MaKey MaKey provided product for review purposes, all opinions 100% my own.
This holiday season kids everywhere are craving the coolest gifts and parents are looking to buy the best gifts to keep kids engaged. Sure they may want the newest video game station or that fun new fashion doll but consider MaKey MaKey, an invention kit for the 21st century where children can turn everyday objects into keys for your computer.
MaKey MaKey arrives with the MaKey MaKey board, 7 alligator clips, 6 white wires and an USB cable. When you take it out of the small box it may look confusing but it is very easy.
Before the board will work, the board will need to be connected with the USB cord to the computer. This will then install device drivers and setup. Once everything is installed you can test to make sure it works by opening a text document, connecting an alligator clip to the EARTH area on the board (this is the user) and holding the metal part of the clip. By holding the clip, this means you are grounded. Children can then touch the space or click key on the board and watch on the screen to see if the cursor is moving.
If it is you are all set. MaKey MaKey states this does work out of the box, which I didn’t realize because the instructions say to plug the board into the computer so it can recognize it as the keyboard. Either way, we were ready to play.
Zoe was super excited about this kit. She read the instruction booklet and knew without a doubt she was going to play with the bongos with bananas. The bongo board can be found at makeymakey.com/bongos.
She fetched a few bananas from the fruit bowl and set up the alligator clips. For the bongos she needed two bananas, one for arrow left and one for the spacebar. The other alligator clip stays in earth so she can play, remember that children will need to hold the end of the alligator clip. She then played tunes on the bananas!
So cool, right?
She also wanted to try out the MaKey MaKey piano, which she played with four carrots and a banana.
Set up was similar where the alligator clips were connected to the arrow pad on the board (left, right, up and down), then to the carrots and a clip on the space area on the board connected to a banana. The EARTH is the clip she held so she can play the piano found at makeymakey.com/piano. Check it out.
We also played an online Pac Man game using a controller made from PlayDoh and I had some fun playing the piano using Zoe for my keys. Anything that is even a tad bit conductive will work.
MaKey MaKey is fun and really for anyone of any age. It can get children using their imaginations by connecting any item they wish. The possibilities are endless! We adore this open-ended kit for children of all ages. It is an inspiring kit where children will be stoked to play with electronics. The best part? This takes no batteries but you do need a computer.
MaKey MaKey works with any laptop or computer with a USB port and a recent operating system.
Think your children would love turning objects into computer keys? Visit www.makeymakey.com for more information and www.makeymakey.com/howto for more ideas so children can have fun. The invention kit retails for $49.99.