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Award winning! Portable, all inclusive, flat packed, loose parts play kart, providing a scalable solution to improve child development

Nüdel Kart; a creative and innovative social enterprise by Playground Ideas.

location_on Melbourne, Australia
PLAY BASED LEARNING! Nüdel Kart; specifically designed and tested with refugees. From its foundation is interactive and all inclusive; culturally, physically and developmentally. Play is such an important need and Nüdel Kart provides an innovative and attractive play solution via infinite possibilities and creativity. The Kart explodes into over 200 pieces, UP to 30 children can engage for 3+hrs.
It inspired you to open your mind… and to build whatever you want using your imagination to find a way to do something.” – Grade 6, Student, Pomonal Primary School

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12 000
Updated on February 22nd, 2021
about the innovation

Teach what cannot be taught

Our mission is to create stimulating play spaces for children anywhere in the world.

Nüdel Kart is a social enterprise by non-profit Playground Ideas. 100% of the profits go towards creating stimulating play spaces for children anywhere in the world.

All children have the right to play. It's fundamental to their development and ability to thrive. And Nüdel Kart gives children the tools they need to thrive in the 21st Century such as social skills, creativity and problem solving.

So what is it?

Nüdel Kart is a deconstructable, mobile play kart that can be reconfigured in endless ways to encourage self-directed learning. It contains research-backed specially selected materials to stimulate children’s development.

Nüdel Kart, through loose parts play, supports STEM learning through authentic engagement in real world challenges. The Nüdel Kart is excellent for psycho-social support to children from traumatised and disadvantaged backgrounds and can be tailored to various contexts and evironemnts.


See this innovation in action

Nüdel Kart™: Australian School Trial at Brunswick East Primary School
Nüdel Kart™ by Playground Ideas: For Refugees, Aid & Development
Nüdel Kart in Lesotho
The Nüdel Kart™ Story
PRESS RELEASE250 million children worldwide will not get the sufficient amount of stimulation in their childhood for them to reach their full developmental potential. Even in developed countries, the importance of play for children is underestimated and increasing urbanisation, climate change, and lack of public green spaces are contributing factors.The Nüdel Kart was designed to perfectly pair with a child’s unstoppable urge to explore, experiment, imagine and play, to create the perfect environment for a child to dramatically increase their capacity.So what is it?Nüdel Kart is a mobile play and learning space, a kart that explodes into more than 200 different research backed loose parts, that children can explore and experiment with in endless ways. How does it work?Nüdel Kart has taken the concepts and principles of loose parts and refined them to create a powerful combination of elements proven to work together to maximise an endless array of activities. The nature of loose parts play encourages imagination, creativity, and experimentation. Specific design features of the kart encourage collaboration, communication, resilience and negotiation. Is it proven?Nüdel Kart has been designed, prototyped and trialed in some of the most divergent contexts for children on earth, from crowded, desperate refugee camps to exclusive western private schools. The Nüdel Kart is advised by longitudinal research from Cambridge, Harvard and the University of Sydney, currently running a 17 year trial providing and observing how children interact with different materials. What teachers and children are saying"You can make whatever you want. You can go deep, deep into your imagination.” – Child, 8 yrs, Moonee Ponds West Primary School"Children just love the freedom to play and just to be. They learn so much about themselves, things that they don’t even know are possible.” – Principal, Coolaroo South Primary School "We decided to make a vehicle and I was proud of what I did. I wanted to do something really big. It was really hard but it was fun.” – Child, 7 yrs, Moonee Ponds West Primary School Nüdel Kart is a social enterprise by non-profit Playground Ideas. ​100% of the profits go towards creating stimulating play spaces for children anywhere in the world. https://www.Nü Playground IdeasPlayground Ideas supports anyone, anywhere, to build a stimulating space for play using local materials, tools, and skills. Playground Ideas has over a decade of experience creating resources and building a global community with specialisation in scale at low cost. Playground ideas have supported play projects in over 4100 communities, 143 countries, helping over 2 million children to access stimulating play worldwide. Ideas was founded by Marcus Veerman in 2011, and he and Emma Ribbens co designed the Nüdel Kart.Contact Laurette on 0408 003 099 or Marcus 0432738719 for more information.
Hey Educators! This is the Award Winning Nüdel Kart.
Nüdel Kart — Mini
(A 100% non-profit Social Enterprise by Playground Ideas)Only 6 months after launching the full size Nüdel Kart to educators, we have fast tracked the Nüdel Kart Mini so your kids can have just as much fun at home with loose parts play. (And possibly provide you, the parents and carers, with some much needed relief!)The Nüdel Kart Mini is a palm-sized complete replica of the Nüdel Kart. And it comes complete with all the same loose parts. Over 200 in fact!Designed for children 6+, the Nüdel Kart Mini will arrive in 5 separate plywood sheets which you simply need to assemble. Mum or Dad, you might need to help with some of the more fiddly bits.The pieces simply pop out and then click together. Simply follow the included instruction manual to make a Nüdel Kart mini.From there, it’s up to the imagination what you want to create. Just like the full sized Nüdel Kart, the Mini can be deconstructed and rebuilt into millions of different configurations. 
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Off the back of a SOLD OUT show at the Nova ‘Transitions Film Festival’, the Nüdel Kart documentary is also being featured at the Melbourne documentary film festival. ( fantastic achievement for our winderful  filmmaker Roger Ungers.
ABOUT THE MOVIE“The Wheels of Wonder follows a team of ambitious social impact creators as they enter Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, with a curious project. Their mission: to trial and test an unusual prototype play cart with the hope of improving the lives of refugee children through “loose parts” play.The project is led by Marcus Veerman, founder and CEO of Playground Ideas, a not-for-profit providing open-source playground building resources which benefit children all over the world. Veerman’s passionate and skilled team includes a Product Designer, Play Specialist and Technical Lead. Despite plenty of planning, the group face numerous challenges whilst constructing and trialling a material-based prototype in a country which is currently home to an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees.This thoughtfully told story highlights the importance of play, which is said to be as crucial to a child’s brain development as food and sleep. The film shines a light on the immense challenges facing those who have been forcibly displaced, but transcends politics with uplifting moments of strength and resilience in the face of adversity.”


Achievements & Awards

September 2020
Good Design Awards
April 2019
Milan Design Week
August 2018
OpenIDEO Education in Emergencies Challenge.

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