Cardboard is one of the most versatile materials that we just keep throwing away. Lisa Melton discusses why she was inspired to do something different.


Recycling cardboard takes on a whole new meaning in Lisa Melton’s fifth grade classroom. Inspired by imagination.org’s story of Caine’s Arcade, Lisa created a magical classroom experience that helped her students learn teamwork, time management, and problem solving skills! Picture mounds of cardboard, active learning everywhere, and kids who are proud of their hard work and you’ve started to get a sense of her classroom. Are you intrigued yet?! We definitely were.

Join us on today’s episode of The Suggestion Box podcast, where Lisa Melton explains to our host, Andrea Marshbank, the good, the bad, and the ugly of taking part in the Cardboard Challenge. Then, be amazed when Lisa explains how she took her classroom experience one step further by connecting with other classrooms around the world.

Bonus: There’s a Gingerbread Challenge, too!

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