GT's Cardboard Challenge

First GT Project of 2015-2016 for 4th Grade GT Students Only

The Global Cardboard Challenge

Our first project of the 2015-2016 GT school year will be a creative one. In order to kick off the 4th grade GT year with this exciting challenge, we need your help! Keep reading to find out more about this activity, and how we need your help to make it as amazing as we know it can be.

Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine's Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. This September, kids of all ages are invited to build an arcade game they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity.

Materials Needed

In order for all of our 4th grade GT kiddos to participate, we will need help gathering plenty of resources and materials!

If you have any of the materials listed below, and are willing to donate them to our GT program, please start gathering away! We can start accepting donations for this project as soon as possible! We will be sharing materials will all of our elementary GT programs in our district so that all of our kiddos can participate!

You can email your child's GT teacher or send the materials up to school with your child!

Items needed:

Used cardboard boxes (big & medium size)

Cereal boxes


Empty containers of strawberries

Empty water bottles and bottle caps

Egg cartons

Paper towel and toilet paper tubes

Old fabric, pillowcases or clothes cut into


Bouncy balls (small and medium)

Mini basketballs (if available)

Mini soccer balls (if available)

Army Men

Clear packing tape

Strong Scissors


Tempera paint



Box cutters (for teachers to use only)


Brown paper bags

Bottles of glue

Glue sticks

Duct tape

Summer Fun!

Feel free to help your kiddos work on their ideas for a cardboard created arcade game! They are welcome to try out their ideas and create amazing things!

However, all students will design and build their final game in class during the first few weeks of GT class with other students in class.

We look forward to hearing all of the amazing ideas of our students and seeing their wonderful creations!