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The innovative construction and education toys on Kickstarter are impressive not only in their quantity but also in their variety. Meet Strawbees, a simple little gadget that allows you to connect, hinge, and orient ordinary drinking straws in any number of different ways to form creations both large and small. They also offer a connector piece that works with cardboard, so you can do something very similar with pieces of cardboard.

Strawbees are great building toys not only for kids, but makers, engineers and anyone who’s into constructing and creating.

“This combination of flexibility and iterative construction makes Strawbees perfect for fun and engaging STEM education at any level, from preschool to university.”

Given the project is already funded with over 3x’s the minimum goal, it’s safe to assume Strawbees will be shipping as estimated, starting March 2014.