Crafting and Play-Focused Programs for School
Adventures in Cardboard loves fantasy. We love it in books, literature and games, and we love it as a tool for inviting groups with diverse interests into eclectic story-building and world-creation. In fantasy almost anything goes, you can be anything you like. Fantasy evokes powerful play where players create and act out stories with surprising courage.
Adventures in Cardboard blends competitive play and cooperative storytelling in a unique way. We weave stories into our gameplay where characters have built-in strengths and flaws. We play heroes or villains - absurd, poetic, obsessive, maniacal, profound, ridiculous but always larger-than-life. Kids can use the rules of our games to determine contests and outcomes, or they can improvise how their stories play out earning the consent of other storytellers. Sometimes they do both simultaneously.
And there are so many invitations into this happy chaos. A person who builds fantastic armor, costumes or props can become an icon. Kids needing competitive physical play find that a builder's armor or another player's intelligent strategy may enhance their own performance. Those with social intelligence and a sense of humor can affect game play through character and persuasion. Each participant finds their way into the story through gameplay, roleplay, or crafting, feeding a respect for a variety of talents and a stronger sense of community. The results are often miraculous and the activity seems to create a greater capacity for communication and empathy.
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