Summer is here and what better way to welcome the school holiday season than with fun and educational activities that’ll keep the little ones busy! Although kids may want to indulge in electronic games and gadgets all day, try inspiring their creativity by giving them stimulating games, books and more. Whether you’re looking to entertain the kids during a long flight when going on vacation or simply need to keep them busy while you make dinner, these travel-friendly picks are the perfect solution.
1) Puzzle Games
Puzzles are perfect for the long school holidays because it requires time – which your kids will have plenty of during this period. In addition to that, this problem-solving activity offers an abundance of benefits, including enhancing your child’s cognitive skills while honing their brainpower. In terms of problem-solving, your kids will be able to feel a sense of accomplishment with every part of the puzzle that they piece together.
Since there is no way to cheat, puzzles allow them to carefully plan and strategise their moves, in order to complete it. This will also improve their IQ level and attention span. For starters, get your kids the Janod 36-piece Treasure Hunt Puzzle or upgrade to the 208-piece Blue Planet Puzzle. Presented in an easy-to-carry compact case with fabric handle, your kids can bring it along anywhere including on family road trips.
2) Castle Playset
When it comes to school holidays, you may find yourself running out of ideas on how else you can keep the kids entertained. If you’ve already taken them to the beach and treated them to every outdoor activity you can think of, try investing in exciting games they can immerse themselves in. Castle toy games for example, possess a mystical charm that appeals to young children and can keep them engaged for hours on end.
Janod’s Knight Castle and Princess Palace come in a complete set of wooden characters including knights, horses and dragons, allowing kids to engross themselves in imaginative plays as they craft their own stories and fairy tales. This genre of kids toys is useful in stimulating creativity, conscious mental activities and aid in the social development of children. On top of that, the light and compact suitcase-design of these playsets make them easy to pack if you’re travelling somewhere for the holidays.
3) Stacking Blocks
This toy game is a favourite among many families. It’ll definitely come in handy when everyone is stuck at home during the rainy season, especially if there’s a storm outside. A competitive yet exciting game that requires steady hands and complete focus, the Equilibloc Colour enables your kids to develop quick reflexes and analytical skills such as calculating and sequencing each block cautiously, without making the tower fall. Aside from motor growth, this game is fun therapy for everyone and a great way for parents to spend some quality time with the kids after a stressful day at work.
4) Magic Drawing Case
If you’re travelling overseas with the kids, this compact arts and craft summer toy is a must-have to keep your kids occupied during the long flight. The versatile and mess-free 4-in-1 magic suitcase allows your kids to unleash their inner Picasso without the need for colour pencils and crayons. It features four different boards – a blackboard, whiteboard, magnetic board and a magic table. Parents can also use this to educate kids, instead of using interactive flashcards.
Children’s books would also be perfect for long flights or car rides, allowing your kids to sit back and unwind as they quietly flip the pages of their favourite story book. You could even spend relaxing quality time with your kids by reading the books to them before bedtime. My Big Book of Beginner Books About Me by Dr Seuss is a great selection as it offers 6 classic beginner books bounded in one – so your kids will have a variety of titles to choose from. For something more educational, get the National Geographic Kids Beginner's World Atlas. Featuring large, visually appealing maps and exciting information about the world, this is definitely a must-have for the summer.
Don’t forget to equip your kids with an adorable travel bag, so they can bring their fave books everywhere they go. With these fun holiday toys, books and more at hand, summertime will be nothing but pure joy for the kids!