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Keep the kids engaged during the 'circuit breaker' with Dyson's fun Challenge Cards

Challenge them to pierce a balloon without popping it or make raisins dance

Cam Khalid
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Cam Khalid

Stuck at home with a little Einstein who's covered every edutainment book and game in the house? Before your kid starts sinking into the dark abyss of boredom, help combat those humdrum hours with the James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards – yes, the company behind your cordless vacuum cleaners and airwraps.

But no, we're not getting your kiddos to lift a finger doing house chores. With schools closed and the great outdoors being off-limits to a certain extent, Dyson engineers have designed a fun and engaging home-based learning kit for children. It comes with 44 easy-to-follow challenges that introduce them to the world of engineering and science without leaving the crib. Challenge them to pierce a balloon without popping it or make raisins dance. All you have to do to get started is to download the challenge cards via and complete them with your mini engineer. There are also video tutorials to get guide you along.

Want a taster? Here are three to try with your mini engineer.

Build a cardboard boat from scratch

Find out how heavy ships stay afloat in the sea by putting your design and invention skills to the test with household items.

Keep a marble rolling for a minute

Learn how to create your own run that can keep a marble rolling for at least a minute using only cardboard and sticky tape. By doing so, you get to see how Dyson engineers do the same using Dyson machine parts.

Peer through a homemade periscope

Tap into your inner spy with the oldest tool in the book, the periscope. Discover how mirrors and light can combine to create a periscope, allowing you and your kids to spy on each other without being seen – handy.

Now, gather your budding engineers and get started. Share your results on social media with the hashtag #JDFChallenge. For more information, visit

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