Global Cardboard Challenge @Saturday Crafternoons!

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 the Imagination Foundation’s 3rd Cardboard Challenge took place across the world. Originally inspired by Caine’s Arcade:

the Global Cardboard challenge “celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it.”

The goal of this international movement is to encourage children of all ages to dream, imagine, and create by using cardboard and recycled materials. Last year, there were almost 100,000 participants across 50 countries taking part in the Cardboard Challenge.  Through Assemble’s Saturday Crafternoons program, the Pittsburgh community was able to take part in the challenge!

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There were three stations set up within our workspace: the inspiration, creation, and decoration stations. The kids used the inspiration station to watch the Caine’s Arcade short film and sketch ideas before beginning construction.

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They went to the creation and decoration stations afterwards to create the framework of their project and add decorative finishing touches.

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By the end of our workshop, some completed masterpieces included a theatre, house, robot, ski ball booth, and an arcade car.  It was awesome to observe the kids’ creative processes throughout the day and to see all the imagined possibilities come to life!


For more information about Saturday Crafternoons, click here.

Blog post by Rebecca Sufrin, one of Assemble’s Repair the World Fellows.

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