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The big five kit

A lego like kit that forms the Africa big 5 Wildlife, Kids are able to make more than 50 play things, while learning about conservation.

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The BIG 5 kit Brings animals to Kids, Leather and stuffed with rubber blocks inside,Unpack the animal you have building blocks to make 50 plus other playthings.  Children get to figure out how to put together the block to get to the big five. 

 More than 90 percent of Kids in public schools will never get to see live game before till their 20's. Yet theirs activities directly affect wildlife habitats and contribute to endangerment of wildlife. 

How do we communicate the importance of conservation when the attitude is that Wildlife attracts tourist [ mostly white people and the elite] who can afford the fee charged for park visits while locals only see the animals on Tv. 

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Circular Design Nairobi

Website (if applicable)

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

The building blocks will be made out of the rubber. The waste leather makes up some puzzle like patterns that is held by rubber clasps together to form the outer shape of the big 5 animals.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

In school Children between ages 6 – 11 years in Sub Saharan Afrika

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

In Kenya the education stakeholders are looking are Reviewing the curriculum and introducing a more skilled based / Community Service Learning Approach We have 22,000 public primary schools in Kenya and we looking to include this as part of pedagogy for an introduction Circular Economy course that we will be rolling out. The importance of teaching Children the why we need to care for our environment and habitats can not be under played.

What inspired this idea?

The death of Sudan , the Last male northern white rhinoceros , I am yet to see a living rhino yet I live in Nairobi and we have a park in the City :(

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Am a product Designer from the region. I am a leather artist. Currently working on an introduction to the circular Economy teaching module for Children in primary and high schools in the region

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

In Kenya the education sector stakeholders are looking at reviewing the curriculum and introducing a more skilled based / Community Service Learning Approach We have 22,000 public primary schools in Kenya and we looking to include this as part of pedagogy for an introduction Circular Economy module that we will be rolling out. The importance of teaching Children the "why we need to care for our environment and habitats "can not be under played. if we are a Top Idea, We are Launched, believe!


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Photo of Tabea

Great idea wekesa zab ! I love that this product would enable the kids to build the animals themselves. I am sure they would enjoy it and could learn a lot!
Our team had the idea to use Nike Grind to fill bean bags and stuffed animals that would be sold with a book that teaches them about sustainability. As you have experience in teaching children about sustainability, it would be very valuable for us if you could give us some feedback on what we have to keep in mind to make sure the children would learn something and use what they learnt. Here is the link to our post:

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Thanks Tabea , We looking at how children in the region gain knowledge on why resources need to be taken care of. Especially Animals, often then most poor and vulnerable are left with natural resources to exploit as a last option to survival. With the change of time and demographics we an strain on this resources often means we re-educate and became custodians of this fragile ecosystems. We looking at tool to get learners on-boarded on this mindsets at forming years and be able to reflect on this in the most friendly and clear of ways .. through play.

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We have a human-wildlife conflict even on a human settlements level :

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Wekesa, thank you for sharing your idea. I like how you use Nike Grind materials for an educational purpose. I can imagine these toys as great educational tools in the module you are currently creating. I wonder if you could provide some sketches to show better how you would used the materials. It'd be great if you could have feedback from children. Maybe they could even work with you in creating the prototypes. Looking forward to seeing how your idea evolves.

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Hi Anne-Laure Fayard , Thanks for your tips . I got an opportunity to shadow students while working with our OI Nairobi chapter partner Ocean sole [ ] . We are working with them to develop a possible education module for there impact program with students. saw this and it looked super insightful :

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Hi Wekesa,

A reminder that the ideas phase of this Challenge closes in less than one hour, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please have your submission updated by this deadline with content to all proposal questions complete.

Excited to have you in the Challenge!

Photo of Aurelia

wekesa zab great idea,ver do-able.

Photo of An Old Friend

I love the idea of using Nike Grind materials to create an informative toy for children! One way to make this idea even better, would be to have a portion of the profits from the kit go towards supporting conservation efforts in Africa. That would help to solidify the importance of conservation as well as teach children that social responsibility is very important.

Photo of Edward Mbogo

Interesting and fun at the same time!

Photo of Kimathi Laibuta

Great idea. This is very actionable.