Cardboard Challenge

Don't just recycle cardboard boxes -- play with them! 

You can get together with friends and host a Cardboard Challenge using resources from the Imagination Foundation. Their official Day of Play is on October 5 this year. Or find library events that include cardboard crafts and construction. 

If you don't have cardboard boxes at home, you can often pick them up for free from grocery stores. Don't forget that cereal boxes and shoe boxes can work just as well as big packing boxes.

Share your creations and check out what others have made by using the hashtag #cardboardchallenge on social media. 

You can use this list to find great books that will inspire kids to build, create, and imagine with the help of cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Challenge

This is the classic cardboard box imagination story. Rabbit insists that the box is *not* a box -- it's so many other things! Ages 2 and up.

School Library Journal says, "Moving beyond typical dollhouses, playhouses, and race cars, the author provides detailed projects that will help kids develop fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, rolling, bending, folding, and more. The crafts spark creativity and inquiry and move students beyond store-bought toys." Ages 7 and up.

A rhyming picture book with beautiful illustrations. "A box! A box is a wonder indeed. The only such magic that you'll ever need. You can climb inside and there read a book. It can be a library, palace, or nook." Ages 3 and up.

This award-winning Australian picture book is about a bike made from scratch. Plus the book itself was illustrated by painting recycled cardboard boxes! Ages 4 and up.

A boy sits in a big cardboard box while various jungle animals join him. Will they all fit? This funny tale could be reenacted at home using stuffed animals. Ages 3 and up.

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