It's Time to Play (And Win!)

Games and activities are a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn through play. They help kids tackle complex subjects like STEM, foster problem solving skills and build imagination. We’ve picked some of our favorite games and activities to get kids of all ages interacting and learning in the coming school year.

How would you use these activities in your school or program? If you are a registered member of First Book’s community of educators working with kids in need, you can enter to win a collection of games and activities for your classroom, school or program. Simply share how you’d use these activities with the kids you serve by commenting on this Facebook status between August 6th to August 14th. See rules below.

Ages 4 to 6

construction_worker_roleMelissa and Doug Construction Worker Costume Set

Work zone ahead! Your little construction worker will be ready for the job with this bright orange, machine-washable, vest with reflective material and a tool belt; a yellow hard hat; “safety” goggles; a hammer; a saw; and a name tag for personalizing.


Ages 4 to 9

thames_kosmos_physics_forcesThames and Kosmos Little Labs: Physics

Discover the mechanical physics of force and motion by building simple machines such as levers, gears, and pulleys.



Ages 4 to 9

finger_puppetsFinger Puppets

Finger puppets are fun! Make and decorate adorable characters using the materials in this kit. Then put on a show for your family and friends! Includes pre-printed designs and blank designs to decorate yourself.


Ages 7 to 12

thames_kosmos_wind_powerThames and Kosmos Wind Power

Wind is one of the world’s most promising sources of clean, renewable energy. Build a working wind turbine to harness power out of thin air.



Ages 7 to 12

easy_paper_airplanesEasy Paper Airplanes: Fold 10 Zooming Flyers

Make 25 fantastic fliers! You can create a sky-full of fabulous-looking paper planes, from old-time gliders to cutting-edge jets, which soar, swoop, sail, and dive. The kit includes fascinating background information on every model.

Ages 10 to 15

thames_kosmos_smart_carThames and Kosmos Smart Car Robotics

Explore the cutting edge of automotive technology with this futuristic car. Construct the sleek, high-tech car, and then control the car’s motorized wheels with a tablet or smartphone. Use the free downloadable app to script a simple program that instructs your car to automatically follow a predetermined course through a virtual cityscape.


*Entries by individuals serving kids in need who are registered First Book will be eligible to win a selection of games and activities like those featured above, up to a $200 value. Eligible educators should enter to win by posting his/her answer to the question “How would you use these in your classroom, school or program?” to this status on First Book’s Facebook page before 12AM on August 15th. A winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries on August 17th and notified via email. The games and activities awarded to the winner will will be selected for age range of the children served.

If you work with kids in need, you can sign up here.