Nowadays it is impossible to keep children away from technology. My advice is, embrace them and correctly use them. There are a lot of free kids computer learning games out there, also tones of fun video games for the family to play together. I’m sure this will make your stay home period more fun and enjoyable!
Paint 3D – Free Art Software on PC or Hub
Paint 3D is a free Microsoft software which can be downloaded for using at PC or hub. You can edit your photos or create your own 2D or 3D paintings.
My kids love playing with Paint 3D, it is user-friendly and fun! You can choose different brushes and pens, with many colours and finishing like matte or gloss. There are also different lines and curves, 2D shapes and 3D objects for kids to work on. They can also add stickers, text and special effects on their creations. There is also a 3D library with a lot of 3D collections for us to draw on.
One fun feature is “Mixed Reality”, it allows camera access and makes your painting view in live! Another feature is “Magic Select”, Paint 3D will fill in the background of your selected object.
Although it is a simple drawing application, it occupies my kids’ time and they enjoy it. It even works better on hub with a smart pen which would be much easier for young children.
Google – Animal View in 3D
Although this is not a new feature, this is a fun one! Simply type an animal name at google.com, then click view in 3D. It brings up your camera and few seconds later you will see a live animal in front of you!
Below is the Google animals AR list:
- Emperor penguin
- Angler fish
- Brown bear
- Shetland pony
You can take a photo with the animal live with kids and they will find it very exciting. You can take the “animals” to the park and exercise with them, of course throughout the camera!
Nintendo Switch Games for the Family
Nintendo Switch is the best video game system for the family. There are many Nintendo Switch games which are good for family cooperation and interaction. For sure I will not allow my kids to spend whole day on video games, this can be done by agreed time limit before starting the game.
Below are three games which I think is good for family:
Super Mario Party is a typical party game for family and friends. There are several modes which include one Monopoly like game for 2-on-2. This is best for family team competition. Another game is to manage a boat together and play mini games, this is good for family cooperation.
Moving Out is another cooperation game which will be released on 28th April 2020. A free demo is available at Nintendo eshop. Players have to perform different moving home tasks. Layout and tasks are fun, some items are required to be moved by two players which need cooperation.
Just Dance is a dancing game which can accommodate 4 players. Your family can dance together in one song with different characters and some various pose. You can also have dance competition with friends online. The most important is, it gives you chance to move like work out!
Letterland Stories App – Learning Phonics
Letterland offers 10 Letterland Stories App for download to mobiles and tablets. This App is suitable for kindergarten children or beginners of phonics learning. It consists of some stories, fun activities and songs.
For my younger daughter at 6, she still finds it interesting for playing the activities and listening to the songs. Each App features one or three alphabets. It was once free to download!
Computer & Video Games – Angel or Devil?
Computer & video games are something that you cannot avoid in this technological century. They are not bad things if you use them properly. Before playing computer games, I will agree a time limit with my kids. They must stop after the agreed time and this must not be compromised. Otherwise, it is very difficult to control as video games are always tempting to children. If you have good control, this is a powerful learning tool and occupies free time.
If you find some other great online family games, please do share with me!