Top 6 Outdoor Games For Kids

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

Outdoor games are important to keep your child physically fit and make sure they are not just sitting around playing video games or using smartphones, which is what’s happening to them now. To make sure your child gets out more often, bonds with kids and invest in socialising, we have prepared a short list of games that you can teach your kids to make sure their childhood is as good as yours was and even better.



1. Hopscotch or Stapoo

Hopscotch is a children's game that can be played with several players or alone. Hopscotch is a popular playground game in which players toss a small object or “pithoo” into numbered triangles or a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then, hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object. The player keeps playing the game until the object reaches from rectangle 1 to the last one and then, home. It can be played by one player or even a group as large as consisting of 8 players.

2. Hula Hoop

Slide a hula hoop on someone’s arm. Then hold hands in a circle. Now move that hoop around the circle.

3. Sand Box on a Budget

All this game requires is a box filled with lots of sand and a couple of props like a plastic flag. Give it to your kid and let their imagination run free.

4. Dog and the Bone

The game consists of two teams and any item that can be called “the bone” such as a stone, handkerchief, etc. A player from each team comes forward and tries to take the bone without getting caught or stopped by the other team member. The bone is kept in the centre in a circle which is not supposed to be crossed by any team member.

5. Yard Twister

Get a twister game to your home by making colourful circles in your year and see your family stretch and mingle with each other in this Yard twister game. All you need are colours and a board to see the turns. It’s a great game that can be played by a group of kid. Therefore, it is perfect for birthday parties.

6. Four Corners

Four Corner is a fun children game, played by elementary kids often. The objective of the game is to not get caught by the kid designated “it” while being in the corners (boundary) of the rooms that are also decided by the children. The last one remaining is the winner. The game can be played outside, making boundaries using chalk or simply on a basketball or badminton court.

To enhance your kid’s creative and academic skills at home, try Xplorabox. Xplorabox is a monthly subscription-based activity box for kids containing skill-enhancing offline activities and games, which help in developing motor, cognitive, and social skills in children.

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6 Signs of a Child Being on the Path to Being Spoiled and Their Solutions - PART 2

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

Each parent wants to raise a child who is much appreciated and loved by everyone. No parent would ever want to raise a spoiled kid. But sometimes the parental desire to give their children the best to make their lives comfortable and secure may cause results that aren’t in line with their original parenting plan.

Child psychologists have been working on this issue since a long time. They call it the “Spoiled Child Syndrome”. This is characterized by certain patterns of a child’s behaviour.

In this article we have written down some of the signs of this syndrome and their solution.

1. The child talks to their parents like they do their peers, and it has nothing to do with “being friends” with them.

Let’s face it. If a child is spoiled, it’s not their fault, it is their parents’. They have failed to set boundaries, make strict rules, and didn’t give any direction in life. As a result, the child does not feel parental authority. They believe that they have the same place in a family hierarchy (or even higher) as their parents so they can act in a disrespectful and presumptuous manner.

SOLUTION: Set some ground rules for your child, set boundaries, and show them the path to a better life. Make time tables for them that is easy to stick to or create planners for them to get them organized. You must show authority. Tell them what is good and bad. Deal with them in a ‘reward and punishment’ method. You need not punish them but have a system of give and take. For example, if they achieved a simple goal, reward them with a chocolate, or some extra time with their friends. If they do not listen to you or disobey you in any manner, punish them by cutting down their play time, their TV time or by increasing their study period.

2. The child has a low self-esteem and lacks confidence.

Have you ever wanted to show your child that they’re special and make everyone around you proud of their achievements? Would you like to be a superhero who can destroy all the obstacles in your child’s way? When the parents act this way, they deprive the child of an opportunity to build confidence in themselves, learn from their mistakes, and overcome difficulties. Spoiled children have to face the real world but when they don’t get a familiar reaction, they get confused, don’t understand how they can fix the situation, and start doubting themselves.

SOLUTION: Be a good role model. Praise your child when they do something good, but don’t overpraise them, praise their efforts. Avoid harsh criticism, focus on their strengths, encourage them to do what they like and not what you want them to like and do. Help them improve on other aspects, on the things they have potential to succeed in. Allow your child to help others. When you teach them how to do things, show and help them at first.

