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MAKE reader Mike points us to this Inhabitots article about Avik Maitra, a Colombia University graduate doing a research fellowship in Malawi. Malawi kids have been making some very cool toys out of found items; Avik is working on designing more toys that the children can make out of local materials and factory byproducts – let him know if you’re nearby and have usable leftovers!


  • Bethany

    It’s very dangerous for children to play with factory byproducts!

  • Patti Schiendelman

    Er – did you read the linked article? They’re not just giving kids random, raw factory byproducts – Avik is working on designing toys that kids can build themselves, using appropriate, recycled materials.

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