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!!!

For extra entries, you can blog/Facebook/Tweet about this giveaway, follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, and/or subscribe to our feed. Just leave a comment for each one for your extra entry/entries!!

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!!


  1. My kids would definitely love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. And I subscribe to your feed!

  3. Love this! It just amps up the ol’ “use markers, stickers and the pile of boxes to make something” routine! Thanks so much for sharing. Your blog is crazy inspirational!

  4. Oh, this would be so much fun!

  5. I like you on facebook

  6. I subscribe to your feed

  7. That sounds really neat!

  8. Awesome! Love it 🙂

  9. My girls would love this!!

  10. I also subscribe to your feed. 🙂

  11. This would be so much fun for my creative kids, and let’s face it, me and their dad would love to create and play with this too! Thanks for the heads up, if I don’t win we’ll definitely be purchasing this one for us and all our cousins too!

  12. This is too cool! Thanks for making the giveaway possible!

  13. Wow! That looks like a TON of fun!!

  14. This looks terrific!

  15. I’m following you on Twitter.

  16. Wow, we’ve been making our own toys a lot lately and this would open up a new bag of possibilities. Thanks for the chance.

  17. I like you on FB.

  18. I like you on Facebook, tee hee.

  19. I subscribe to your feed.

  20. How cool!! I live in Canada BUT you could ship it to my sister in the U.S. & she could bring it with her when she visits, so please count me in! 😉
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  21. I subscribe to your feed (and have for a long time 😉 We love your ideas!

  22. following you on facebook 🙂

  23. following you on twitter 🙂

  24. this is the best toy ever! I have never heard of it…and love it! will be buying for gift giving – but I’d still love to test one out with my girls!

  25. following your feed!

  26. Yeah, this looks like the best toy ever.

  27. like you on facebook!

  28. I sub via rss.

  29. I like Frugal Family Fun Blog on facebook.

  30. These look awesome! I’m gonna check out their website to see what else they have!

  31. I already subscribe to your feed 🙂

  32. Love it! Very creative.

  33. … and follow you on Twitter (@handsonaswegrow)

  34. I subscribe to your blog too : )

  35. and like you on FB too 🙂

  36. wow! what a unique gift that can be used over and over again no matter what age! perfect!

  37. What fun! The dollhouse kit looks like such fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. OMG, this is SO cool. If I don’t win, I have to buy one of the kits (or all of them)

  39. Sub to feed.

  40. tweeted about the giveaway too!

  41. I also follow you on twitter as fallenxglory!

  42. Like on FB.

  43. and also posted on my FB page – hands on : as we grow

  44. And I like you on Facebook as Kristy Small 🙂

  45. i saw these amazing toys over the holidays! i am new to your facebook page, glad to be here 🙂

  46. Aaaand I subscribe to the feed through google.

  47. That is a brilliant idea for a toy! My kiddos love using boxes for houses, cars and doll beds. I love the idea of the hinges. Thank you for sharing the giveaway!

  48. Omg! The pea would love this!

  49. looks like so much fun 🙂

  50. And I follow you on Facebook!

  51. AWESOME!!!!!!

  52. I am a fan on facebook 🙂

  53. What a great product that let’s kids use stuff to make better stuff!

  54. What a ADORABLE family you have here <3

  55. I have never heard of this, but it is by far the coolest toy ever!

  56. I love it!

  57. I would love to win this!

  58. I like you on facebook =)

  59. i subscribe to your blog!

  60. We have got to get some of these!! Awesome!

  61. I subscribe to your blog.

  62. I follow you on twitter.

  63. I like you on facebook, too. 🙂

  64. These look incredible! My kids would spend hours “creating.” Would love to win this! (I also like you on Facebook.) 🙂

  65. Emily Landmann says

    Way, way cool. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  66. subscribed!

  67. Emily Landmann says

    And, I “like” you on Facebook. 🙂

  68. That is so super cool. Would have been handy when we moved last seeing as we got an extra shipment of boxes.

  69. I shared on facebook.

  70. I tweeted about it.

  71. my kids and I would love this!

  72. i love your site…..our kids love to make forts and play houses….looks right up our alley!

  73. already subscribed by rss into my email inbox!

  74. liked on FB

  75. The gals would love this!!! So cool.

  76. ummmm. . .for something I just learned about I sure do feel like I’ve wanted it FOREVER!

