We rounded up five of the most interactive games and DIY activities to keep your kids engaged
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Over the course of last year, the online learning medium has taken a toll on children who have been stuck indoors since March. With summer vacations approaching, keeping kids occupied at home has become an increasingly daunting task. Many parents are struggling with meaningfully engaging their kids while minimising screen time. We have rounded up five interactive games and DIY kits for your younger ones.
Summer school for pre-schoolers
With schools being shut, squeezing in some fun learning activities doesn’t seem like a bad idea. The Smartivity magical pre-school kit comes with 20 workbooks and a lifetime access to the Magico fun and learn app. All activities (over 1200) included in the preschool kit are aligned with the NCERT curriculum and geared towards immersing kids in physical tactile play and digital interaction blended learning. From General Awareness to colour recognition, the range of topics is suitable across different preschool grades. The app is helpful in charting day by day progression.
Ages: 2.5 years+
Stack them right
Magna Tiles are magnetic tiles of different shapes and sizes that can be used to create designs and build structures. Children of all ages can develop fine motor skills and creative problem solving while younger kids can learn pattern recognition. Since the structures can be built with any number of people, teamwork and collaboration are also imbibed early on. Hands on and imaginative free play allows kids to explore various concepts of science and math in an everyday setting.
Ages: 3 years+
The Orboot Earth is a one of a kind interactive augmented reality globe that is designed to take your children on an illuminating journey around the world. Use a smart device to download the free Orboot app and explore over 1000 facts and 400 highlights across six categories- monuments, animals, maps, cultures, inventions, and weather. The Orboot Earth helps build cognitive and linguistic kills in addition to the extensive knowledge making it the ideal toy for curious kids.
Ages: 5 years+
Card games for kids
Train of thought is an interactive card game that can be played with the entire family. Suitable for ages six and above, the game involves answering exciting questions and performing fun challenges. The engaging game facilitates meaningful conversations among players. If you’re seeking to spend quality time with your kids and get to know them better, Train of thought is the ideal game for you.
Ages: 6 years+
If your children have a sweet tooth, they will enjoy the Candy Making Lab. The kit comes with plenty of paraphernalia and an illustrated guide that the children must follow if they want to end up with a sweet treat, effectively learning the science and processes behind candy making. A part of the STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Learner series, the Candy Making Lab aims at furthering the children’s involvement while keeping them hooked.
Ages: 6 years+