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Activity
The Engine Room
Phones away... Let's play!

Welcome to the Engine Room!

This is where the fun happens. Let Boxie guide you through the games and activities in the Activity Boxometer to find the perfect one for you.
It’s really easy. Just click each section to indicate you’re age, indoor/outdoor, how much time you have and how messy you’re ready to get!

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30 mins

Opposites/Concepts

Getting Started: Go Outside for a walk and try to find things that are hard and soft, loud and quiet,…

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Loud & Quiet, In & Out
Up & Down, Under & Over
Push & Pull, Top & Bottom
Big & Small, Floating & Sinking
Hard & Soft

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15 mins

Oaty Banana Pancakes

This is as delicious as it is easy! Getting Started: First of all, make sure everyone’s hands are clean. Now…

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Are you feeling peckish?
Would you like something nice to eat?
With oats, an egg and a banana
We can make an easy treat!

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45 mins

Body Outlines

Getting Started Lay the paper down somewhere smooth and dry. Get one of the children to lie down on the…

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Most drawings are smaller than real life
But it doesn’t have to be,
If I lie down on a piece of paper
You can draw a life-sized me!

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60 mins

Matching Games

Getting Started The more pairs you have the better. Pile them all into your large box, tub, barrel or bath….

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A pear is a kind of fruit
But pairs are what come in twos,
Like socks and gloves and eyes and ears
Like arms and legs and shoes!

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60 mins

Spray Painting

Getting Started: Mix up water and food colouring in each spray bottle. It’s best to do the spraying outside. Set…

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We’re going to make great pictures
Hip, hip, hip hurray!
But this time not with brushes
‘cos we’re going to use a spray!

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60 mins

Bubble pictures

Getting Started: Each container is going to have its own colour bubbles. You do this by putting water a and…

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It’s fun to mix up paint and soap
And make multicoloured bubbles,
But when you make a picture of it
Then your fun just doubles!

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60 mins

Chalk Drawing

Getting Started: You can draw with chalk inside or outside, so long as it’s not raining. Children love drawing and…

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Sometimes it’s fun to listen
Sometimes it’s fun to talk...
But I’ve more fun than ever
When I draw with chalk!

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Even when I’m happy
Chopping onions makes me cry...
It doesn’t happen with carrots
And I’ve always wondered why?

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60 mins

Solar System Mobile

Getting Started: The first thing to do is to remove the cloth from the old umbrella. Be very careful as…

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The earth is third rock from the Sun
Mercury’s much nearer,
A model Solar System
Will make it all much clearer!

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60 mins

Crystal Making

Getting Started: Carefully stir the sugar into the cup of boiling water so that it dissolves fully. Mix in a…

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There are many kinds of crystal
Like diamonds, salt and ice...
If you’d like to make some
Just follow my advice!

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30 mins

Book Balancing

Getting Started: The idea is to keep your book balanced on top of your head for as long as possible…

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If...
"Balance a book
on top of your head"
Sounds an easy thing to do...

Try walking a bit without letting it drop
And you’ll see that isn’t true!

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60 mins

Wheelbarrow Races

Getting Started: First mark out your course, where are you going to start the race? Where is the finish line?…

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In Wheelbarrow Racing
the hardest thing,
Is trying not to laugh...

If you can stay serious long enough
You’ll win by a length and a half!

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60 mins

VolleyBall

Getting Started: Find a suitable space between two trees, poles or walls. Stretch the rope or net between the two…

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When you’ve learned the rules of Volleyball
They’re very hard to forget...
Just string a rope between two trees
And throw the ball across the net!

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60 mins

Treasure Hunt

Getting Started: Your first two decisions are: ‘Indoor or outdoor’? and ‘How many clues’? Without the kids watching work out…

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Follow along the treasure trail
By solving every clue...
Who’s going to find the treasure?
Will it be me or will it be you?

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60 mins

Neighbourhood Watch

Getting Started: Before you leave the house have a bit of a chat about what you’re going to be looking…

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How well do you know your neighbourhood?
How well do you know your street?
Make a note of the things you discover
And the interesting people you meet.

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45 mins

Make Bird Feeders

Getting Started: Tie some string to the bottom of a big pinecone. Smear the cone with peanut butter, roll it…

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What birds are in your area?
Probably more than you think...
Find out by building a restaurant
Where they can eat and drink!

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60 mins

Watching Wildlife

Getting Started: First make your butterfly food. Mix a cup of sugar with four cups of water and stir it…

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Who lives under the hedgerow?
What will you find in the park?
There are birds and beasts and beetles
In the daylight and the dark!

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30 mins

Sinking and Rising

Getting Started Pour water into the tall glass/bottle until it’s two thirds full, then add a few drops of food…

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Oil will float on water
At least that’s what I think,
Here’s a little game to play
Can you make it sink?

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45 mins

Layered liquids

Getting Started: Put four tablespoons of water into the tall glass and add a few drops of food dye. Now…

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Some liquids sink while others float
But you really wouldn’t know...
So let’s make them different colours
Then the different layers will show!

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30 mins

Building Shapes

SQUARE TO CUBE: Start of with something simple – like a square. Take four short drinking straws and four marshmallows….

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Some shapes are weak and wobbly
Others are really strong,
So if you’re building a skyscraper
Which shapes are right or wrong?

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60 mins

Melting

Using the PVA glue, stick the wax crayons to the card, in a row Now prop the card against a…

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Ice cream melts really fast
Chocolate’s a bit slower,
Let’s see how quickly other things melt
Using a hairdryer as a blower

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60 mins

Write a Story:

Encourage your child to draw pictures about family events or excursions and keep them in a special. Anyone can tell…

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Once upon a time there was you!
You were looking for something to do,
I said “Write a story that’s full of laughter”
And we all lived happily ever after!

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60 mins

Read with Boxie

As Boxie’s Grandpa always says “You’re never alone when you have a book and you’ve no reason to be bored…

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A book is a truly magic thing
Whatever its title or name...

Everyone can read the story
But no two will see it the same

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60 mins

Night Skies

The night sky is wonderful. There’s something there for everyone, from the scientists to philosophers, from poets to pilots! Getting…

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The Moon grows bigger
The Moon grows smaller,
Nights get shorter
Shadows grow taller.

It happens very slowly
It happens bit-by-bit,
You won’t even notice
Unless you’re watching it!

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