    I already like you of facebook, but I will link to this giveaway!
    I already subscribe to your feed ~ you were my first RSS don’t you feel special?
    I will follow you on twitter, I can’t believe I wasn’t already!

  77. I have 2 big boxes in my garage just waiting for this. 🙂

  78. Looks like tons of fun!!

  79. I shared this Giveaway on FB

  80. Wow! What a toy full of imagination! What fun our family would have playing with these! All four of my kids love to create and imagine even to the extent of planting every one of our fallen branches in the ground for the birdies! We are all over these open ended tools! I am thankful to you for enlightening me that these are out there!

  81. Liked it on FB so my husband (another engineer) & all of my mom friends will see it.

  82. Already subscribe to your blog. We’re going to make Love Bugs tomorrow.

  83. I liked it on fb! 🙂

  84. These look SO awesome!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!! I follow you and all that good stuff, but I don’t want to fill you up with more replies 😛 Thanks for sharing your review!! These are going on our wishlist now 😀

  85. What a wonderful creation! We are always looking for ways to re-purpose!

  86. We subscribe to your feed. 🙂

  87. And we like you on facebook!

  88. how awsome is that…love it!!

  89. This is AWESOME!! Thanks for the give away!

  90. I follow on Twitter

  91. I like you on FB

  92. I subscribe to you on my google reader

  93. I bought a small makedo kit after seeing a review on ikat bag. I really like the concept, but our connectors kept breaking. Have you had that problem? I would still love to win, because I still think it’s a good toy and we need some new connectors!

  94. I follow you on twitter

  95. and I like you on facebook

  96. and I subscribe to your feed =)

  97. neeley martin says

    what an amazing concept!!! it’s about time companies start encouraging recycling on a more playful platform!! we have so many recyclables that i keep around for my boys to toy with. this kit would be put to amazing use in our household. WOW!! thanks for hosting my favorite giveaway of ALL time!!

  98. neeley martin says

    i don’t follow anyone on twitter, i don’t have a facebook account, but i do subscribe to your feed in my reader!! yippee!! another entry!

  99. Erin Zackey says

    That does look pretty awesome!

  100. Erin Zackey says

    I follow, and this toy would be loved by our fam!

  101. My husband would love this even more than our kids! ;o) lauriesibley (at) gmail (dot) com

  102. I liked you on fb! lauriesibley (at) gmail (dot) com

  103. Looks like great fun!

  104. Sounds like lots of fun, would love to win!

  105. I love that!

  106. Awesome! I love the hinges on the cubbyhouse doors and windows! The only problem my girls would have is getting me out of it 😀 Thankyou for running this promotion and sharing an amazing looking product.

  107. Ooops. Forgot my e-mail address. stella2355406 at yahoo dot com

  108. So fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  109. My boys would love this!

  110. We also like you on FaceBook (only because there’s no ‘love’ button ;-D)

  111. I am so excited by this! It is so great to see kids playing with things that are reused and using their imagination. That’s one thing that we strive for in our family! I have a special drawer where we keep things that can be reused (whether it be pieces of cardboard, neat things from packages that can be repurposed, etc).

    My daughter would love the free play makedo kit!

  112. I follow you on twitter (@LitLass).

  113. Liked it!

  114. I subscribe ~ love your blog!

  115. very cool my own girls would love these or my school ager in summer
    thanks .

  116. i follow you on face book which is where i seen it
    thanks again

  117. How do you enter the giveaway?? Makedo is fabulous! Mix this with Rolobox and the possibilities are endless!

  118. I recently discovered your blog! As a 4 year old kindergarten teacher and mother of two young daughters I was thrilled to discover your super fun family ideas! Thanks for the give away…looks like some great imaginative fun!

  119. This looks so fun! What a great invention!

  120. What a great idea!

  121. I subscribe through Google reader.

  122. Sooo cool! Thanks for sharing and reviewing the projects you can do with Makedo!

  123. My 10 year old engineer would be over the moon about these! The look like so much fun!

  124. What a fantastic idea!!

  125. I follow you on Twitter.

  126. I also like you on Facebook! 🙂

  127. I’m about to “like” you on Facebook.

  128. wow, that does look very cool

  129. I like you on facebook

  130. WOW! Our engineering-minded family will LOVE those! I excitedly showed my husband the video and he immediately said “Buy one!”…and that’s very unusual for him. 🙂

    sdrothco at gmail dot com

  131. LOVE this! I’ve been wanting to build a cardboard playhouse for my daughter for awhile now, and wondering how to go about it!

