2 to 4 years old
Prepare a bucket full of bubble solution, get simple bubble making objects ready from what you have at home (milk strainers, tennis rackets, etc) and watch your toddler chase the bubbles in the sunshine. A small tip here-a few drops of glycerin in the solution makes the difference between tiny, regular bubbles and humungous, colorful ones.
Act the pact
Invite your child's friends over for a playdate and set them all on a fun mission. Take them to your neighborhood park and engage them in group activities and mini contests, such as running till the tree, touching their feet, taking two circles around the benches, taking a bow...you get the gist? Children who accomplish the mission remain in the game for next round. See that you assign tasks that keep them interested, while increasing the difficulty level at each round as it is a great way to inculcate a sense of healthy competition.
Kids of this age love to get their hands dirty, and there is merit in doing so. According to experts, children who connect with nature have a healthier sense of self and also tend to be calmer. So, let them enjoy activities they can get dirty with, like going for a stroll soon after it has rained, or jumping in muddy puddles (peppa pig style), building a small den in your garden or backyard. If you are lucky to be living near the beach, watch her build sandcastles and her imagination, all at the same time!
5 to 7 years old
Jump Rope Challenge
A game for two to four children, you can engage your squabbling pair in this one and take a rest. Give each kid a plastic mug filled with water, and get two of the children to spin a large jump rope. One at a time, each child enters the rope and jumps four times, all the while spilling as little water as possible. The child with maximum water left in her cup at the end of the game is the winner. You'll have a cleaning job later, but you'll also have some seriously tired kids who'll quietly go to bed!
Give me the number
Again, a game to enjoy with a group of friends, this one is going to brush up their math skills and their hand-eye co-ordination, all at one go. Give one child in the group a ball to throw up in the air while calling out a number between 0 and 500. The player to catch the ball earn points equal to the number called out, but if she drops the ball, she loses those points. The first player to accumulate 500 points becomes the next thrower.
Ready to Research
Children at this age are naturally curious about things around them, use this to your advantage, and take them on interesting research expeditions outdoors. You can go on a nature trail with your young one or even a walk in your building compound, and ask your child to observe things around her. Take a bag to collect natural treasures and a notebook to draw in or assess the similarities she sees and the differences, for examples, the number of cars with the same colour, or the number of children wearing sports shoes at the park.
8 to 10 years old
Plan a treasure hunt with each clue leading to the next. Ensure you spend enough thought in making the hunt a challenging one and keep a reward for the winning team to make the hunt exciting. Yes, we know you will have to work hard for this one, but just think about the rest time you will get while the children get blazing on their treasure hunt trail, and you can simply sit and soak in the sun!
This is an apt age for kids to build stamina. Take them for mini treks, long walks, or even better, plan a weekend getaway to nearby trekking and hiking zones just outside the city. You can be sure of the fact that your child will have a great time outdoors and won't miss the virtual world one bit.