REVIEW: First Wonder Box

First News is a highly successful newspaper for children which has proved a huge hit with schools as well as families. Now the team behind this has brought out First Wonder Box – a brand new subscription service. Combining learning and fun, First Wonder Boxes are designed for 4-8 year olds. The aim is to introduce them to the world around them, topics so far include Castles, Under Sea and Human body. Each is full of fun activities that will help children learn, and they support the Early Years and KS1 curriculum too and education experts have been involved.

The varied activities may include word searches, crazy facts and quizzes; drawing challenges, games, stickers, collectable cards, puzzles and creative projects; there will be a themed toy too and even the box transforms into a game or activity. The wide range of activities is great for involving children and for offering something that appeals to everyone. The boxes develop so many of the key skills, including creativity, problem solving and hand-eye coordination.

Boxes cost £7.99 each and are delivered fortnightly; subscribers can pause or cancel their subscription easily, without fear of missing a box. Go to www.firstwonderbox.co.uk (valid June 2018) and you will find a special discount offer for your first box. On a practical note, the boxes fit through the letterbox, which is really useful. Children will be really excited to receive each month’s box; they make a great gift idea so children have something to look forward to on a regular basis.

We were lucky enough to be sent two boxes and our young testers, age 5 and 7, were thoroughly engrossed in the contents. You can see below what we received. The first box was Bugs – perfect for the summer; the second was Castles – again, perfect for summer and days out.  The first thing I noted was the bright colourful box – perfect to capture children’s attention. The boxes open easily to reveal a plethora of exciting contents. The Bugs box included an activity book, packed with information and things to do, a bee sewing craft kit, a pull-back ladybird racer, a mini magnifying glass, a honey bee pencil, 2 collectable cards, a sheet of bug stickers and a dice. Plus, the box turns into a game. The Castles box was equally impressive, containing an activity book, a build-your-own castle (this is excellent), a themed pencil, a grow-your-own knight, 2 collectable cards, a sheet of castle stickers, a craft stick to make a jester mask, and the collector’s album – plus a castle scene on the box. All the contents are well related to the theme and are of good quality. The stimulating contents really will appeal to children and encourage them to investigate and learn more. I think these boxes offer really good value, are excellently compiled and children are going to love them. I know ours did!

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