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Makedo Book To Inspire - What To Do With A Box

Books to Inspire: What To Do With a Box


The cardboard box can be used for so much more than packing, moving, posting, organising. This book ‘What To Do with a Box’ pays homage to the magic of the cardboard box. The children in the story are given a box and guess what happens next? They open it, climb into it, lock it with a magical key, invite toy friends inside and travel to new places. The beautiful illustrations in the picture book show the adventures from the child’s perspective imagining a cardboard box as anything but that. 

The ability to imagine is necessary for the development of thinking skills, emotions, the creation of arts and the very cultural fabric of societies. Imagination is what makes us human. As Ken Robinson suggests, to imagine something that isn’t present or has never been is a unique human power. (Robinson, 2014).

Now teachers, imagine the possibilities of using the Makedo construction system of tools in your classroom TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO CREATE WHAT THEY HAVE IMAGINED by cutting, connecting and making with cardboard boxes. This book is a perfect prompt to get students excited about imagining what a cardboard box could be. 



Ken Robinson, The Power of Imagination. 2014

Cover Image from 'What to Do With A Box, by Jane Yolen © 2016 Creative Editions; reproduced courtesy of The Creative Company.

Book to Inspire - The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Books to Inspire: The Most Magnificent Thing

Books are a terrific resource to use in the classroom. We recommend using the book ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ to emphasise the value of the process (rather than the outcome) of the making experience. 

‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ written by Ashley Spires is a story about a regular girl and her friend, a helpful dog. They like to make things and the girl decides to make the most magnificent thing! She tinkers, she hammers and glues. But it doesn’t look or feel right. To her, it’s all wrong. So she gives it another go. She tries and tries but it is still wrong. It is NOT the MAGNIFICENT thing she has in her mind! Her frustration doesn’t help and she wants to quit. However, after a short break she finds that there are parts of ‘the wrongs’ that are ‘right’ so she gets back to work. It’s not perfect but it really is the most magnificent thing.

Frustration can be a common experience for students who have an idea in their mind which differs from how their cardboard construction looks. With perseverance and encouragement, however, students’ constructions may not be an exact representation of what they imagined but they will be magnificent! Like this book, the Makedo experience celebrates the process of wondering, imagining, creating, discovering, experimenting, failing, thinking and solving. With Makedo, the emphasis is on process rather than outcome. What could be seen as a mistake becomes a discovery and cause for celebration.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is published by Kids Can Press. Cover Art reproduced as courtesy of Kids Can Press, 2018.