Top 8 Amusing Indoor Party Games For Kids

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

It is a hectic job being a parent and you realize it when you have a bunch of kids in a room who are super active and need something to keep them entertained. Don’t worry we’ve got your back. Here is a list of fun engaging games that you can organize for your kid’s party.

Be it a birthday party, a get together for your little ones or guests coming over with families, these easy to organize party games will keep them occupied throughout. You can even organize more than one game with just a little planning.

The most important thing is to have a reward for games that take some time so that the kids are motivated to play and win. After all, who doesn’t like rewards like chocolates?



1. Bubble Wrap Race

Spread a large bubble wrap sheet on the floor. The game is to cross the bubble wrap without making any noise. Whosoever doesn’t pop any bubble and reaches the end wins the race.

2. Treasure Hunt

A classic that never gets boring for kids of any age and even adults. The kids find the treasure using the hidden hints at different places. The hints can be riddles, fill in the blanks or picture hints.

3. Sleeping Lions

If the crowd is getting out of your hands, this is the game for you. All the kids have to lie on the floor motionless while the adults in the room crack jokes and try to make them move without touching. Any kid who laughs, wiggles or moves a bit gets out and the winner is the one who remains motionless for the longest time. Don’t forget to reward the winner with something big.

4. Pin The Tail on the Donkey:

Really easy to make and fun to play, the game is to simply pin the tail on the donkey while you’re blindfolded. It’s fun for others as well as they watch the player pin the tail to funny places.

5. Musical Chairs

Another classic game that is always amusing to play. All you need are a couple of chairs, some music, and super excited kids. The game is when the music is being played, everyone circles around the chairs that are kept in a line of a circle. When the music stops, everyone has to grab the nearest chair and whosoever doesn’t, gets out. Take out one chair after every turn and in the end, the competition is between 2 kids. That’s usually the moment everyone waits for.

6. Musical Statues:

Another fun game to play when the party is getting boring and you need a bit of music but don’t want the crowd to go crazy. Play the kid’s favourite song and let them dance on the tunes. Stop the music suddenly and everyone will go freeze. Anyone who moves first loses the game and is out. Again, don’t forget to reward the winner!

7. How low can you go?

This is another game that every kid in the party can give a try and never stop until they actually win it. The object of the game is to pass under the stick by bending backwards without touching the stick or falling, while two people hold it still. With each round, the stick keeps getting lower and lower. Whosoever goes the lowest without falling or touching the stick wins the game. There can be more than one winner. The game goes on until the stick is too low for anyone to pass underneath.

8. Photo Booth

A Photobooth is not only easy and fun to organize but also ends up giving you a thousand memories in pictures for everyone at the party. Hang a shiny/glittering sheet or just a plain background or couple of pictureless frames, keep some retro/trendy props and then all you need is a camera. Let the kids and the adults enjoy posing with their favourite props.

If you’re confused about what reward you should give to the winners, we have a solution for that as well. Try Educational Activity Box like Xplorabox that comes with multiple activities and worksheets to help enhance your kid’s developmental and social skills while they have fun.

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Top 10 Story Books That Teach Kids Under 5 About Kindness

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Like any other parent, you too would want your child to have all the moral values that you have and learn the things that you learnt as a child from being honest and kind and responsible. After all, we all want to keep our children away from getting in any trouble or taking up any bad habits.

Unlike adults who decide if they should or shouldn’t do something or who know how their actions affect the world around them, kids lack this understanding. They don’t know what they should do or how their actions can affect the people around them. They only know what others tell them. What YOU tell them. While it is not easy to teach them alphabets or different animals and trees, it’s even more difficult to teach them certain values.



Books are the greatest teacher. After parents, of course! And we understand how teaching values like honesty and kindness are difficult for parents. That’s why we have gathered a list of interesting storybooks that teach your little ones about kindness

1. Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester

Every bird makes fun of Tacky because he’s different from them. He’s a bit odd but when a hunter comes one day, Tacky saves the day.

Moral of the story:You shouldn’t be mean to someone just because they are a bit different or odd. Being different has its own perks.

Age Range:4 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

No. of pages:32 pages

2. Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

This book works as a reminder for people that there are good people in the world and encourages children to spread kindness and love whenever they can. This can be read by a child if they have had a bad day and need to lighten up a bit.

