What if we had a solution for your child being glued to their iPad?
Board games for children that are as educational as they are fun
For those of us who grew up in the ‘90s, there are two things that are inseparable from our childhoods: Shaktimaan and Ludo. We would wait with bated breath for the next episode of the superhero show but when the electricity went and took our hopes of seeing Shaktimaan with it, out came the Ludo boards that taught us not just quick addition and subtraction, but also life skills. You would happily betray your own sibling to get your blue token ahead of their green one.
Okay, maybe that’s not the best lesson for young people. Now that Shaktimaan is long gone and Ludo has turned into an app, sliding into the throne to rule children’s entertainment is… the iPad. Just ask any parent who is tearing their hair trying to wrest the device from their kid’s hands.
Parents might be right to be concerned. A study conducted by the American National Institute of Health found that children who spend more than two hours a day on screen time activities scored lower in thinking and language tests.
With schools shifting online since the pandemic began, screens have been inevitable in children’s lives, but the challenge lies in limiting their screen time. How do you do that when kids have ever-diminishing attention spans and are attached to their screens by the hip? One idea is going back to the basics with the help of Clever Cubes, which provides a range of board games and puzzles that make for fun offline activities that also develop cognitive and motor skills.
Devised with the intention of making learning fun, each game is developed to cater to a different skill-set while ensuring that the same game can be played in different ways and with multiple people hence promoting children’s social interaction skills. Their games have colourful illustrations and quirky characters that draw children’s attention away from the screen and pique their interest to play with easy-to-follow instructions.
Highly interactive because of the different visual elements and equipment, Clever Cubes products ensure your children are equipped with these basic skills without the interference of screen-based distractions. Here are three such games for your children with unique challenges to hone their logical thinking and visual perception, vocabulary skills, and much more.
3 board games for growing kids that hit the sweet spot between playing and learning
Made for children aged 4 and above, Secret Garden is an engaging eye-spy game where children have to locate the answers based on clues. If children tire out from the hunt, it doubles as a vocabulary game because of the illustrated cards in it, which include the definitions of the words pictured.
Featured in the Tweak kids activity box, along with other exciting treats for your young ones, Secret Garden is a great option to help your children learn more about the world around them.
Spot the Dots
This is a counting game involving cows for children aged 3 and above. It contains four different play methods designed to make young minds perceive and grasp the value of numbers. This will help your child think on their feet and categorise information.
A time-bound game for children aged 2 and above, Shape-A-Thon contains different objects from everyday life that kids have to match with their respective shapes. The game serves the dual purpose of improving their logical thinking while also acquainting your child with general knowledge.
We see the struggle when it comes to prying your kids away from screens. Why not make it a little easier with these educational games?