The Nature of Play: A handbook of nature-based activities for all seasons
Inspiration for indoor and outdoor craft, cooking, exploring and learning
A toolkit of simple, seasonal ideas for nature-based play all year long, from long-beloved rainy day games to intrepid outdoor adventures. From learning to navigate using nature's signs, to cooking delicious recipes over a fire you've just built, to weaving a timeless basket, the book contains 44 activities that children and adults alike can turn to, whatever the weather.
From nocturnal walks to memorising constellations, to making (and safely using) a slingshot, the book regards children with trust and credits them with intelligence and intrepidness. Brought to life with richly textured, original illustrations, The Nature of Play's activities, classic poems, and fresh recipes foster slower-paced play and deep engagement, creating moments that children and adults will cherish for a lifetime.
We currently ship to the UK only. Shipping is calculated on weight at checkout.
For example, First-class UK shipping for one single art box is £2.70. Our shipping policy
Single boxes are mailed in an A4 cardboard mailing box; multiple boxes are sent in a paper mailing bag
Orders are shipped within 2-3 working days
Sending a gift
If you are sending one box and would like your box shipped in a mailing bag, please email us, and we will add the additional postage to your order.
You can add a personalised gift message to your order at checkout.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
How do I subscribe?
It’s easy to subscribe, just choose the box size, and follow the instructions. Each month we create an art box with creative activities, we pack it and post it to you. Boxes are shipped around the 5th each month. You can also buy single boxes from our shop.
What age of children are the boxes aimed at?
The boxes are suitable for children aged three to 10 years old. Younger children will need support with setting up the activities and doing some of the projects.
The boxes contain materials that are not suitable for children under three years of age.
What box will i will receive?
Each Month we highlight a strong creative woman and share the story of her life and work. We share the artist we will feature on instagram and Facebook each month.
Do you include pictures of the artists work?
We can not include artists' work images in our art kits, as it would breach copyright rules. There are links to videos and pictures of their work. Each month we also include an illustration of the artist and their work created by an artist we commision.
How much does a subscription cost?
A box costs from £15.50 per month and sibling box from £18.50 a month (depending on your subscription length). You can also buy individual boxes.
What is the difference between an art box and a sibling art box?
The standard art box contains activity cards and art materials for one child. The sibling box contains enough art material for two children and one set of cards. The triple box with enough art materials for 3 children and one set of 3 cards. Not all art material is duplicated in the sibling and triple box, children will have to share some materials.
When is the payment taken?
Payment is taken on the day you subscribe and subsequent payments are then taken on the the 11th the following month.
Yes, You can buy individual boxes from our shop and you can also buy past months boxes in our shop.
Can I skip a month?
Yes you can skip a month. You will need to log in to your account. To skip the following month you need to cancel before the your payment is taken for that month.
How do I cancel?
You can cancel at anytime. You will need to log in to your account. To cancel the following month you need to cancel before the your payment is taken for that month.
When will I get my first art box?
If you sign up before the end of the month, your box ships on the 6th the following month. So if you sign up on the 20th March your first box will ship on the 6th April and If you sign on the 3rd April, your first box will will ship on the 6th May.
Where do you ship to?
We are currently only shipping to the UK, we are hoping we will be able to ship to the EU again soon.
Postage is calculated and added at the checkout. We ship by Royal Mail. Subscriptions are posted 2nd class with FREE UK SHIPPINGI haven't received my box?
Boxes are all posted with Royal Mail. They are still experiencing delays in some areas due to COVID and some boxes can still take up to two weeks to arrive.
Your box will not fit through a letterbox and will be returned to your local depot if they are unable to deliver it. Please contact your local Delivery office to check if they have your parcel.
All About Make + Wonder
What is a Make + Wonder box?
Make + Wonder’s monthly art club boxes are for children aged 3-10 years old. They are a monthly art subscription box designed to spark your children's imagination and creativity. There are lots of ideas but no rules. The box is full of open-ended inspiration and tips to support children’s creativity.
How will the activities encourage my child to create?
Each box is focused on the process of exploring and creating art rather than the finished product, so children will not get frustrated trying to reproduce an adults design. Activities have been created by Qualified Primary School Teachers and are influenced by Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Loose Parts Play and process oriented art. Our boxes support the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage in the UK.
What age is the art box for?
Our creative kits are designed for children aged 3-10 years old. But there is no age limit, older children and adults may enjoy creating too. The box contains resources that are unsuitable for children under three years of age to use. We have children of all ages who subscribe between 3-10 years. Younger children ( under 5's) will need help and support to set up the projects and make.
Are your boxes just for girls?
No! We designed Make + Wonder with girls and boys in mind. We feel like it is important for all kids to learn from the lives and experiences of creative women.
Why doesn't Make + Wonder feature men?
We believe that all art is important , but what inspired us to start Make + Wonder was the lack of strong female artists and their stories. We want Make + Wonder to be the place to share the stories and art of creative women.
Do you make boxes for groups of children?
Yes we can make art boxes for groups of children to use. These are perfect for playdates or parties. Email us at email@example.com to get a price.