3. The child wants to occupy all of your free time.

A spoiled child strongly depends on their family members. In this situation, children are the center of the family’s universe so parents become a source of happiness for them as well. It is important to pay enough attention to the children but they should also understand that their parents have their own needs and need their own space. When family life revolves around a kid’s wishes, it is a sure sign that the child is spoiled.

SOLUTION: Tell them beforehand that you need a break for a specific duration. Ask them to engage with their toys, educational activity kits like Xplorabox, books, or anything creative during this time off. If you say you need an hour break, make sure you adhere to your words because your child is following your footsteps. Therefore if you say something, you must stick to it, or else your child will procrastinate and behave the same way as well.

4. The child doesn’t recognize authority and often argues with adults.

Have your ever met parents who always protect their children and look after their interests if someone accuses their kids of doing something wrong? On the one hand, it’s a natural pattern of behaviour but if parents don’t discuss the situation with the child behind closed doors after the incident and just keep blaming teachers and other adults, the child may start feeling like they can get away with anything. They may think that they’re always right and other people are just fools who don’t know anything. Besides, the parents aren’t authority figures for a spoiled child, so there’s no chance they’ll respect anyone else.

SOLUTION: Discuss things with them. Don’t raise your voice. Talk to them in a calm and collected manner. Make them understand that you are the authority. Do not blame teachers or other adults under any circumstances. Understand why are others complaining and talk it out with your child.

5. The child doesn’t understand the value of money.

Modern marketing specialists know that there are many ways to make children believe that they need something. Advertisements affect children more negatively in comparison to adults. That is why it is important to teach them how to resist social pressure. The child should understand that money doesn’t appear out of nowhere and parents have to work hard to earn it. When parents try to protect their children from such ‘complicated’ matters, they end up raising a spoiled child who believes that their wishes are more important than that of the family budget.

Spoiled children are less likely to be financially independent and have a higher chance of ending up in debt when they grow up. They get used to the fact that all their wishes come true without any effort from their side so they take out loans to fulfill their cravings for things but don’t think in advance about how they’re going to pay off the debt.

SOLUTION: Teach your child how to save money in order to secure their future. Help your child to understand that every penny requires hard work and doesn’t just appear out of anywhere. Don’t just get them everything what they want. Make a goal or a task for them, in order to achieve what they want or what they crave for. And make sure you adhere to your commitment if they complete their task or goal.

6. The child often complains that they’re bored.

Even a 1 year old child can concentrate on one task for about 15 minutes. By the age of 3, children usually can entertain themselves. If the child doesn’t know how to deal with their boredom and is always waiting until someone shows up and becomes their personal animator, it’s another sign that they are spoiled. How are all these factors connected? For example, the more the toys a child has, the more difficult it is for them to concentrate on a game and develop their creativity.

SOLUTION: Help them to concentrate and focus by giving one game at a time. A child’s attention span is less. Help them with cognitive activities that help them increase their focus. Make them learn to do one thing at a time, to complete one task first and them move on to another. Encourage them to play games on their own or read a book when they get bored. You can even ask them to do a household chore like cleaning up their cupboard or shelf when they say they are bored.

7. The child can’t control their emotions.

We all fail to deal with our emotions sometimes but spoiled children don’t even have the chance to learn how to control themselves. They suffer from major mood swings and show the same infantile attitude even when they get older. They see every problem as drama, their good mood is overwhelming, and they can’t suppress tears or laughter. They don’t get used to controlling their temper, analyzing their behaviour, or talking about their experiences and feelings. For them, the only way to express their emotions is through vivid demonstration.

SOLUTION: Help them to deal with their emotions. They must know how to think about the problem, then analyze it, and then react to it rather than just seeing it as a drama. Meditation helps in controlling emotions and facing problems with a calm nature.

In the above mentioned six points, you learnt which all signs depicts that your child is on the path of becoming a spoiled child. We also mentioned the solution to each behaviour. Helping your child during their developmental years is very important as they grasp everything that is in front of them. The display of your behaviour, your usage of words, your reactions, your control, etc, is being watched and copied by your child. You are their role model. In order to see them as a better person, you must observe yourself as well.

