The Background

We all know kids love cardboard boxes. That's because it's the simple, open-ended things that truly spark creativity

The Inspiration

Learn about Caine Monroy, a 9 year old boy from LA whose cardboard arcade inspired the world image of modern tiny home

The Challenge

Use your own imagination and engineering skills to design and build your own cardboard arcade game

Presented by:

Marci Klein, M.D.


Dean, 3DuxUniversity

To print this activity simply drag the sheets in the tabs below onto you desktop

  • The Background
    Cardboard and Creativity
  • The Story
    Meet Caine Monroy
  • The Challenge
    Make your own Game
  • Course Materials

  • Share your Ideas
    send us pics and videos

  • You'll need:
  • scissors (always cut cardboard with help from an adult) 
  • pencil 
  • crayons, markers or paint materials 
  • drafting paper or any scrap paper
  • any 3DuxDesign architecture kit OR 3DuxDesign connectors + recycled cardboard (try the power house if your feeling energetic)
  • printed 3DuxBucks and 3DuxDesign arcade tickets (drag images below onto you desktop to print)

Connectors Set.Jumbo


1. Send photos of project plus any sketches, brainstorming ideas, work in progress. Even "mess-ups" are great for sharing! 

2. Include written description or drawings if available

3. Video presentation with link to youtube or vimeo 

 * any photo/video with child needs signed release (drag onto desktop, fill out and return photo of signed document) 

5. Share your post on Facebook and/or instagram with tags @3duxdesign , @billionboxproject , @3duxuniversity 


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