Tomorrow is our 4th Cardboard Challenge, the 5th Global Cardboard Challenge, as started by the Imagination Foundation back in 2012. The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by the short film Caine’s Arcade.
The Global Cardboard Challenge is a fun, playful and inspiring way to foster creativity in children through a simple process called Creative Play. Through creative play, kids engage their imaginations and open up their minds to what’s possible – and then they turn their ideas into something real. In this process, children learn to develop and test their own ideas, take chances, solve problems, get input from others and become better creative thinkers.
Many people have asked me how we have run the Cardboard Challenge here in Shanghai, so below (and linked here) is a fact sheet, which condenses much of the great information provided by the Imagination Foundation
Cardboard Challenge Fact Sheet
Decide on a date for your Cardboard Challenge, the official date for the Global Cardboard Challenge, this year, was October 1st 2016; however you can run an event whenever you want; anytime, anyplace.
6 weeks before event:
Advertise event in your community by sharing the following links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U original Caine’s Arcade Movie made by Nirvan Mullick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk movie that shows launch of Global Cardboard Challenge and Imagination Foundation
http://imagination.is/our-projects/cardboard-challenge/ Imagination Foundation Website with full information on Global Cardboard Challenge
4 weeks before event:
Start collecting recycled materials from your community and appoint student leaders to set up an area for materials, and a plan for counting materials.
I found weekly challenges worked best in our school and prizes were awarded each Friday for the class that brought in the most of the following:
Week One: Small boxes, such as medicine packets, toothpaste, chocolate but nothing bigger than a granola box.
Week Two: Medium sized boxes, such as tissue and cereal boxes
Week Three: Tubes, toilet paper, kitchen towel, foil and plastic wrap tubes; these are essential to a successful Cardboard Challenge.
Week Four: Boxes, the bigger, or more unusual, the better. If you can contact any companies in the area ahead of time to ask for donations of any used (or new) bike/fridge/furniture/storage boxes, these will be a huge hit.
Hints for a Successful Cardboard Challenge
- Where will you store the collected cardboard?
- What will happen to the cardboard after the event?
- Can children take things home? What about shared projects?
- Will you work across classrooms, across grade levels, across divisions?
- Do you want to use paint… for some grade levels? All grade levels?
- Get Parents involved; the younger grades especially will need help with cutting and gluing.
- Make sure you have enough materials, not just cardboard, but things to cut/glue/paint/stick things together with. Where will these things be stored? Who will have access to them?