Of course, what can be easier than giving advice on how to bring up other people’s kids? But sometimes it’s essential to get a second impartial opinion

6 Signs of a Child Being on the Path to Being Spoiled and Their Solutions - PART 1

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

Each parent wants to raise a child who is much appreciated and loved by everyone. No parent would ever want to raise a spoiled kid. But sometimes the parental desire to give their children the best to make their lives comfortable and secure may cause results that aren’t in line with their original parenting plan.

Child psychologists have been working on this issue since a long time. They call it the “Spoiled Child Syndrome”. This is characterized by certain patterns of a child’s behaviour.

In this article we have written down some of the signs of this syndrome and their solution.

  1. The child is polite with other people but they don’t say “Thank You” to you.

The child shows good manners towards and with other people but does not express gratitude to family members. It may be a sign that the child is spoiled. Sometimes children do forget to say ‘thank you’ not intentionally or because they want to hurt somebody, but just because they sincerely take everything their family does for them for granted.

Psychologists believe that such behaviour can cause problems with building interpersonal relationships in the future because parents haven’t taught the child to be grateful to those closest and dearest to them.

SOLUTION: Ask your child to say ‘thank you’ whenever they receive something. They must learn to thank others regardless of who the person is. Similarly, your child must learn and remember to say “please” and “sorry” to whomsoever it may concern, even if they are saying it to their family members.

2. The child can’t deal with simple household chores.

Any responsible parent would help their child become independent. At the age of 3, children can pick up their toys; at 5, they can help with small chores; by 10, they can peel potatoes and help to lay out the dinner table. If all attempts to engage the child in household chores fail because the child didn’t want to or can not or is not eager to learn how to do something and parents are okay with this, then your child is on the path of becoming a spoiled child.

If the child doesn’t have responsibilities, how can they deal with adult life? In the end, parents deprive their children of essential skills and life hacks that will be useful in life.

SOLUTION: Take and give method works a long way. You should ask your child to help you with the little things they are capable of. For example, making their bed, keeping their clothes back on the shelf, keeping their shoes on the rack, putting their clothes for washing, setting up the dinner table, dusting, etc. If they refuse to do so, take something away from them. For example, cut down their play time, increase their study time, cut down their gadget time, etc.

3. The child doesn’t get along with peers and is sure that they behave in a wrong way.

When communicating to other children, a spoiled child is not aware that they can’t just receive things from others without giving something in return. The inability to take the needs of others into consideration and a lack of empathy make their peers not want to hang out with them. So the child starts to feel uncomfortable and can not explain what’s wrong and blame others because they behaved “wrong”.

If peers distance themselves from a child and children of the family’s friends try to find an excuse to skip playtime with then, it’s probably time to figure out what’s going wrong.

SOLUTION: Teach your child to share things. Ask them to give something in return when they take a toy from a fellow mate. Tell them to ask their peers before taking anything and to request if they want something and not snatch off anything.

4. The child often throws tantrums when they don’t get what they want.

Parents should not diminish this obvious sign. Everyone knows this behaviour and recognizes it as a spoiled child’s behaviour. Toddlers often do not know how to express their emotions and can not deal with them. This results in getting tired easily, which is why they end up crying easily, whine, act resentful, get on the floor, and throw a tantrum. But that is fine, because they just need some help and reassurance.

If the child has reached school age but still acts like a baby, choosing the right time to burst into tears, they are certainly manipulating their parents. Remember that if after a confrontation the parents feel empty and exhausted but the child gets what they wanted and looks happy, something is definitely wrong.

SOLUTION: Try to calm down your child. Ask them to listen to you first. Tell them the reason why you denied purchasing something specific for them, explain why did you say ‘no’ to something they wanted. If you can and you do want to give them that particular thing later on then make them achieve a task in order to get that gift/ toy as a reward. For example, give them a simple task, like, if you make your bed everyday without me reminding you, I will purchase that gift; or, if you behave well with others and help me with household chores, I will get you that toy. And make sure you stick to your words, else your child will throw another tantrum.

5. The child doesn’t like activities that involve competition.

Psychologists made us believe that we should raise our children as champions and that every child should get to be rewarded as not to be traumatized. Parents should teach the child an important lesson that we all lose from time to time, so there is nothing to be ashamed of and the child should accept it with dignity.

