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Fight COVID-19 – Learn how to Make Your Own Mask and how to Properly wear a Surgical Mask

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Let’s flatten the curve together! We at Makeree, which in normal times help amazing companies create interactive manuals for their products, created a 101 walk-through guide on making your own mask at home and a how-to wear a mask properly guide, for maximum protection. 

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Whether we like it or not, the Corona era is upon us and we need to react and take safety precautions accordingly. What is most difficult in this period is the uncertainty behind what precautions we can take that will help lower the spread and save lives. So far, the world has been told to wash hands for more than 20 seconds after entering the house, and people have stock bought toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other various products promising better hygiene. The new topic on everyone’s mind now is the question of masks, and how do they help prevent the spread of the disease?

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Most of us don’t realise that COVID 19 is spread through droplets that leave your mouth when you speak, meaning that if everyone wears a mask the viruses spread will decrease dramatically. Whilst it has not been proven that masks can prevent a person from catching Coronavirus, they do help contain the spread of it if someone does have it. The CDC (Centers for disease control and prevention) have recommended that all citizens use either a surgical mask or cloth fabric to cover the mouth and nose to help lower the risk of spreading the virus.

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In the how-to hygiene guides we have assembled to help inform the public of the importance of using a mask, we have also included a guide to making your own, using only a T-shirt, paper towel, and scissors. We look forward to seeing what designs you come up with!

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Learn how to make your own face mask in 7 simple steps:


How to properly wear a face mask:



Have ideas of guides to fight COVID-19? Send us a message 

Want to create a guide for your product? Write to us here

 

Retailing on Amazon: manuals matter | Guest post by Heli Cogan

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Picture this- after searching online for bikes for more than two weeks, you’ve finally found the perfect one. Keen and excited, you make an order and pay. Once the package arrives at your door, you rush to open it. “This is great!” you think. After taking all the parts out of the box, you dig in for the instruction manual only to find that it’s completely useless to you. A dozen black and white pictures, numbers and sentences written in a tiny font immediately throw you off. “What am I supposed to do with this?” you wonder…

Sound familiar? You are not alone

As of 2017, an estimated 1.66 billion people worldwide purchase goods online. One of the most valuable brands, familiar to all, is Amazon, which has more than 310 million active customer accounts worldwide. As more people move to online shopping in an attempt to save time and avoid crowds, more products require self-assembly and customers find themselves trying to make sense of the instruction manual on their own.

For the past months, I’ve been diving into the world of online shopping on Amazon, trying to learn more about today’s shopping experience. More specifically, I aspired to understand the importance of manuals. I’ve looked into more than 500 self-assembly product reviews and this is what I found: manuals matter, more than you’d think.

Some reviews I came across stated that, due to poor instructions, the assembly process was difficult and frustrating, while others had a more critical tone and described it as “a pain in the rear”. One customer claimed the manual he received was written “by chimpanzees and for them only” and ended up returning the product to the seller. Whether the reviews had a one, three or five star rating, they all shared the same statement: A bad instruction manual makes a bad product.

Retailers that are striving to gain a good reputation and keep clients coming back for more must not ignore the value of manuals and their importance to the product experience.  They should make the effort to keep reviews high and invest time and money in their user manuals.

Designing good, legible instructions is a challenge, no doubt, but its definitely possible.

 


This post was written by Heli Cogan, a senior in the Department of Communication at Tel Aviv University.  During her internship with us at Makeree, Heli researched the field of Amazon ratings,  she shares her insights on this guest blog.

There’s an app for that ! But how will your customers know about it ?

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So you have a great creative product and see the (obvious) value of offering your fans a surrounding digital environment that lays out the instructions and engages users to build and share the results.

Once the work is done and both branded app and web app are available for your costumers,  it is now time to support the instruction apps and spread the word using easily applicable digital tools.

 

But what digital tools should brands use? Follow these 4 simple steps  

  1.  Say it on your website –

Add a cool banner to your site’s homepage or dedicate an inner page to the new app and its advantages. It is recommended to show various devices, add the easily recognizable app store icons to help get the message out clearly or add a direct link for fans to find specific projects on the web app.

