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The Play Action Box is a toolkit of different elements that invites people and children of all ages to play and occupy urban public spaces.

The Play Action Box is a toolkit that encompasses various elements of light, sound, wind, earth, bridge, time, and stories. Through a creative and playful approach, the Play Action Box mobilizes diverse elements, creating compositions that are activated through play and people's participation. The purpose of the “Box” is to provide children with objects that stimulate sensory play, as a way to ...

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The Play Action Box is a toolkit that encompasses various elements of light, sound, wind, earth, bridge, time, and stories. Through a cre...

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There is no funding available for this idea in México, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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The most incredible thing about thePlay Action Box is how it reaffirms that the city is a space to play and a space for and of children. It is an invitation to inhabit the spaces of the city from a different perspective: more playful, more welcomi...

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Play Action Box
Camila Sawaia - pedagogue
architect and urban planner and pedagogical director of CoCriança

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share impact by posting a summary and photos and completing a survey.

Great for

  • Someone who is passionate about playful learning and play
  • Someone who is excited about turning a public space into a playground and likes to mobilize their community
  • Popular educators, artists, parents and children!

Play Action Box project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • 1. Define a location to be activated by the game and invite your community!
  • 2. Read this guide carefully and define which materials you will choose to make your Play Action Box
  • 3. Buy (or build!) all the materials that will make up the box:
  • 4. Invite everyone to the launch day of the Play Box!
  • 5. Keep playing!


Suggested: You will need to dedicate half a day a week, for 3 to 5 weeks, to get the project up and running in your community.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Play Action Box

213 Play Action Box projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Imagine creating an environment and a moment where action and dream meet to play? By making your own Play(Action) Box to take to a favorite square or open area, the possibilities of collecting, stacking, and coloring the space with objects will be endless. Making a Play Action Box is like setting up a meeting place and experiences for diverse children, bringing together play, doing, dialogue, and perception. We want to encourage creativity and try new games, so let's play?

Fernanda Tosta - Designer, Carpenter, Educator and one of the creators of the Play Action Box

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  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

  • What can funding be used for?

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