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Guide to Choosing a High Chair for Your Baby

At around 6 months of age, you may safely introduce solid foods to your baby and a high chair (or sometimes referred to as “baby chair”) comes in useful when your baby can sit up on his own to eat. (Read: A New Parents’ Guide to Starting Solids for Children or Guide to starting baby on solids)

High chairs are a common sights in a new family, thanks to the convenience it offers at meal times.

Highchairs are essentially tall chairs that come with child safety restraints and an attached tray for eating.  The main purpose of a high chair is for your baby to engage in feeding activities at a comfortable height. The child restrain can keep your baby safe while the height of the high chair brings your child up to the same level as other family members who are eating at the dining table.

Baby gets to work on his fine motor skills when he picks up food to self-feed and explores different foods. He also gets to socialise with others while eating hence, a high chair is recommended by many parents.

What should I look out for in a high chair?

There are many different high chairs in the market, how do you know which one to buy?

#1: Safety features

As with any products meant for your baby, safety is of paramount importance. A high chair should have the following features for safety purposes:

  1. Enough weight and stability to prevent toppling incidents when your baby becomes more active when they are sitting in it.
  2. No sharp or rough edges or parts that could accidentally hurt your child.
  3. Adjustable safety straps that can not be easily detached by your child.
  4. Lockable wheels, if you prefer high chairs on wheels.
  5. If your high chair comes with a detachable tray, make sure it is only detachable by adults.

#2: Ease of cleaning

The baby chair may be used for every meal your baby has but babies are notoriously known to be messy eaters (Read: How to Start Baby Led Weaning: Tips from a Mum of 2). In our opinion, the ease of maintaining hygiene ranks right after safety and this is why selecting a high chair that is easy to clean is next on our list.

Some high chairs come with washable covers, which you can remove for thorough cleaning.

Choose high chairs that can be wiped down easily and those with as little seams and cervices as possible, so that there are less places where food particles can be lodged in. Some high chairs have detachable eating trays that you can easily detach to clean after each meal, or a tray-within-a-tray feature where the tray on top can be detached and be washed easily.

#3: Comfort and support

Ensure that the parts of your highchair that come into contact with your baby feels comfortable to you. Padded high chairs can provide more cushion for your baby while non-cushioned higher chairs can be cooler to sit in, particularly in our tropical weather.

#4: Storage

In space-limited Singapore, our homes are smaller and so is our storage space. Hence, the storage requirements of your high chair become quite important. Look for high chairs that can be foldable without being too flimsy. If you have toddlers running around your home, you may also want to see if your desired high chair can be locked when folded, to reduce accident risks.

Extra features to look out for when buying a high chair

Look out for height adjustment features – this offers flexibility where parents or the caregiver would like to feed the child by sitting beside him. Additionally, if you prefer for baby to dine at the dining table with the rest of the family, getting a high chair of a height that aligned with the furniture would be helpful.

High chairs with footrests promote good posture for your baby when they are eating. They allow your baby to sit with their hips properly resting on the seat and ensure that their legs are not dangling in the air when they eat, especially useful for young babies who are just starting to sit up.

Is it worth buying an expensive high chair?

High chairs in Singapore cost anything from $30 to $500, more if you purchase additional accessories. So, are expensive high chairs worth the investment, if you can find cheaper alternatives that checks most of your requirements?

Since worth is subjective, the simple answer is to look at the life span of the high chair, from how it sits your child, whether it is adjustable as your child grows, the comfort level as well as its building material, for the purposes of your family’s usage.

We hope this simple guide provides practical tips in your quest for a suitable high chair. Do share with us in comments if there are any additional functions or features that you look out for when purchasing a high chair. We’d be interested to hear!

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Enjoy FREE Entry for Kids at these Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore

Are there indoor playgrounds in Singapore that allow our kids to play for free? Yes, there are, and here’s a list you don’t want to miss! Start planning your day out with your kids now!

Playing lets children be creative, develop dexterity and physical cognitive while growing stronger in the process and develop their imagination. Playing also enables children to build social skills and spend their energy store for better rest and growth.

There are many activities that promote play. It can be a visual game of Match and Sort Color, some right brain activities like these but one of the most engaging play activities is physical play.

