How to keep kids occupied at home


Posted at Apr 29 2020 11:01 AM

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With the current situation of the country, children are now highly encouraged to continue their studies at home where it is safer and more convenient. At this time, parents and guardians are encouraged to give their children enjoyable educational activities and the best possible learning ambiance.

Thus, whether they are looking for content to support their child's home-based learning or trying to juggle work and play, parents can turn to printable arts and crafts materials to create fun and engaging experiences that will also allow them to bond with their kids. 

With the new curated Print, Play & Learn option from HP, they can choose from a range of activities—from craft-making, mazes, dot-to-dot drawing, and many other puzzles—that are suited for children aged 2 to 12. These are all made to help them achieve their best possible learning outcomes. 

The idea of this project came from HP's New Asian Learning Experience Study that identified millennial parents' attitudes towards learning and how their personality impacts the way their children learn. Results showed that while print and digital each have their own strengths, a combination of both is most beneficial in helping children stay focused and engaged while they learn.

Parents in the Philippines said that printed materials were better used for activities related to art (61%), math (60%), and memorization (50%), whereas electronic materials better facilitated learning music or auditory skills (60%). 

HP Print, Play & Learn was created from a need to help parents bridge the gap between education in school and learning at home by supplementing their child's learning while making playtime at home more engaging. 

They can refer to these study findings to understand how to use various formats to facilitate positive learning outcomes for their kids without taking the joy out of learning:

For 2 to 4 years old
Animal Fun - Learn through play with cute animal buddies
1.    Find the Bunny's Way

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Help! The little bunny is trapped! Tag team with your little one to save the poor rabbit and help him find his way through the maze—start from where the red arrow is pointing and exit through the green arrow.
Pro tip: After drawing the correct path, color the different pathways to make it into a funky piece of artwork.

Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 10 Minutes

2.    Connect to see the Cow

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The little cow cannot find his spots. Can you help him? Get your child to finish the drawing while following the numbers with the dots. Complete the picture by getting them to color the cow. 

Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes
3.    Build a Bird

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What is that you spot with your little eye, flying in the sky? Try out some craft fun with your little one by getting them to make their own bird in three simple steps. 

Pro tip: Create more animals with the other papercraft activities to build your animal farm.

Level: Medium
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

For 4 to 8 years old
Fruit Fun - Learn through play with these fruity challenges

1.    Solve the Pear Puzzle

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It is sweet, yellow, and crunchy in every bite. Can you guess what I see? I see a pear! Challenge your child to piece together the fruit with this puzzle.

Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes

2.    Put the Fruits Correctly

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Are you a professional packer? Sort the fruits into the right boxes. Work with your child to put the fruits in the right boxes through the maze. 
Pro tip: End the activity by coloring the different pathways to create a new artwork. This is applicable for 8 to 12 years old as well. 

Level: Medium
Estimated Time: 20 Minutes

3.    Connect to see the Crab

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Oh no! The poor crab is missing its pincers! Connect all the dots to draw all its missing parts. As an added activity, have your child color the crab to create a special artwork that you can put on your fridge.
Pro tip: Join your child in a race to see who completes the activity first. 

Level: Difficult 
Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

For 8 to 12 years old
Cultural Fun - Learn through play with different cultures

1.    Find the Elephant

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It is a massive animal with a long trunk. Some of them grow very large tusks made with ivory. Can you guess what animal I see? It is an elephant! Find the elephant with this puzzle. 

Level: Difficult 
Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

2.    Creating a Seventh Wonder of the World

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Have you always wanted to explore the world and visit the seven wonders of the world? Take craft-making to another level by having your kid build their very own miniature Taj Mahal. 
Pro tip: Aside from doing the craft, take the time to share some knowledge about India and the iconic site with your child.

Level: Difficult 
Estimated Time: 40 Minutes

3.    Colour the Map

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Mr. Koala bear is cute, furry, and always sleeping. What else do you know about him? Do you know where he lives? Get your child to color the map of Australia based on their own interpretation.
Pro tip: Use this time to teach them different coloring techniques such as gradient coloring or teach them to use watercolors apart from colored pencils. 

Level: Difficult 
Estimated Time: 40 Minutes

For a reliable learning buddy set that can be utilized even at the comfort of your own home, tap on the small yet mighty HP Ink Advantage that is designed to fit on your child's study desk. Aside from its wireless printing capabilities, this compact printer also allows you and your child to easily handle scan jobs—from plain paper to photos—with HP Scroll Scan.

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Parents can also take their kids' learning to another level with the HP Smart Tank which allows for high volume printing from one's phone via the HP Smart App or a laptop—this is ideal for creating a journal of Print, Play & Learn activities. Its spill-free refill system using the Original HP high-yield ink bottles also allows for a convenient replacement of ink.

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HP Inc. continuously creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions, it engineers experiences that truly amaze. 

For more information on how to keep your children learning at home, visit the nearest HP Authorized Premier Reseller or HP's official website. You may also check out its official flagship store at Lazada and Shopee

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