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Day 29/09/2012

October 6th ~ Global Day of Play

Attention rethinkers…*Nirvan Mullick, the filmmaker who made the short film (turned global phenomenon, receiving more than 7 million views) about 9-year old Caine and the cardboard arcade he built and runs out of his father’s mechanics shop, is launching a Global Day of Play on October 6th.


Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Mullick was inspired to found the Imagination Foundation whose mission is to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids and made a follow up short film to examine the impact that the film on Caine and his cardboard arcade have had on play, creativity and imagination around the country. The Imagination Foundation is also running a Global Cardboard Challenge, which ‘invites the world to build anything awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination’. On October 6th they are hosting a Global Day of Play: ‘a world-wide celebration of play, creativity and community’. There will be Cardboard Challenge events hosted around the world (it’s not too late to host one yourself!)


Imagine: Caine’s Arcade Goes Global from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

“This is a followup to the Caine’s Arcade short film. 5 months later, the film has inspired a wave of cardboard creativity, the Imagination Foundation to foster creativity in more kids, and a Cardboard Challenge culminating in a Global Day of Play on Oct 6th.”

Are you participating? (how could you possibly say no to a global day of play?!)

What activities are you planning? Let us know!

EDUCATORS:  be sure to check out Caine’s Arcade School Pilot Program and the many resources on the Imagination Foundation website to see how educators around the country have been using Caine’s Arcade to teach STEM/STEAM, entrepreneurship, creative writing, social media and more.

About Caine’s Arcade School Pilot Program:

With the support of a matching challenge grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation, we hit the ground running and started a Caine’s Arcade School Pilot Program, where over 100 schools in 9 countries used the film and cardboard arcade building to teach kids math, science, engineering, art, entrepreneurship, storytelling, creative thinking, and more.

Tuesday October 2nd: Webinar with Nirvan Mullick on the power and importance of play over on ConnectedLearningTV. Mullick will be exploring the question: How is the potential for learning affected when we find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids?

Last but not least, you can watch this 4min film on productive play where educators (features rethinked’s…* Dominic Randolph) talk about how The Imagination Playground encourages children’s growth through play.

Wishing you all a great weekend filled with play & rethinking…*

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