Use the box as a starter for science activities. For example, place it on your desk and allow children to feel its weight, listen to it when shaken, then challenge them to ask questions to discover contents.
Opening the box might reveal a broken torch, leading to children making their own. Surprise children by opening the box to reveal nothing except air. It could be the start of a topic on gases.
Another idea is to invite children to look at pictures of beaches or suntan lotion on the outside of the box and challenge them to ask questions to find out what is inside. Inside is Ted in his holiday clothes and broken sunglasses with a postcard, asking children to find out which is the best material for new lenses using liht sensors*
Rosemary Feasey is a science consultant