Among the most popular toys in Menya are these remote control cars:

The wheels are cut from worn out flip-flop soles. The chassis and axels are fashioned from sticks. The body is built with disks extracted from discarded D-Cell batteries. The remote is tethered, not wireless.

Like all vehicles–or toys–these occasionally require maintenance or repair. Today’s task: replacing a broken axel. Step one: cut a new axel.

Step two: mount the wheels.

Step three: test the alignment.

Step four: fine tune adjustments.

Ready to roll.

  1. Mom O

    This is the very hands-on experimentation and creativity that teachers love!

  2. Brilliant. And he wields that machete like a boss.

  3. kelley haff

    A lot of thoughts with this post. At first I was completely shocked by the machete. How old do you think this boy is? Do they keep track of a calendar and birthdays? I can’t believe that he has access to the machete. Then, I thought… my kids can probably do so much more than I give them credit for. Then, I wanted to send a box-full of cars to your village. Or, maybe give my kids the materials and see if they can re-create this car.

    • Joseph

      Kelley, he’s somewhere betweeen 5 and 10, give or take. They do not keep track. Your kids don’t each have their own machete already? It’s a nice thought, but please don’t send us a box full of cars.

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