 

  1.  Embed our web widget on your site –

Integrate our web plugin on your brand’s site, showing some of the content and projects from your app on the PC as well.  This widget implementation is as simple as adding a youtube video and will help drive traffic and new users to your app

  1. Post on social media –

Sharing posts and photos on social media channels is a mainstream method of telling your fans and followers about what is new & happening with your product or brand. These channels are a relatively fast (and effortless way) to get a simple message out in the open and allow your fans or friends or followers (depending on the channel used) to become engaged – add their opinion, share feedback and help move the information along to others.

Choosing whether to tweet the message, post on facebook, share inspiring photos via pinterest etc. depends on the presence of the audience you are targeting on this particular social media channel. Find out what social media your brand’s target audience is using and try to keep in contact with them through this channel.

Whenever possible, add a photo of users enjoying the app, appealing app screenshots or recognisable products. This will help readers get the message clearly, allowing them to skip unnecessary text descriptions.

 

  1. Create a Newsletter –

If you don’t have one yet, put together an email list  – make sure to add people of interest, clients and fans and periodically send out updates about your activity. There are multiple services available, look up the best solution to suit your needs.

Use this channel to tell as many people as possible about your new app, invite them to test it out, offer seasonal discounts on specific products or special prices when purchasing through the app.

Please contact us for more info.

We will be happy to share more tips, based on our previous experiences.

 

 

Back to School: How Makeree apps and educational toys can both build the habits students need to succeed

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School has started again for many kids around the globe, and along with the deep decisions being made about which superhero lunchbox your scholar will be sporting; teachers and parents are facing the important questions that challenge educators every year:

  • How do I keep students interested?
  • How do I challenge them?
  • How do we teach in an age when students need to be connected to the outside world and enjoy what they are doing?

The days of the teacher talking and the student listening are gone. In order for kids to grow up to be the future problem solvers of tomorrow, they need to be learning experientially and having opportunities to problem solve for themselves.

 


 

Want students to dig in deep into exploring geometry and space?

“Geomag Education” is a class kit that includes magnetic rods and metal spheres that can be used to explore shapes, space and color. By connecting the rods and spheres, children can create 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, learn constructing basics and explore the concept of magnetic polarities.

 

Looking to explore chemistry with a hands on experiment?

4M’s “Crystal Growing” kits enables students to grow their own crystals. The children can learn about crystals and chemistry while experimenting with real components and achieving actual results.

Future engineers begin today

consider using “Brixo”, a “Lego” shape based building block that conducts electricity and allows students to safely experiment with sensors and wire systems to produce mini model creations.

 

 


And it doesn’t end in the classroom

All these toys and many more are using the “Makeree” platform to provide apps to students & teachers. The apps allow students to follow fun, interactive instructions. Using smartphones or tablets, each student’s can interactively as well as independently move at their personal pace, get tips, ask questions and much more.

Makeree also supports the inter-connected and growth that comes from our ever globalizing world. Through the app, students can take and share photos of their projects, as well as view other students projects from around the world- creating a global classroom outside their immediate physical space. and not just students can profit from Makeree apps. Teachers are also able to maximize instruction through the use of Makeree apps. Included are fully structured lesson plans, along with images, diagrams and best practices.

 

To summarize, this year try to stimulate and challenge students interest by refreshing studying methods and integrating toys, kits and interactive applications as part of the curriculum.

We wish you a fruitful school year!

Creating an Effective Icon for Your App | Guest post by Nadav Rikover

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We have been approached with questions regarding the importance of the app icon by quite a few brands that we have been working with on creating instruction apps and decided to reach out to our trusted UX specialist Nadav Ricover, asking him to share his DOs and DONTs on creating app icons.

We are happy to share this guest blog post with our readers and hope you find these guidelines helpful.


“The icons on [the desktop] are visible concrete embodiments of the corresponding physical objects.” [1975] This quote by the American computer scientist Dr David Canfield Smith, the person who’s best known for inventing computer user interface icons, references the need for the visual entities known as “Icons”. However, days have gone by, the personal computers arrived into our lives (Dr Canfield Smith was also one of the principal designers of the first PC – the Xerox Star) and humanity needed a way to access software as part of larger operating systems. This software didn’t necessarily resemble the physical object, but rather represented the entire software or application.

An “Application icon” (Apple) or “Launcher icon” (Google) is basically a representation of a specific application, often using the company’s trademark. The idea behind the app icon is to “use as a memorable visual that attracts attention in the App Store and stands out on the Home screen”, according to Apple.

There are 3 main goals for the app’s icon:

1. Promote the brand and tell the story of the app this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your brand and hint at the story of what your app is about.

