This post is sponsored by Virginia Natural Gas. All views and text are my own.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Learning trough playing is the best way. Thanks for sharing this fun educational game!
I always want to check out new apps! I think this one is pretty cool and good for kids!
This is an innovative and fun way to teach kids. Pretty cool. Will look into it.
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.
This is such a great education app that will help kids learn about something important and what they need to know before digging.
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.
Safe Digging Arcade sounds really amazing and very useful especially nowadays. I will make sure to let my sons know about this.
I love this article. It looks great. This will help kids to get out of boredom these days.
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.
This is such a great way to learn and teach kids through imagination and play that is for sure xx
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
I have never heard of this app before, but it is a great idea. Thanks for sharing info about it!
What an interesting game! Teaching kids with fun absolutely increase the interest of kids and they will learn fastly ..
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.
This sounds like a brilliant way to engage with STEM whilst making it fun from home. It looks like such a great app!
My 6 year old needs this. I’ve been trying everything I can I keep him busy. This is awesome!
This is a awesome game! My kids can enjoy playing this while learning something educational.
Oh, wow. What a creative way to teach kids about natural gas! I might need to look into it myself! 😉
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
That is such a fun way to teach kids! They’ll surely enjoy this!
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!
What a great way for kids to learn about this! Learning is way more fun when it’s like a game!
The place looks really good for kids because they learn about natural gas in a proper way.
It’s definitely an easy and a fun and interesting way to teach kids. Thanks for this idea!
This is clearly a very educational game, if I had younger kids, I would let them play it 🙂
This looks like such a good educational resource about gas safety. I like that they kids can have fun while learning too!
NIce game! Very educational
What an important lesson to teach the kids. more so as they complete their distance learning sessions.
Wow this is a cool app! Do you still need it when you are digging inside your own property?
Looks like a fun game for kids during the pandemic. I love that it’s educational, too.
What a cool concept. This would be perfect for my nephew.
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.
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.
I need to check this out with my boys. It would be a great homeschool lesson
How cool! I can see how this could teach kids about gas safety. That’s so important to do!
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.
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!
I think games like this are great for teaching kids about real life and what to do in situations
It’s amazing to see how technology has changed the way the kids are learning now a days.
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.
That is a really interesting game. I had not heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.
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
Nice game! I love the graphics. Seems user friendly. I hope my nephews will love this game.
Kids really need to learn natural gas safety and many adults too. Some don’t realize how dangerous it can be.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, April 2020 will be a very different National Safe Digging Month than ever before!
This is such a great resource to teach kids one of the most promising alternative sources of energy! Great!
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!
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
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…
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.
This sounds like a wonderful way to educate children about gas and the untold risks of accidentally damaging a pipe.
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.
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.
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.
That sounds like a great learning resource to teach children about something that may not be interesting otherwise – will check it out!
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.
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 🙂
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…
You know this is super helpful for us. Thank you for sharing this article.
This I find very educational, would get it for my little ones.
this sounds so clever. i am sure kids would love to try this out versus learning about gas the boy-ish way.
I also love games that kids learn about safety and this is important to know.
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).
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!
Great learning opportunity. Also it will keep your kids busy.
Indeed, most parents find it difficult to keep their kids busy while at home. This one is highly recommended because of its learning benefits.
This is a fun way to learn about natural gases
This sounds like a wonderful resource for teaching children about safe digging whilst making it fun for them
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.
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.
Natural gases sound as boring as a stone. Surprising that the game managed to make it look fun
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.