Don’t you hate it when you find out about something wonderful and it just ended? That’s what happened to me with Caine’s Arcade Part 2. You saw the original Caine’s Arcade video, right? Caine was a 9-year-old boy who built a cardboard arcade that became an Internet sensation. If you haven’t seen it, stop now and watch. Don’t miss the story of a boy who changed cardboard boxes into magic.
But is doesn’t stop there. The response to Caine’s arcade had been so enormous that the filmmaker and colleagues started the Imagination Foundation and—more importantly—issued The Global Cardboard Challenge. Across the globe on October 6, children built amazing things out of cardboard. You can see the beginning on the video below and even more on the website.
Are you feeling sad that October 6 has passed? Don’t be. It is never too late for creativity, cardboard, and magic. Think about what you and your students could build—an arcade, a labyrinth, a healthy snacks stand. It could be part of a lesson on geometry, economics, history, or art. It could be a lesson in philanthropy, particularly as the holidays approach. And it could be a great family Saturday!
So grab some cardboard and your imagination. The sky’s the limit. I can see that the Imagination Foundation is still posting events, so it may not be too late to jump on board there. Either way, I’d sure love to see what you build.