  132. This is the best ever! I love this, how do we tell everyone about it! Thank you!

  133. And I like you on facebook, which is how I found this latest post. I get lots of great ideas from your blog!

    sdrothco at gmail dot com

  134. Oh that looks awesome! We love cardboard (and moved recently so we have a great supply of moving boxes…)

  135. I subscribe you your blog feed.

  136. This looks great. My son told his teacher on Friday that she needs to save boxes for him because he wants to build a fort with them. These would be great for him! Thanks for sharing

  137. I have never heard of this, but it’s GENIUS!!!! My kids would love it. Thanks, subscribe to your feed.

  138. I also LIKE you on FB 🙂

  139. Oh, my that play house is awesome!

  140. Also “liked” you on Facebook.

  141. Oh my goodness, my son would absolutely love this!

  142. These look awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

    catherinewalker at bigfoot dot com

  143. I subscribe to your feed.

    catherinewalker at bigfoot dot com

  144. That IS the best toy ever! Thanks so much for making me aware of it. I’d love to win!

  145. I liked you on Facebook.

    catherinewalker at bigfoot dot com

  146. That is a way cool product. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I’d love to win. How fun!

  147. Thanks so much for a fun giveaway!

  148. Liked you on FB!

  149. Annie Chalmers says

    Like you on facebook!

  150. Annie Chalmers says

    This looks like sooo much fun!!!

  151. Annie Chalmers says

    Posted on Twitter!

  152. What a great toy! We’d love a chance at winning!

  153. Oh-my-heavenly-days! My kiddos are constantly building houses out of shoe boxes- something like this would only add to their fun!

    (Crossing my fingers…)

  154. Great to see Aussie companys doing well OS!

    From an Aussie 🙂


  155. oooh, fun! We would love this!


  156. I “like” you on FB.

  157. This would be so fun for my boys as they get older 🙂

  158. so cool!

  159. a fan on FB

  160. I subscribed too

  161. Love this!!!!

  162. i’m a fan on facebook

  163. and i subscribe to your blog 🙂

  164. This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! You totally rock for finding this! I know Rebekah would love to stretch her little imagination with this!

  165. Very fun – thanks for the chance! nettacow at gmail dot com

  166. I already follow you on twitter.

  167. I DO like you on facebook!

  168. I’ve been a subscriber forever. :>)

  169. I Love your website. I’m gonna post a link on my Facebook Page!

  170. Wow! That looks like fun for a rainy day.

  171. It is so cool, My son will love it 🙂

  172. Wow there is a great response.

  173. I’m a feed reader

  174. Facebook liked

  175. Awesome!

  176. Oh, my kids would love something like that!!
    Hope this giveaway is international 🙂

    hege-svendsen at

  177. I’m liking you on facebook too 🙂

    hege-svendsen at

  178. Darya Bowen says

    Looks very neat!

  179. Darya Bowen says

    And I subscribe on Google Reader!

  180. Oh please let it be me!!!

  181. Liked on FB!

  182. Um, yeah – that is the best toy ever!!!! Awesome find!

  183. Subscribed to your feed for AGES…

  184. Already follow on Twitter!

  185. Already subscribe via Google Reader!

  186. You’re linked in my blog’s sidebar for AGES too!
    One of no more than the best 4 blogs out of virtually hundreds I read.

  187. I get your feed. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you do and appreciate all the great ideas! Thank you!

  188. We got the Doll House kit from MakeDo for my daughter for Christmas. My son is totally jealous! We would love some more pieces to add to our creations!

  189. Liked you on facebook.

  190. kathie magin says

    Wow! Creative and fun!

  191. kathie magin says

    I follow you on Facebook

  192. Wow, I am already imagining all the fun we could have with Daddy! Thanks, Valerie.

  193. this sounds like a wonderful birthday present for my almost 5 year old son! if i don’t win, i’ll still buy one!

  194. My kids would love this!

  195. I am a Facebook fan of yours, as well!

  196. I just started following you on twitter, AND retweeted (Should it automatically post a trackback here?)

  197. Wow, what an amazing toy idea. This is truly a great find. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  198. What an amazing toy. With so many other types of building tiys out there, it is really great to see something a little different! We would love to experience something like this. Thanks!

  199. I am also a feed reader!

  200. Such a fantastic idea! My little boy loves to build forts and houses. This is a great environmrntally friendly idea! Thanks!