2. Help users discover the app on Google Play (or App Store) – with over millions of suggested apps, your potential customers have only a few moments to be drawn in. The app icon is the first impact and opportunity for a brand to approach customers in the App Store or Google Play and enhance the brand presence, however, keep in mind that your competition doesn’t end there –  it’s still ongoing, on the users’ personal device.

3. Be clearly visible – the mobile device’s home screen or launcher is the main interaction point between your users and your product, therefore it’s very important that the icon will look great in all situations.

 


Getting started

Use these guidelines (that summarize Google and Apple’s approaches) when initiating the designing process for your new app or launcher icon.

1. Make sure things are easily understandable

Simplicity is the key – embrace it. Don’t use sophisticated shapes or images. There’s no need to use too many colors either. Find a single visual element from your brand language and make it tell your brand story. Don’t use words – the app’s name will appear just below the icon, so no need to repeat that. Use the icon to capture the essence of the product or brand. Test your icons to figure out if the message is clear or not – try to describe the essence of the app in one sentence, make a few quick sketches that represent this essence and ask different people (or potential users) to describe it. Did they understand? Does their description align with yours? Your users won’t analyze your icon in order to understand it, it needs to be self-explanatory and communicate the purpose of the app quickly.

2. Create a memorable presence

App Store and Google Play are great platforms for promoting your brand, an icon that is both unique and memorable will contribute to your brand’s presence. Keep the consistency by using a color scheme that represents your brand. Don’t use photos. Photographs tend to have too many details, which will make them hard to remember. Avoid misleading and confusing your potential users with an unclear message. When people are in a discovery state of mind, they’re scanning the category or search list, therefore complex figures will be hard for them to memorize.

A simple icon will contribute to its memorability across your potential users. Make your mark!

Using trends as a reference is good, but do not duplicate! Observe your competitors, keep the icon with similar visual boundaries, but also differentiate your icon so it’ll stand out from the competitors on the applications list.    

3. Engage your users

Keep your icon unique and attractive. The idea is to drive users to find out more about your app. A high quality icon can encourage people to take action and increase their curiosity, urging them to learn more about your app as it represents a high quality product.

4. Keep accessibility in mind

Test your icon on different wallpapers. Your icon will be placed in the main screen of your users’ device, make sure that it’s well optimized for both light and dark backgrounds. See how it looks on top of photos. Use dedicated generators to keep color and contrast compatibility for color-blind users.  Try to avoid decorations and high-detailed icons. Make the icon as single focus point as possible.

 

5. Retain functionality

Your icon will be placed on multiple screens as part of the operation system, make sure that it’ll function well in all forms. The icons should be clear and recognizable at all sizes, small and big, so the shapes which you’re using shouldn’t be too thin as it will not stand out well. Design a different icon for Android and iOS, make sure you’re aligned with both platforms’ technical guidance and that the icon is scalable for all sizes and formats! For Android, choose the use of an alpha channel (transparency) wisely. In iOS, you should avoid transparency – make sure your icon is opaque. 

 

 

 

This post was written by Nadav Rikover, UX specialist & product design consultant.

Nadav is the Co-Founder, UX & Design Consultant of Makeree, the owner of Rikover Interactive and with over 15 years of experience in various creative fields.

Nadav is also a Google UX/UI expert, startups mentor at Google Launchpad Tel-Aviv, a certified Google Design Sprint Master and a lecturer.

 

 

More resources

Apple guidelines for App Icon

Google guidelines for App Launcher

Great iOS App Icon resource for your inspiration

iOS App Icon inspirations

A technical video tutorial for App Icon design

A great post by Michael Flarup on iPhone App Icon Design

50 App Icon Designs For Your Inspiration

UI Accessibility guide by Google

 

 

Thinking outside the (packaging) box

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As a software company, Makeree connects off-line products with an online environment. Providing our services to diverse brands, has taught us the importance of syncing timeframes with our manufacturing partners’ production schedules. Some planning ahead is necessary to guarantee that once the boxes reach the store shelves, the branded app will be live and kit buyers will be informed about the supporting app that will make their experience with your products bigger and better.

Make it your goal to deliver the app message* .  Add supporting banners on your site, put it in your upcoming newsletter and last but not least have it stand out on your product’s packaging.  A product’s box is a means of communication with your current and future clients. Displaying that you have a branded app available for free download as part of the packaging, will be the most efficient way to drive much needed traffic to your app. In this case bigger (and clearer) is better and will result in more app downloads. Make sure you take costs and time-frames into consideration when choosing the right option for your brand and keep in mind that you are able to start with a modest change and can gradually advance to a more eye catching or time consuming advertising method.

