MOBILE PHONE CRAFT FOR KIDS!

Craft your own mobile phone with fun interchangeable cards!

Have fun with your kids, crafting this hands-on interactive smartphone. Set your scene with pop-in cards!

Understanding Smartphones.

Smartphones are the thing to have these days, and where would we be without them?

They have everything you would need on one device. Furthermore, you can open up a world of knowledge, advice, solutions and answers to your questions, with one single touch!

WHAT I HAVE IN MIND!

So I thought it would be fun to do an activity showing a ‘Mobile phone craft for kids’ using some of your recycled packaging!

Read on to find out more!

SMARTPHONES FUNCTIONALITY!

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FIRST OF ALL, LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT THE PROS……………

This is why kids today are drawn to them as they serve a greater purpose. They are not just an accessory, a fashionable gimmick, or one having the latest model in that brand, nonetheless, they are a means ‘to go to’.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK!

First of all, you have some standard icons, then you can build up by adding further apps of your choice.

Here is a collection of what kind of information our smartphone can offer you:-

  • Advice.
  • Answers to questions.
  • Help with research, useful for students.
  • To chat with friends.
  • Give and receive messages.
  • Different browsers to get online, like Google Search/Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer
  • A link to social media.
  • Some include:- Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter, and WhatsApp!
  • Language translator.
  • Travel information.
  • Weather updates.
  • Gaming.
  • Quizzes 
  • Watch films.
  • Latest news.
  • Calculator.
  • Shopping channels.
  • Downloading recipes.
  • Banking.
  • Photo gallery.
  • The list can continue.
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Here are how some of the apps would look like, linking you to one of many social media platforms.

The list is endless, as you can add apps to retail stores, for quick and easy access.

There is Google Play, which provides digital media for Android smartphones and tablets. It also offers Games, movies, TV shows, e-books and audiobooks.

Moreover, there are endless possibilities with what you can equip your device.

WHAT IS AN APP?

So what is an app? An app is short for application, a software program designed specifically for smaller devices, and tablets.

It allows users to perform specific tasks on their mobile devices. Apps store their data locally on your mobile, or devices whereas data can be retrieved much more swiftly.

IT’S ROLE IN EDUCATION!

Let’s look at the benefits of a smartphone in regards to expanding students learning:

  1. Studying on the go.
  2. Quicker learning.
  3. Enhancing knowledge.
  4. Knowing on hand.
  5. Coursework work is available whenever they want it.
  6. Course content is available worldwide.

It is believed combining, that of a traditional teacher and mobile technology, would help to overcome the lack of class resources and a useful partner to aid additional help.

IN ENTERTAINMENT.

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Today’s entertainment apps, allow users to download music and videos at low cost.

Furthermore, entertainment apps, have drastically improved and are readily available.

Therefore, as there is a demand and rise of smartphone access there will be inevitably a rise in apps and a significant boom in the field of entertainment!

A PRECAUTIONARY NOTE!

ON-LINE SAFETY!

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Social media has become easily accessible, and online safety should be addressed with our children.

There should be parental guidance, especially for the very young and on-line procedures put in place.

POSSIBLE CONS TO BE AWARE OF!

TOO MUCH MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR YOUR KIDS!

At the same token, if children spend far too much time on their mobile phones, can ultimately have repercussions!

WHAT PROBLEMS?

It could lead to problems in social-emotional development, obesity, depression, sleep disturbance and anxiety.

ALSO…….

It could promote, aggressive behaviour and affect social and emotional capability.

Check this short video and see why!
A simplified explanation of how kids having too much screen time can ultimately affect your condition socially and emotionally!

Now having said all that highlighting a bit about what smartphones can offer us, and taking note of some disadvantages, we shall continue!

LET’S GET BACK TO CRAFTING!

MY INTENTION!

As I mentioned earlier, within this post, I shall show you how to craft an easy mobile phone craft for kids, using your throw-out packaging!

I will make it larger than normal, so that little hands can access and change removable parts, more easily.

This would be combining a fun craft with a smartphone theme.

At the same time, encourages creativity and problem-solving through crafting!

WHAT’S MORE!

    EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS.

  • Encourage recycling, kids will learn about reusing materials creatively.
  • Prompted language learning, stimulating conversations and reinforcing language skills.
  • Enhance creativity, designing and personalizing the smartphone showing artistic expression.
  • Boosts imagination, role-playing scenarios with the smartphone encourage imaginative play.

ARE YOU READY?

     RESOURCES.
  • Any coloured packaging with a shiny finish.
  • Large scissors.
  • Cutting board/Scalpel.
  • Coloured felt-tip pens.
  • Glue stick/double-sided tape.
  • Acetate/plastic sheet.
  • Sticky borders. (for neat edging.)
  • Some items are not shown.

LET’S GET CRAFTING!

Five pop-in cards, to slide into your smartphone.
A CLOSER LOOK!

Here again are the finished pop-in cards for the smartphone, to see the different styles.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

I have included a couple of kids favourite games, Roblox and three random designs. The Weather, a WhatsApp conversation with Mum and daughter and the final one a Music themed card.

YOU CHOOSE!

It can be anything you want that would encourage your kids to role-play a scene and talk about it.

SOME TIPS!

