Learning Through Play

Why is learning through play important?

Learning through play

First Wonder Box provides fun arts and crafts activities, with fortnightly themes, for children aged 4-8. Here are 5 ways learning through play is important for a child’s development:

1. Communication

Children playing together or in groups provide a perfect environment for early developments in their social, emotional and verbal behaviour. It is not only a chance for them to practice different role dynamics, teamwork and verbalising their own opinions but for their own self-awareness when being around others. This is incredibly important for them to practice and can help ensure they go on to form strong, positives, friendships at school.

2. Responsibility

Choices that come with playing give children a sense of independence, and thus responsibility. This could range from deciding on which colour to use for a picture to the order they wish to complete activities for a particular task, or even methods they chose to work in a group. Early developments of this particular skill are likely to set them well for environments that require such responsibility, as they grow older.

3. Progression

Play offers a window to measure a child’s current development. With the wide amount of resources available, the appropriate type of play can be put into place whether you should wish to measure a child’s language, communication, technological or reading skills etc.

4. Experimental learning

Imagining and thinking are often expressed through play; allowing children to experiment and practice learned behaviour and develop their language skills with others in a safe, and sometimes make-belief, setting. Faux environments that include sand, water or play dough are popular uses to enhance this learning

5. Creativity

Creativity is often sparked through play as children are frequently making imaginative decisions for themselves and experimenting with trial and error through imaginative worlds, role playing or trying an array of new activities they have not previously been exposed to.

“Learning through play is about continuity; bringing together children’s spheres of life – home, school and the wider world, and doing so over time.”

 Susan MacKay, Director of Teaching and Learning at Portland Children’s Museum

“When children play, they are learning at the highest level.”

 EarlyYearsMatters.co.uk: Play & Learning

Learning through play

Created by the passionate team behind award-winning children’s newspaper, First News, First Wonder Box is designed to help children develop fine motor and problem solving skills, while growing in confidence as they explore the human body, the natural world, history, animals, technology and science.Each box contains all materials needed for creative projects, a toy and an activity book, packed with word searches, crazy facts, games and puzzles – all based around a different theme every fortnight.

And, as if that’s not enough, you’ll also get collectable cards and stickers, plus the box itself even transforms into a game or activity, too.


Tell me more

Children learn best when they are playing. When they’re free to explore, they will try out new things and test their abilities. First Wonder Boxes have been created to empower 4-8 year olds – sparking their creativity and helping them develop vital skills while learning about the world.

Try your first box for half price

The perfect mix of learning and fun, First Wonder Boxes are a great way to keep kids entertained for hours. Packed with activities that support Early Years and Key Stage 1 learning, they’re educational toys with a difference.

Find out for yourself – get your first box for £4.50, delivered directly to your door.

Did you know?

Play is an essential part of a child’s development. Through creative activities, imaginative play and simple games, children develop cognitive and social skills, while growing in confidence as they make sense of the world around them.