Smartphone summer holiday entertainment

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Things to do this summer with the kids, with a little help from your smartphone...
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Smartphone summer holiday entertainment

Keep the kids busy this summer with smart technology

While the summer holidays are welcomed by kids of all ages, it can be a tough job for parents to find and organise entertainment over the six-week break. Thankfully, the smartphone in your pocket could be the key to keeping everyone happy…

Geocaching

How does the world’s biggest treasure hunt sound for starters? Probably a bit farfetched and expensive, you might imagine. Thankfully, it’s neither, and it’s great fun. Not only does it get them outside, but it’s also an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

First of all, what is a geocache? It’s the thing you’re looking for - and it can be any shape or size - ranging from a 35mm film canister, to actual treasure chest. The aim of the game is to follow the instructions and GPS directions on your smartphone to uncover the geocache, and then swap an item you find inside for a small token of your own.

At the time of writing, there are over 2.5 million geocaches hidden worldwide, so what are you waiting for? Get hunting.

Pokemon GO is coming back for another summer

Although last year was responsible for introducing the world to the celebrated AR Pokemon game, the app saw a huge rise and fall in popularity. But there have been loads of updates added to the app since last summer, so we think it would be well worth heading back to the app stores for a second run.

If you missed the great 2016 Pokemon GO hype, it lets you catch the pocket monsters in the real world. By using your smartphone’s camera, you’ll actually be able to see Pikachu sitting in your front garden. It’s the perfect time-filler for those long summer days, especially if your little ones have always dreamed of catching ‘em all.

Must read: Best portable chargers for Pokemon GO fans

Summer scrapbook

Every half decent smartphone these days has a camera attached to it - the perfect tool to start work on the best summer scrapbook ever. Today’s children are growing up in a world full of amazing technology, so what better time to get them interested in the art of photography, given the tools are so readily available.

Finding online photography tips and tricks is easy - we’ve even got a couple of articles right here on The Lowdown. And to really make this challenge exciting, why not look at creating something they can actually hold and keep forever?

Websites likes Snapfish and Vistaprint give you the option of either getting your smartphone photos printed and sent out to you, so you can put them all together in your own collection. Alternatively, there are online tools that will build a scrapbook for you.

What will you be doing with the kids this summer? Drop us a comment below if you’ve got any tech-inspired pastimes planned.

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