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Safe Digging Arcade Helps Kids Learn Natural Gas Safety

Safe Digging Arcade Helps Kids Learn Natural Gas Safety



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Keep children occupied while homeschooling with the Safe Digging Arcade- a digital learning tool that teaches kids about natural gas safety.

As we cope with the “new normal” of staying home until COVID-19 is contained and with most schools out, many parents face the challenge of keeping the kids entertained while staying home. As a parent myself, I’m grateful for the many great resources that our schools have put out there to help our kids continue learning during this unprecedented time.

But if you’re looking for other ideas or ways to keep your kids occupied while learning something worthwhile, you might want to check out Safe Digging Arcade – a digital learning tool that teaches kids about natural gas safety. This fun online digital arcade was developed by Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) and its parent company, Southern Company Gas, in honor of National Safe Digging Month (in April).

Safe Digging Arcade is a digital arcade developed by Virginia Natural Gas designed to teach kids natural gas safety and utilizes utilizes science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) games.

I’m all about finding fun, educational and innovative ways to entertain my kids so I love that this digital arcade utilizes science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) games. The Safe Digging Arcade offers eight games, including puzzles and problem-solving activities that educate children about how their families can avoid accidents when digging around their homes.

I love that this program was designed not only to educate our kids about gas safety, but also to help protect citizens from unintentionally damaging underground utility lines. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, ultimately leading to service disruptions, serious injuries and costly repairs.

Keep children occupied while homeschooling with the Safe Digging Arcade- a digital learning tool that teaches kids about natural gas safety.

National Safe Digging Month reminds homeowners to call 811, a communication system established to provide a place of contact for excavating professionals and the public, before starting any project involving digging, tunneling, grading, boring, blasting, demolition or similar work. After registering a project with VA811, utility companies mark underground services like gas, power, phone and cable lines with paint or flags so excavators and homeowners know where they are located and can dig safely.

It’s really great that our kids learn about the importance of digging safely and calling 811 before starting any digging project through this fun digital arcade – from the comfort of their homes!

For more information about natural gas safety and to play the Safe Digging Arcade, GO HERE.  There is also a downloadable activity book that you can print while on the site.

Additional information is also available at virginianaturalgas.com or at VA811.com

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Keep children occupied while homeschooling with the Safe Digging Arcade- a digital learning tool that teaches kids about natural gas safety.

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Safe Digging Arcade Helps Kids Learn Natural Gas Safety
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74 Comments

  1. Elisha F
    May 30, 2020 / 5:18 am

    This is very useful information for my little sister. She is 6, I should teach her about these things! My mom doesn’t have the time to, so I would have some fun with her identifying dirt and soil.

  2. May 30, 2020 / 1:20 am

    Interactive games have multiple benefits in children’s learning. They allow reinforcing education by stimulating skills such as linguistics, visuospatial, or psychomotor. I will check on this for my little one. Always looking for good ones.

  3. Natalie
    May 29, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Learning trough playing is the best way. Thanks for sharing this fun educational game!

  4. rika
    May 29, 2020 / 2:53 am

    I always want to check out new apps! I think this one is pretty cool and good for kids!

  5. remo
    May 28, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    This is an innovative and fun way to teach kids. Pretty cool. Will look into it.

  6. Joanna
    May 28, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    It is very important to teach children about gas safety and how to spot a gas leak. They can be fatal is not discovered in time. Gas is such a dangerous thing if appliances using it are not handled correctly.

  7. May 28, 2020 / 2:41 pm

    This is such a great education app that will help kids learn about something important and what they need to know before digging.

  8. Rose Ann Sales
    May 28, 2020 / 7:25 am

    This is so cool.. ! I will also share this to my friends so that kids will not only enjoy but they could also learn about safety measures.

  9. May 28, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Safe Digging Arcade sounds really amazing and very useful especially nowadays. I will make sure to let my sons know about this.

  10. May 28, 2020 / 5:27 am

    I love this article. It looks great. This will help kids to get out of boredom these days.

  11. May 28, 2020 / 3:43 am

    Awesome game for kids it gives them learning and make it fun at the same time I will share this to my niece and nephew kids.

