Recently, we published our guide on Safe Playing Learning in our recent time of uncertainty and health risks.
In so little time, many things have changed as the Singapore government announced new health advisories, including the closure of entertainment centres and the ceasing of gatherings with more than 10 people.
Many parents might be wondering if it's still okay to hold a birthday party for their child--after all, birthdays happen only once a year, and there's no advisory against celebrating birthdays.
There are definitely no quick and easy answers, but we at Busy Tables have designed a new guide for How to Hold a Birthday Party with Less than 10 People:
Wondering how to keep such a small party fun and engaging?
Our Party Express, with 2 sensory activities, 1 craft, and 0 facilitators, might be just what you need. Click here to see more.
Meanwhile, stay safe and happy playing!
It suffices to say that recent circumstances have disrupted several parts of our lives all around the world.
One thing that I’m sure is on many parents’ minds is how to keep their little ones playing and learning, especially when many activities involve being outside, or touching objects.
Keeping them safe is crucial, but avoiding all activities with a ten-foot pole is not the solution either! Growth waits for no one, and let’s also not forget that sensory play is an important component of your young one’s development, so it is inevitable that they will be touching things as they learn and play.
The good news is, it IS possible to play safely. Here’s Busy Tables’ guide to keeping play safe in 2020!
Ready to learn and play responsibly and safely? Share this with your friends, or download it to remind one another of these tips!
Images of adorable party decorations, dressed up birthday babies, elaborate cakes and smiley family shots pop up in our social media feeds from time to time. Deep in your subconsciousness then floats a train of thought that might trail along something like this:
Should I do something special for my kid’s birthday too?
Well, I can just get them a cake…
But, they would love having their friends come together for a special occasion
Okay, but during my time, I would be lucky to have just a piece of cake!
Hmm but well, maybe that’s all the more reason I should give my own children something more?
Whatever the choice or reasoning may be, parents always want to do what’s best for the family. However, deciding on what’s “best” isn’t always that easy! Every family is unique, and while we cannot tell you what’s right or wrong, we can together explore the pros and cons of throwing a birthday party for your child.
Con 1: Budget
Let’s face it. Throwing parties will always involve more costs than simply cutting a cake at home. Furthermore, many party vendors are charging exorbitant prices, and it’s natural to wonder if one should save that up for something more “important” for the family. That said, we should know that there ARE party providers out there that provide relatively affordable options and streamlined activities designed to keep a child engaged, such as the Busy Tables Party Express package.
Con 2: Party madness and stress
Having a bunch of kids screaming and running around your party while you’re trying to catch up with family and friends PLUS make sure everyone is entertained and safe, sounds like unnecessary stress for parents. This is why it’s important to plan appropriate kids’ activities with the right facilitators to keep your little guests engaged and safe. And the good news is that it CAN be done!
Pro 1: It makes for one-of-a-kind bonding time with family and friends
As adults, we all know the struggle of finding time to catch up with our family and friends. If lucky, we might find that bit of time to meet up with Friend Group A, or Family Group B. Even then, you have to worry about who should look after your kids while you’re out, and your friends have to worry about who should look after THEIR kids while they’re out. So on and so forth. Birthday parties thus present that special, all-in-one opportunity for families and friends, young and old, to come together and truly connect for a meaningful occasion--that is, your child’s milestone of achieving another year’s growth!
Pro 2: It is a special way to celebrate the achievements of the whole family
The truth is, celebrating your child’s birthday is not only for making them feel special and to celebrate their growth. It is also to celebrate and give recognition to the parents for all that they’ve done to not only bring the child to this earth, but also all that they’ve worked for to support them in the past year/s. Last of all, it is to celebrate the journey that the WHOLE FAMILY has gone through thus far, to get through yet another year together, united as one. This is definitely something that the whole family can look back on in many years to come.
Now that we’ve discussed the pros and cons of throwing a birthday party for your child, what do you think?
To bring a balanced approach to budgeting for parties AND make sure that the activities can truly engage your little guests, you might consider Busy Tables parties, where the activities are all centered around sensory play--a play learning technique that is well-known for keeping kids immersed.
Whatever it is that you decide on, we hope you enjoy a meaningful birthday celebration with the family!
You've probably seen a few articles on why playgroups are beneficial, or you might believe that your toddler is doing fine with a few playmates, but did you know that having your child in a professionally-led sensory playgroup is actually important? Here are 3 reasons why it is high time to look for a playgroup near you:
Positive sensory stimulation
Touching is a toddler’s way of understanding the world, such as drinking and splashing water to understand how water feels and flows! Although sensory experiences like these are typically a splashing good time and are important for learning, toddlers sometimes exhibit intolerance towards certain tactile media. As Busy Tables playgroups constantly seeks to open our little participants up to a world of wonderful sensory stimuli, we are proud to say that parents have shared with us how their toddlers have become receptive to tactile experiences, where they had earlier been vehement towards it.
Exposure to the use of good language
Did you know that toddlers experience rapid language development in their early years? In a playgroup’s language-rich environment, toddlers are building a rock solid foundation to reach their fullest potential in speaking and writing during their later years. Additionally, playgroups motivate babies to speak and vocalise, which stimulates them to understand the value of communication in their daily dealings--especially with their mommy and daddy. This is why every Busy Tables teacher upholds our core belief of exhibiting good language in our playgroups!
Excellent social habits
Being newbies to the world, toddlers have much to learn about coexisting with other toddlers and fellow humans! Being able to socialise well with their peers promotes self-confidence, positive play experiences and teaches them to negotiate through tricky situations. This can start from things as small as saying “please”, “thank you” and asking for their turn during playtime. The communal setting of playgroups exposes your child to such situations where such positive social habits can be developed and reinforced. Receiving a “thank you” from a child always brings a smile to our teachers’ faces, and it is something that they make sure the child is praised for!
Ready for your child to reap these benefits? Click here for information on our October playgroups!
Which of these 3 things do you think your baby is the strongest in? Let us know in the comments!
Click here to view our October playgroups schedules and booking info.For you and your babies whose energy is ever-insatiable--have you found new things to do in Singapore this October? Halloween is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, and if you are looking to throw a kids’ party that’s enriching and clear of sugary cavities, yet engrossing for your little guests,click here to find out how:However, we know that Halloween isn’t everyone’s thing. So, for this October, we’ve designed 3 different themed playgroups for toddlers and babies that your child can join.
1. Counting Apples
Ignite your child’s interest in numbers as they engage in sensory play activities that are designed to boost their pre-numeracy development, amongst other things. They will even get to try their hand at a make-believe apple tree harvesting experience!*
2. Alphabet Fun
With paint, brushes, rhymes, magnets and scoopfuls of colourful beans, we’ve gotten ready a stimulating play environment for your child to learn about letters.*
3. Colours with Brown Bear
There are preschool activities about colours, there are preschool activities about animals, and then there are sensory playgroups combining both. That is, this playgroup is where your kids will learn about colours with the accompaniment of Brown Bear.*
*Curriculum is subject to minor changes.
All of our playgroups this October are timed from 10am to 11am, and are designed and led by teachers trained in early childhood development to expand your child’s cognitive skills development. Click here to view our October playgroups: http://bit.ly/busytablesoct !
If October seems a little far ahead and you’re still struggling to look for things for your toddler to do this month, check out our last September playgroup that will be happening this weekend! Click here to see: https://bit.ly/busytablessep.
Have you got any events lined up with your family this coming October? Let us know!