Make-Do Freeplay

Box and plastic pieces for Make-Do freeplay toy

About Make-Do

Recommended age: 5+ years old

Makedo Freeplay is a reusable kit for creating projects using everyday household materials. We recommend using cardboard to begin. Simply use the fasteners included in the kit to piece together your own creation. The possibilities are endless.

Kit Contents

  1. Instruction booklet
  2. Safe-saw (z2)
  3. Lock-hinges (x17)
  4. Re-clips (x73)

You will need:

  • Enough cardboard or other material for your desired project.


  • Not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
  • Choking hazard: contains small parts. Adult supervision required.

Getting Started

  • First, check out the parts of your kit and make sure all tools are included:
  • Safe-saw: This cutting tool can be used to cut materials into the desired size and shape that you need. Use the pointed end to puncture holes for your re-clips.
  • Re-clip: Use this tool to fasten pieces together. Use the pin to puncture through the material, and attach the clip to the underside of the pin to fasten it to the material.
  • Lock-hinge: Create movement by using the lock-hinge. Attach the lock-hinge to your desired material using the re-clips. To lock the lock-hinge, push the right-side of the hinge down so that there is no space in the middle bar. To unlock, push the right-side of the lock-hinge up.
  • Grab some cardboard or Use these tools to bring your creations to life! When you’re done, simply detach the pieces and reuse them on another creation.


If you are having issues with Makedo Freeplay or have further questions, please visit these resources:

  • Makedo Contact Information:
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

Additional Resources

  • Makedo Creations Gallery:
  • Makedo-able’s Instructables:

Suggested Reading

  • Boxitects by Kim Smith
  • What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  • Cardboard box Engineering by Jonathan Adolph.

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We’d love to hear from you! Please provide us with your feedback by filling out the feedback form included in your kit, or by filling in our online survey.


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