MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey Kit

"The MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit! The MaKey MaKey uses high resistance switching to detect when you've made a connection even through materials that aren't very conductive (like leaves, pasta or people). This technique attracts noise on the input, so a moving window averager is used to lowpass the noise. The on-board ATMega32u4 communicates with your computer using the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol which means that it can act like a keyboard or mouse."

-- MaKey MaKey

Curriculum concepts: Circuits and Invention

*Kits available: 2

(Each contains the same items)

Please note: Kits require a compatible device

(laptop or computer with USB connection).

There are no devices included in this kit.

Kit contains:


2 MaKey MaKey HID boards

14 alligator clips

12 white connector wires

2 USB cords

2 instruction sheets


Making a Circuit by Chris Oxlade

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Checkout an ebook of Sandy Ng's Makey Makey on LION.


Getting Started:

1) Plug in USB - The small side of USB cable plugs into MakeyMakey, the big side plugs into computer.

2) Close Popup Window - Your computer may ask you to install drivers or do other setup. You can click cancel or close the window.

3) Connect to "Earth" - Connect one end of an alligator clip to "Earth" on the bottom of the front side of MakeyMakey.

4) Connect to Yourself - Hold the metal part of the other end of the alligator clip between your fingers. You are now "grounded".

5) Connect to "Space" and Try It - While you're still grounded, touch the round "Space" pad on the MakeyMakey. You should see a green light on the MakeyMakey, and your computer will think the space bar was pressed.

6) Try Out Software - MakeyMakey works with any software that uses the keyboard or mouse. You can really use any web page or any computer app. Some suggested apps to try can be found here.(Bongos, Piano, Tetris)

7) Try Out Various Materials! Make different materials into a key with the MaKey MaKey! Try conductive and non-conductive materials to see how they react. Here are a few things we've tried: Fruits and vegetables, Play-Doh (as long as it's moist), plants, people, pencil lines (make them thick and dark), foil, coins, magnets, silverware, cardboard, clothing, yarn, paper, and more!

Check here for more ideas!

Please note: You'll need to supply your own conductive and non-conductive materials. They're not included in the kit. Thanks!


Helpful Links

Classic Set Up:

MaKey MaKey Apps (Bongos, Piano, Tetris, Sound Effects, Chamber Music Piano):

MaKey MaKey Lessons: