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Getting creative with cardboard at the Innisfil ideaLAB

'It’s a tower/castle/house,' said one junior architect, applying more tape. 'It took about, like, 10 or 20 boxes.'

Take cardboard boxes, tape, and scissors. Add imagination. Stir.

The result was creative chaos during Wednesday’s Cardboard Castle Construction program at the Lakeshore Branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, one of many March Break programs.

Kids, parents, grandparents and caregivers grabbed boxes brought in by library staff, and transformed them into castles, houses, a bus, and what might have been a time machine.

“It’s a tower/castle/house,” said one junior architect, applying more tape. “It took about, like, 10 or 20 boxes.”

Why worry about expensive toys, when boxes can be transformed into almost anything? James provided supervision as his dad, Steve, built a cardboard castle, complete with towers, drawbridge and crenellations.

“Where will you put your dragon?” he asked James, admitting he’s done this before. “Daddy’s a big castle guy.”

Young architects even added curtains, plastic sheets, door knobs and buttons, using Crayon, as part of their creativity. For one youngster, bubblewrap became a solar panel on top of a cardboard house.

For more information on March Break programs at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, see


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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