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The Box of Secrets

By Mark Warner
Age Range: 5 to 11

The Box of Secrets is a wonderful way of introducing a topic to children... or giving them a puzzle that they have to solve. Just find an old box and decorate it with our box labels (available for download below).

The Box of Secrets

Here are some ways that you could use The Box of Secrets in your lessons:

  • Use it as the starting point for a writing activity. Place the box somewhere prominent in your classroom and ask children to discuss what might be inside it. Where did it come from? Why is it in the classroom?
  • Challenge your children to write a story that explains where it came from and what might happen if it is opened.
  • Put something inside the box, linked to your current topic, and show one child what it is. Ask them to describe it to others without saying the name of it.
  • Make a list of questions that might help you to identify what is inside the box.
  • Choose an item to put inside the box and make a list of clues that will help others to identify what the object is.
  • Use it to review children's understanding of 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. Put a shape inside it, along with clues that describe the shape. Pull out a clue and ask children to try and identify the shape that might be inside it.
  • Put a historical artefact inside the box and use it to introduce a History topic to your pupils.
  • Think about the different types of secrets that people have. Why do people sometimes keep secrets? Are secrets a good or a bad thing?

The Box of Secrets Box Labels
The Box of Secrets Box Labels

Includes labels to attach to the front, back, sides and top of an old box.

The Box of Secrets Banner
The Box of Secrets Banner

A banner to decorate a classroom display, when you use this idea in your lessons.

The Box of Secrets Box Clue Cards
The Box of Secrets Clue Cards

Clue cards to help children to work out what might be inside the box.

The Box of Secrets Box Recording Sheet
The Box of Secrets Recording Sheet

A sheet for children to record their ideas about what might be inside the box!

The Box of Secrets Box Question Words
The Box of Secrets Question Words

Question words to use on a display. Use them as prompts to help children to find out what might be inside the box.

These resources are also available with a black and red colour scheme:

Box Labels

Banner

Clue Cards

Recording Sheet

Do you have any other ideas for using this resource in your classroom? Share them by commenting below...


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