 

Say it on the box, as part of your packaging graphics

Planning ahead and re-designing the packaging is required in-order to implement all or any of the options listed below, but they are the most common and visible options and results in the highest percentage of downloads.

1.  Use the easily identifiable App Store & Google Play icons (available for free use in print quality) –  This highly accepted method is seen frequently, it conveys the app message quickly and clearly.

   

2.  Add the app icon – Searching for a certain brand or name in the App Store or on Google Play, may result in a list of numerous options. Help your customers easily recognize a specific app, by showing them what the app icon looks like. The app icon is the first visual impression customers get about the app, so try to keep it simple yet memorable.

 

3.  Show an iPad, tablet or smartphone device –  Preferably presenting the device on the front side of the box, with an alluring scene from the app content. This method is very popular, increases the awareness about the existing app and has a great effect on the download ratio.

 

Placing Stickers

A flexible and cost effective method for spreading the word about your app is placing stickers on the pre-printed packaging.

Take in consideration that in some placed the graphics will be partially concealed and make sure you keep all hazards and warning notifications visible.

 Inserts within the box

When adding inserts or illustrated instructions in the packaging, add the app indication as part of the instruction pamphlet. This will be revealed as part of the unboxing process** .

Making the paper instructions shorter and less explicit or even waving the instruction pamphlet will reduce the paper waste and result in a higher app download rate.

Print on a surface of binding cardboard

Bundling a few kits together as part of a special offer or promotion?

Use the binding cardboard surface as an opportunity to put the notice about the app in a visible area.

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* More on the subject of advertising about the app, in our next post entitled: There’s an app for that! But how will your customers know about it?
**Unboxing is a term that describes the process of opening a box and revealing the purchased merchandise – be it toys, fashion goods, electronics etc.  It has become a huge internet trend. Countless photos and videos of individuals unpacking retail boxes are shared daily (posted by companies and private people), listing all the different parts and expressing their opinion about the overall unveiling experience.  It is no secret that brands (big and small) are aware that product unboxing is a memorable experience for their customers and are putting a lot of effort into making this process pleasurable & rewarding – offering discounts, introducing new products and turning casual buyers into loyal fans.

11 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE YOUR PRODUCT’S NEXT PHOTOSHOOT

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As we continue building apps and working on content with new partners from around the globe, we are constantly asked to share photos and tips from behind the scenes. It goes without saying that you need a super talented photographer that understands lighting and has all the necessary equipment, but you will need a few more things to make sure you get the maximum out of your photo-shooting days.

Here is our list of things you should have in mind, when your product is due for a photo-shoot:

Plan A & Plan B   – Plan the day in advance , so you have a clear idea about what you’ll begin with and where best to finalize the session. Print a cheat sheet and carry it with you at all times, this will remind you about forgotten ideas and could help emphasize important issues. Having said that, flexibility is still a MUST. Models may get tired, objects could break, backgrounds get dirty, glue needs time to harden (we even had black outs accrue) so try your best to have alternate plans & extras of everything to keep things in motion.

 

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Background set colors The cheapest and easiest way to achieve a solid yet crease-free background is to use large sheets of paper, preferably 250-300gr A1 or A0. Choose your background colors carefully in-order to make the parts and/or tools stand out against the background colors – having them pop out from the contrasting background makes it easier to comprehend what parts are used in the explanations. Choose age appropriate colors – either playful and cheerful colors for a younger audience, more sophisticated or dramatic for an older crowd.

 

Tape Tape Tape – Alternating between the set’s background colors and textures could be a simple 1-person job, when you have a few rolls of masking tape in a hand’s reach. Place stripes of adhesive paper/tape at all edges of your paper-format, spread the paper out against the wall and secure. To ensure no harm is done to the wall or table surface – place the tape on your shirt (this loosens up the glue’s grip a bit and helps with taking the set apart). In case of using a table and wall setting – Make sure the paper sheets overlap and the wall and table surfaces are fully concealed.

 

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Story telling – Think about the subtext you want your viewer to understand when looking at the photo. Place hints in the frame that tell the full story and give more info about what just happened. For example in the pictures above: On the left,  the scenario depicts a playful atmosphere, the parakeet just hatched out of the egg. On the right: the paint-kit is placed in the frame to explain how the car wheels are able to draw lines on the paper surface.