     WHAT CARD?
  • Hold on to any packaging that may have a shiny finish to it.
  • Alternatively, brown packaging cardboard will be fine, you can decorate it, using stickers, or cover it in coloured paper or paint it.
     DECIDE ON SIZE.
  • Decide how big you would like to craft the smartphone, depending on your child being able to interchange cards.
  • You can draw, print out, or cut out pictures to make the pop-in cards, as fun as possible.
     SEE-THROUGH WINDOW.
  • If you can’t find acetate, leave it out.
     POP-IN CARDS.
  • Take note, that when designing the theme on your cards, you will need space to hold and slide the cards into the smartphone, so allow for this, although you can still do graphics in the holding area.
     FINAL TOUCHES. 
  • Decorate the outside of your smartphone how you like, use stickers, paint or draw on it to personalize it.
     STORING CARDS.
  • Making a pocket on the back will help to store the cards.

KIDS LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE.

When is the right time for your kid to learn another language?

Kids’ brains are like sponges they can absorb a lot of information at a very young age.

AN OBSERVATION!

This is why, as educators, we hear many unusual chats from children as young as 3 years old, where they would repeat parts of their parent’s conversations, or typically swear words!

MAKING LEARNING FUN!

A child can learn another language through play, song or conversation when applied here and there.

HOW CHILDREN LEARN!

Even though children’s brains develop at a different rate, they can be stimulated with basic exposure to learning another language and eventually, they will pick it up, just like learning a new nursery rhyme!

Also depending on the child’s age and their learning of another language through their education it’s great to know that there are other ways to introduce them to a different way to learn.

WHEN’S THE RIGHT AGE?

By the time your children have reached age 10, and are ready to move on to secondary school, they will have been introduced to one or two foreign languages, that being Spanish or French.

To start to learn these languages by the age of 10 in primary school is a great bonus for them as they move on to further their education.

PARENTS CAN LEARN TOO!

What if a parent assisted their child in learning another foreign language?

Picking up in conversation how to speak, answer and learn at the same time?

This would be a great opportunity to learn and in addition, help your child with the language of their choice in their learning too!

HAVING AN AID AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!

Let me ask you, how would you like to have the ability to learn another language and to be able to converse at leisure, with your mobile phone?

What if having this conversation was through Watsup?

YES, WhatsApp!

We know communicating with someone who has limited English language can be frustrating, and if only you can have quick access to something that can solve the language barrier.

WHAT ELSE CAN WhatsApp OFFER?

Watsup has so many features, from quick messaging, sending photos, emojis, and voice calls, and now you can use WhatsApp to learn a foreign language too!

Just think, you can be learning on the go, all within easy reach on a familiar App, WhatsApp

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CHECK THIS OUT!

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO  LangBuddy!

LangBuddy is an AIi chatting tutor, available through Watsup, it covers 300+ languages and you can set it up how you like.

It’s a language-learning app that operates through WhatsApp. It provides a convenient and accessible way for users to practice and improve skills.

TAKE A LOOK! 

Jump into the world of LangBuddy. ai, and discover how this works! Click on image to see!

WHAT ELSE DOES IT OFFER?

        LangBuddy is used by 6,000+ happy students!

  • With Automatic correction.
  • Train your ears to the language.
  • Customisable settings.
  • 100x cheaper than a tutor!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING!

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HOW DOES THIS WORK!

  • Download WhatsApp. Ensure you have the WhatsApp app installed on your smartphone.

  • Visit LangBuddy website.Sign up and provide some information.

  • Connect with LangBuddy.You will be given a WhatsApp number to add to your contacts or a link that directly starts a chat with LangBuddy on WhatsApp.

  • Start a conversation. Send a message to LangBuddy on WhatsApp. Like ‘Hello’ or Start’. 
  • Choose a Language. You will get a prompt to choose the language you want to learn. Either from a list or typing out a language.

  • Set your Goals and Preferences. You will be asked about your proficiency level, learning goals and areas of interest ( eg. vocabulary grammar, conversation practice).

  • Schedule. You can set when and what time you want to practice.

  • Chatbox Interaction. Engage in conversations with LangBuddy Chatbox, it will simulate real-life conversation scenarios.

  • Receive Lessons. You will sent daily lessons directly to your WhatsApp, including vocabulary lists, grammar tips, phrases or short exercises.

  • Interactive Exercises.Where you might have to respond to prompts, answer questions or fill in a blank exercise.

  • Voice Messages. You will be encouraged to send voice messages to practice your pronunciation and speaking skills.

  • Feedback and Progress report.To help in areas of improvement and achievements.

  • Customer support. If you have any issues or questions they will provide support via WhatsApp or website.
  • Community interaction.Link with others in the community to encourage and help each other and share tips.  

  • Platform Integration. No need to download a separate app. Like most language learning apps, Langbuddy operates entirely with WhatsApp. This integration makes it extremely accessible since WhatsApp is widely used and familiar to many users.
 
Check out their subscription plans, they are 100 X cheaper than a language tutor.

So what are you waiting for, jump in and take a look, it’s a super way to learn, and get help on the go!

TO CONCLUDE!

In this post, I show you how to craft, an easy smartphone by using your packing cards, and some odd resources!

GET CREATIVE!

Kids will have fun designing and using their cards to talk, act and become different characters as they role-play with this simplistic hands-on smartphone!

LET’S CHAT!

Get your kids to design their interactive cards, whether it’s games, music, or just chatting, discovering different ways to communicate by using their smartphone!

Sticking with the techno theme, here is another activity, that might be of interest to you, on how to craft a laptop out of a shoebox!

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