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Makedo Book To Inspire - What To Do With A Box

Books to Inspire: What To Do With a Box


The cardboard box can be used for so much more than packing, moving, posting, organising. This book ‘What To Do with a Box’ pays homage to the magic of the cardboard box. The children in the story are given a box and guess what happens next? They open it, climb into it, lock it with a magical key, invite toy friends inside and travel to new places. The beautiful illustrations in the picture book show the adventures from the child’s perspective imagining a cardboard box as anything but that. 

The ability to imagine is necessary for the development of thinking skills, emotions, the creation of arts and the very cultural fabric of societies. Imagination is what makes us human. As Ken Robinson suggests, to imagine something that isn’t present or has never been is a unique human power. (Robinson, 2014).

Now teachers, imagine the possibilities of using the Makedo construction system of tools in your classroom TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO CREATE WHAT THEY HAVE IMAGINED by cutting, connecting and making with cardboard boxes. This book is a perfect prompt to get students excited about imagining what a cardboard box could be. 



Ken Robinson, The Power of Imagination. 2014

Cover Image from 'What to Do With A Box, by Jane Yolen © 2016 Creative Editions; reproduced courtesy of The Creative Company.

Amazing Maze for the Global Cardboard Challenge

Amazing Maze for the Global Cardboard Challenge

Australian makers rise to the challenge at Melbourne’s Preshil primary school.

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate the role communities can play in fostering creativity in children. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination. Then each year on October 10th, communities across the globe come together to play!

Watch the following video from a previous Cardboard Challenge event where Makedo joined Imagination Foundation for an action-packed day of creativity and play. The event held in Melbourne, Australia saw over 100 kids and their parents working together to build and play in a maze made from reclaimed cardboard and Makedo parts. Watch the playful creativity unfold before your eyes…

That year, Makedo sponsored a further 10 Makedo Maze events across seven countries for the Global Cardboard Challenge initiative. Mini makers showed us just how fun it can be to explore playful creativity with Makedo and cardboard. Lots and lots of cardboard!

Here are some highlights from events around the world, including Caine Monroy himself with Nirvan Mullick (Caine’s Arcade film maker) crawling through a cardboard maze in L.A.

global cardboard challenge cardboard maze with Makedo

A big thanks to all of the maze organisers and their happy makers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Salt Lake City and Cedar Rapids (USA), Toronto (Canada), Dorset (UK), Port Elliot and Melbourne (Australia), and Colombo (Sri Lanka).

Did you join the 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge? It's still possible to jump on board, simply register your event to receive resources and support from Imagination Foundation.

Top up your Makedo collection before your next event at the Makedo Shop.

Exploring creativity with Makedo in the classroom

Exploring Creativity with Makedo in the Classroom

One lucky group of students at Preshil’s Arlington Junior Campus in Melbourne spent a whole semester exploring creativity with Makedo. Introduced as a part of the Elective Program, these weekly sessions focused on both individual and group projects across a range of themes.

Makedo cardboard creativity in the classroom

The Preshil methodology seeks to foster making and creating, building and growing, and exploring passions by finding that special thing that each child loves. And the best part? Electives are run by parents and volunteers who can offer their own unique insights both to support teachers and contribute to the children’s experience of school.

Makedo inventor and Preshil parent Paul Justin was almost as excited as the students were to embark on a series of creative adventures in the classroom with Makedo. Over several months, Paul and the students worked together in a group to build a maze, explored the physical world with animated body tracings, fended off intergalactic invaders in Makedo Transformer costumes and pushed the boundaries with the next generation of architects in custom designed playhouses.

Makedo cardboard creativity in the classroom

Upon returning to Makedo HQ from the final session, we asked Paul if he’d do it again. His reply?

    “Working with those kids really brought home what Makedo is all about – embracing playful creativity. It’s a special moment to see them engage with the potential of their own imagination. I can’t get enough of it.”