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The internet, mobile phones, tablets and laptops allow kids to stay connected when they aren’t able to visit their school friends or family. If your kids seem to be missing their catchups and hugs from grandma, video chatting is the next best thing for them. Choose well known apps such as Skype or Facebook Messenger to connect with family around the world, or across the neighbourhood.
For the older kids, aged 12 and above, our favourite app to stay connected at the moment is House Party. House Party is a group video chat app that will allow your kids to stay in touch with their school friends during social distancing restrictions or self-isolation. This fantastic app gives you the ability to play games as you and your friends video call. The fun games include Trivia, Quick Draw (a bit like online Pictionary) and more.
You can download House Party from your favourite android or IOS app store – but please remember this app is for ages 12+.
Drawing is a great way to stay creative and can be a soothing mindfulness activity for both kids and adults. Digital drawing can be a fun craft activity that will keep your kids entertained at home for hours, and in many cases the programs used will allow your kids to easily share their masterpieces with friends and family, they can even email them straight to Grandma. Better still if Grandma has a Smart Fridge with built in display, we’re sure she’ll display them there proudly. Your kids will love playing with Smart Pens that help make their masterpieces shine!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has an included S Pen which is fantastic to help the kids draw on the tablet and keep creative during restrictions or self-isolation.
Check out apps for drawing such as dotpict and PENUP – available for download from your favourite android or IOS app store. (Please always check age restrictions or limitations such as software requirements before downloading).
Other products that are Smart Pen capable include Microsoft Surface products, Samsung Galaxy products and Apple products. Don’t forget you’ll need the applicable laptop or tablet to use your Smart Pen.
Smart lights are great for putting colour back into our kids’ lives during this stay at home period. They have varying levels of brightness and many can change to almost any colour, making Smart lights a great idea for our little film makers ‘at home movie sets’. If your children are interested in making little videos, stop motion animations, or if they are a little older – TikToks, the smart lights can really add to their set! They can choose the colours they want to film with and make their videos look fun and professional.
Some Apps for simple film editing are: iMovie (ioS only), Tik Tok (12 years +) and Video Star. These are available for download from your favourite android or IOS app store. (Please always check age restrictions or limitations such as software requirements before downloading).
Getting messy in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to keep them both entertained and fed – kids seem to always be hungry! Using the KitchenAid Stand Mixer or Sunbeam’s Pie Maker why not get creative and bake their favourite sweet or savoury afternoon snacks together. Encourage your kids to decorate their creations once baked allowing them to concentrate and use their imaginations. Or simply get the kids involved by having them help you prepare lunch or dinner for the family. Using the KitchenAid Mixer Accessories and Attachments you can make your own pasta and so much more!
Why not complement those weekend movie nights by getting the kids in the kitchen to make a bowl of freshly popped popcorn using the Sunbeam Popcorn Maker. You could even get the kids to create movie tickets with the name of the movie and time and set up some cushions allowing them to have the full cinema experience from home.
Now more than ever it is important to load your kids up with fruit, vegetables and vitamin C, especially coming into the winter months. Using the Russel Hobbs Luxe Cold Press Slow Juicer, you could get your kids to make their own delicious juices with their favourite ingredients whilst simultaneously getting a boost of vitamins and minerals.
The Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch lite and PlayStation PS4 Pro are great entertainment consoles for active kids. These consoles paired with an energetic game such as Just Dance 2020 can ensure your kids get the most out of their daily exercise while they are indoors. Plus, they will be having so much fun that they won’t even realise how active they’re being.
Just Dance 2020 has multiple challenges and dance activities as well as access to over 500 songs for your kids to dance to. Additionally, if your kids are dancers and are really missing their lessons during this time, a game like Just Dance 2020 can be perfect for keeping their spirits up.
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