Coming Soon: 6th Grade Cardboard Makerspace Book Club

WHO: 6th grade graphic novel lovers, makers, creatives, and students looking to try something new!

WHAT: A graphic novel book club… with a twist. When I read Cardboard by Doug TenNapel, I was so inspired that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some cardboard. What magic could I make out of cardboard? What was my first step? Would my creation take over the world?? I want to share that feeling with students. So I’m inviting 6th graders to read Cardboard, a tale of cardboard creations coming to life, and create their own cardboard masterpieces. Makers can go simple or go big – whatever works for them!

Check the bottom of this post for an example list of tutorials, ideas, and inspiration for cardboard projects. Then students can bring their project to one of two Cardboard Makerspace meetings to add LEDs and other cool tech stuff, taking their cardboard projects to the next level. Finally, makers should bring their projects to our book club meeting so we can all share and appreciate each other’s work.

WHEN: Cardboard Makerspace Book Club will take place on Thursday, April 20 during break and lunch. Makerspace sessions with Ms. Wilkens and I will come earlier that week: before school on Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20th. Reminders will be posted closer to these events.

WHERE: All Makerspace sessions and the Makerspace Book Club meeting will take place in the Learning Village Library.

WHY: Because great books can open doors to new experiences and inspirations, and I know I have some makers out there just waiting to be inspired!

Cardboard Tutorials and Ideas:
Use one of these links to get inspired, or make your own project!


Cardboard Tetrahedral Dome

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Giant Cardboard Marble Run


Cardboard Suit of Armor

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Cardboard Jewelry Box

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Cardboard Rocket Ship


Movable Cardboard Puppet

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Cardboard Car


Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Glasses


Medieval Cardboard Castle

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Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

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Cardboard Book Stand

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Cardboard Labarynth Puzzle

Also try…

Great Makerspace ideas from

Pinterest board of Cardboard Challenge Inspirations

Have fun, readers and makers! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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