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Untethering the blocks: Building beyond walls and tables

Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls?  Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding?  Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.)

Till now blocks kinda stayed together and didn’t play very nicely with other toys.

A new type of adhesive tape will allow us to encourage kids to flexibly build beyond tables, floors and and even walls. And we can encourage building on top of things that are not even blocks.

Nimuno Loops, an Indiegogo project, looks like it may be a way to expand our thinking about how building might happen inside and outside our homes, classrooms and libraries.

Imagine being able to build around corners, on curved surfaces, or even onto the sides of that sailing ship you’ve just spent hours building. You forgot to engineer a point of attachment for that sweet dinosaur-smashing cannon? No problem. Snip a length of Nimuno Loops, stick it on the hull, mount your cannon and be on yarr way.

Nimuno Loops adhesive tape is compatible with LEGOs, Mega Bloks, Kreo and many other block systems.

Cuttable, flexible and shapable, it is currently available in the launch colors of red and blue and sold in a variety of roll lengths. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for purchasing info.) The project is the result of a year of development and prototyping by the Cape Town-based industrial designers Anine Kirsten and Max Basler.

This looks like so much fun and a solid addition to your maker kits!

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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