  201. This is so cool. I would have loved this as a kid and I know my kids would love it.

  202. Wow! What an awesome toy! My kids would love this and I would love the creative play that would come too!

  203. Looks like so much fun!

  204. I loved making playhouses out boxes as a kid! What a great toy.

  205. Also liked you on Facebook.

  206. Great giveaway toy. I love building things with cardboard for my kids 🙂

  207. This looks like the perfect toy for my little guy who loves to build and construct all sorts of things. Thank you!

  208. Would love to win this! What a cool product!

  209. I like you on facebook!

  210. I subscribe to your feed!

  211. These look like so much fun…I wish we had these when I was a kid!

  212. What a great giveaway! This looks like an awesome toy!

  213. This is awesome! I wanna play too! 😉

  214. I love that ! It looks so fun. I would love to win one ! Thank you for this giveaway.

  215. Joslyn's mom says

    “makedo”….. Just love that name! (& the kits of course!) I work at a hospital where there are always tons of boxes from the supplies being shipped in daily & I can’t wait to bring some boxes home to use for this! 🙂

  216. Wow those cardboard hinges are GENIOUS!

  217. Valerie,

    As usual, you have found something WAY cool…thanks for the giveaway!


  218. Looks like rainy day fun to me!

  219. Don’t usually think purchased toys are necessary for this kind of imaginative play, but these look amazing! My boys would absolutely love this, especially since it would make it easier for them to do their own creations without my help.


  220. Love this!
    danettefoster at

  221. I am also a Facebook fan!
    danettefoster at yahoo dot com

  222. Thanks for the tip about boxes at HD. This is a cool toy:)

  223. That looks so fun!!!! Would love to have one!

  224. This is awesome, what a great idea and fun giveaway!

  225. Totally awesome. Thanks for telling us about this unique set.

  226. I shared this on Facebook.

  227. I follow you and like you on FB.

  228. I shared this on Twitter.

  229. I follow you on Twitter.

  230. Ooooo…kids ARE so lucky these days! But, as parents, we get to play with them, too! Yay! :O)
    gwill4 at gmail dot com

  231. I like you on Facebook.

  232. I subscribe to this feed.

  233. What a really neat toy! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!!

  234. These look awesome! I have a bunch of boxes in my attic that have been waiting for a purpose….

  235. Wow, this looks amazing. What a neat idea.

  236. I subscribe to your blog

  237. This giveaway is pretty sweet. My kid would love these

  238. This looks like so much fun. What a great idea.

  239. I subscribe.

  240. How cool is this?! I’ve never seen anything like this before, but I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  241. They look like lots of fun and my daughter and husband would have a blast building with it.

  242. Looks like a lot fun, especially on a cold, snowy day! My kids would love this 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  243. I’ve been a follower of your blog for awhile & I love your great ideas!

  244. Now I’m a friend of yours on facebook 🙂

  245. This looks like so much fun! Genious!

  246. I am following you on twitter. 🙂

  247. Annnnnd I liked you on Facebook!

  248. And I’m subscribed to your feed.

  249. I also shared this post on facebook.

  250. How cool is THAT! My little building buddy would go crazy for this! Thanks for sharing!

  251. We love making stuff out of cardboard! This would be so much fun to help expand our fun!

  252. My son would love this! He is always taking recyclables and making them into something. thanks!

  253. The playhouse is the BEST! I think my husband and I would have WAY more fun than our daughter playing (i mean, assembling) something like that.

  254. This is so cool, I would love it, thanks for sharing.

  255. me! me!

  256. Wow — what a neat idea! Thanks for posting about it and for giving one away! Please pick me. 😉

  257. What a great family activity!

  258. How very cool! My daughter would do the same thing with her ponies!

  259. I like you on Facebook.

  260. I follow you on Twitter.

  261. Looks fun for kids and parents. Thanks for organizing the give-away!

  262. I love these things!

  263. Our family seems to be a magnet for large boxes and the adults tend to have to work with a packing knife to modify the boxes into hideaways, boats and rockets. This product seems to be a terrific way to enable kids to be more independently creative. What a great idea!

  264. I love this! Anytime we can use recyclable stuff, I’ll all for it.

  265. Oh, oh, oh!!! To have had these around when our children were still ‘children’! The number of hours they both spent creating houses, forts, castles and more from boxes both inside and outside until all creations literally fell apart. And over the years saving boxes, scrounging boxes, etc….:-) If I were to win (keeping fingers crossed, for sure) we could start a whole “new and better” cycle of creating w/ our one and only grandchild. What fun!!!

