The Global Cardboard Challenge

Sat. October 11th, 2014 - Save the Date!

Our Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual challenge that invites kids around the world to design and build awesome creations using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Each fall, the Global Cardboard Challenge culminates in a global day of play (on the anniversary of the flashmob that came out to make Caine's day in the short film) bringing communities together to celebrate the creativity and imagination of children around the world.

Bring the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge to your school or community:

This year's Global Cardboard Challenge will kick off on in early September and culminate in a worldwide celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Add it to your school or community calendar, and if you'd like to help host a Cardboard Challenge in your community, email Parents, teachers, students and business and community leaders are all welcome! Let's make this year even bigger and better than the last!

A look back:

Our 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge had 85,559 participants from 46 countries, and it was a blast! Visit to see events from last year, or check our Facebook Yearbook or 2013 Cardboard Challenge Video Winners. The 2013 Global Cardboard Challenge was made possible by the support of our wonderful sponsors and partners. A special thank you to Mattress Firm, our national ‘Challenge America’ sponsor, and Makedo, our partners in creative play.

History: Our first Cardboard Challenge took place in the fall of 2012 with 270+ events in 41 countries organized around the world. Kids repurposed cardboard into games, toys, robots and spaceships - whatever they could imagine. Along the way they learned about teamwork, problem solving, creativity and the value of recycling. Some Challenge events also raised money for various non-profits chosen by the kids, raising tens-of-thousands of dollars for good causes, and introducing kids to social entrepreneurship.

Check out some Videos and Photos from last year's Global Cardboard Challenge.

Watch the Caine's Arcade 2 video that launched our Imagination Foundation and Global Cardboard Challenge:

"The kids who are building and sharing their own cardboard creations can instantly see themselves as part of a real movement.” -MacArthur Foundation