THE CRE­ATIVE OUT­DOORS

Thoughts of spring bring in­stant smiles to ev­ery ones face. With flow­ers blooming and birds chirp­ing, it is na­ture’s way of say­ing ‘rise and shine’ ev­ery­body! What bet­ter than to use this lively sea­son to in­dulge in some cre­ative spring-time DIYs with you

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY AARTI PATHAK

A spring-in­spired DIY board game for some fam­ily fun

WHEN it comes to spend­ing some qual­ity time with my boys, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than ex­er­cis­ing our cre­ativ­ity and get­ting our hands dirty. With the newly ac­quired spring in our step that comes with the sea­son, I thought it best we take in­spi­ra­tion from the up­lift­ing el­e­ments of spring with this sim­ple board game—Travel Bugs. Be­sides, there’s some­thing quite al­lur­ing about the fresh air and that in­spired the idea be­hind the board game. The goal was sim­ple. We had to make the bugs me­an­der across the board, on the as­signed path and make them reach the flow­ers on the op­po­site side… all this with the help of mag­nets!

I found that this ac­tiv­ity ex­er­cises a child’s hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion. As the chil­dren set their gaze on the top mag­net, the bot­tom mag­net is moved by hand to make sure the top one does not lose course. While en­gag­ing their cre­ative side, the game can also teach pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance, as it’s easy to lose con­trol of the mag­net if your con­cen­tra­tion wa­vers.

Watch­ing the chil­dren dis­cover how physics in­flu­ences ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, and watch­ing them play with mag­nets, was in­deed an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Don’t be­lieve me? Try it for your­self! Be­sides, even if the game isn’t a suc­cess, cre­at­ing happy mem­o­ries of beau­ti­ful morn­ings, sur­rounded by the laugh­ter of your chil­dren play­ing out­side, def­i­nitely makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence worth­while.

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