  266. I’d love a chance to win! Sounds like an amazing toy and what a clever idea. 🙂

  267. I already subscribe to your wonderful website!

  268. Liked you on FB too. 🙂

  269. What a fun giveaway! My kids would love this. 🙂

  270. I like you on Facebook.

  271. I subscribe via email.

  272. Stacey in DE says

    Love them! My hubby would think this is awesome!

  273. How unique and fun! There are so many boxes laying around my house from moving and having this kit would be PERFECT!!!!

  274. Homemade fun is the best!

  275. LauraLouToo says

    Wow, the kids I b-sit would LOVE this!

  276. Love the Makedo kits!!! trying to arrange for a few for the art class at the elementary school… wish every kid could have a set all over the world. Best creative play I think

  277. Please enter me!

  278. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever! I love it! Cardboard is such a versatile ‘toy’!

  279. Oh this would be really fun, and what a great idea! I would love to win this!

  280. We have 2 large boxes just waiting for this!

  281. This looks like such a fun toy. I’m sure that my little girl will love this (once she’s old enough) and I’m pretty sure her daddy will love it too!

  282. I follow on Twitter

  283. I’m an email subscriber

  284. Beth Troncoso says

    wow! thanks for introducing me to such a cool toy. I’ve been on the lookout for months for a big fridge box to make the kids a playhouse, like the one I had when I was young. I never envisioned something this cool though. How fun!

  285. Thus would be great for my son who has a box collection obsession.

  286. Amanda Palermo says

    Looks like so much fun!

  287. Hanna Demaster says

    How cool is this! I’ve been wanting to make a play kitchen for my son, and these parts would certainly be helpful!!! Hope to win!

  288. Hanna Demaster says

    Liked you on Facebook!

  289. Hanna Demaster says

    Subscribe to your feed!

  290. This is a genius company! I’d love to win but even if i don’t i may follow the link and buy some anyways!

  291. Wow, BEST TOY EVER that’s pretty high praise Valerie!

  292. Gladys Casper says

    I have a very busy 7 yr old that would love playing with this! She’s always getting boxes and building all kinds of neat things to play with! Tape and string do not seem to do the trick as well as the makedo! I hope we win!

  293. recycling at its best- thanks for letting us know about the company 🙂
    I will start looking for big boxes…

  294. As a mom with frequent cardboard playhouses and forts in her living room, this is AWESOME! So glad you found out about this company!

  295. Stephanie p says

    My boys would both love these! What a great toy.

  296. This is EXACTLY what we need during long Chicago winters! Thanks for posting!

  297. That’s a fabulous toy. I can think of so many fun things to do with it!

  298. These look like great toys – kids get to use their imagination and building skills and the stuff in the recycling box gets put to good use!

  299. I babysit for some kids who would love to build with stuff like this

  300. this looks fantastic! love the free play, imaginative play this encourages!

  301. i subscribe via rss feed.

  302. I LOVE this! I’m always bringing “trash” into my classroom to turn into treasure. These kits would be inspiring and very useful.

  303. I follow via RSS feed


  304. Great giveaway and what a terrific product. I follow on RSS feed

  305. Oh, yeah, and I just “liked” you on facebook.

  306. Looks like so much fun!

  307. I love this…I would love to have one for our office to use with families during visits; it would go great with the invention kit we have here…

  308. This would result in hours of play here at our house! Great giveaway!!

  309. Wow! This is so awesome for creative play! Love Love Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  310. How great! Love your blog!

  311. Fun, fun, fun! My daughter is constantly building things. This toy would be a wonderful addition to her building materials. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  312. Is there anything more fun than a cardboard box and a little imagination?!!!

  313. Wow, awesome giveaway. What a neat idea!!

  314. I subscribe to ur feed.

  315. This looks so cool!!!

  316. Love, love, love it!

  317. my son would love that!

  318. Neat idea! I would love to have one for my son! Thanks again for sharing.

  319. So Lucky Me! I saw you on The 10! Show and checked out your website. You are amazing and can you be my new best friend!!!!
    Joking aside, you’re ideas are very creative and frugal and made with most things around the house.
    These Makedo connectors are amazing. I think my brothers and I used masking when we were kids!

  320. Stephanie Cosgrove says

    I love this toy idea! Great way to keeps the kids busy while having lots of fun!

