Oct 032021
Engagement Activities to keep your little one busy and happy while you WFH…
pc: Amardeep (neil’s magna tile activity based on the very hungry caterpillar)

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,

“Dear Parents,
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 Wooden Tool Kit

GoAppuGo Creative Activity Toys

Mega Bloks

Snaptron Magnetic Tiles 60 pcs with Storage Box

Snaptron Magnetic Tiles 100 pcs with Storage Box

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)

Mega Bloks Happy Puppy Bucket

Toyshine 120 pcs 12 Color Wooden Dominos Blocks Set – this gets ordered very often!

ALL THINGS LEGO!!

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!

Fun Blast Learning Board

Jaykal Double Sided White Board And Chalk Board

Asian Hobby Craft Felt Sheets

LEAPFROG Get Ready For School

Things That Go – Coloring And Sticker Activity Book

Einstein Boxes

E-Note Pad

Webby: DIY 3D puzzles

Orapple Mind Gym

Einstein Box For 1YO

Magenetic Alphabets

Magnetic Shapes Asha and Aarini loved them so much!

Aqua Pixels

Hand Crafted Bricks

Blue Orange Games: Spot it! – Animals Jr. this looks so cool!

Smartivity: Kaleidoscope

Imagimake: Activity Puzzle Kit – 58 Piece Puzzles

Sliceable Plastic Fruits And Veggies

Hand Painted Crafted Matryoshka Wooden Dolls (Russian Nesting Doll)

AmericanElm Pack of 3 Alphabets Tracing Boards for Kids, Wooden Learning Toys for Alphabets (English Lower Case, English Upper Case, Numbers)

Clever Cubes: Stringy Trail – Weaving Colourful Images

Skillmatics Educational: Boredom Buster Senior – Write And Wipe Activity Mats

Toyshine: Wooden Shapes

Einstein Box: Ultamate Science Kit

Creativity HUB: Rory’s Story Cubes

Genius Box – Art And Murals 5+

Imagimake: Stamp Art – Ocean

Wipe And Clean Activities

pc: achira

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!

IMAGIMAKE MAPOLOGY IS A HUGE BESTSELLER AND BEST WAY TO INTRODUCE COUNTRIES + CAPITALS

KNOW INDIA FLASH CARDS has been recommended by Achira to teach India’s geography.

Flag Frenzy Game with Flash Cards has been recommended for learning about countries and their Flags

Urbancart Kids Building Block Activity Table with 2 Chair and 4 Storage Box Set. Age 1 to 6

GIFT PACK! Cello ColourUP Hobby Bag for Kids | Drawing Kit | Oil Pastel (25 Units) | Jumbo Wax Crayon (12 Units) | Free Activity Book | 8 Assorted Items

Hunk Shopper Balloon Powered Cars – keeps kids happily engaged for at least 30 mins at a time!

For older kids

Chalk And Chuckles Art and Craft Keychain Dolls – Make Yourself Activity Kit for Ages 8+

Skillmatics Guess in 10 – very popular and highly recommended by many of our parents.

Solobolo Mandala Art Kit Coasters with Stand-Craft Kit with Dot Mandala Art Tools Kit for Beginners for 10 years+


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