Sparklebox Teaching Resources

Sparklebox Update

In January 2010, the owner of Sparklebox, Samuel Kinge (previously known as Daniel Kinge), was sent to prison for the second time for making and possessing indecent images of children. After his first conviction he was banned from teaching, put on the sex offenders' register and banned from using the internet, but he appealed and the internet ban was lifted to enable him to make a living. Further details can be found here.

Kinge set up the Sparklebox website which provided superb free classroom resources for teachers. Now that he has been convicted again, many local authorities in the UK have blocked Sparklebox so that it can no longer be accessed in their schools.Many teachers have started to take down the Sparklebox resources in their classrooms. As the site is supported by advertisements, Kinge will be earning money from Sparklebox even while he serves his prison sentence.

I have left the rest of this hub as it was originally, although I've removed the link to I used to love Sparklebox resources, but now I am not sure whether I want to have anything to do with them. What do you think? Take a vote in my poll and you can leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you like.

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Video report on Sparklebox owner Samuel Kinge

Make your classroom sparkle with Sparklebox

I came across the Sparklebox site when I was looking for some teaching resources to help children learning to read. It's saved me lots of time and effort that I normally put into making my own teaching materials. All of the resources are totally free and can be downloaded immediately.

Why Sparklebox?


I think what really makes Sparklebox stand out among other teaching resources sites is the extremely high quality of the printable materials. Most of them come as PDF documents which makes them very easy to resize and print out. This contrasts with many of the other sites which only offer web pages which can be very difficult to print properly.

Although aimed at UK parents and teachers there are materials there which will be suitable for all Englsih-speaking countries. The topics include literacy (phonics and sight words), numeracy and lots of general interest themes, aimed at children under the age of 7.

They are high quality teaching resources for classroom teachers, parents and homeschoolers. I love the great ideas for creating an exciting and stimulating classroom environment by making colorful wall displays - check out the photo gallery to see what real teachers have done - they're truly inspirational.

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Comments 19 comments

juana b good 9 years ago

Great Hub. Actually, I need materials for my son. He's gifted but having a hard time learning to read. Thank you for that resource!

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caspar 9 years ago from UK Author

You're welcome - there are lots of brilliant resources out there to help children learn, but it's not always easy to find exactly what you need.

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

I have forwarded your hub through to my son, who is a Maths Teacher

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caspar 9 years ago from UK Author

Thanks MrMarmalade - I hope your son finds the resources useful.

cabbagepatch 7 years ago

the web owner / creator of sparklebox has just been sent to prison for downloading indecent images of children. this is not his first imprisoned offence. most schools have now banned spaklebox

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caspar 7 years ago from UK Author

Sadly you are quite right cabbagepatch. The guy was sentenced last week. I'm going to amend this hub so that people can make their own decision whether to continue using Sparklebox.

NJ 6 years ago

I loved rescources and found them a great tool, however no one should be able to profit from this inexcuable behaviour.

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caspar 6 years ago from UK Author

They were (and still are in fact) excellent resources. I am still using them but only because I had already copied them for a class onto card and I don't want to waste them. However, when I look at them it just reminds me of what he has done and I don't really want to be reminded of that when I'm working with children and parents. I will certainly avoid using them in future.

katiejo 6 years ago

I only recently discovered Sparklebox and it is fantastic.I have used lots of the resources for my French teaching (pre-school and primary). Of course it is dreadful what this man has done so I wish something could be done to enable teachers to still be able to access the resources without the guy profiting in any way atall. I have been trying to download some resources for my lessons this week which I had previously earmarked as being useful and now I cannot get hold of them so am wasting lots of time sourcing new materials with no success.

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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Helping this man in any fashion is a crime against those he harmed. There is no need to use anything that supports him in any way.

barbara brown 6 years ago

i won't use the site again!

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john  5 years ago

The whole thing just makes me feel sick. I'll never use anything related to this site again. My guess is that he will set up another site though under a different name.

Jonathan 5 years ago

Voted NO - and what's worse he's now started up 'Twinkl', with almost exactly the same resources and toolbar. Wtf is he playing at, how dumb does he think people are.

Don don 5 years ago

Ita absolutely terrible what he has done but the resources are also helping learners a lot. After reading this article I am so confused.

alan 5 years ago

These are great resurces. I'll use the site, but never any of the advertisers.

Jane 5 years ago

Twinkl wasn't set up by him but by some of the artists who worked on sparklebox

Carrie - Pre-School Teacher 4 years ago

Helping this man in any fashion is a crime against those he harmed. There is no need to use anything that supports him in any way.

Priya 4 years ago

Thank you fantastic resources. Very grateful as a teacher

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