  321. Holy Moly! My boys (and engineer husband) would love any one of these kits! What an incredible idea for a toy!

  322. i’ve never heard about these things…what fabulous items! love that the kids have to use their noggins to create their own playthings!

  323. i *like* you on facebook!

  324. i posted about your giveaway on my blog’s facebook page:!/pages/The-little-things-blog/181663191859077

  325. April Bispeck says

    This product looks perfect for my almost 4 year old. He is always using boxes to make/build something and we go through a TON of tape. This is going to be going on his birthday list! YEAH! Thanks for sharing!

  326. Cool!!! kind of reminds of the good ole days when we played with whatever we had on hand!

  327. This is awesome! I’d love to be able to win one of these for those long, cold days where it’s hard to get outside and play.

  328. Love this! my kids would go crazy for this!

  329. I already read this off the feed – love the blog.

  330. liked on FB 🙂

  331. So cool. Wow…
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  332. Wow! Thanks for sharing. Ever since I’ve found blogs like yours my shopping has become so much easier!

  333. Nice. I would love to see my children with their chubby little hands engaged with this.

  334. I saw these just after Christmas and picked up a set for my son’s February birthday. I think they will be a big hit, and if I win, my daughter will have a set, too. I have a feeling two saws would come in handy. We have already built some cool cardboard box toys without these, and I can’t wait to try these out!

  335. I already subscribe to your great blog!

  336. I like you on Facebook too. Can’t get enough FFFB! I really liked seeing you and Emily in action on the TV clip after seeing so many pictures of you both.

  337. This toy is pure genius! I wish I had thought of that. What a great set that can be used and reused for years.

  338. This toy looks amazing! My girls would love it.

  339. Oh, that cardboard playhouse might just save us through the bleakness of March in Minnesota!

  340. Wow… that looks like so much fun. My son is all about “making things” and would love this!

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  341. thepricklypinecone says

    Oh my, I adore toys that let your imagination run wild! Thanks for the chance.

  342. I would have this for the many children in my life.

  343. oooohh awsome!!! 🙂

  344. Ooooh! Very cool. And we have a plain cardboard box ‘tent’ in our living room ready to try something like this.

  345. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  346. My two kids would love this!

  347. Now that is really cool! Love it when toys allow kids to use their imaginations! 🙂

  348. I would love to try this out! Thanks!

  349. I subscribe to your feed- and love it! Thanks,

  350. I not only like your blog, but I LIKE you on Facebook! lol! Thanks again-

  351. I am totally drooling over this………

  352. I like you on FB.

  353. I follow you in RSS feed

  354. What a great toy!

  355. That looks like so much fun! I am going to have to check those out!

  356. I like you on facebook…

  357. and subscribe to your feed 🙂

  358. Would love to win…..

  359. WOW! That is neat!

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  360. What a wonderful idea! I can see my 8- & 6-yr-old having lots of fun with this while I’m nursing baby #3 this summer. 🙂 Thanks to makedo for the giveaway and to you for hosting it!

  361. Incredible! I want one. I hope I win 🙂

  362. I have visions of my little guy and the hubs building and playing and enjoying this for days.

  363. How cool!! I love these.. Sammy would need some help still at this point but I love that he would be able to create some amazing things with this soon!

  364. I follow you on Twitter 🙂 (bytesofmemory)

  365. I like you on Facebook.

  366. I subscribe to your feed.

  367. Thanks for doing such a great review – I’m going to put this on my wish list for my daughter, and on my shopping list for my nephew!

  368. Pick me! Pick me!

  369. Becky Melancon says

    looks like great fun!

  370. I have an empty refrigerator box in the garage just waiting for that awesome Free Play kit!! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity! 🙂

  371. This looks awesome!!!! What a wonderful idea!

  372. I “liked” you on Facebook. 🙂

  373. My children would absolutely love this! Designing with cardboard is one if their top activities–this would take it to the next level (and be easier for me and save on tape and frustration).

