Adventures in Cardboard


Remember the good ol’ days of local kids getting together? Having an adventure? Using their imaginations instead of plugging into the nearest tablet or computer? Being outside for a change?

It seems like an eternity between the days when kids were begging to go outside and play, gathering up props and materials that would become swords and costumes. And it’s not just on the kids’ end–parents find it harder and harder to be able to facilitate these adventures what with work schedules.

Fortunately, there’s a group that’s doing something about it. And they’re doing it with cardboard.

lillianworkingIt’s called Adventures in Cardboard, an organization that aims to end “nature deficit disorder” by hosting workshops and events for youth from around the Twin Cities area. A large part of these workshops consist of activities like Arms & Armor and Giant Castle in which corrugated cardboard plays a big part. Boxes are turned into swords and armor. Spires and helmets. Local playgrounds are decorated with OCC (old corrugated cardboard) to create giant castles. The kids don cardboard armor and play out adventures, flexing both their imaginations and art skills.

Corrugated packaging like cardboard boxes is ideal for things like this. Pinterest is filled with ideas for cardboard box art, crafts, even furniture. What makes it so great is the low cost and the fact that it’s eco-friendly. It’s 100% recyclable nature makes it the perfect material for an organization like Adventures in Cardboard to use. On top of these features, history shows us that there’s just something about cardboard that unlocks the imagination. It’s something everyone seems to have access to and is great for so many versatile uses.

These same reasons make it great for custom boxes as well.

Currently, Adventures in Cardboard is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a sort of scholarship which would allow even more children to attend. Children that normally could not. Visit the link above for more info, and check out Sunrise Packaging’s blog for more ideas on what to do with corrugated cardboard.

Images: Julian McFaul/Adventures in Cardboard