Parents often go easy on spoiled children and don’t teach them to enjoy the competition. So when the child realizes that in real life they aren’t always the best, they prefer to refuse to participate in any competition.

SOLUTION: Help your child to understand that a competition is with oneself and not with others. One should work hard in order to be better than themselves. When in a team, they should work hard together and do their best. The games should be enjoyed, then only can it be won. If there is no fun in the competition and one treats it like a win or lose match, then their minds are affected and they take a step back. Parents should encourage to keep on working hard and enjoy what they are doing.

6. The child talks to their parents like they do their peers, and it has nothing to do with “being friends” with them.

Let’s face it. If a child is spoiled, it’s not their fault, it is their parents’. They have failed to set boundaries, make strict rules, and didn’t give any direction in life. As a result, the child does not feel parental authority. They believe that they have the same place in a family hierarchy (or even higher) as their parents so they can act in a disrespectful and presumptuous manner.

SOLUTION: Set some ground rules for your child, set boundaries, and show them the path to a better life. Make time tables for them that is easy to stick to or create planners for them to get them organized. You must show authority. Tell them what is good and bad. Deal with them in a ‘reward and punishment’ method. You need not punish them but have a system of give and take. For example, if they achieved a simple goal, reward them with a chocolate, or some extra time with their friends. If they do not listen to you or disobey you in any manner, punish them by cutting down their play time, their TV time or by increasing their study period.

In the above mentioned six points, you learnt which all signs depicts that your child is on the path of becoming a spoiled child. We also mentioned the solution to each behaviour. Helping your child during their developmental years is very important as they grasp everything that is in front of them. The display of your behaviour, your usage of words, your reactions, your control, etc, is being watched and copied by your child. You are their role model. In order to see them as a better person, you must observe yourself as well.

Of course, what can be easier than giving advice on how to bring up other people’s kids? But sometimes it’s essential to get a second impartial opinion.

20 Questions You Should Ask Your Kid To Improve Your Bond

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

Most of the times parents are so busy with the responsibilities that they are burdened with, that they completely forget to ask their kids a simple question- “How was your day?” It is a simple conversation starter to get your kids talking. However, if you don’t normally ask your kids about their day and they feel a bit aloof, here are some questions you can ask your kids that will surely help you and your kid bond and talk for hours. There’s nothing more powerful than a fun and casual conversation between parents and their kids to get their kid to open up easily.



Remember that while parenting is challenging and filled with responsibilities that you weren’t ready for, it is also fun when you can bond easily with your child.

1. Who is your best friend in school?


2. What is your favourite game?


3. What character makes you laugh the most?


4. What new thing did you try recently?


5. What is something I always say to you?


6. What do you like to eat most in lunch/breakfast?


7. What kind of dreams do you have?


8. Did something funny happen recently?


9. If your pet/stuffed toys could talk, what would it say to you and what would it say to me?


10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?


11. What is the most common toy that every kid in your class has? Do you like it?


12. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?


13. How do you show people you care?


14. What is your favourite thing to do?


15. If you could have one superpower, what kind of superpower would you have?


16. If you had a shop, what would you sell?


17. Did something happen today that you didn’t like or that upset you?


18. What is your favourite rhyme/song?


19. What kind of gift would you want on your coming birthday?


20. Of all the outfits you have, which one do you like the most?


To enhance your kid’s creative and academic skills at home, try Xplorabox. Xplorabox is a monthly subscription-based activity box for kids containing skill-enhancing offline activities and games, which help in developing motor, cognitive, and social skills in children.

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COVID-19 Lock down : How to manage or engage children at home ?

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

“Children are not the face of this pandemic. But they risk being among its biggest victims. While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 - at least to date – the crisis is having a profound effect on their wellbeing. All children, of all ages, and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the socio-economic impacts and, in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong.” UNITED NATIONS POLICY BRIEF: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CHILDREN

Second wave of Covid-19 left parents no choice but to confine our their kids within at home. Everyday life is same for kids, kids are getting into unhealthy lifestyle, where we as a parents feel helpless and have no choice.