Age Range:3 and up

Grade Level:Preschool and up

No. of pages:32 pages

3. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

The story is about Amos who takes care of his animals at the zoo every day. One day he falls sick and the animals decide to return the favour.

Moral of the story:It teaches the kids to be selfless and that if you are kind to others, they will be kind to you too.

Age Range: 2 - 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 1

No. of pages:32 pages

4. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

The book is about Mary who is ordinary in every way but even as an ordinary person, she does something out of kindness that starts a chain accepting people all over the world.

Moral of the story:Even the most ordinary people can do extraordinary things just by spreading kindness in the world.

Age Range:4 - 12 years

Grade Level:2 - 6

No. of pages:32 pages

5. How Kind! By Mary Murphy

This adorable book about how kindness is contagious is straightforward and simple in conveying its message. Kindness works like a domino effect in the book and results in making the day of all the animals when Hen decides to give a gift to Pig and Pig decides to do something kind for someone else.

Age Range: 2 - 5 years

No. of pages:24 pages

6. K is for Kindness by Jodie Shepherd

Elmo does good deeds around the neighbourhood to earn his Monster Scout “K is for Kindness” Badge and ultimately learns what it means to be kind and why it is important.

Age Range:3 - 7 years

No. of pages:32 pages

7. You Go First by Mercer Mayer

The book is about Little Critter who learns to put others before himself and be considerate in not only his actions but also, his words.

Age Range:3 - 7

Grade Level: Preschool - 2

No. of pages:24 pages

8. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoëet

Vanessa is being bullied by a student and on her way to her home, is noticed crying by a classmate. The story begins when the classmate sees her and decides to have a confrontation.

Moral of the story:This wordless picture book teaches the child about kindness, caring, giving support and stepping up against bullying.

Age Range: 4 - 8

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

No. of pages:40 pages

9. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

A grandmother teaches her grandson to look at the bright side of life, instead of being pessimistic.

Moral of the story:This books covers messages of kindness, optimism and being kind to the less fortunate.

Age Range:3 - 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten

No. of pages:32 pages

10. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

“Have you filled a bucket today?” is an award-winning book that teaches children how being kind every day is essential. ‘Bucket’ in the title of the book is a metaphor for a person’s kindness. The author teaches kids that while being kind to someone fills the bucket, being the opposite empties it.

Moral of the story:Being kind to others and helping them when they are in need, brings happiness to others and yourself too.

Age Range:4 - 9 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 4

No. of pages:32 pages

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20 Return Gifts Below Rs 99/-

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

There is nothing more difficult than throwing your kid a birthday party. You as parents have to plan everything from invitations to the cake flavour to the kind of decoration that your kid would love while keeping in mind the budget of these things at the same time. Another headache is deciding the return gift of the party since that's what is the trendsetter of an awesome birthday party. You have to make sure you have return gifts that all the kids would love to have.

So to solve one of the headaches for you, we have a list of 20 return gift ideas under Rs 99/- that you can give at your kid's birthday party to make sure your kid’s birthday party is a memorable one.



1. Water ring game

2. Rubik’s Cube

3. Tic Tac Toe Game

4. Colouring Books

5. Exam Pads/Boards

This is something all kids fight for during exams. Give them their own exam pads.

6. Crayons, Sketch pens or Watercolours

7. Pop up story books

8. Stickers

9. Skipping Ropes

10. LED Bands

LED Bands are available online for Rs 49.

11. Comic Books

12. Toy binoculars

13. Tiny globes

14. Foldable water bottles

15. Toy cars

16. Glow in the dark stickers

17. Snow globes

18. Kids plates

19. Flute

20. Book shaped erasers

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Top 10 Story Books That Teach 5-8 Year Olds About Kindness

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Like any other parent, you too would want your child to have all the moral values that you have and learn the things that you learnt as a child, from being honest and kind and responsible. We all want to keep our child away from getting in any trouble or taking up any bad habits.

Unlike adults who decide if they should or shouldn’t do something or who know how their actions can bring a change in the world, kids lack that understanding level. They don’t know what they should do or how their actions can affect the people around them. They only know what others tell them, what you tell them. While it is not easy to teach them alphabets or different animals and trees, it’s even more difficult to teach them certain values.

