We just got a MakeyMakey Invention kit.
I gave it to my son as an early Christmas present. I just couldn't wait!
Look at this face. It says it all!
Let me just say, this is the coolest toy ever!
I'm rarely excited over a toy, but there is so much you can do with this!
As a homeschooling mom, I'm always on the lookout for the best educational toys or teaching toys, not the top gadgets that are solely to entertain and will be old news in a few weeks.
I want toys that are fun and intriguing. That make my kids think, sparking new interests and creativity. Toys that last and grow with my child. The MakeyMakey is all this and more!
Watch this short video for some of the amazing things my son has done with it just in the two days since we received it.
This has got to be the best toy for a creative kid, ever!
Certainly the best toy for this very soon to be seven year old. As well as any kid over that age! My husband and I had a great time playing with it, too. It's made for eight and up, but my son loves it! It's easy and fun. It inspires exploration, inventing, problem solving, math skills, science, technology, and even art and music!
|Making a piano keyboard with carrots|
So what is this thing?
It's a small circuit board, a few wires with alligator clips at either end, and a USB cord. Just plug it into your computer, plug the clips into it and the other end of the wires into anything you want, such as fruit, clay, or anything that works as a conductor.
As long as you're touching the ground wire, you can make all types of things work as computer keys.
Here, Monkey is wrapping a foil bracelet on to hold the ground wire to his skin, so he can use two hands to play his apple slice game controller.
Like I said, we just got this and have only tried a few things that were in the instructions and on the website, MakeyMakey.com. We've used apples, carrots, potatoes, play doh, nickles, and even each others' head's or arms as keys to play video games and make music
At the end of the video clip above, Monkey is using a cardboard remote controller to play a video game. This he did come up with all on his own. He cut it out of cardboard, colored it, and glued some coins on for the buttons. If I knew what he was doing, I would have suggested tape.
It worked great! He's excited to make a cardboard guitar in a similar way, which I did see instructions for in the kit.
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