Most of the parents are worried for their kids learning and their mental development. It has been more than 15 months when schools, playschools are closed, and kids are losing out important years of learning. Early learning years are very crucial for kids and some of the kids never got a chance to visit or interact with their friends and teachers for past 15 months.

Parents have found that online learning is a viable solution but again when it comes to young kids as old as 4 years, it is exceedingly difficult to make these kids sit in front of TV or laptop. Kids at this age have short attention span and by spending time in front of Laptop screen for online classes we are exposing them to more screen time.

Soon the schools will start and we as parents will have no option other than using online classes as a medium to provide basic learning to our kids who are as young as 3 years old. Problem is that schools and teachers are not making optimal use of technology. Teachers have not broken out of the traditional mindset of teaching, and it is not interactive at all, most of the learning is happening because parents are putting more and more efforts to ensure their kids do not end up with zero learning year.

COVID-19 Lock down : How to manage or engage children at home ?

1. Physical exercise: Ensure your child start their day with basic exercise like jumping, stretching for at least 15-20 min.

2. Socialise: Let your child socialise with their friends and family via digital medium, it will enhance social skills of your child.

3. Physical Activities: It is important to engage kids with some physical activities as at this age kids observe and learn at a fast pace. Check Skill Development Kit for your child Here

4. Creative Space at home: Setup or engage your child with some creative activities/ do it yourself activities, you as a parent can get lots of activities on social media platforms.Follow Xplorabox Instagram Facebook page for amazing activities

5. Technology: You can use technology wisely to make sure that your child is not getting exposed to it for long duration, you must avoid video games and watching videos on mobile.Check out Xplorabox Android App for Interactive worksheets

6. Worksheets: You can find lot of worksheets online which you can download and print.

7. Art and Craft activities: You can engage your child with basis paint and colour activities. You can find lot of colouring worksheets which you can print and engage your kids for hours.

8. Puzzles: Engage your kids with Puzzles and mazes. You can make mazes and engage your child physically

9. Story Time: It will boost their Imagination, listening skills, communication skills, improves social skills and help sharpen memory

10. Parent Child Bonding: You need to spend Quality time with your child to understand their mindset, kids our going through lot of stress as they see adult being in stress. Avoid negativity around you as it will have direct impact on your child.

No one will give you magic wand, which will solve all your problems, when it comes to engaging kids at home. You can get tools like physical activities, physical kits, various Mobile Applications and Worksheets. It is up to you how you use these tools; these tools will solve most of your problem but again it is not about you, it is about your child who needs your time and attention during these difficult times. Give your child best learning solutions available so that you can avoid zero learning for your child.

How to Motivate Children to Do Household Chores?

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you have asked your child to tidy their room or cupboard or even lend you a hand with dishwashing or washing clothes? Well, yeah. That is exactly what we are talking about.

A lot can be learned from doing household chores. Doing chores helps one learn the skills they need in their adult lives, such as preparing meals, cleaning and organizing. Being involved in chores help in learning what they need to do to care for oneself, a home, and a family. It also gives an experience of relationship skills like clear communication, negotiation, cooperation, and teamwork.

When children do their chores, it stirs a feeling of responsibility within them. They might not enjoy doing the chore, they continue doing it to get the satisfaction that comes with finishing the given task. When kids help out, chores get completed sooner.

Chores should be chosen as per their age. A chore that is too easy, will be boring for them, whereas a chore that is difficult will be frustrating. You can ask them to do simple jobs like keeping back their own toys once they are done playing, or keeping their plates in the dishwasher after they have had their meal, or helping you set and clear the table.

But how can you motivate your child to get involved in chores? Here is how:

Help Till They’re Ready

Initially, when you ask your child to do a particular chore, help them with it. If you help a little by little, they will soon learn how to do that chore on their own. Once they are ready, you must allow them to do the chore on their own. This way they learn how to help others, and get the work done.

Write Chores on a Chart

Make a chore chart with tick boxes. After the completion of a task or a chore, ask your child to tick the box. Writing chores on a chart and hanging it on the fridge or a wall that your child is most likely to see repetitively, would make them get the work done as it keeps on flashing in front of their eyes.

Why Should That Chore Be Done?