  12. Melanie williams
    May 27, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    This is such a great way to learn and teach kids through imagination and play that is for sure xx

  13. Rosey
    May 27, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    It’s so important to call before you dig. My sister in law learned that the hard way. I’m all for finding ways to keep the kids engaged during this time where we are home

  14. May 27, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    I have never heard of this app before, but it is a great idea. Thanks for sharing info about it!

  15. May 27, 2020 / 6:05 pm

    What an interesting game! Teaching kids with fun absolutely increase the interest of kids and they will learn fastly ..

  16. May 27, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    This is a really clever and cute game! I wish I had things like this when I was a kid to make learning STEM easier.

  17. May 27, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant way to engage with STEM whilst making it fun from home. It looks like such a great app!
    C x

  18. Rose ann sales
    May 27, 2020 / 1:04 pm

    This is a awesome game! My kids can enjoy playing this while learning something educational.

  19. May 27, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    Oh, wow. What a creative way to teach kids about natural gas! I might need to look into it myself! 😉

  20. May 27, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    Great post! my sister in law is a mother and is now trying to teach my nephews as many as important things as possible during the lockdown. I’m sharing this post with her. Thanks for writing this

  21. May 27, 2020 / 11:09 am

    That is such a fun way to teach kids! They’ll surely enjoy this!

  22. Jess Howliston
    May 27, 2020 / 10:53 am

    What a great game and such a fun way of teaching kids about a very important topic, love it! Will definitely be checking this out for my two to use too!

  23. Erin
    May 27, 2020 / 10:32 am

    What a great way for kids to learn about this! Learning is way more fun when it’s like a game!

  24. Monidipa
    May 27, 2020 / 9:57 am

    The place looks really good for kids because they learn about natural gas in a proper way.

  25. Catalina
    May 27, 2020 / 7:24 am

    It’s definitely an easy and a fun and interesting way to teach kids. Thanks for this idea!

  26. May 27, 2020 / 7:19 am

    This is clearly a very educational game, if I had younger kids, I would let them play it 🙂

  27. May 27, 2020 / 5:34 am

    This looks like such a good educational resource about gas safety. I like that they kids can have fun while learning too!

  28. May 27, 2020 / 4:47 am

    NIce game! Very educational

  29. May 27, 2020 / 4:10 am

    What an important lesson to teach the kids. more so as they complete their distance learning sessions.

  30. blair villanueva
    May 27, 2020 / 12:10 am

    Wow this is a cool app! Do you still need it when you are digging inside your own property?

  31. May 26, 2020 / 11:52 pm

    Looks like a fun game for kids during the pandemic. I love that it’s educational, too.

  32. Tasheena
    May 26, 2020 / 10:55 pm

    What a cool concept. This would be perfect for my nephew.

  33. May 26, 2020 / 10:34 pm

    What a great way for kids to learn some STEM with fun games. While also educating how important it is to call before digging anywhere.

  34. May 26, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Not something I’ve ever thought about until now, but given how inquisitive young minds can be, you can never be too safe, especially when gas is involved.

  35. May 26, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    I need to check this out with my boys. It would be a great homeschool lesson

  36. May 26, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    How cool! I can see how this could teach kids about gas safety. That’s so important to do!

  37. May 26, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Safe digging practices are so important for kids and especially parents and anyone doing work in and around our houses. This is so important to avoid a disaster.

  38. May 26, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    This sounds like such a great tool to help kids be safe when they are digging – I have to admit it’s something I have never thought about before! It’s always wonderful when they make learning safe too!

  39. May 26, 2020 / 11:29 am

    I think games like this are great for teaching kids about real life and what to do in situations

  40. May 26, 2020 / 9:17 am

    It’s amazing to see how technology has changed the way the kids are learning now a days.

  41. Michelle
    May 26, 2020 / 5:52 am

    Wow, what a great online tool for meeting the kids where they are at in this digital age. I have not seen that in our local community but I bet other cities will start rolling out that great interactive program! Thx for the info.

  42. May 26, 2020 / 4:28 am

    That is a really interesting game. I had not heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.

  43. May 26, 2020 / 3:17 am

    How specific this game is with a clear message! I don’t think a lot of people (they may be aware) but truly pay attention to the issues. That’s nice to explore a new topic and learn something new every day. – Knycx Journeying

  44. May 26, 2020 / 2:40 am

    Nice game! I love the graphics. Seems user friendly. I hope my nephews will love this game.

