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Kingsport Cardboard Challenge

August 25th, 2014 2:09 pm by Staff Report

Kingsport Cardboard Challenge

In October 2013 Kingsport held their first Cardboard Challenge.

This project is part of the Global Day of Play from the Imagination Foundation. The Foundation was formed from the phenomenon of Caine's Arcade, a viral video story of a 9 year old boy and his cardboard creations. After his video hit the foundation was formed - Caine's Arcade 2 - From A Movie to a Movement.

In 2013 the Cardboard Challenge had over 90,000 participants from 46 countries, from Chile to Rwanda, to Thailand to Bosnia & Herzegovina. We were proud to be part of this organization that focuses on creative play. I encourage you to look at this videos - you will be inspired.

The event we held was quite success - our estimate is 500 children in the community participated at their schools, after school programs, scout troops and through homeschool organizations or just on their own.

Please join this wonderful project -- it is free to participate and all materials should be free (and repurposed) -- recycling cardboard and using other everyday items is part of

the creative process. Additionally children are free to take their time with their projects, adding to, taking away or changing all together as they work.

The best way to start is to show the first video to your children. Pinterest is also a wonderful resource. The website is very helpful. http://imagination.is/our-projects/cardboard-challenge/

On October 4 we ask that our participants come to the Kingsport Farmers Market from 9am -- 11am to show their projects to each other and the public. There is no fee to participate or attend. This is the same day as

the "Fall for Downtown" Festival at at Broad Street and Market Street. It begins at 10 - so you can have lots to do in town that day.

Link here to our registration site is Kingsport Cardboard Challenge taking entries.

Last year we saw how much fun older students and adults had with our challenge and we want to include them all this year -- for the middle-schoolers we will have a special category for INVENTIONS -- this is a great way to build a prototype of an invention

they think would be beneficial.

We want to continue to reach out so please pass this along to scout troops, 4-H clubs, after school programs, home school and church youth groups, friends and neighbors. Many groups had their own "Day of Play and Exhibit" then used our day to share with the public.

For updates follow the Kingsport Cardboard Challenge on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KingsportCardboardChallenge and @KPTCARDBOARD on Twitter.

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