If your child asks, “Why should I make my bed?”, or “Why should I put my clothes and dishes for washing?”, then you should tell them why. Tell them that a neat and clean place is a place liked by all. And no one likes to be near a place that is not clean, Dirty places attract bacteria and would make one fall sick.

Praising Positive Behaviour

Each time your child completes a task or a chore, praise them. When you appreciate one’s efforts, they are most likely to do more chores in order to be praised more often. A praise is like a recognition of the hard work your child is doing. So don’t forget to praise them!

Pocket Money

If you want, you can give them pocket money as a reward. But do not provide them with a daily based pocket money. Either keep it weekly or monthly. In case if they forget to do a certain chore of the day, or if they skip a chore, deduct a small amount and tell them why you did so. This way, they learn that not fulfilling a specific task could lead to deduction as well.

Punishment for Not Doing a Chore

You don’t actually have to punish them. If your child is skipping a chore or forgetting a task to be done, you can just simply deduct their playtime or TV time. You can also deduct their pocket money and tell them why are you doing so. They should be aware of their mistakes.

Ask for Their Preference

Sometimes you can even ask your child what chore would they prefer to do. If you keep on forcing your child to do something they don’t like, they either get frustrated, or they might just ignore you and not to do the chore at all. To avoid this situation, you should ask them about the chore or task they would like to do. A task that they prefer to do, will be done merrily. Else they might just end up wasting time, not getting the task done and could mess up as well. But that doesn’t mean that they get the privilege to skip out on a maximum number of chores.

Motivating a child to do household chores is a task in its own way. But doing chores together strengthens your bond, increases family time, decreases the load on one person, brings in a sense of responsibility, and keeps your surroundings clean. The biggest plus point is that your child will have a neat and clean, responsible as well as an organised adult life.


How to Make Your Child Study?

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

“Sit down and study”, “Have you done your homework?”, “What did you study today?”, etc. Said these kinds of familiar phrases you said to your child?

Well, one of the most important concerns of parents today is getting their child to study on time that too effectively and do their homework. Plus parents want their child to score good grades.


But how can you make your child study? Let’s check out some points below.


Increase Concentration and Focus

To make your child study, you must help them focus and concentrate. If their mind keeps on wandering, then there is no point in asking them to study. Children should learn more by playing. It’s a good idea to try to make their activities a little more fun. Allow children to play with activities that improve attention and concentration, such as an Xplorabox activity kit. Xplorabox helps to increase concentration and boost several other skills that are necessary.


Role and Responsibility

Most parents usually want the homework complete so that no complaints come in. And some parents land up doing their child’s homework. But you must understand that it’s your child’s homework, and they are responsible for completing it. Your role is to enable them to do it. Doing homework helps them learn. And if you do their homework, then you will remember what they must learn. Which is not why they get homework in the first place. They must know how to take responsibility for their own work.


Regularity and Routine

Whether your child has homework or not, they must have a fixed time every day that is ‘Study Time’. Instead of forcing your child to sit and finish studying and do all the homework at once, engage them for 30-minute to 45-minute duration and add a 15-minute break after that. Having a fixed time table for each day works really well. Whatever it may be, have a consistent time and routine. Having a schedule helps the mind to work according to the clock. In the long run, one learns how to manage time.


Praise rather than Reward

Praising is motivation. When you praise your child, they get satisfied mentally and know that they have done good and can go on to do better. They learn well and study hard. But the moment you reward your child, your child does the homework or studies for namesake in order to get the reward. This becomes a habit, and your child happens to learn little or nothing. Rewards should be kept for bigger goals. Like, if your child works hard enough to score better than what they did last time, they should be rewarded.


Power of Consequence

If your child follows their time table for one or two days, and then they stop, they should be able to understand that there will be a consequence for it. Give them a choice. Don’t just force them to do anything specific. They should learn how to make the correct choice. For example, if they do not follow their time table, the consequence of skipping it will lead to skipping TV time or playtime. This way they learn to appreciate that there is a consequence of their actions.


Encourage them to Ask Questions

If something is not clear, we ask a question. Similarly, encourage your child to ask questions when something is not clear to them. They are at a stage of curiosity, and they are keen on knowing more. Therefore, you need to answer them. If you do not know an answer to a question they asked you, ask them for some time, and get back with an answer within the time period you asked for.


