The Global Cardboard Challenge Just Build It!

Registration is now open at www.cardboardchallenge.com

We invite kids of all ages anywhere in the world to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Don’t forget to register your event before October 11th!

This year we are teaming up with our friends mattressfirm_200pxand Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.43.30 PMthe new film from LAIKA and Focus Features (opening on September 26th) for our 3rd Annual Global Cardboard Challenge. We are also proud to partner with National Head Start Association to bring the Global Cardboard Challenge to Head Start Centers around the country!


Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. This September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Then on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, communities will come together to play!

Registration is now open for the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge. Join with organizers all over the world, and help children unleash their natural creative powers.

Join the Challenge!

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity!

Read about the Value of Creativity

For all the detailed theory that underlies this project, what convinces me of its value is that I used Caine’s Arcade inspiration and cardboard to engage refugee children in a camp in Switzerland. They went from “out of their minds with boredom” to bright eyed enthusiasm and busy creativity in a matter of minutes…

~ Regina Mosimann, Switzerland


Host a Cardboard Challenge

Join parents, educators and community leaders from around the world. Bring the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge to your school or neighborhood. Registration is now open.

Join the Challenge!


How It Looked Last Year

Our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge had over 90,000 participants from 49 countries, from Chile to Rwanda, to Thailand to Bosnia & Herzegovina – and was made possible by the hard work and support of committed Organizers, sponsors and partners. Watch participant videos and photos of Cardboard Challenge events from around the world, including winners from our 2012 and 2013 Video Contests. The 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge was made possible because of our friends at Mattress Firm, our national sponsor. And thanks to Makedo, our partners in Creative Play.

See 2013 Video Contest Winners More Videos from 2012 Our 2013 Facebook Yearbook