With homeschooling becoming the norm in our current society, a need arises for children to have fun activities that educate them. Although there are fun cartoons and films out there, these children also need an opportunity to bond with their immediate family. That’s where you as a parent or guardian come in, you need to develop a healthy, loving and educational environment from the comfort of your home.
Worry not, this article dictates a few fun activities that your child will not only enjoy, but also be forever thankful that you worked on with them. It is time to create memories with these tech projects. Read on to find out more.
1. Making of a Chromebook
This is a more difficult project that is best suited for older children. It’s also quite educational, a lot of fun, and inexpensive, especially if your children utilize Google Classroom for school. Isn’t a Chromebook just a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system? Let’s utilize neverware’s Free Home Edition Chromium OS to make the switch because Google’s Chrome OS isn’t accessible for consumers to install. Let’s get Chromium going!
For kids 10 years and above
You’ll need the following items:
- A 8GB flash drive,
- An old Windows laptop
- Internet access
Steps to follow:
- On the flash drive; install and configure CloudReady.
- Turn your laptop off and insert the flash disk.
- Now switch on your computer and press the relevant function key that will get you to the boot menu options.
- You’ll now be presented with a screen that gives you the option of booting from internal storage or the flash drive. Press Enter after selecting the USB drive.
- CloudReady will boot from the flash drive and allow you to use the operating system as if it were installed on the machine.
- Is it possible that things are moving too slowly? The next two steps should be executed to sort it out.
- You can clean your internal drive and reinstall it to speed things up. Also, try replacing your laptop’s old drive with an SSD. After that, you can boot CloudReady from the flash drive once more.
- Press the clock in the lower right corner of the screen to return to CloudReady. The settings menu will appear, with an option to install the operating system. You won’t need the flash drive once it’s installed; it’ll just boot from the internal drive.
- You’ve got yourself a Chromebook!
Bonus Points: Did you know that moving to a Chromebook provides a more safe and controlled environment for your child than using a browser on other devices?
2. Diving Deep into the Hidden Keyboard
Click, click, click! Many of us have damaged keyboards stashed away in our closets. Why don’t you pull them out, disassemble them, and see what they’re like on the inside? Your child may have never tried one before (unless they’re extremely interested), and we all know how much youngsters like dissecting things. They even have their own toys.
The goal is to obtain a feel for how keyboards operate. The arrangement of thin-film circuits, how buttons are attached, and so on. They don’t have to fully comprehend everything, but it’s an excellent place to start.
For kids 5 years old and above.
- An old and damaged keyboard
- A screwdriver
- Begin dissecting the object.
- It would be fantastic if you could make notes on how basic parts work to offer them a technical understanding of the situation. However, nothing is overly difficult. They should not be overburdened with knowledge from these technological projects.
3. A Google Logo Project
With coding being a modern-day “must-have”, it would be nice to try and introduce it to kids at a young age. Now, this does not mean you should force them into programming, however, you should nurture the interest if it arises. Here’s how;
For kids 4 years and above.
- An internet connection
- A computer(try using the new chrome book you guys made)
- Simply visit the “create your own logo” website and follow all the instructions. Play around it there’s no rush here.
If the child shows interest, try out a variety of coding games for kids online to help nurture it.
4. Movie Theatre
With the theatres closed out there, and summer closing in, you’ll need a nice movie theatre to sit in place for going to the movies(covid-19 prevention and all). So here’s a fun project, how about you guys make one right at the comfort of your home!. Here’s how
For Kids 6 years and above.
- Custom neon light strips; here’s a secret, the best custom-lights purchase are the Gindestar custom neon ones
- A projector
- A wide plain white cloth
- Some pillows
- A comfy area
- Set up the white clothing and align the projector properly to create a movie screen. You can either project onto a painted wall using a new double-folded sheet or make your own projection screen.
- Connect your custom neon lights align the floor, wall, or furniture to create a wonderful atmosphere
Trying these out must be fun, challenging, and you might even get a smile/laugh from your quiet child. However, there are also activities for your teenagers out there that will help them remain active as they go through what they term as “the worst years of their lives”. That’s it from us now, please try out these projects, and even try sharing them with other parents out there. Thank you for reading and happy parenting.