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Weekly Cardboard Club - Cardboard Engineering & Junk Modelling for Creative Fun

Cardboard Club is a hands-on weekly class, that builds kid's imaginations, teaches cardboard engineering and junk modelling skills that develop creativity, fine motor skills, and the ability to use basic tools and materials. #makeyouryear
Susie Maguire
2659 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 19 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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There are three primary goals for this class: 
- Experiencing the joy that comes from making/building/creating
- Expanding imagination and creativity
- Learning cardboard/junk modelling techniques
I have been making things my whole life:- everything from designing and sewing stuffies, to building elaborate treehouses, making and selling ceramics, writing and illustrating books, designing and selling my own line of greetings cards, designing and building furniture and more, but my favourite thing has always been ... spending a ton of time with kids, making things from cardboard and other recyclables. I am incredibly excited to offer this class and see what wonders get created! 
In Cardboard Club, children will be working on their projects in between classes, and they will be free to spend as much or as little time as they wish on their project. 
In this class, we will start where we are and with what we have! We are aiming to work with whatever you already have at home, and whatever you can find in your recycling bin. I recommend selecting a big (cardboard or plastic) box into which you can add recyclables and found things as they become available every week. For extra fun, you can design and add a label to this special box ... something like ... "My big engineer's box", "My Inventor's inventory", "My super genius junk" ... or anything else! I would also recommend a smaller box to hold the "tools" - scissors, tape, glue, string, markers etc Absolutely essential supply list:- - Cardboard boxes and scraps, as well as toilet roll and paper towel inner rolls - Plastic and paper recyclables, including lids from glass jars, and turn or pull caps from soda/juice/milk bottles - Any other random things you have like styrofoam, bubble wrap, brown paper, toothpicks, kebab sticks, straws, paperclips, small plastic sandwich bags - A Pencil - Markers/crayons - Glue - My favourite is Modge Podge, but any glue will do - Tape - painters tape is perfect, paper tape is also awesome, duck tape can be used for lots of things too, but as with the glue, any tape can be made to work - Scissors - the only requirement is that the scissors can effectively cut through cardboard - String or chord (or wool) - Rubber bands - Totally random things - for example, I collect the wax from the outside of little cheeses! Look at all the things that you might throw away/recycle and ask yourself if it could be somehow useful! If it could be fuel for your child's imagination and creativity, put it in the box and let them know it's there. Ideal additions to the supply list can include: - A ruler - ideally metal but any will do - Some basic paints - A selection of paint brushes - Aluminum foil - Clothes pegs (wood or plastic is fine) - "Brads" - sometimes called round paper fasteners or split brads or two prong fasteners (these are great for easily making joints but I will teach the children how to make joints just with paper and also with straws so these are definitely not a must have) - old buttons and ribbons and fabric - A stapler - A hole punch - Popsicle sticks - Pipe cleaners - Plastic eyes If you really want to add some super extras, you could also gather: - A low heat glue gun (probably requires adult supervision) - A craft scalpel or knife (definitely requires adult supervision and possibly assistance) - Patterned hole punchers - A toy motor set (with or without battery boxes, propellors and wheels) BUT ... I would like to emphasise that working with what you already have, is the most important thing, and often having fewer options inspires even greater creativity. The famous Monty Python scene where they use coconut shells to make the sound of horse hooves, and to pretend they are riding horses, is a true example of creative genius ... but it only happened because they ran out of money for actual horses. :-) Less can be more. Plus, this is an ongoing class, and additional supplies can always be added along the way.
There is no assessment - everything is AWESOME! 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Susie MaguireEntrepreneur, World traveller, Artist, Storyteller, former World Schooling Mom, Maker of Magic
2659 total reviews
2561 completed classes

About Me


My name is Susie and I am delighted and incredibly proud to have been one of Outschool's Top Educators in 2022 with the most learners enrolled across the platform. I am profoundly grateful to all of the families who enrol their remarkable... 
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