Books are the greatest teacher, of course after parents! It is because we understand how teaching values like honesty and kindness are difficult for parents that we have gathered a list of interesting storybooks that teach your 5 to 8-year-olds about kindness.



1. We All Sing With the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

“We All Sing With The Same Voice” is a songbook that encourages people with differences to come together and live in harmony. The song connects kids all around the world and repeats the lines "We all sing with the same voice. The same song. The same voice. We all sing with the same voice and we sing in harmony."

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

No. of pages: 40 pages

2. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

The book covers a story about the friendship between Maya, a new girl in school and Chloe who didn’t want to befriend her and realizes later the value of kindness.

Moral of the story:You learn that even your smallest of kind gestures help someone a lot.

Age Range:5 - 8 years

Grade Level:Kindergarten - 3

No. of pages:32 pages

3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy is a simple yet heartfelt story of a young boy named Brian = who gets excluded for no apparent reason but ultimately finds a way to cope up and gain acceptance.

Moral of the story:The books through the story of Brian teaches kids that there are all kinds of people in the world, quiet, talkative, friendly, shy, etc but we should celebrate those differences rather than using them to exclude someone from the society. It teaches kids the importance of kindness, caring and friendliness.

Age Range:6 - 9 years

No. of pages:40 pages

4. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

“Have you filled a bucket today?” is an award-winning book that teaches children how being kind every day is essential. ‘Bucket’ in the title of the book is a metaphor for a person’s kindness. The author teaches kids that while being kind to someone fills the bucket, being the opposite empties it.

Moral of the story:Being kind to others and helping them when they are in need, brings happiness to others and yourself too.

Age Range:4 - 9 years

Grade Level:Preschool - 4

No. of pages:32 pages

5. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

The story is about a young boy who buys a pair of shoes one day in a thrift shop because his family cannot afford new ones. He had been dreaming about getting a pair for a really long time but the ones he got are a bit tight. There’s another kid in his class who cannot afford new shoes and his feet would fit in his new shoes. Out of kindness, the young boy gives his new shoes away to the kid in need of them.

Moral of the story:The story highlights the importance of giving things up in life and making decisions that might not favour you but will help someone in need. In the story, when the young boy decides to give away he shoes, he feels way happier for helping the other kid.

Age Range: 5 - 8 years

No. of pages: 40 pages

6. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoëet

Vanessa is being bullied by a student and on her way to her home, is noticed crying by a classmate. The story begins when the classmate sees her and decides to have a confrontation.

Moral of the story:This wordless picture book teaches the child about kindness, caring, giving support and stepping up against bullying.

Age Range: 4 - 8

Grade Level:Preschool - 3

No. of pages: 40 pages

7. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

The book is about Mary who is ordinary in every way but even as an ordinary person, she does something out of kindness that starts a chain accepting people all over the world.

Moral of the story: Even the most ordinary people can do extraordinary things by only spreading kindness in the world.

Age Range: 4 - 12 years

Grade Level:2 - 6

No. of pages:32 pages

8. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

The book revolves around a boy named Nikolai who wants to do good deeds in life but has three doubts in his mind, “When is the best time to do things?”, “Who is the most important one?”, “What is the right thing to do?” He eventually learns that the right time is now, the important one is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is good.

Age Range: 4 -8 years

No. of pages:36 pages

9. The Smartest Giant in town– Julia Donaldson

A simple yet touching story about a giant who willingly gave up everything that he had to help others until he had nothing left to give and how everyone he helped rallies around him as a way of thanking him for all that he did for them.

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

No. of pages:32 pages

10. Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester

Every bird makes fun of Tacky because he’s different from them. He’s a bit odd but when a hunter comes one day, Tacky saves the day.

Moral of the story: You shouldn’t be mean to someone just because they are a bit different or odd. Being different has its own perks.

Age Range: 4 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

No. of pages:32 pages

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20 Activities To Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills At Home

09 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra
Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are responsible for your smaller movements using hands, fingers, feet and toes. Some of the examples of fine motor skills include picking up things using fingers (like a pencil), doing puzzles, using tools or instruments, eating, brushing teeth, tying shoelaces, etc.


Improving your child's fine motor skills improves their hand coordination (and hand-eye coordination) and they learn to have a better grip, better handwriting because of better letter formation, match the dots in their cursive handwriting books and be able to do smaller but equally significant tasks with much more ease.

