The Cardboard Challenge 2016 Was a Huge Success!

Hubbard Woods hosted our second annual Cardboard Challenge yesterday.  It was a huge success!  Over 40 families participated and built everything from a giant Tie Fighter  from Star Wars to some pretty amazing robot costumes.  It was a terrific celebration of creativity and cooperation.  Our local event was a part of the Global Cardboard Challenge sponsored by the Imagination Foundation.
I saw a lot more use of the amazing tool MakeDo this year; I’m sure that is because we took time last week to experiment with it in the Libratory.  Kids had chances to make things with the tools and that lead to even more unique and creative creations.  If your child made something and brought it home, here’s what we told them about the blue rivets.  If they keep their creation forever, then they are free to keep the rivets.  However, if they take their creation apart, please return the rivets so we can reuse them!
Thanks to everyone who came out to play, we had more than 40 families join us! Thanks also to Sarah Graham, Denise Matthews- Smith, Angela Mak and Todd Burleson, for planning and coordinating this event for Hubbard Woods. And thank you to their volunteers, Sarah Ko, Michael Collins, Sarah Donaldson, Nat Roberts, Nidhi Singh, Maggie Beitler and Effie Karavites and several others I apologize for leaving off this list of huge thank yous!

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The Cardboard Challenge!

We are SO EXCITED that this Saturday is our second annual Cardboard Challenge!  This is part of the broader Global Cardboard Challenge powered by the Imagination Foundation. We hope that your family can make it from 2:00-4:00.  We know it isn’t an ideal time but it is quite hard to find one that works for everyone.

This year’s theme, as you probably have heard is “Make it and Take It!”  We are taking some time this week in IDEA Lab to plan our designs and learn how to use the tools that will be available on Saturday.

The biggest tool is Makedo. Makedo allows kids to easily cut cardboard and join it using rivets.  These are super cool and fairly inexpensive.  You can find out more about them and how to purchase them here.


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They even have a terrific section of their website that has ‘how to’ videos on it if for some reason your child didn’t get a chance to practice with them in the IDEA Lab this week.



Here are some fun examples to show the kids to get their imagination racing!  We won’t be painting at the cardboard challenge, but there will be plenty of tape, glue scissors, lots of recyclable materials, rivets, and more.  Bring boxes or recyclables that you have stashed at home; we’ll have a ton from all the school supply orders from the school year.  We will also have sheet cardboard for families to use as well!

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Here is a video of last  year’s event!

The kids are having a blast dreaming up their ideas for Saturday and learning to use the cardboard tools!

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We hope to see you there!  And if you can’t make it, we hope that this post inspires some creativity in your house!