  374. My son would LOVE this! Thank you 🙂

  375. I follow you on twitter 🙂

  376. I subscribe 🙂

  377. Love your blog so many fantastic and simple ideas. This toy would really make use of my stash of cardboard boxes! x

  378. My children are grown, but my kids at school would love these!

  379. I love this toy! Can’t wait to use it with my little ones.

  380. What a great toy! Threemarie24 at gmail dot com

  381. This looks like so much fun!

  382. I absolutely love this blog. I am in charge of a kid’s art room at a camp this summer and have gotten some great ideas from this site. This toy is phenomenal!
    Thanks, Lydia

  383. How’s that for open-ended creativity? Just the kind of experiences I want for my preschoolers…

  384. I was wondering whether the black tape parts are in the instructions because they look very nice. Great post!

  385. What fun!!! My son (7) will love this! I can see many, many nights ahead of 3 sleeping children in a cardboard castle. 🙂 And also, I won’t have to hide a stash of “parents” tape in my house anymore. The tape can roam freely without fear of being devoured. Thanks for the amazing toy! Cathy, mother of 3 home schoolers

  386. I am a daycare provider and love your site for fun ideas to do in my daycare. Thanks for your great ideas.

  387. This looks like a great toy for my kids (ages 2 and 4). Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It also looks like a great birthday gift for some of their peers – birthday season is just around the corner for us!

    I love your blog. Keep up the great work!

  388. Becky Guenther says

    What fun! My builder boy would resolute into this!

  389. Ingenious! It’s wonderful that someone finally thought of this! Our 5 would have so much fun with this!!

  390. this looks freaking amazing! thank you!

  391. What an incredible idea!! My kids would absolutely love this!!

  392. oh my, this looks like SO MUCH fun!

  393. I *like* the frugal family on FB.

  394. I also subscribe to your RSS feed.

  395. Great giveaway!

  396. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  397. I like you on Facebook.

  398. 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 🙂

  399. Caroline Simmons says

    Thank you for tippin me off to a GREAT toy!

  400. Marybeth Kusner says

    Always looking for fun new toys! Great give away!

  401. kimberly krause says

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

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


  403. 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. 🙂

  404. I “Like” you on FB.

  405. I follow you on twitter (@OurGoatRodeo).

  406. I liked this post on Facebook.

  407. 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 🙂

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

  409. These are fantastic 😀
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  410. This looks awesome!


  411. 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!!

  412. I like you on FB

  413. I liked you on FB (Ally Verdone Moll).

  414. I subscribed to your feed via email.

  415. I follow you on twitter

  416. I’m following you on Twitter.

  417. I facebooked about this giveaway.

  418. I subscribe to feed

  419. I subscribe to feed.

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

  421. This looks SO cool! I want one!

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

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

  424. 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! 🙂

  425. Very cool items! Imagination is everything!

  426. I liked you on Facebook! 🙂

  427. love this product!!

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

  429. 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.

  430. Just wanted to say that I like you on Facebook.

  431. Just tweeted about this contest under @lydsquidmom.

  432. 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!

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

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

  435. Like!

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

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  437. I like you on facebook!

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  438. I subscribe via google reader!

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

  440. I follow on FB =)

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

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

  443. Christina R says

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

  444. Christina R says

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  445. Christina R says

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  446. Christina R says

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  447. This looks like some creative fun!

  448. This looks fantastic!

  449. Would love to win!

  450. So fun!

  451. I just found your blog today. It’s great!

  452. I’m subscribed via google reader.

  453. Liker on fb

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

  455. JEnnifer Galang says

    Would love this!

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

  457. Already liking your Facebook page 🙂

  458. Shared this giveaway on my facebook 🙂

  459. subscribed to your feed 🙂

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


  462. 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 ….

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

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  464. I “liked” you on Facebook! (Alexia S.)

  465. I started following you on Twitter (Aleksija)

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

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

  468. Just posted about this on facebook!

  469. Nichole Lenneman says

    This is super cool!

    We love battery free toys!!

  470. Very cool, would love to win!!

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  471. Also like you on FB

  472. And….I subscribe to your blog!!

  473. 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!

  474. I subscribe to you feed via Google Reader

  475. I also follow you on Facebook

  476. My kiddos would love this!!!

  477. I follow you on FB.

  478. 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.

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

  480. I Like you on FB

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

  482. christina mcaveney says

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

  483. christina mcaveney says

    I like you on Facebook too!

  484. christina mcaveney says

    I also subscribed to your feed!

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

  486. 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 🙂

  487. Amy Nielson says

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

  488. Amy Nielson says

    I “liked” you on Facebook. 🙂

  489. Amy Nielson says

    I subscribe to your emails.

  490. Facebook fan
    We would have SOOOO much fun with this!!

  491. also have you on my Google reader!

  492. Kirsten Dasilva says

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

  493. Britt Pumphrey says

    Looks like fun!


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