 

A squeaky clean setting – Photoshop is definitely one of our best friends, yet it requires proficiency and can be very time consuming. Sometimes its just faster to fix things in advance:  If you Photoshoot focuses on hands – invest in a Manicure,  If your shooting glass – make sure it is crystal clear, clean camera lends to make sure they are smudge free, iron your background materials & make sure your paper-back is squeaky clean.

 

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Leave room for the photographer’s ideas –  Make sure you let the photographer be creative, sometimes those extra photos that weren’t planned originally can be the best photos of the day.

 

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Erase eye-catching elements  – When using simple props and materials, make sure to erase local elements (text in certain a language, etc..). Screen out or blurr brands that are too recognized and can draw attention away from your product.

 

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Scale – Studio photoshoots often focus on a single star product and can cause confusion about sizes and proportions, since no other object is in the frame. Using hands or well recognized props can help understand proportions and size. 

Re use –  Save what could be re-used and store for future use.

Show your appreciation – Thank everyone who pitched in, offer a sneak-peek of the results or send them a picture of themselves (most people looove to get pics of themselves or their kids).

You can always use more photos – for your website, blog posts, or for creating a new years greeting cards… Take some extra unique photos. Once the set and lighting is put together,  the cost of the extra photos usually sums up to just a few extra minutes.

A special thanks to Dan Perez, Dor Kedmi & Reuven Ben Haim, the great photographers that we have been working with on all our partner’s apps.

 

What Big Data has to do with toys?

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In 1972 Nolan Bushnell placed the first PONG machine in Andy Capp’s Tavern in California. PONG was the first commercially successful video game, it was the start of a completely new industry, the video game industry. Back then and many years after video games were considered to be toys, there were different because they used technology that was new for the toy industry, but other than that they were just thought of as toys.

Fast forward 40 years to 2012, a small Finnish company called Supercell launched a mobile game called “Clash of Clans”. In 2015, “Clash of Clans” was the top grossing app on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store making the company $5 million a day.

Today a video game like “Clash of Clans” is so different from toys like Play-Doh, Barbie or Lego, that we don’t even think of them as belonging to the same category of entertainment. Play-Doh, Barbie & Lego are all physical products that are manufactured, shipped and bought in stores, while video games like “Clash of Clans” are not physical products and are mostly downloaded to mobile devices or game consoles and are completely free, monetizing only from selling virtual goods.

One major difference between toys and video games is the lifecycle for different versions of the product. While toys are usually refreshed once a year, video games release new versions with much greater frequency. From the first launch of “Clash of Clans” until the end of 2015, Supercell has released 40 versions of the game, each with small improvements, additions, new content, new features and modes. Can you imagine having 40 version of the same toy in just over 3 years?

You may ask yourself why this is important. I don’t know of many physical toys that are able to engage tens of millions on a daily basis for years. In order to keep your customers engaged you need to evolve and you need to do it before they lose interest.

What makes this possible is not only the fact that it is relatively easy to publish a new version of a video game, but the fact that Supercell, like many other Video game companies collect massive amounts of data on their players’ behavior, analyze it, and use it in order to improve the game. Because the amount of data is so huge this type of data is called “Big Data” and is usually analyzed using different methodology than “Small Data”. Supercell saves information on any user that downloads “Clash of Clans”, it knows exactly how many seconds a user spent in each stage, where exactly was the consumer before he decided to stop playing, how many times does a user try each challenge etc.. Video game developers learn about their players day and night, learn their habits, their likes and dislikes, they are in constant interaction with their players with one goal in mind: How to improve their game even more?

So what does all this have to do with toys? Can toys in the future have new release cycles monthly like mobile games? Is it even possible to close this gap?

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Even though some of us don’t see it yet, we have already started to close this gap. It is being closed on two major fronts. The first is by improving our prototyping and manufacturing means and the second is by developing new ways to learn about how customers use our products.

It is no secret that 3D printing and rapid prototyping boards and controllers (like Arduino and Raspberry Pi) are being used in the toy industry for prototyping. Just 5 years ago it took months to convert sketches in to real products. But today, with completely affordable desktop equipment, prototyping is being done in minutes. In the past 10 years flexible manufacturing lines have also been developed allowing for quick change manufacturing. Take for example a company like Tesla that built its entire production line using programmable machines allowing them to make changes in the production line in a relatively short time, without replacing their workforce or their machines.  It’s only a matter of time until most production lines will become more flexible.

