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Arcola Elementary Students Create a Cardboard Arcade!

This week I was invited to the grand opening of a very exciting new local entertainment spot.  This innovative new arcade featured dozens of never-before-imagined challenges and flashy prizes…. the best part?! It is made entirely of CARDBOARD!


Inspired by the story of 9 year old Caine Monroy and his cardboard arcade, students at Arcola Elementary created their own school-wide arcade!

Thousands of cardboard boxes were scavenged from local businesses, basements, and recycling bins – and the results were amazing!  15 classes of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders built arcade games, and 75 amazing game creations were on display for the whole school (K- 5) to play.

Student creators took turns hosting different classes in the arcade, proudly showcasing their games while managing excited crowds, collecting tickets, and distributing prizes!

Families gladly emptied their junk drawers to contribute to the treasured prize collection!

Nirvan, the filmmaker who first introduced the world to Caine’s Arcade, joined in the fun via Skype, and students excitedly showcased their creations as he made the rounds through the arcade on a laptop cart!

Hi Nirvan!

The creations these kids came up with were so impressive, and I was so honored to be part of the celebration of creativity at its cardboard finest!  I’ll close with a video of one of my favorite games in action – Whack-a-Mole!

More great photos from a super fun afternoon:

To learn more about Caine’s Arcade, help support his college fund, or get yourself a snazzy Caine’s Arcade tee shirt, visit this site!

Thinking INSIDE the box!

I imagine by now many of you have seen the viral video of Caine’s Arcade, the incredible cardboard arcade project created by 9 year old Caine in his dad’s auto parts store in East LA!  If not, the video below will make your day!

Caine’s Arcade video by Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

I’ve long touted the incredible creative power contained within a cardboard box – and this post from a teacher in Singapore is still one of my favorite examples!

Who needs the toys that came IN the box when you can play with the box itself?!


You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when the latest in cardboard box creativity happened right in my living room this weekend!  My husband and I are in the process of renovating our master bathroom, and I came downstairs on Sunday morning to find him playing happily in one of our new boxes!



Not sure “Dan’s Outhouse” has quite the same appeal as Caine’s Arcade, but it certainly made me laugh – you’re never too old to play!