Child’s play: From art to coding, kids in Mumbai learn with video games

Summer camps and workshops across the city are engaging children to hone their academic skills through interactive computer games
Nonetheless, the emphasis of all these workshops remains on the child’s enjoyment.(HT)
Nonetheless, the emphasis of all these workshops remains on the child’s enjoyment.(HT)
Updated on May 08, 2017 10:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPremaja Joshi, Mumbai

From the larger-than-life world of Harry Potter to analytics and programming, children will be able to learn as they play this summer. Camps and workshops across the city are helping kids hone their skills through interactive computer games.

Kids Tinker is conducting workshops all through May and June in coding, English, and maths.

Sneha Arya of Kids Tinker said, “Computer games open up worlds of imagination. Kids reach out through the internet and play together. They play games that are creative and has music, stories and art. Students can become game makers too if they can learn coding. They get to invent the stories, the heroes, the villains, and the landscapes.”

Parents think that the workshops will be an eye-opener for kids. (HT)
Parents think that the workshops will be an eye-opener for kids. (HT)

“For older children, these camps can be an eye-opener. They could figure out if they have an interest in coding, and if it could be their future. Once they see what the profession demands, they will have the ability to make informed decisions”, said Aadarsh Vasudevan of Andheri, whose 16-year-old son wants to be an animator.

OctoSmart is a module prepared by Kids Club based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which looks at intelligence as a set of modalities rather than being dominated by a single ability. It aims to expose children to art and craft, music, specially devised age-appropriate games and a diverse set of new words.

“I do not want to see my child waste time at home during holidays. They would rather learn something new” said Kalpana Kala, a Bandra resident.

The Kid’s Company hosts a number of workshops for kids around the year.

Mrs. Priti Nanavati, mother of a four-year old, swears by the workshops, “These workshops have instilled values and sportsmanship in my daughter. She has grown in leaps and bounds. Summer workshops are a great way to increase creativity, concentration and patience in young children.”

Ruchita Malhotra, partner at The Wizard’s Den, said that the company started with a way to inculcate life skills in interactive activities.

“We try to cater to the parents’ need to teach the child valuable lessons as well as ensure that children have a fun time and are engrossed,” she said.

Giggles is a summer camp in Juhu, started by college students as a social initiative. Now in their twelfth year, they organise academic activities and cater to the changing trends and new demands.

Nonetheless, the emphasis of all these workshops remains on the child’s enjoyment.

When summer is all fun and games

TOON CLUB

specialises in animation education and visual storytelling for children. They teach the history, principles and techniques of animation and introduce simple laws of Maths and Physics.

WHAT: Art of Animation and Storytelling

WHO: Children between seven and 14 years of age

WHERE: 1st Floor, Surbala, Plot No 287, SV Road, Bandra West

WHEN: 18 May – 2 June (2 batches)

COST: Rs.9750/-

CONTACT: +91 9702111102

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KIDS TINKER

uses a platform developed by MIT, through which students learn programming fundamentals and concepts by coding their own interactive games to learn strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.

WHAT: Introduction to Creative Computing

WHO: Children between seven and 14 years of age

WHERE: Ground Floor, Garden Crest Co-Op Housing Society, West Avenue Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai

WHEN: 9 May – 13 June

COST: Rs.12,000 for 16 modules

CONTACT: 7666055656 or info@kidstinker.com

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THE WIZARD’S DEN

inculcates life skills in interactive activities and teaches children life lessons through video games

WHAT: So… You Think You Know Harry Potter?

WHO: Children between eight and 11 years of age

WHERE: Bright Sparks Centre for Creative Learning 11 and 12, Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate Dr E Moses Road, Worli

WHEN: 15 May – 19 May

COST: Rs4,800/-

CONTACT: 09820346210

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WHAT: SCORE: Robotics and Coding

WHO: Children between eight and ten years of age

WHERE: Bright Sparks Centre for Creative Learning 11 and 12, Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate Dr E Moses Road, Worli

WHEN: 23 May – 27 May

COST: Rs.6000/-

CONTACT: 09820346210

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THE KIDS COMPANY

keeps children engaged by offering mind bending and stimulating puzzles, I.Q. challenging activities, mazes, crosswords and Sudoku to optimize each child’s skills related to logical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, self-management and communication.

WHAT: The Kids Company’s Summer Workshop

WHO: Children between four and seven years of age

WHERE: The Kids Company, Juhu

WHEN: June

COST: Provided on request

CONTACT: Dhara Mehta – 9819119835

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B’BRAINIAC

tries to impart brain training techniques to children to hone their cognitive skills.

WHAT: Brain Hacking Workshop

WHO: Children between seven and 13 years of age

WHERE: Colaba, Bandra, Andheri, Kandivali

WHEN: Classes start from 15 May

COST: Rs.4999/-

CONTACT: 9820473663

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NCPA

WHAT: Fun with Science

WHO: Children between four and 14 years of age

WHERE: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, West Room 1 Tata Theatre – Sea View Room, NCPA

WHEN: 17 May - 21 May and 24 May - 28 May

COST: Price on request

CONTACT: 022 66223830

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