The Global Cardboard Challenge Just Build It!
This fall, we invite kids all over the world to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
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 will open soon for the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge. Join our Organizer list, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest as we gear up for 2014.
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How It Works
The Global Cardboard Challenge kicks off in September and culminates in a day of play on October 11th, 2014. Plan your Challenge to take place over the entire month of September, with multiple days for kids to design and build or as a one-day event on Oct 11th – it’s up to you.
a Day of Play
with the World
Watch“Caine’s Arcade” to get inspired, then build something awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Do it anywhere – schools, backyards, parking lots, libraries – just make sure there’s lots of room for creativity!
The Global Cardboard Challenge culminates on Oct 11th, 2014, a day of play (commemorating the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day in the short film). Invite family, friends and the community to come out and celebrate child creativity.
Share pictures, video and stories from your Cardboard Challenge (#cardboardchallenge) on your blog, website and social media platforms. Help us build the movement to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids around the world.
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. Sign up for Organizer updates, and we’ll notify you when registration for the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge officially opens.
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How It Looked Last Year
Our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge had over 90,000 participants from 46 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
Here are a few downloadable resources to help you host an awesome Cardboard Challenge. If you have additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and keep an eye out for Organizer ‘Lunches’ via Skype and Google Hangouts over the summer. Happy planning!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Got questions about hosting a Cardboard Challenge? We’ve got answers. If you have additional questions, just send us a note at hello@imagination.
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AWESOME RESOURCES ON PINTEREST
We’ve collected numerous Cardboard Challenge resources, including articles, videos, curriculum, and more from our community of Imagination teachers, activists and community leaders. Check out our boards for some inspiration.
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ORGANIZER COMMUNITY ON G+
Meet and collaborate with other Organizers from around the country. As the Global Cardboard Challenge approaches, we will schedule online hangouts to share best ideas and best practices. Join below, and make sure to introduce yourself.
G+ Organizer Community