Internet of things (IOT) and Connected Toys are also buzzwords circling the toy industry lately. Anything that is connected to the internet produces valuable data and this data can be used to learn about consumer behaviors and further insights into how kids are playing with toys. Just some of the data one can collect on a connected toy, includes, the amount of time consumers spend with the toy, original uses kids develop using the product and if there are technical issues using the product.  Now if you have a lot of customers the resulting data pool will be considered “Big Data” and eventually it will need Big Data processing tools to analyze the information. Connected toys also don’t have to be only geeky STEM toys. I’m sure that Play-Doh, Barbie or Lego would love to know how children are really using their toys, and as soon as IOT components are cheap enough, every toy can transmit “play data“ to their toy manufacturers allowing them to improve the next version of their toy.

This change won’t occur over night, but we are on the right track on improving our customer experience, expanding the play value and increasing the engagement of the product experience. We will soon stop to base our product design on hunches on small focus groups and will eventually base it on real data.

 

Written by Dudi Peles,

CEO of Makeree

 

About Makeree:

Makeree is an After Sale Support System for toy manufactures that turns your mundane instruction into a form of communication & insight, adding value to your product.

Open Ends

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At Makeree, we are on a mission to bring creativity back. Our apps bridge the digital and physical, turning educational experiences into a lot of fun. So far, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few interesting companies that develop super interesting, open ended products –  engaging the young (and the young at heart) in creative play and ultimately turning the world into a better place.

So what exactly are open ended toys?

Open ended toys are play objects that allow free constructive play. They vary widely in shape and size, addressing different cognitive abilities and skills. There is definitely no debating their popularity nowadays, but it is when toy manufacturers finds true balance between providing the basic foundation and enabling creative freedom, that an open-ended toy really shines.

Personally, I have a soft spot for playthings that are not age specific, that challenge players of multiple skill levels to think outside the box and push boundaries. This is defiantly the case with many open ended products (connectors, hinges, blocks , joints and many more).

At Makeree we find these toys extra interesting, our apps can gradually introduce the basic operating techniques (with a set of structured projects) while leaving room for imaginative creation of tangible objects. Allowing users to manipulate the existing structures, make up new ones,  share insights and gain confidence in their own abilities.

One of the most exciting companies we have met along the way is Strawbees – the creators of a smart yet simple connector system, which allows building various structures from drinking straws. The Strawbees’ team dares users to dream big and build bigger, making sculpting in 3D possible, sharing many unique ideas for mechanisms and encouraging creative and collaborative play.

We are psyched to be working with this super-creative company on a Strawbees app. The app will challenge kids and grownups to create, experiment and share the results. The inventors will receive feedback from friends and experts, encouraging them to advance and grow as creative thinkers.

 

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If you share our love for open-ended toys and are looking for products that offer practically endless possibilities for creative play, we recommend checking out these companies as well:  Make.do, Plus-Plus, Geomag, Gigi Blocks, Clip It, Smiva and BAKOBA.

 

Download the Strawbees app today and let the good times roll.

 

 

Makeree Workshops

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For quite a while now, we have been using our platform as a base for creative hands-on workshops. Mentoring participants as they take their first steps in the making world and become DIYers.

Makeree equips any workshop leader with not only the content and materials needed, but also offers team leaders the means to evaluate the learning process and identify any areas of difficulty.

The workshops introduce the Makeree app and use our 11 (pretty amazing) projects to explain scientific principles, encourage creativity and help participant acquire skills while accomplishing cool interactive projects.  Basically learning by doing.

 

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Our latest workshop was held yesterday, with a small team of young councilors from the GreenBlitz ‘FIRST’ robotic competition team. Even though these skilled youngsters are not new to electronics and are familiar with complex mechanism, they were smiling the entire time – constructing hand-made earphones and squeaking musical pencils.

The world renowned ‘FIRST’ organization engages kids in exciting, Mentor-based, science and technology programs that aim to help them become tech leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.

As we share a common passion for teaching STEM in a playful environment, we are looking forward to working together with GreenBlitz – the official robotics team of the Hakfar Hayarok high school and can’t wait for them to use Makeree as the core activity in their educational encounters, teaching underprivileged children science in a fun and engaging way.