Using technology is a great way not only to develop your child’s thinking and motor skill; it’s also a super way to stimulate his or her imagination. There are lots of creative ways you can use technology to have fun, from having a tech treasure hunt to coloring pictures. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt? Technology makes them even more exciting, wherever you are, with geocaching. You might say it’s one big global treasure hunt. All you have to do is register online for a free membership, type in your address and how far from your location you want to explore, and you will be given access to geocache coordinates. Type them into the GPS on your mobile device and it’s time for happy hunting. Once you find the cache, use the logbook then return it to its location. You can share your experiences with other geocachers online.
If you’re looking for an activity that’s less strenuous and more relaxing, try this app. This is a great family activity to help everyone unwind before bedtime. It will lower your blood pressure and heart rate, relax your breathing and help your mind focus, not to mention the fact that it’s also a fun way to pass some time.
How Stuff Works
If you can get your hands on some old or broken technology, why not take it apart and see how it works. You can get old tech from thrift stores and recycling plants and spend hours of fun hacking into them with screwdrivers and checking out their inner workings. You never know, you might even be able to fix something.
Make the Next Blockbuster Movie
Smartphones and tablets all have video cameras on them, which give you and your family the opportunity to make your own mini-movie together. You can go all out and create sets and costumes and make a big production of it. It will be great fun and you’ve made a wonderful memory.
Take a Virtual Tour
This is a great way to travel without even leaving your own home. The Internet abounds with websites and apps that provide virtual tours. You can get to see a local neighborhood from a different point of view, explore the pyramids in Egypt, drift over the Sahara in a hot air balloon, or go scuba diving at the coral reefs. There are also museums, churches and palaces to tour. You could be in one country in the morning and on the other side of the world by afternoon.
Play and Learn
If you have younger kids, you can enjoy playing and learning with PBS Kids there you’ll find a myriad of fun educational and gaming apps that you can play along with your kids with.
Let technology be part of your family fun so that you can still enjoy apps and gadgets while interacting with all the family.