So, how to Improve your child's Fine Motor Skills? The best thing about improving your child's Fine Motor Skills is that you can do this absolutely any time. Remember the main task is also to get your kid to use both their hands to do tasks. Some of the activities that your child can do at home to improve their fine motor skills or the use of hands in simple language:

1. Clapping hands

You can play songs, videos or cartoons to encourage your kid to clap hands. Example: "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands" video.

2. Give them a sponge:

Squeezing a wet sponge will encourage muscle movements, cognitive skills and improve your kid's concentration. You can give them sponge to play with water or paint using a sponge or any other fun activity.

3. Help him build a tower:

Give your kids some towels or pillow to help him build a tower to improve his fine motor skills.

4. Puzzles:

Give your kid puzzles of four or more pieces to improve his hand and eye coordination.

5. Hide things in the sand:

Digging and gardening activities will allow your child to improve their cognitive skills and muscle movements by improving their grip.

6. Colouring Activity

Allow your child to have fun with crayons and nontoxic and washable sketch pens for colouring activities.

7. Chalk and board:

Other than thick crayons, you can also give colourful chalks to let your kid be more creative with the blackboard. They can make different shapes, alphabets, fruits, etc.

8. Fill the shapes:

Another fun activity to improve their fine motor skills is to give them "fill the correct shape in the right blanks" activity.

9. Paste things onto paper activity for kids. 10. Copying circles, crosses and triangles on paper.
11. Cutting out shapes:

Let your kid cut different shapes using safety scissors for kids. This activity will not only improve their fine motor skills but also their academic skills and keep them occupied for a long time.

12. Give them Legos

Building activities such as Legos will encourage them to have fun while learning how to do tasks with their hands.

13. Give them musical instruments like keyboard
14. Lacing, weaving and sewing activities:

This is the age for simple lacing, weaving and sewing activities to encourage their overall development.

15. Fun with finger painting:

Give your kids non-toxic paints for interactive painting activities, thumb painting, colouring activities, etc to strengthen your child’s manual dexterity.

16. Water-based games and simple activities

Give your child a cup filled with water, an extra empty cup and an eye dropper or maybe a syringe and let them be. Using small tools like a syringe and eye dropper will improve their fine motor skills, handwriting and help them to use their hands better.

For fun, you can also add different food colours to give them a variety.

17. Playing with buttons or gems. 18. Stickers activities:

Copy and paste stickers, match stickers and many more sticker activities are a brilliant way to improve your child's hand-eye coordination.

19. Beading games

Beading games with colourful marbles to let your child use their small fingers for a bit more complex tasks.

20. Balancing activities

Balancing activities will teach them better hand-eye coordination and improve their logical skills.

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What type of parent are you? Find out.

09 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

One of the most difficult jobs in the world is not the one anyone has a degree in but something we all have to do i.e. Parenting. Nobody teaches you how to be a good parent, what things you are supposed to do and what things you aren't, how to make difficult decisions when it comes to your child and how to not seem too controlling like our own parents used to.

Most of the people have this fear that they might end up being an over-protective parent that will drive their kids away from them.


When we don't know something, the first thing we do now is- look it up on Google. Well, if you're a parent or going to be one, one of the crucial steps is to decide- which parenting style are you following and how does it affect your child?

There are 4 parenting styles, to begin with,

  • Authoritarian
  • Uninvolved
  • Permissive
  • Authoritative

1. Authoritarian Parents are more controlling and aggressive in implementing rules in their child's life than the other types. This parenting style doesn't give any flexibility to the child. Authoritarian parent believes in strict punishment, that a child should learn a lesson from his/her mistakes and there is not much communication between the child and the parent.

Authoritarian Parent always makes sure that they appear as the in-charge in front of their kids so that they kids would fear them, listen to them and treat them with utmost respect them.

2. Uninvolved Parenting style: As the name suggests, uninvolved parents are those who not communicate with their child and prefer to stay out of their life completely. There is no communication between the parent and the child, and the parent is always either absent from their child's life or is uninterested in it.

They are neglectful to not only the emotional and physical needs of their child but also their safety and care. They try to find excuses to stay away from their child and the child is left on its own.

