We will be hosting our first online playgroup for 14-24mths over fb live on 15th September 10.30am (Singapore time)
If you miss it, you will still be able to watch it on our fb page.
Here are some of the items you can prepare in advance:
- Colour chart printable: Click here to download
- post-it notes (optional)
- a nice basket
- something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (one of each colour)
These can be some of your childs toys, utensils or textured items such as sponges, scrubs or cloths
It's been one week of being in Phase 1 - parents, how do you feel? Every family is unique, but we reckon the following are some emotions that all parents can relate to when Phase 1 came around. What do you think?
One of the first few emotions you might have felt is relief. Relief for a sign that the pandemic situation is coming under control. Relief that your child’s health and safety has slightly more security now. And yes, definitely relief that they can go back to school and you don’t have to juggle 10 million things at once with them at home!
But wait… you might also find yourself actually missing your child when they finally step out of the house. Next, anxiety comes knocking on your door as you worry if they’ll adapt well to their new schedule, and whether they’ll be safe out there.
Going into Phase 1 means facing more changes - even if they’re good changes. As a parent having a world of responsibilities at once, be prepared to feel a whole lot of different emotions at once, too!
Remember the very first day your little one stepped out of the house to go to school? Remember how moved you were to see your child reaching that milestone?
As you see your kid getting ready for school once again, after what felt like forever, you might experience a tinge of deja vu! There might be familiar feelings of pride from witnessing how your child successfully went through this period of immense change to life that we never had to go through as kids.
Parent, don’t forget that you deserve to be proud of yourselves too! It certainly hasn’t been easy juggling work, chores, HBL, and just being a parent in general, eh? Go on, give yourself a pat on the back!
Hope and Excitement
Yes, we all know that Phase 1 doesn't mean we can just bring our kids out, dine out and have fun outside like we used to. We also know that a resurgence of cases might happen at any time, which would then spell a step back from where we are right now. But, the very fact that we have officially entered Phase 1 of the end of the Circuit Breaker, proves that we are very much one step closer to more opportunities for familial gathering and outdoor fun. As such, it is only natural to feel hopeful, and maybe even a little excited for us to get closer to Phase 2.
Especially when most of us have never had to spend our childhood in THIS much isolation indoors, we definitely long for the day we can bring our kids out to have fun again, so they can feel “free”, as all children should be.
What is the first thing you are looking forward to in Phase 2?
Don’t forget to beat the crowd and surging prices by planning your kid’s next birthday party early! Check out Busy Tables special promotion here (no deposit, no cancellation fee required).
People usually ramp up their cleaning efforts before Chinese New Year or during the cold and flu season. Lately, the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has spurred extreme measures, but with good reason: The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) highlights the importance of disinfection to curb the transmission of the respiratory disease.
Experts have mentioned that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or at least long enough to sing the “happy birthday” song twice. However, your hand-washing efforts may just prove futile once you touch those germ-ridden objects and surfaces at home – which introduces bacteria right back onto your body. Are you guilty of that?
With schools now back in full swing across Singapore, you might just be finding yourself cleaning and sanitizing everything that your children come into contact with these days, but you may just be neglecting these 5 inconspicuous culprits of filth:
1. Water bottles
2. Car seats
3. Lunch boxes
Young children carry plenty of germs that can cause colds, flus and even COVID-19. This is especially scary since COVID-19 symptoms are usually mild in children – and some children are especially asymptomatic. As such, parents and helpers should pay attention to how thoroughly they clean and sanitize for the child’s health and wellbeing.
Check out our graphic below to see the tips and tricks to cleaning your kid's essential items!
Now that the safety precautions are in order, it's time to let your child to live life, build good memories and have some fun!
We're in Phase 1 now, and very soon we'll be in Phase 2, where everything might get booked out, prices might soar, and as we know - crowds go crazy!
Our advice? Start planning your child's next birthday party or family event NOW. Especially when there are promos from party providers like Busy Tables, where you don't even need to provide any deposit nor cancellation fees.
Stay safe, and may you celebrate each and everyday with joy!
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!