Sometimes I feel like I live under a rock. Two of my co-workers were talking about this video at lunch the other day, and I admitted that I had never heard of it. Considering that the video has gotten over 2.5 million views, you would think that I might have come across it at some point. Even after they discussed it, I still didn’t watch it until today when I saw it referenced in an on-line article. “Oh, yeah, that did sound interesting,” I thought, and clicked on the link. I am so glad I did! It was definitely 11 minutes of my time not wasted. Caine’s imaginative cardboard arcade will inspire you with its creativity, and his personality will endear him to you.
I read a book to my Gifted and Talented Kindergartners every year called Christina Katerina and the Box. After we read the book, I dump a bunch of boxes I have saved onto a table along with random bits and pieces of things. Then I let the kids create. After seeing Caine’s Arcade, I realize that I need to do this more often – and with all of my classes.
You might want to show Caine’s Arcade to your students. There is one part that I caught, when they were showing comments on social networks, that briefly flashes an inappropriate word. If you are concerned about this, or you just want to show key parts of the video, I recommend TubeChop.