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Fun things to do with Grandchildren in the School Holidays

It’s the school holiday season but with the COVID twist. Staying at home can get boring. Kids keep them entertained with a lot of ONline activities. It’s good for them to have fun online, but we can show them how we had fun OFFline during our school holidays. Don’t worry, we have you covered with fun activities that can be done inside your bubble and a little.

Going back in time, I remember playing a variety of board games throughout the holidays, sitting inside that circle of friends, cousins and family. All those fights, wins and loses has somewhat made me what I am today. Board games are played with a goal in mind, like what is the player aiming for and this goal varies from game to game. Lot of these games depict real life situations, some with a simple narrative like a game of Chess or some with varied options like Monopoly. They vary in rules from something as easy as snake and ladder to something as complex as Advanced Squad Leader, a game which simulates actions of military squads in World War 2.

Lets start with our list of Board games you can play with the little ones.

We all know how to play Monopoly, the player rolls the dice with the goal to buy as many properties on the board and develop them with houses and hotels. But did you know that it was derived from The Landlord’s Game created by Lizzie Magie in the United States in 1903.The game also teaches us important financial lessons like investing money, being patient, long term thinking and negotiating to name few. Plus, it guarantees couple of hours of fun.

There is evidence that people have been playing cards since the 9th century AD in Tang Dynasty, China. There are countless card games from all around the world and there are few for the young ones too. Crazy eight is a game where the player will have to use their patience and focus. The winner is the smarter one who gets rid of all his cards first. Rummy is another game that can be played with older kids. Kids can beat their mates at this matching card game, and then challenge the grown-ups. But all these games have the same essence, they teach us how to strategies our moves based on our deck. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are or how solid your strategy is. Sometimes the cards just don’t go your way and you get you blocked. Just like life.

Sudoku, also called Number Place is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle. The player adds numbers from 1 to 9 in 81 cells inside a 9×9 grid while avoiding the number to appear twice in the same row, column and square. Although the game looks tough, but the reward is worth it and this is what it teaches. Life can be hard but we should keep trying and it would be worth it. Best part, you can play it here on the website along with other fun to play games in the Community & Games section.

The classic game that can be played in our own backyard. The game was developed in British India from an old game called battledore and shuttlecock. Also the only game in the list that’s included in the Olympics since 1992. The game requires a high level of stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision from the player. It also helps with motor coordination between different part of the body. We all know how fun the game can be with friends and family.

We can expand our bubble a little and head down to a basketball court or play it in the backyard with the kids. Basketball was the brainchild of a Canadian PE teacher James Naismith. To keep the kids active during long winters when outdoor activities were not feasible, James came up with a plan to nail a peach basket on a pole and try to fit the ball in. Basketball requires a lot of starting and stopping and this helps in burning the calories at an accelerated rate. The game also helps in building endurance and muscle along with balance and co-ordination.

Hold on, why just stop at OFFline activities, we can have fun with the Online activities too.

A game of Fortnite can be a good way to spend time with the kids and know about their world. Fortnite is a fast paced first person shooter game, the objective is to survive among 100 other players and be the last one standing. The game involves crafting too. It’s a good metal exercise for kids to use their wits and imagination to survive.

Do check our previous post on School Holidays to get more inspiration on the activities to keep the kids entertained. Let me know about what other games you played as a kid and what fond memories you hold of it.

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