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Updated on Aug 4, 2009

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When it’s time to take a break from the studies, there’s nothing like a great game that everyone can enjoy. The mesmerizing Planet Earth nature series offers a home DVD-based board game, where teams compete to answer multiple choice questions from the series using the TV’s remote control. Try a kids versus grownups challenge.

For some real virtual action, spend time with your kids on their Wii system, which features all sorts of sports and wireless handheld controllers, so you can actually stand up and “play.” Challenge your son to a motocross race, or try to get a bat on your daughter’s fastball. Just be sure to move the furniture away first.

Hint: “Use these virtual experiences to excite your kids about the real things,” Walsh advises, “then go out and live them.” For example, after your kids marvel at the birds they see on the DVD, go online to look up pictures of local birds, then spend a couple of hours at a nature park on Saturday afternoon to see how many you can recognize. Be sure to bring a camera (or cell phone) so you can share your sightings with the rest of the family.

School responsibilities mean our kids have less time with us. High tech gadgets threaten to steal away the few moments that remain. By investing a little time and effort, parents can start the school year by mastering a virtual toolkit of gadgets designed for the most important thing: connecting with our kids.

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