As soon as the pandemic hit and everyone was stuck indoors we realised everyone needed ideas to keep their kids busy. Books were not enough. As parents we need to constantly mix it up. So we all pitched in and created an amazing thread on engagement activity recommendations. Asha’s note to the community read like this,
Though we are a reading & writing community, we understand that you all are facing the biggest challenge of keeping your kids, especially toddlers, productively engaged as they can’t play downstairs or cycle downstairs. So there is no way to channelise their energy properly.
Let’s all get creative about this. Let’s share what has worked well for your child? While we encourage kids to read, being a parent myself I know how important it is to mix it up with creative activities, which i still encourage my childoo to do apart from reading.”
Finger Puppets for babies, toddlers and older kids!
Skillofun are some of the earliest learning activities for young toddlers recommended by everyone!
Melissa & Doug Re-usable Sticker Pads – bestsellers at kbc – every 2yo+ has at least one!
Melissa & Doug Water Wow – popular for 2 yrs+
ALL THINGS MELISSA & DOUG come highly recommended by our parents!
Look and Find Activity Books by Dreamland are perfect for 3 years+. Mostly everyone has them at kbc!
Creatives Pre-School Story Telling Card Games for 2 years+ Girija highly highly recommends these story telling game sets. Excerpts from her review:
There came a phase when M absolutely did not want to read her books. She stopped picking them up on her own and when we tried to get her to read one, she point-blank refused and moved on with her day. The first couple of weeks were difficult for me. I could not understand how she went from devouring books to THIS! But when I stopped pushing my will and insecurities on her, I realised she had found a new love- stories! And no, she did not want to read them from any sort of book. For hours and hours she would sit with whoever was available and we had to concoct stories for her. While my dad can spin stories out of thin air, I was quickly running out of my limited creative abilities. Then this wonderful story telling set came to my rescue. I could now catch a break and replenish my creative stock while M was busy with this. Each box has two stories and each story is made up of 6 large cardboard picture cards that you can sequence. The non-book format instantly attracted then 22 months old M. For the initial month we read the stories and arranged the cards for her; we then progressd to M narrating and us arranging the cards; now she does the narration and sequencing on her own. (Narrates in her mother tongue).The box says the set helps in observation, concentration, logical thinking, sequencing, verbal skills, reconstructing stories. It helped us tick all these boxes. Do get this if your child also loves stories or is rejecting books left-right and center
Toyshine Time and Seasons Game Educational Wooden Clock Toy Calendar Board – Arundhati recommends this big time. Quoting her,
What better way to teach them time, date, day and month along with the season and weather. Both of my children loved it and they are busy adjusting the time along with the clock. Keeps them busy for a long time.
Toyshine 3 in 1 Wooden Clock Numbers and Shapes Recognition, Time Learning (recommended by other parents as well)
Toyshine 120 pcs 12 Color Wooden Dominos Blocks Set – this gets ordered very often!
StepsToDo Pack 100 Unifix Cubes in 10 Colours (Multicolour). 2CM Size | 100 Interlocking Counting Cubes
Doodle Pro – really really helped Asha’s child when she was little. Most single kids need creative outlets and this one is non messy
Stamping Art – very popular with our kbc childoos
Play-doh – for many many years Asha’s child found playdough very therapeutic and would sit for hours making us breakfast or cutting hair, etc etc, etc – but only 3years+ when your child stops putting things in the mouth.
Trinkets & More: Geometric Shape Sorter Clock – someone once asked about telling the time – this is a very creative activity! for 3 years+
Trinkets & More – TRINKETS & MORE SEEMS TO HAVE LOTS OF AGE APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES!
Magnetic Shapes Asha and Aarini loved them so much!
Blue Orange Games: Spot it! – Animals Jr. this looks so cool!
AmericanElm Pack of 3 Alphabets Tracing Boards for Kids, Wooden Learning Toys for Alphabets (English Lower Case, English Upper Case, Numbers)
PIDELITE DIY ACTIVITY KITS – these come for different ages like 5+ or 8+. Very affordable and fun to do. Achira highly recommends them!
A bird house! This is the Build your own bird house from Pidilite. It is a diy activity kit that comes with all the cardboard pieces, colours, paint brush, Fevicol and a rope! We spent our afternoon building this lovely bird house, colouring it, talking about different kinds of birds and what came out is this .
Kyds: Wipe And Clean – Flags Of The World FOR TODDLERS!
KNOW INDIA FLASH CARDS has been recommended by Achira to teach India’s geography.
Hunk Shopper Balloon Powered Cars – keeps kids happily engaged for at least 30 mins at a time!
For older kids
Skillmatics Guess in 10 – very popular and highly recommended by many of our parents.
KAADOO CARD AND BOARD GAMES – EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR KBC MEMBERS! Should you wish to order any card or board game from Kaadoo Games – simply go to the kaadoo website and USE DISCOUNT CODE KBC30 for a 30% discount across the website. If at times KBC30 is not activated owing to another existing promo on, simply use KBC as your discount code.
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