Every Kid Deserves To Play, That’s Why There’s KaBoom!
Kaboom is the Washington DC based non-profit that pretty much believes that every kid deserves to play. They’re right. Kaboom is dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
In elementary school, the argument could be made that play is even more important than academics. Sounds crazy right? Well, play builds social skills, life skills, collaboration and even helps with developing fine motor skills, reading skills and communication skills.
Sitting at our desks in front of our screens and devices, or in front of a classroom full of kids, we may have forgotten how important playing was. As we grew up, we took play for granted.
Not Kaboom though.
KaBoom’s life’s work is play. In fact they aren’t typically found at education conferences, they prefer to roll their sleeves up and help build playgrounds, write grants for playgrounds, play equipment and programs, and learn new ways to engage children in playing, even in the worst of times, like natural disasters.
But now the non-profit has a product. A big product. A big giant product or should we not even call it “product”
Rigamajig is a new large scale building kit designed by Cas Holman for hands on free play and playful STEM/STEAM learning.
Rigamajig is a wagon filled to the brim with wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts, and ropes. It can be further customized with an expansion pack of simple machine add ons. Where it really gets fun though, is it doesn’t come with instructions. Kids use these parts, some of them as big as they are, to create whatever they can imagine. We’re talking crazy cranes, trains, towers, robots, fishing poles, whatever.
Rigamajig drives cognitive growth, problem solving skills and collaboration. The possibilities for what kids can build with Rigamajig are absolutely endless.
Cas Holman originally designed Rigamajig as a custom play installation at High Line Park in New York City. She enlisted the help of woodworkers, educators and a bunch of kids when creating it. It was originally launched at High Line Park in 2011 as the Children’s Workyard Kit. It fit in with High Line’s industrial history and simplistic design. Needless to say it was a huge hit.
Now, known as Rigamajig it’s started to make it’s way into schools, playgrounds, children’s museums and even backyards. They’ve also released a Rigamajig Junior Kit that would actually fit in a child’s bedroom or playroom.
If you’re attending FETC 2018 in Orlando, January 23-26th, take a break between sessions and see what you can imagine with Rigamajig. See it for yourself and play with it at booth #607. You can also find out more and order your own at kaboom.com/rigamajig
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