Cardboard Innovation

Cardboard Innovation

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When 9-year-old Caine had to hang out at his Dad’s auto parts shop in Los Angeles for the summer holidays, he was determined to make the most of his time. There were no devices in sight but plenty of cardboard boxes. Caine began creating a games arcade, with interactive and moving parts, made from cardboard, tape and a few toys.


Sadly there were few visitors to the shop, but Caine patiently waited to share his games and give away prizes. The elaborate arcade caught the eye of film-maker, Nirvan Mullick who happened to visit the store to buy a door handle. He was so impressed by Caine’s innovative thinking and engineering skills that Nirvan arranged a flash mob of visitors to surprise Caine and play each of the arcade games. Nirvan also made a documentary of the experience.



But this wonderful story doesn’t stop there. The documentary started a movement of innovation and imagination. Children all over the world who saw the documentary started to post their own videos of games that they had made.



‘Caine’s Arcade’ charmed the world with its message of creativity, hard work, perseverance, and community, and how a simple act of kindness could lead to wonderful and unexpected outcomes. Imagination Foundation.


Each year there is a day for the ultimate cardboard challenge. Look out for the next challenge on the Imaginaton Foundation website, or visit cardboard challenge.


Inquiry – Digging Deeper

Parents around the world are amazed how their kids can have more fun with a cardboard box than the latest toy. At Junior Inventors we understand why kids are drawn to boxes – the potential to create new things from them seems endless.

Get inspired to innovate from the following cardboard enthusiasts