The Matchbox Challenge


This morning year 5B took part in the matchbox challenge! If you would like to do this at home, take a look at what we did…

What you will need:

  • A sense of adventure!
  • A matchbox or small tupperware box. (we used a tupperware box as it is waterproof, can be easily washed and can be used several times. Home Bargains sell packs of 8 for only 69p!)

How to play

Step 1: Each child has their own box.

Step 2: Outside, collect as many small, natural materials as you can find in 20 minutes. This can include twigs, leaves, feathers etc.


Step 3: Bring the box indoors and lay the natural treasures out onto a piece of white paper.

Step 4: A point is awarded for each different item.


  • Only natural items are allowed.
  • The lid must be able to fit back onto the box at the end. If it doesn’t, you have too many items in your box.
  • A point is awarded for each different item e.g. two oak leaves only receive one point.
  • No living creatures are allowed e.g. bugs. Two of the children found a hibernating caterpillar on a piece of bark. We made sure he was put back safely…


The winner is the person with the most points. Today the winner achieved 29 points!


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