Look Mom! No Instructions! Building Kit Fosters Creativity Through Play

By: | January 16th, 2015


Kids learn best through play. You can teach kids basic skills such as counting, taking turns, and being a good sport by just giving them the materials and free reign to create whatever they want.

Thanks to a new kind of large-scale building kit named ‘Rigamajig’, kids can learn about engineering, architecture, creativity, and collaboration on their own through play.

Rigamajig is a collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope. Children can follow their curiosity to make anything from a ship, robot or fort to a monster head. The kit comes with no instructions.



This 263-piece building kit was developed by Cas Holman, an industrial designer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The kit focuses on the creative process rather than the end result or the finished product.

Instead of an instruction booklet, Rigamajig comes with tips on how to best utilize the kit with a series of imaginative ‘Play Prompts’. Play prompts are open-ended challenges asking kids to build various structures. For example, one prompt asks for the tallest structure possible with just 15 pieces. Another prompt seeks a contraption that can hold a 10 lb. bag.


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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