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Summer can be sweet at home too!

delhi Updated: May 14, 2013 01:41 IST
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Staying home could be fun this summer. There is a whole of entertainment and educational activities that you can indulge in both online and off it. While you can play interactive educational games, learn art forms, find and pursue new hobbies online, off the net you can play playing a wide range of interesting and competitive boards games, watch movies and read books.

Learning is fun in the virtual world
This summer vacation you can explore the net for lot of fun-filled and productive activities. Apart from updating yourself about skills in art and craft, you can make science toys or start a web mag.

There are a few kids-only search engines — KidRex, Dibdabdoo, Quintura Kids — that offer safer and easier access to information mostly required by children. If you are inquisitive about science and nature, www.funology.com offers a range of activities that can unfold mysteries in chemistry, physics and history in a fun way. If you are under seven years of age, you can try Cookie, which offers a wide variety of online educational games and activities for kids.

Getting bored? Turn to the boards
Boards games are fun because you can invite your friends over and run a competition. There is a wide range of interesting and acclaimed board games available in India such as Scotland Yard — a board game in which a team of players, as police, cooperate to track down a player controlling a criminal around a board representing the streets of London.

In Settlers of Catan, players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads; or for those who like simpler ones there is the Game Of Life, where you have to make choices in life. These games foster a sense of team spirit, competitiveness, analytical abilities and decision-making.

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Watch a movie

All that you need to do to turn your house into your own private theatre is buy, borrow or rent a projector for Rs 600 for a night and hook it on any wall of your house.

You can watch as many movies as you like by enrolling in one of the online movie libraries such as www.moviemart.com and indianmovieclub.com. So, pick up some popcorn and enjoy the show.

Start a band
You can start a band with your friends if you can sing or any musical instrument.

You can also do a lot online. In fact, these website are like cloud-based studios, where you get all sorts of technical assistance to create a musical track.

You can sing a song and get a musical playback for that, or you can remix an original song, etc. You may log on to www.classicsfor kids.com or www.ujam.com.

Befriend books
If reading is your poison, you have enough time on your hands to finish the wish list you have been keeping for a long time now.

With almost everything available online you many not have to step out of your house at all. There are several online libraries and websites that delivers the book you need to your doorstep.

You may log on to www.friendsofbooks.com, www.bookmeabook.com, www.thelibrary.in, www.booksnbuddies.com or www.library4kids.com — an exclusive online children’s library.

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Go gardening

With every plant, you sow memories. If your house has a garden, then a little toil can be a lot of fun. Gardening teaches one the science of growing up and imparts human values to young kids — it helps you learn to take care of others’ needs.

There are studies that show that gardening teaches children to maintain their calm and composure. You can sow and take care of some simple yet useful plants—tomato, lemon, tangerine, etc, and create a kitchen garden.

Dish out a delicacy
You can learn to whip up a fast yet sumptuous meal online. You can learn a lot of recipes that are simple, safe and fun. If you are entering the kitchen for the first time, you can learn a few important kitchen rules on websites such as www.spatulatta.com and www.heykidsletscook.com.

The websites have information on clothes to wear inside the kitchen, easy measurements, ingredients required, recipes, etc.