By: Geneviève Bisson
We often grow up believing a box serves only one purpose. But for some kids it has many more – a fort, a robot, even an arcade! Boundless imaginations WILL run wild and children are always way ahead of the game.
This was again and again demonstrated during the global cardboard challenge. We decided a few weeks ago to take part in this movement since we knew that children would be receptive to it. It was also a great opportunity to teach empathy through a fundraiser. This was our way of adding the extra meaningful ingredients.
This movement was inspired by Caine’s arcade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U
When the kids watched it, right away you could feel their inspiration. We could already see their minds wondering off and beginning to create games.
We have been hunting for recycled boxes. When Em and I walked by a store with a bunch of boxes next to their windows we quickly walked in and happily took them off their hands. The employees thought we were a bit weird. Since then, box after box and pile after pile has been transformed into race cars, basketball games, air hockey, funny props for our photo booth and even a giant thermometer to track how much money we’ve raised. It’s great to see them use problem solving to grow. When things don’t go as planned they quickly start finding other solutions to make it work.
I’m so excited for this event tomorrow. I’m excited to watch the kids share their games with everyone. I am excited to raise funds and have a good time. I’m also excited to see the Pandoo Club free from looking like a warehouse!
I’ll never look at a cardboard box the same way, but maybe that’s a good thing.
Let your imagine run wild. Trust me it wants to!