The North Bingham County District Library in Shelley was stuffed, filled, crammed with kids and cardboard for the first "Cardboard Challenge" conducted at the library.
The idea came from the book, "Not a Box," and the online video, "Caine's Arcade," said librarian Sesha Hammond.
"We changed the emphasis from "not a box" to "not a cardboard box," she said. "This challenge helps children use their imaginations."
"[This activity] made their minds really think," said mom Jamie Kidman. "This was a good way to get out and do something during Spud Harvest.
"My kids and I looked online for some ideas for cardboard designs," she said. "When we got here, they did something completely different."
One of the cardboard designs was a club house. As the house expanded, kids joined in to color it and design flowers boxes in the windows.
Kutter Arbon, age 6, designed and built (with help from his babysitter, Amber Jolley,) a foosball table. Toilet paper centers were taped together and then army plastic guys were taped to the completed roll. Holes were cut into each side of the the cardboard box so the rolls could be moved.
Tacheranai Stone, age 6, was building a house. Her brother, Jerry Stone, age 7, was designing a submarine.
Landon Clayson, age 4, was sitting in his cardboard box viewing the scene in the Community Room through his cardboard telescope.
Addison Lott, age 7, added jewels and sparkles to the club house she designed.
The Picanco siblings—Olivia, 7, Aubrey Picanco, 5, and Dawson Picanco, 2—built a picture frame and then decorated it by gluing colorful paper to it.
The best part of the day was "making stuff with cardboard," said 8-year-old Sydney Kidman.
Sydney designed and built slippers with jewel accents pasted across the strap.
A race track was on the floor; a wack-a-mole game was played by all comers at the door of the library.
Mattress Firm from Ammon was the official sponsor of this event. The company supplied cardboard boxes, supplies and treats.
"It's a great cause," said Jonathan Heier, marketing manager for Mattress Firm. "Kids can use their imaginations even as they grow older.
"It's been a lot of fun," he said, as he helped tape or bring supplies to the kids as needed.
Mattress Firm assistant manager William (Bill) Smith also helped.
Mattress Firm is the largest bedding retailer in the U.S., with stores in 27 states, said Heier.