Cardboard Challenge sparks imagination at Sunset Elementary |

Cardboard Challenge sparks imagination at Sunset Elementary

Sunset students sit inside and next to the game they created during the Cardboard Challenge on Friday.
Darian Warden

Sunset Elementary School’s gym and cafeteria were filled with children laughing and yelling as well as what appeared to be a sea of trash.

But upon closer inspection, those heaps of trash had been transformed by students into games as part of Cardboard Challenge.

All grade levels were given from 8:30 to 10 a.m. to construct games out of cardboard boxes and other miscellaneous items.

Empty egg cartons, paper towel rolls, ribbons, buttons, countertop chip samples and other items that some might consider trash or recyclables were transformed by students into games.

Third-grade teacher Amber Beaver said the cardboard challenge was in celebration of imagination day with the hope of getting kids’ creative juices flowing.

Beaver said athletes from Moffat County High School, including the football team, in the morning helped students think about what they would make and how.

Ball toss, football, golf, a scary house and skeeball were just a few of the games constructed by students for their peers to play. At 10:30 a.m., students were allowed to visit and play other student’s games.

All of the items were donated, and most of the large cardboard boxes came from local appliance shops.

As students prepared to clean up, Principal Zack Allen told them that they could build games with materials found at their homes and that all they had to do was be resourceful.

“When my kids come to me and say they’re bored, I tell them only boring people get bored,” Allen said to his students.

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