PLAY DAY WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER DUE TO BUILDING REPAIR.
REVISED DATE TO FOLLOW>>>>>>>>>>>>
Cafe Slow: 〒185-0022 Tokyo, Kokubunji, 東元町２丁目２０
The cafe will be closed that day, so please bring your obento!
Another cardboard adventure out in the park!
This time I learned something important.
I love DEconstruction,
The kids that came out to play built a fun labyrinth of houses/caves and then slowly took the whole thing apart. It was really great just watching them. I saw a two year old saw cardboard for about an hour straight. In the same groove. I loved it.
Later in the week I took just the Windballs to another park to play, and a few teenage boys kicked them around a bit. It was good, I was glad to see them enjoying them, but then they just stomped on them, shattering the MakeDos to bits before running off. I didn’t love it. My teacher voice came out.
Did you see the adorable pink cardboard kitchen that I found at the grocery store where I sourced all the cardboard?
We had light rain just after our event was set up for The Global Cardboard Challenge on Friday. Sadly, most of the kids we anticipated didn’t show up. We didn’t lose heart though, and a few brave souls trickled in after the weather cleared to inhabit the cardboard dwellings that were created. As always, it was great fun and I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s help, or the wonderful folks that run the play park adventure playground.
I had such a great time this year getting to know the folks at The Imagination Foundation, as well as other Cardboard Challenge organizers from around the world. This year there were more than 43 countries represented and 100,000 kids at the Global Cardboard Play Day. If you’ve ever thought about planning an event for your community next year, be sure to visit Caine’s Arcade to find out more. You can be part of this amazing and inspiring cardboard movement!
This Friday the adventure playground Play Park will be hosting us for a “Cardboard Play Day” to celebrate the Global Cardboard Challenge. We’re praying for sun, since a rain day will mean re-scheduling, but either way preparations are in the works for an amazing day.
Play Park is part of an incredible, volunteer supported NGO (NPO) called Asobiba that operates a variety of permanent and temporary adventure playgrounds throughout Tokyo. I’m so excited to work with them and hope to bring cardboard play into their adventure play repertoire in the future!
If you’re free, and you’re in Tokyo, please join us!
Location: Musashino Park’s Whale Mountain
October 4, 2013
2013年 10月 4日
12pm-5pm 午前12時 – 午後5時
Rainy Day = canceled
雨降りの日 = 取消
The Global Cardboard Challenge is here again! Will you be joining THE WORLD on October 5th, 2014 to either play or host an event?
For everything Caine’s Arcade and The Global Day of Play, please be sure to check out The Imagination Foundation’s excellent website and resources.
I’m also excited to be planning my own event in collaboration with a local adventure playground here in Tokyo! More information to come, but until then I want to share some of my insights from hosting 5+ events last year…….
*10 Tips for Cardboard Play Day*
1. It’s all about the cardboard!
2. Don’t let cardboard get unruly.
3. Give them tool boxes.
4. Provide a secure area for kids to keep their stuff (i.e. coat check).
5. Keep the organizer free.
6. Provide a theme/give permission
7. Give kids real tools.
8. Use reusable fasteners.
9. Have an exit strategy.
10. Get feedback.
This week was filled with lots of play, lots of cardboard, and lots of discovery. I learned a lot by watching children and parents play and build together during the two events that took place.
The first was a play event for my daughter’s Yoji group, a play group that meets weekly at the local Jidokan (a kind of youth community center). The other was at a local park called Kajino Koen. The Kahjino event hosted lots of local groups that support the park, like Play Park: a local adventure play organization that facilitates weekly play events for children.
Play Park built an amazingly tall and steep wooden slide with wooden handholds, as well as over-sized hammocks, rope walkways, and braided swings. I’m in love with the work that they do and I’m hoping to deepen my relationship with their community in the coming year.
A few things I learned this week:
A few photos from our first ever, open-to-the-Tokyo-public, cardboard pop-up play day.
We ran the event with just recycled cardboard, a few tools, bike power, and creative spirit.
Neighboring Ito Yokado kindly helped us bring many beautiful boxes over from their store (including the fantastic red stuff which was left over from New Year’s postcard displays) and MakeDo pieces were lent to us by the American School of Japan.
We assembled these incredible Wind-balls prior to the play day, with Tanaka Satoshi’s design plans that you can get here. Just plain fun. We’ve now got the smaller one up as a lampshade in the girls’ room and it’s gorgeous.
The highlight of the day was seeing parents and children building together. Once my Japanese teacher helped me to write a sign in Japanese inviting everyone to play freely, they all started getting to it. Little houses, castles, tunnels, trains and forts….it’s all poetry to me.
The same box on wheels that I made about 8 months ago (and flew back and forth from the US with) withstood countless laps on the concrete around the grass patch. I’m thinking we could do a great pop-up based on these alone….where to reclaim some old wheels????
Thanks to my friends from MIA, my husband (who even made dinner after we got home) and Chris B of a small lab for coming out, bearing the cold, taking pictures (many of which you see here) and wrangling cardboard with us at the end. A true labor of cardboard love! I really appreciate your support.
I’m looking forward to hosting more pop-ups and play days in 2013 so stay tuned for more info on where we’ll be next…
….of course I hope you’ll consider having a few cardboard pop-ups in your own home in the meantime?
On Saturday we were excited to host another Cardboard Play Day at the American School in Japan with an enthusiastic group of young builders.
Kids living in dense urban areas like Tokyo usually don’t have a backyard or nearby place where they can muck around.
Providing the space and materials for cardboard tinkering is akin to tree house building for city kids (as well as a beefy upgrade from blanket and sofa cushion forts.)
We had the most gorgeous day of pre-winter weather that you could hope for and a great turn out of kids and parents.
I really enjoyed working side by side with the kids this time, holding pieces of cardboard together for them and taking their direction as they figured out how to attach shelving, install “TVs” and keep intruders out of their igloos.
The kids faced the perils of dome collapse and near exhaustion from sawing cardboard doors and windows all day, but we still we had to kick them out by 2:00 so we could cleanup and go home…
Looking forward to putting on another cardboard play day again really soon!
If you’ve poked around on the internet anywhere googling the words “cardboard” and “kids” chances are you’ve come across LiEr’s blog Ikat Bag and her fantastic cardboard creations. She’s made everything from telephones to fruit and vegetable stands, light up trains, Barbie carriages, pinatas, dollhouses that have indoor plumbing and heating (well, almost!), tiffin boxes and granny purses all out of cardboard.
Did I mention that she is also a seamstress/tailor, a former physics teacher and school counselor, pattern designer, mother of 3 children and creative genius? Lover of Nutella?
I’m so excited to have LiEr on board judging the costume contest as well as spreading her enthusiasm for all things cardboard! I hope you stop by her blog to check out her amazing collection of projects and great tips for working with cardboard.