3. Permissive parenting style provides maximum comfort to their child and is more inclined towards being their child's best friend than a parent. In this parenting style, it is very difficult to teach the child about rules, regulations and the consequences of their actions, and the child often turns out to be dependent on their parents, extremely pampered and sensitive.Permissive parents prefer bribing their child rather than using some authority to teach them or get some work done that the child should know how to do on their own. This parenting style gives very less space for the child to grow on their own and becomes independent because of the leniency provided by their parents at home.

4. Authoritative Parenting style is considered to be the best parenting style because of the flexibility and the independence it gives to the child. While an Authoritarian parent would not be lenient and open with their child, an Authoritative parent is strict but understanding, cooperative and gives flexibility to the child.

This parenting style is more inclined towards making the child more responsible from an early age itself as an Authoritative parent does make sure their child learns from their mistakes but not in a way that they are forced to do something or get strict punishment for.

Authoritative parents have clear standards, are responsive and while they are assertive, they adopt a democratic way of doing things. So, the parent and the child can respect each other and the child also listens to their parent out of respect, not fear.

While it is important to be your child's best friend, have a good relationship and a warmth between the two, it is also important to make sure your child is able to learn, grow and become wise with age. Being too strict or too lenient will result in shaping the habits and life of the child, for which no one but the parents can be held responsible for.

In the next article, we'll share how different styles of parenting mould the life and personality of the child.

An average Kid today Spends 32 Hours in front of the screen: A common Habit or Something More?

09 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

With the advancement of technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to do the task of “parenting” right. While the doctors struggle to estimate the time that growing children should be allowed to spend in front of a TV, Mobile or laptop screen, parents are facing difficulty in limiting the role that technology plays in their kid’s life.

With kids under the age of 10 (some as young as 2) spending hours in front of the TV, using mobile devices for 4-5 hours a day or getting addicted to video games, parents are forced to deal with the way their kids react when they try to limit the role of technology in their lives.


According to a recent study, Indian children spend a minimum of 32 hours per week in front of a digital screen. The issue is not only related to the physical and mental development that is being hampered but also the behaviour of these kids on being deprived of these digital devices.

Some parents complain that when they take away their kid’s mobile phones or iPod, their kids show extreme anger and rude behaviour; while some kids under the age of 8 use verbal abuses, others start to express violence and start throwing things.

According to series of recent studies conducted by California State University, video games are as addictive as drugs and alcohol.

While parents are doing their best to protect their kids from adult content or learning behaviour that they see on digital screens like YouTube, website advertisements, pop-ups etc, it becomes almost impossible for them to prevent their kids from catching up unsophisticated phrases and behaviour from TV, songs, Hindi dubbed cartoons like Shin Chan, Doraemon and others that are not constructive in any way.

According to a WEF report, today’s kids are becoming prone to online threats and getting cyber-bullied.

Cheryl Martin, MD Head of Industries and Member of the Managing Board at the WEF said, “Today’s youth make up an important part of our informed society, they will be tomorrow’s voters and our future leaders. Ensuring they are better equipped to face the challenges of hyper-connected life, earlier on, should be a societal priority,”.

In order to prevent your kids from these addictions and the danger that can hamper their growth and development, social skills and other developmental skills, it is important to provide them with a better substitute for mobile and other electronic gadgets.

Activity-based learning, such as Xplorabox, has proven to be one of the ideal alternatives that have verifiably demonstrated an enhancement in developmental skills, General knowledge and IQ of children.

Educational activity boxes like Xplorabox that come with engaging puzzles, interesting activity building games, fun and challenging tasks, and educational worksheets for kids under the age of 8 are the best to not only limit the use of technology in your kid’s life but also, to help them give a head start in their developmental curve; to develop a smarter and quicker brain than other kids by enhancing their skills, behaviour and relationship with their parents.

Since it is a (quarterly, half-yearly and annual) subscription box, it also adds a surprise element for the kids and the parents that eagerly wait for the next theme based Xplorabox to arrive at their doorsteps. Having so many activities, games and puzzles every month give your kid enough time to play every activity and try out every puzzle.

Additionally, our downloadable educational worksheets allow them to practice, learn and play for hours on paper. It helps them exercise their brain and improve their handwriting, movements and thinking ability.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get your Xplorabox educational activity box subscription now and safeguard your kids from the dangers that come with the digital lifestyle.