The Smart Detective Box by PodSquad got delivered at my doorstep at just the right time! Guess when? On the afternoon of Diwali! I need not mention that my three year old got overly excited to see a biiiig box wrapped in a colorful cover and just could not wait to open it. I termed it as his ‘Diwali Gift’ and trust me, the PodSquad guys didn’t let me down.
PodSquad comes up with interesting and unique themed activity boxes for kids aged 4-7 years. Their boxes are based one
The Programme is based on renowned Harvard professor Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence – which states that every child is born with nine types of intelligence – some more pronounced and some less so. Giving every child the opportunity to explore these, helps parents and caregivers to identify their aptitude early on, and help them grow in the area they are best at. Every activity in the PodSquad box has been designed to expose children to these nine kinds of intelligence – or SMARTS.
The theme of the box was: The Smart Detective and it was full of interesting activities and DIYs which my son enjoyed to the core! The best thing about the theme was that it was very unique and not something mundane like fruits, veggies or animals. It was an experience in itself for my son to learn about the word ‘detective’ and what it means!
My son enjoyed doing this activity the most. Firstly, the concept of a magnifying glass was new to my child and he was too fascinated with it and continued searching for objects in the sheet even after we ticked all the items off the list. After finishing off this activity, I helped him make the origami frog and he spent hours making it leap across the whole house. He had a great deal of fun for sure!
The Pod Pairs game doubled up as a good memory game and another one that taught him a lot of expressions. Each Pod (a PodSquad character) denoted an action or an expression which helped my little one learn new words as well as strengthen his memory by matching the pod cards.
This activity taught my child a lot about fingerprints and also the fact that fingerprints are one of the most proofs for a detective. The activity was slightly difficult for him to carry out on his own and so I had to help him, but I too enjoyed tracing fingerprints with him. He got to learn very easily, through this activity, that no two people have the same fingerprints.
This story book has become a regular bed time story book for my son since the day it came. He loves to narrate the story back to me by looking at the pictures. He also got to grasp the fact that ‘Smarty Pod’ is an intelligent guy ‘Curious Pod’ is the one who is curious to find his diary and both of them look for the diary in ten different places. Getting inspired by this story, my son and I even played a game where my son acted as the ‘Smarty Pod’ detective by tying a scarf on his head (as Smarty Pod also wears a cap) and tried looking for the Smarty Pod stuffed toy (which I hid in the room) as a detective would.
My son (and I, along with him) enjoyed doing all the activities together. All in all this activity box was a great possession to have and I would recommend it to all parents who are looking for healthier alternatives of the iPad, phones and TV.
So, what are you waiting for? Just go ahead and order one for your little one today!