Sample Cardboard Arcade Curriculum

(How to Host a Caine's Arcade Week at your School)

Caine’s Arcade Activity Pack by Kimberly Sandusky

Who is Caine?
Caine is a 9 year old boy who spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited the world to play.

Where does Caine live?
He lives in California, East Los Angeles
How many states would you cross to get to Caine’s Arcade?
What are the names of the states?

Before we watch the film let’s learn a little bit more about what we will see.

What is a Documentary?
A documentary is a film or movie about something that is real. When you read books that are real they are called Non-Fiction.

DIY=Do it yourself
Industrial Area= an area where lots of factories and warehouses are located.
Foot Traffic=people walking, for example, you would have a lot of foot traffic at a park or mall


This is from the web page:

Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.

Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.

One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass.

Comprehension Questions:
How old is Caine?
What was Caine’s Dream?
Why was it difficult for Caine to get customers?
Would you purchase a Fun Pass? Why?

We are now going to watch the Documentary Film about Caine and his Cardboard Arcade. The title of the short film is Caine’s Arcade. It was filmed by a man named, Nirvan Mullick. Mr. Mullick is the man who was Caine’s first customer. Watch from Mr. Mullick and for how he tells the story of Caine’s Arcade.

Response to Short Film, Caine’s Arcade

1. First Response: What do you think?

2. What were you most impressed with?
3. Mr. Mullick is a great story teller. Let’s look at how he told the story of Caine and his arcade.
In the beginning of the short film we learned about the main subjects of the film. Who are the three main subjects who had a direct effect of Caine and his arcade?

In the middle of the short film we learned about a sad part of Caine and his life. What was it?

What were the main events that led to the flash mob?

By the end of the short film Caine’s life had changed drastically. How so?

4. If you could create something (other than an arcade) what would it be?

5. Who would you like to create something for? Why?

6. What would make your alone time more fun?

7. What types of materials would you need to have in order to create something?

8. If you could say something to Caine what would you like to tell him?

YOUR TURN!!!!!!!

You will now get to make something out of cardboard.

What would you like to make?

What materials will you need in order to make your creation?

Make a sketch of your creation.

Extension Activity Number 1

Name poem/song

In the short Film Caine’s Arcade there was a song about Caine. Each letter of his name described something about who he is as a person or his arcade. Here is what the song writer; Julie Crockett, came up with for each letter of Caine’s name.

C is for Cardboard

A is for Arcade (or Auto Parts!)

I is for Imagination

N is for Noggin

E is for Everybody!

Now you get to make a name poem for your name. Write your name from top to bottom. Then think of one word for each letter that describes you or your creation.

Extension Activity Number 2

Math Story Problems

1. Caine sold 50 fun passes on Monday, 23 fun passes on Tuesday, and 41 fun passes on Wednesday. How many fun passes did he sell in all?

2. Caine made 257 fun passes to sell. He sold 179 of them to customers. How does he have ready for the next weekend?

3. Caine sold 152 fun passes. How much money did he make?

4. If Caine had a rectangle piece of flat cardboard, with the perimeter of 20, what could each size measure? Can you find more than one way to solve this problem?

5. In real life Caine is only open the weekends. What fraction of the week is he open?

6. If Caine had 5 customers on day one, 7 customers on day two, 12 customers on day three, and 14 customers on day four. If the pattern continued how many customers would he have on day 10? Day 15? Day 20?

Extension Activity Number 3

T-Shirt Design

Caine designed his own T-Shirt to promote his arcade. If you could make a T-shirt to promote your creation what would it look like? Draw a sample of it here. Be sure to show the front and back of the T-Shirt.

Extension Activity Number 4

Interview Caine

An interview is a way to learn more about a person or event. Pretend you are going to interview Caine. What questions would you want to ask him? What are some things you would want to share with him about yourself and your project? Try to come up with at least 5 questions you could ask Caine.

Now pretend you are interviewing your friend about his/her cardboard creation. Come up with at least 5 questions you would ask. Leave room after your question for the answers. When we are all done with our questions you will get to interview your friend.


Caine’s Arcade Building Project Pages (by Christina Ung)

Caine's Arcade Checklist
Group Name:
Our arcade game has a name that people can see.
Our game has the instructions (how to play your game) displayed.
Our game has the rules for playing displayed.
Our game has a 4 star rating for difficulty.
We tell you what you will win if you play our game.
We have a blueprint for our game.
We have a materials list for our game.

Download original pages:

Caine's Arcade Checklist:

Arcade Materials List:

Star Rating Sheet: