Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event to celebrate 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 10th, 2015, communities will come together to play!
The Challenge is a lovely idea. It’s especially wonderful because it revolves around creativity and thinking out of the box using recycled materials rather than expensive made-for-purpose kits.
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. There’s simply nothing but good in all this.
Last year there were 125,000 participants from 46 countries. There are about 13 events registered for Australia so far, but only one in Sydney from a community of schools in Chatswood.
This is the sort of event that many, many schools should be promoting and participating in. It’s the sort of event you’d hope to see the Powerhouse / MAAS doing something major around. It’s exactly what an innovative country needs its kids doing.
For all of the details the the free registration, see the Imagination Foundation website; to see if there’s a Challenge event near you see here. None of this needs a long lead-time, the kids can just build on the day, so there’s no reason not to get involved now.