several shoeboxes in our Invention Kit, so Emily and I put together this FUN dollhouse in just a few minutes!!

While Emily and I did the building, Clara got to enjoy the finished product almost as much as Emily did — making Emily feel super-proud for making a toy they could both enjoy!

I love how a robot made his way into the kitchen! Who wouldn’t want a robot to do cooking for them??

Next up, we used the Free Play kit to make a super-fun playhouse!!!

It’s hard to say who had more fun with this…. the kids playing with it, or Mark and I while we helped Emily build it! For a couple of engineers like us, we both remarked how incredibly awesome it would have been to have had a toy like this when we were kids. Kids are SO lucky these days!!

We used four large moving boxes, taped together to form one very large box. If you don’t have large cardboard boxes on-hand, they cost around $1.50 each at Home Depot.

The Makedo connectors made the box very sturdy, and the hinges made shutters and doors that really open and close — so much fun!!

So much imaginative play — and all from recyclables!! I love, love, love this product and its potential for creative fun!!!!

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Now the fun part — One lucky reader will win a Free Play Makedo kit (pictured below)!!!! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Kit includes: 1 safe-saw, 6 lock-hinges, 29 pins, and 29 clips — all of which are reusable! You can buy Makedo Free Play kits for $25.00 each, and they ship anywhere in the world with free standard shipping! For those of you in the U.S., they are available through Amazon for just $15.08 and eligible for free shipping on orders over $25!

To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on this post (be sure to include your email address). Easy, peasy!!!

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Giveaway ends Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 6:30pm EST and winner will be chosen by

Good luck!!

Update: Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Martha (comment #348, chosen by!!! A big thank you to everyone who entered — another FUN giveaway starts soon!!


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  3. Great giveaway!

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  6. What a great toy! I recently bought the robot kit for my nephew, not knowing whether he’d like it. He LOVES it and is apparently even raiding his neighbors’ recycling now 🙂

  7. Caroline Simmons says

    Thank you for tippin me off to a GREAT toy!

  8. Marybeth Kusner says

    Always looking for fun new toys! Great give away!

  9. kimberly krause says

    My granddaughter and i would have sooooo much fun building with this amazing toy!

  10. Seeing as they are an Aust company better check out their website!


  11. I’ve never heard of these before. What a neat idea! We’re moving, so we’ll have TONS of boxes for the kids to use these on. 🙂

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  15. These look like so much fun! I’m glad you blogged about them and even if I don’t win these are going to find their way into our house 🙂

  16. awsome! we’ve tried some cardboard building sets, but this one looks much more intricate. how fun!

  17. These are fantastic 😀
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  18. This looks awesome!


  19. Hi! A large portion of our lounge room is currently taken up with two “homes” made of carboard boxes which our two kids made. The makedo looks awesome!! We’d love it!!

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  28. so so so cool- thanx for the great giveaway!

  29. This looks SO cool! I want one!

  30. Cool—-these look great! I follow you through google reader and fb!

  31. My granddaughters would absolutely love playing with this toy! Thanks for the information!

  32. What an incredibly awesome idea. 🙂 my daughter loves to play in boxes… the idea of making a house etc for her is just *SOOOO* neat! 🙂

  33. Very cool items! Imagination is everything!

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  35. love this product!!

  36. Love this! Can’t wait to build a cardboard castle!

  37. Wow, I had never heard of this company before but those are some awesome sets. I love that the free play one comes with hinges! It takes the plying with boxes to another level , I think. Thanks for sharing this company with us.

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  39. Just tweeted about this contest under @lydsquidmom.

  40. This looks like sooooo much fun! I have a class of 17 Pre-K kids who love to create. We are in the midst of a museum unit and are making lots of Recycle/garbage/treasure art! We would love to try this out!

  41. Great giveaway! We’ve been eyeing Makedo on Amazon…would love to win!

  42. Looks awesome! We’re using a stack of boxes tomorrow for a box building competition here at home. This would be great!

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  44. This makes fancy cardboard box houses! Great fun!

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  47. OH.MY.GOSH!!! How clever. If I am not lucky enough to win, I’m buying ’em. Very cool.

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  49. How fantastic! Gotta have this for our cold winter and rainy days!

  50. We have so much fun with the projects you post!

  51. Christina R says

    Awesome kids toy! I think I might not see my kids for a week if had this!

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  55. This looks like some creative fun!

  56. This looks fantastic!

  57. Would love to win!

  58. So fun!

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  62. This is the coolest thing ever! Why do kids have so much fun playing with cardboard?

  63. JEnnifer Galang says

    Would love this!

  64. Great toy – so simple, and a great way to re-use/recycle! Hope we win!! Thanks!

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  68. What a truly creative idea. I love it!


  70. I ADORE this product! Kids will have way more creative fun with this kit ,than any other ‘fancy-schmanzy’ high priced toy out there (that ends up scattered in the toy box).
    I have one cocern: why is the one piece that pushes through the cardboard so long and pointy?? Looks a bit dangerous? Are there caps to protect little eyes? Just wondering ….

  71. This is so fantastic! My boys play with boxes all.the.time. But MakeDo would take it up a notch!

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  74. I shared your giveaway on Twitter (!/Aleksija/status/40114269982957569)

  75. So cool!!! Boxes make the best toys ever!!

  76. Just posted about this on facebook!

  77. Nichole Lenneman says

    This is super cool!

    We love battery free toys!!

  78. Very cool, would love to win!!

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  81. Love this! Even if I don’t win, I’m going to bookmark the site to remind myself to order a kit one of these days. Thanks!

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  84. My kiddos would love this!!!

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  86. This is an absolutely amazing set. My girls currently have a box house and we are looking for another large box. My favorite is the doll house out of shoe boxes. So amazing.

  87. Wow! I needed this when I was a kid. Looks like fun. A good family activity.

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  89. I Love the Idea of this Kit. I’ve been looking for something like this for years

  90. christina mcaveney says

    These look awesome. They are right up my son’s alley!

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  93. This is way, way cool! What a fabulous, and simple, idea!

  94. Oh goodness! We would certainly have a blast with that here in our home – we love creating with cardboard!

    Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas 🙂

  95. Amy Nielson says

    I just found your blog from Melissa & Doug’s link on FB. What great ideas you have!!

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    We would have SOOOO much fun with this!!

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  100. Kirsten Dasilva says

    What fun! I know all 3 of my children would equally enjoy.

  101. Britt Pumphrey says

    Looks like fun!


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