Nüdel Kart

  • 2020

  • Product
    Sport and Lifestyle

Designed By:

  • Marcus Veerman
  • Emma Ribbens
  • Matt Green

Commissioned By:

Playground Ideas

Designed In:


Nüdel Kart is a deconstructable, mobile cart that can be reconfigured in endless ways to encourage self-directed learning. It uses specific loose parts to help children develop 21st Century skills such as collaboration, negotiation, communication, creativity and resilience. It is also designed specifically for ease-of-use for busy educators.

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Image: Matt Green
Image: Matt Green
Image: Matt Green
Image: Matt Green
Image: Matt Green
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Image: Roger Ungers
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  • 2 common themes exist globally for children 1. Loose parts play creates the deepest, most stimulating play and learning experiences 2. This is lacking not just for refugees but for all students globally. UNICEF identified 3 core needs for children to thrive, colloquially named “ Eat, Play, love” and Play is always underprioritised. 250 million children will not get the sufficient amount of play required to reach their full developmental potential. Play is crucial to build brains and teach the skills required to thrive throughout the lifespan in the 21st century, especially those living in disaster, conflict and disadvantaged environments.

  • Nüdel Kart’s universal non-prescriptive design promotes deep, imaginative, child directed, play which promotes higher order thinking skills such as STEM. It is truly all inclusive for gender, ability and culture. Designed for use both indoors and outdoors, it engages up to 30, 3-12 years olds. It can be flat packed and shipped in small or very large volumes to any location including emergency and disaster situations. Low cost and easily maintainable, it is a simple, scalable way to quickly and easily implement a research backed, best practise play solution for children everywhere.

  • Tested globally from wealthy private schools to refugee camps, and backed by Cambridge, Harvard and University of Sydney research. Nüdel Kart wasn’t developed just for fun, it was designed with big goals in mind. We wanted all children to gain by giving them a tool that truly meets their deep evolutionary needs. It supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to address poverty, inequality and climate and environmental degradation, and promotes peace and justice. Nüdel Kart supports educational approaches that aim to develop skills increasingly in demand in our rapidly changing world in disciplines such as STEM and creativity.

  • Deliberately, nothing in the cart looks familiar forcing the child to use their imagination for meaning. Nudel kart is a non-profit social-enterprise built for scale without compromising quality or environmental standards. Built on a Frugal methodology: The mobile kart IS the Play object and vice versa, reducing material to a minimum; Delivered flat packed for carbon efficient freight; from exactly 4 sheets of FSC certified plywood with no waste; no plastic packaging; Designed in conjunction with educators for easy use, quick pack-up and simple maintenance to maximise value and length of use. Independently assessed to international playground and toy standards.