Read Aloud

Make it a habit of reading to them every day, or even better if they read to you every day. They can be stories from storybooks or their textbooks. Reading aloud helps one to hear what they say. Most of the time, our minds store information received by audios. Ask your child to read to you as if you are his/her student and they are your teacher.


Patience

Your child may not be able to grasp things all at once. And that is okay. Learning takes time. Give them tips to remember things by creating jingles, making little notes, learn spellings by breaking the words, or ask them to teach you when they do their homework. When they make mistakes, correct them. If you feel that they start deviating, give them a five to ten-minute break. If they look sleepy, give them a power nap of 20 minutes. Having patience with them is the way to make things work out.


The above-mentioned points will surely get your child to have an interest in studies. But “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”! Therefore, give them some free time, playtime, a little hard work, being playful, asking questions here and there, etc. They will start enjoying and probably ask you to sit down and give you a surprise quiz.

8 Breathing Exercise For Kids To Fight Air Pollution

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

With the air pollution of Delhi causing numerous health problems to people, it has become a necessity to take precautions before you get an eye infection, lung cancer, skin disease or serious respiratory infections. While adults are taking precautions by wearing air filter masks every day, kids might need extra protection given that they are not as strong as us.

Here are some of the breathing exercises you can teach your kids to help them fight pollution on a daily basis. Just practising these exercises every day will help them from getting any respiratory infections or health issues.



KINDLY NOTE that your kids are doing these exercises in a clean environment where there is the least pollution. The exercises are preferred to be done around plants or in the balcony, nowhere near any polluting vehicles.Here are some of the ways in which you can protect your children from air pollution.

1. Bear Breathing Exercise:

Bear breathing exercise involves your kid breathing in through their nose, holding the breath for a couple of seconds and then, exhaling it from their mouth. Make sure your kids do this at least 4-5 times a day for the exercise to be effective.

2. Flower Breathing Exercise:

This breathing exercise, as the name suggests, is exactly like smelling a flower. You take a deep breath from the nose and exhale it from your mouth slowly. It can be done with or without a flower. The exercise also releases any tension or extra stress that your kid might be under.


3. Hissing Breathing Exercise:

This is exactly like Flower breathing. You inhale through the nose, taking a deep breath but while exhaling through your mouth, you make a hissing sound as a snake does. This breathing exercise helps you to slow down their inner activities. It is a wonderful exercise for kids to relax themselves not just physically but also emotionally.

4. Rabbit Breathing Exercise:

Ask your child to take 3 quick sniffs, breathing in through their nose and slowly breathing out the air through the mouth. They can pretend to be bunnies or even, Bugs Bunny for fun.

5. Balloon Breathing Exercise:

In this exercise, your kids are supposed to pretend that they are a balloon. Tell your kids that when a balloon gets filled you with hot air, it expands drastically. The same way they are supposed to think of themselves as balloons and take a deep breath to fill their lungs, chest, ribs and stomach with as much air as possible and then breathe out through the mouth.

6. Bee Breathing Exercise:

In this one, you inhale through the nose, taking a deep breath and while exhaling through your mouth, you make a “mmmm” buzzing sound as a bee does. Your kid can also cup their hands over their ears to intensify the buzzing sound they are making.

7. Tumble Dryer Breathing Exercise:

Ask your kid to point their index fingers towards each other and position them as shown below and ask them to blow as they spin their fingers around each other, making a “wishy wishy” sound like a tumble dryer.

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8. Elephant Breathing Exercise:

The exercise involves kids pretending to be an elephant. Ask them to keep their legs apart and arm in front of their nose as if it’s their “elephant trunk”. Tell them to breathe in through the nose as their arm goes up slowly and exhale through the mouth and their arm goes down.

This exercise will help your kids wake up their sluggish tyke.

These are just simple breathing exercises but can make a huge difference in your and your kid's health. To keep your child happily engaged at home and make sure they don’t get out too often, try Xplorabox. activity boxes.

