Here’s a few pix from our Creative Cubby Project at the Ballarat Begonia Festival Weekend to show you just how much fun a cardboard box (or dozens of them!) can be!
Visitors found our posters really helpful to know what we were all about.
Each day we would dismantle all the cubbies, and pack-down the materials, ready for re-sue the next day. On the second day, the kids seemed to decide we needed to build up! Two storeys was the go.
I loved getting down to see the perspective from the children that were playing in these…how inviting does this look…
The kids sure did ‘claim’ their space, even if their messages were somewhat confusing!: “Home sweet home”, “For Sale”, “Danger”, “Boys Only”, “Come In!”, “Do not enter!”, “All the cool people live here” #boxesarecool #putaholeinabox #hopeitdoesntrain “Masking tape is the best”
The fabulous Pauline and Liz – the other two-thirds of the Creative Cubby Project team. Awesome work ladies! And not forgetting a dozen or so fabulous volunteers who leant a hand over the three days – we couldn’t have done it without you!
It really did look like a cardboard shanty-town! We loved the location – how gorgeous are the trees in Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens?!
We even had a recycled cardboard “daddy” :o)
Our perimeter ‘bunting’ was made from recycled fabric strips knotted together, some signage, and the kids artwork.
Child-scale tunnels! The toddlers LOVED these…and the teenagers crawled through too – fun for all ages!
I loved the flags, wind-chimes, towers, and other decorative features that families added to the cubbies!
“Begonia Town” – aptly named by some of our young participants.
We ran out of masking tape on the second day and had to buy 20 more rolls for the final day! However nothing went to waste – here you can see how someone got very creative with the leftover cardboard rolls from the tape and rubber-bands to make a tea-set!
This was a very impressive Beehive, designed by a family of four. Loved their creativity!
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