Thursday, September 04, 2014

Inspired by Caine's Arcade

Perhaps you know and love the story of 9 year-old Caine's cardboard arcade, and what happened when a filmmaker stopped at his dad's used auto parts store in East LA to buy a door handle for his car.

But do you know what has happened since then?

In case you don't have time to watch right now, I'll summarize:

This whole thing got huge. Caine's college fund has exploded into The Imagination Foundation, a "non-profit to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine."

There's a Global Cardboard Challenge going on in September and culminating in a Day of Play on Saturday, October 11.

Let's save a bunch of boxes, give our kids time to make stuff with them, and then share our photos and videos #cardboardchallenge.

Genius Hour, here we come!


  1. Your post and the video reminded me of when my kids were little. We sent them outside with a big cardboard box (new fridge?) and a box of finger paints. Soon, half the neighborhood kids were painting and sitting in their new fort. I'm so glad they're creating this foundation.

  2. You find the coolest things! Thank you for sharing. Your blog is always a treat to read and discover.

  3. Thanks for sharing, I will look at this video more but I just completed this project with my students and celebrated today about it.

  4. Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City!

    I teach middle school Language Arts at an international school. Last year, we incorporated Caine's Arcade into our Earth Week celebration (held September rather than April so as to set the tone for a year of environmentalism at school). The students loved the creativity and really bonded as advisory groups in the process. Our culminating Day of Play involved setting up our 'arcade' in the gym for all 200 MS students to try out each other's games and admire each other's resourcefulness.

    Caine really inspired our students, and this project is a great way to meld engineering, art, math, science, AND language arts in a meaningful and authentic way.



We welcome your contribution to the conversation!