The Global Cardboard Challenge Just Build It!

This fall, we invite kids of all ages around 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 to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. In September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Then on October 1, 2016, communities come together to play!

We hope you will look out for the 2016 Global Cardboard Challenge! As we get closer to the fall, we will publicize a registration page, a Playbook, and additional information.

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


How It Looked in Previous Years

Since 2012, the Global Cardboard Challenge has had over 350,000 participants from more than 60 countries from Los Angeles to Melbourne to Bogota to Kuala Lumpur – and was made possible by the hard work and support of committed Organizers, sponsors and partners. Check out Organizer reflections and Cardboard Challenge events from previous years. And watch participant videos and photos of Cardboard Challenge events from around the world, including winners from our Video Contests below:

See 2014 Video Contest Winners More Videos from 2013 Our 2014 Facebook Yearbook


Host a Cardboard Challenge

Join parents, educators and community leaders from around the world. Bring the 2016 Global Cardboard Challenge to your school or neighborhood. You’ll be able to register later this summer and join over 400,000 others who’ve already participated!