Family Cardboard Challenge Encourages Creativity and Teamwork

On Sunday, October 7 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., families with children of all ages are invited to the library’s Jones Meeting Room to engineer creations with cardboard and other recycled materials. No registration is required for this free program, and materials are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s School Age Program Coordinator, says that the library has offered this event for the last few years because it provides a unique opportunity for children to work with their caregivers on creative projects. She explains that “adults have the ability to facilitate higher-order thinking in children by asking them questions about what they’re building and working with them to develop solutions. In this setting, children can learn concepts like 3-D design principles, teamwork, problem solving, and perseverance.”

Another important element of the cardboard challenge is that children partake in creative play. Jennifer explains that through creative play, children are able to learn how to interact with others and construct ideas about how the world works. “This is especially true of an open-ended project like the Cardboard Challenge, where there is no specific finished product. The only limit is the imagination. The process of figuring out how to build something is just as important, perhaps more so, than having a finished item.”

This event is part of the Global Cardboard Challenge, which is sponsored by and inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade.” You can learn more about the global event at

For more information about JCPL’s Family Cardboard Challenge, contact Jennifer Johnson at 423-434-4348 or


Related Post