  45. Lavern Moore
    May 26, 2020 / 1:28 am

    Kids really need to learn natural gas safety and many adults too. Some don’t realize how dangerous it can be.

  46. May 26, 2020 / 12:16 am

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, April 2020 will be a very different National Safe Digging Month than ever before!

  47. May 25, 2020 / 11:10 pm

    This is such a great resource to teach kids one of the most promising alternative sources of energy! Great!

  48. May 25, 2020 / 8:47 pm

    A good learning online tool for kids to make them busy at the same time being aware of natural gases use and danger and how to prevent those. Thanks for sharing this!

  49. May 25, 2020 / 6:50 pm

    This one is perfect for my kids so I got my “me time” while they were learning new things with this app!! thank you for sharing

  50. May 25, 2020 / 6:40 pm

    Love this..it is the best educational tool to educate your children more about gas and about the impacts….It is quite interesting and inspiring…

  51. May 25, 2020 / 6:29 pm

    How informative! I am always looking for new ways in which to engage my children in STEM learning and this a digital tool sounds like a fun way for them to learn about natural gas safety.

  52. Billy Sandoval
    May 25, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    This sounds like an interesting app for kids to keep them busy this time of pandemic lockdown. Nowadays, there’s a lot of tools and app that will help our kids to learn and explore new things.

  53. Elizabeth O
    May 25, 2020 / 4:04 pm

    This time of pandemic. Our kids didn’t allow to go to school and we need to find ways how they continued learning and some ways or to keep them entertained while at home. and I found this app really interesting for me. I will definitely share this with my niece.

  54. Heidi
    May 25, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    That looks like a great website to teach my kids some safety skills that would otherwise be boring to them. I will be adding this to our educational game list.

  55. May 25, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    That sounds like a great learning resource to teach children about something that may not be interesting otherwise – will check it out!

  56. May 25, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    I live in Virginia! It is nice to randomly run across blogs that are near home like this. And it is great to know what VNG is doing for our families right now. Thank you for sharing.

  57. May 25, 2020 / 10:41 am

    Such a creative way for kids to learn about natural gases! It makes the learning process more fun so this is really a great idea especially when they’re not doing much during lockdown 🙂

  58. May 25, 2020 / 9:42 am

    I love how you open your kids to using tools such as these. It gives them an idea to research first about the impacts of anything we do to the environment before proceeding. what a great educational tool! keep it up mommy…

  59. May 25, 2020 / 6:40 am

    You know this is super helpful for us. Thank you for sharing this article.

  60. May 25, 2020 / 2:09 am

    this sounds so clever. i am sure kids would love to try this out versus learning about gas the boy-ish way.

  61. Anita Fonte
    May 24, 2020 / 9:27 pm

    I also love games that kids learn about safety and this is important to know.

  62. May 24, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    What a great teaching tool for kids! This is something I will need to learn, too, when we finally get to move into a house (and out of the apartment).

  63. May 24, 2020 / 6:45 pm

    This is a cool source for kiddoes! I’m always looking for new things to show my little girl. They’re never too young to learn new things!

  64. Steven Morrissette
    May 24, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    Great learning opportunity. Also it will keep your kids busy.

  65. May 24, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Indeed, most parents find it difficult to keep their kids busy while at home. This one is highly recommended because of its learning benefits.

  66. May 24, 2020 / 11:27 am

    This is a fun way to learn about natural gases

  67. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    May 24, 2020 / 7:00 am

    This is awesome. It raises awareness in children about safe digging. As I always tell my kids – safety first. This is really good way to let kids know what is underneath the ground so that accidents will be avoided.

  68. Beth
    May 23, 2020 / 11:36 pm

    It sounds like a fun way to teach the importance of making that call when you’re an adult. I think that if you can teach things like this to young children, they are more likely to remember it as adults.

  69. Jennifer
    May 23, 2020 / 4:58 pm

    Natural gases sound as boring as a stone. Surprising that the game managed to make it look fun

  70. May 23, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    This is cool! My father in law works for Transcanada, so he’d think it was neat. I’ll have to look into this for my two little ones. They are 5 and 3.

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