Extra time at home means more time to play! We’re all about finding the silver linings in this situation, and we’ve got some fun ideas on how you can bond with your kiddos during lock down. Get ready to go head-to-head with your mini masterminds and try out these challenging games that will remind you of your own childhood. We’ve also got an awesome show that teaches your little ones all about science through easy-to-do crafts that are sure to be a hit with even the toughest kid critics… After all, what kid doesn’t want to make edible poop?

Connect 4

Best for kids aged 5+

Activity Time: 5 – 10 minutes 

The Game: This 2-player game challenges you to be the first to connect four of your own discs of the same color next to each other vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

Learning Outcome: Kids learn about strategic problem solving, basic math, and pattern detection.

 

Classic Checkers and Classic Chess

Best for kids aged 5+

Activity Time: 10+ minutes 

The Game: Chess is a board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved in order to ultimately capture the opponent’s king.  Checkers is a 2-player game where the goal is to eliminate all the opponent’s pieces or to trap the opponent so they can’t move. 

Learning Outcomes: These games increase visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability. They also foster logic, critical thinking, and creativity.

 

Garfield’s Snakes and Ladders

Best for kids aged 4+

Activity Time: 5 – 10 minutes 

The Game: There are one hundred squares full of traps and tricks. Roll the dice and see if you’re lucky! Ladders take you up, but snakes take you down, and the first to get to the top wins! 

Learning Outcome: Kids will learn counting and addition skills, as well as the basic sequence and pattern of numbers.

 

Sea Battleship

Best for kids aged 6+

Activity Time: 10 minutes 

The Game: Can you win the battle by guessing the location of your opponent’s ships?

Learning Outcome: This game improves memory, logic and strategy skills.

 

ExpeRimental

Best for kids aged 5+

Episode Length: 5 minutes 

The Show: ExpeRimental brings fascinating science experiments into your own home using easy-to-get materials. You and your kids can make fizzy bottle rockets, colour-changing cabbage juice, homemade parachutes, balloon car racers, lava lamps, rubber band cannons, and even “poo” you can eat!

Learning Outcome: This show will spark kids’ interest in chemistry and physics. It also gives kids the confidence to explore, question and test some of the fundamentals of science!

 

5-minute Fitness Break: Dice Workout!

We hope you have a blast playing with your whole family! In times like these, taking a moment to put work aside and enjoy playtime can have a wonderful impact on everyone’s mood, and you’ll create memories that will last long past lock down.

 

We hope your little ones have fun learning all about wildlife, and that you enjoy bringing the great outdoors to your home. Have fun exploring!