28 July 2022

Staff from Fife College have donated 150 ‘Wonderboxes’ to community charity EATS Rosyth.

Co-sponsored by the College, the ‘Wonderbox’ activity packs were designed by Curiosity Collective to support children’s learning and wellbeing.

Packed full of fun things to do, each ‘Wonderbox’ includes 32 activity cards, a colourful journal, pencils, stickers, and badges. Children can use their box in their own way too, recording progress in their Wonder Journal and creating a Wonder Power as a celebration of their skills and achievements.

The packs also include information on how to access the College and Curiosity Collective’s portfolio of short online courses. The courses aim to expand learning opportunities for children across Fife, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Online activities cover several creative subjects, such as cosplay and backstage production, as well as two young engineer courses which offer children the opportunity to engage with STEM subjects through practical activities at home.

The College’s partnership work with Curiosity Collective is supported by funding from The Robertson Trust.

Iain Hawker, Vice Principal at Fife College, said:

“We were delighted to visit EATS Rosyth’s Centenary Orchard to hand over the ‘Wonderbox’ activity packs.

“EATS Rosyth do phenomenal work in the community, growing and sharing food as well as helping to improve food education locally.

“We hope the children and families engaged with EATS enjoy these fantastic packs which include some great activities, as well as information about how to access the free online courses we created in partnership with Curiosity Collective.

“Designed by our brilliant team here at the College, the online courses offer a unique opportunity for young people to explore different subjects they’re passionate about.”

Founded in 2015, community charity EATS Rosyth aims to grow and share food, reduce waste, help the environment, and improve food education in the area.

Consisting of the Community Garden, Community Hub and Centenary Orchard, EATS is a project encouraging people to get involved in making the town a better place for all.

Eliza Twaddle, Green Space Development Manager at EATS Rosyth, said:

“We were so pleased to receive Wonderboxes from Fife College and Curiosity Collective. EATS is keen to improve children’s access to the natural world, and the Wonderboxes are a lovely way to help children do just this!

“We look forward to using Wonderboxes during our twice-weekly school visits as a tool to help children discover fun ways to make deeper connections to the natural world. Our hope is that by helping children forge a close connection with nature, they will grow to become adults who look after our planet and its wellbeing.”

Neil Mathers, Chief Executive at Curiosity Collective, said:

“It’s fantastic to see children and their families enjoying the resources and activities within Wonderbox. It’s been a great partnership with Fife College and The Robertson Trust to improve access to fun learning at home.”

Curiosity Collective is a Scottish charity, based in Stirling, which helps give children the freedom to explore a world of learning beyond the classroom, providing children with fun, out-of-school learning activities that give their lives a boost.

Photograph: Fife College staff are pictured handing over ‘Wonderbox’ activity packs at EATS Rosyth’s Centenary Orchard.