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10 Best Brain Teasers That Will Make Your Kids Scratch Their Head

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

You cannot make an evening a great way to mingle with your family without asking them some really easy yet challenging brain teasers. One of the ways to bond with your children is through communication. However, more often than not parents find it very difficult to communicate with their kids or even express some feelings as their kids grow up.

Riddles and brain teasers or quiz or any card games are a fun way to spend some quality time with your family and show them how much you are willing to spend time with them or how much you value it.

Small gestures are all it takes to win someone’s heart. So we have brought you another game that you can easily play with your kids without needing any cards, board games or instrument.


Just sit in a circle in your balcony or living hall or any place comfortable, with your family and start asking them these brain teasers. Watch your kids guess the answers and talk to you more.


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10 Best Natural Home Remedies For Cough & Cold For Kids

02 May 2022
by Dhirendra

The most common infection that spreads not only in adult but even in kids is cold and cough, throat infections and blocked nose. To make sure your kid remains in good health and doesn’t have to skip on any fun, we have come up with the best and all-natural home remedies that are proven highly effective for kids having cough and cold. These are all the remedies that might seem like a small thing to do but go a long way if used often. So, let’s see what they are:




IMPORTANT: None of these remedies should be given to infants below the age of 2. They are only for kids above 2 years of age.

1. Proper Sleep:

It is no rocket science that for a sick person to recover, they need to rest. That’s why all the cough and cold medicines make us sleepy in the first place. So, make sure your kid gets enough rest to be able to recover as quickly as they can.

2. Ginger

It is an excellent home remedy for cold as it has anti-viral properties that give instant relief to your nostrils and blocked passage. Ginger juice is best consumed directly either with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon of ginger juice,

OR give it in some soup or tea or any other hot beverage. Cold beverages should be strictly avoided.

3. Honey

As mentioned in the previous point, honey is best taken with ginger juice to cure a cold and cough. Honey contains anti-microbial agents that will help your kid fight cold. You can give it to your kid with a hot cup of water or just as it is otherwise.

Honey, if consumed by an infant below the age of one, can lead to botulism and hence, it is strictly advised to not give it to kids below one.

4. Hygiene

Hygiene is one of the most important factors that can help cure any communicable diseases. So, frequent hand washing, clean environment, dust-free house, etc are advised.

5. Lemon

Lemon, with its therapeutic properties, helps in improving the immune system of your body. Therefore, you can give your child a lemon to suck on, lemon tea or anything that contains lemon to beat a cold or a cough.

6. Steam with Eucalyptus Oil

Make sure your kid takes a steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil daily to clean the air pipes. It can be a simple reminder to your kid or perhaps a new rule for everyone in the family, “Take steam before you go out”.

However, make sure that the steam is not too hot for your kid and make sure that steam is given in a container that will not fall on your kid. For the same, steam machines are available online or in the market to prevent the same mishappenings.

7. Give them soup

While it increases appetite, Research shows that chicken soup not only has anti-inflammatory properties but it also acts as a vaporizer that helps kids loosen the mucus in their nasal passages and hence, providing them instant relief.

8. Milk with Turmeric Powder

Warm milk with turmeric has also been proven to provide instant relief from a bad cough or a sore throat since turmeric has antiseptic properties that are extremely effective in treating viral infections.

9. For Running Nose

With a few drops of Saline solution, give your kid a squirt up their nostrils if they have a running nose. Here’s how you can make one at home:

  • Put one cup of water and ½ teaspoon of salt into the pot.
  • Put the lid on.
  • Boil for 15 minutes with the lid on (set a timer).
  • Set the pan aside until cooled to a room temperature.
  • Carefully pour the salt and water (normal saline) from the pan into the jar or bottle and put the lid on

10. Keep Them Hydrated

The best way to flush those bacterias and germs out is by taking in more fluids. Make sure your kid is having as much water as they can. Drinks like fresh fruit juice, vegetable juice, tea, soup, lukewarm lemonade or just water are advised.

These are just simple breathing exercises but can make a huge difference in your kid's health. To keep your child happily engaged at home and make sure they don’t get out too often or get bored at home, try Xplorabox activity boxes.

Xplorabox is a monthly subscription-based activity box for kids containing skill-enhancing offline activities and games, which help in developing motor, cognitive, and social skills in children.

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