 

List of indoor playgrounds in Singapore which offers free entry for kids

It can get expensive to bring the whole family out for a fun outing. Thankfully, free entry at these indoor playgrounds in Singapore can help save some dollars!

 

IKEA Småland

IKEA Småland is a play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing where your kids will be watched by IKEA staff while you shop. There are also quiet activities like colouring and drawing provided, or, your kids can choose to watch a kid-friendly movie.

 

Indoor Playground:IKEA Småland (Alexandra and Tampines)

Height Requirement:Between 90cm to 120cm

Duration:1 hour

Opening hours:Store opening hours. Last admission one hour before closing.

Good to know: The guardian(s) indicated on the indemnity form must remain in the IKEA store and be contactable as long as your child is in the playroom.

 

 

PIP’s PLAYbox

PIP’s PLAYbox has a children’s art space that includes a loft, an arts and craft area, a reading corner filled with books by Singapore writers and illustrators, as well as an outdoor play area. In conjunction with Esplanade’s festivals and series, they host a range of free activities for kids in this space, from storytelling sessions to self-guided craft activities.

 

Indoor Playground:PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, Esplanade

Age:No limitations

Height:No limitations

Opening hours:Opening hours: 11am – 6pm daily

Good to know:Closed for cleaning: 2pm – 3pm daily*

 

 

The Artground

 

The Artground is a charity organization that has a dedicated indoor play space for children. They organise free activities for kids based on seasonal arts themes to stimulate and provide arts-oriented activities for kids.

 

Indoor Playground:The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre

Age:No limitation

Height:No limitation

Opening hours:Wednesday – Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday & selected Public Holidays*: 9.30am – 6pm

Open on Selected Public Holidays

Good to know:  Entry is free, donations are encouraged

 

 

Train Terrace at Causeway Point in Singapore

 

The Train Terrace is a 1,700 sq ft trained-themed indoor playground located at Causeway Point. If you play tag team with your partner, you can take turns to shop and at the same time give your children some serious, free fun.

 

Indoor Playground:Train Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for older children within the height limitation.

 

Jungle Terrace at Causeway Point

 

Located in the same mall as the Train Terrace, the Jungle Terrace is a larger indoor playground at Causeway Point that spans across a space of 2,400 sq ft. It is a safari-themed indoor playground with many animal features for endless creative playtime.

 

Indoor Playground:Jungle Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

 

Kidz @ Dry Play, located at Northpoint

 

Kidz @ Dry Play Areas is an animal farm themed indoor playground that has features such as a tree house, a chicken coop, a caterpillar and other farm animals.

 

Indoor Playground:Kidz @ Dry Play Areas, Northpoint, Level 4

Age: For kids below 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 9pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

Free play areas at the Singapore Changi Airport

 

Changi Airport has several free play areas as well located both at the public areas of the airport and within the transit areas of Terminals 1 and 3. These play areas provide entertainment for your children with no minimum spend at the airport.

 

Indoor Playground:    Terminal 1, Public Area, Level 3 (next to Viewing Mall)

Terminal 1, Transit Area, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall East (next to Discovery Garden)

Terminal 3, Basement 2 (next to Etoz)

Terminal 3, Transit, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall Central (next to Louis Vuitton Duplex  Store)

Opening hours:24 hours

 

Photo credits: Estella Goh

 

This play area at Jewel Changi Airport is a turfed area with little wooden structures for little ones to explore. It is a rather small area, that welcomes younger children to play for free when families visit Jewel.

 

Indoor Playground: Jewel, Level 2

Age: –

Height: –

Opening hours:24 hours

Good to know:More suitable for younger children although we have seen older children playing as well.

 

Credits: Estella Goh

 

Kid’s Wonderland at Waterway Point is a fully padded indoor playground that adopts the “Alice in Wonderland” theme and has a mad-hatter, bunny, butterfly and a caterpillar features, in addition to a mini slide. Head to the Family Zone at this mall in Punggol for some free play!

Indoor Playground:Wonderland, Waterway Point, Level 2

Age:Under 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Good to know:No shoes in the indoor playground, more suitable for toddlers and younger children.

 

Looking to dine for free with your kids? Check out our list of cafes and restaurants in Singapore that allow you to eat for free!

 

If you’re looking to take your kids for some outdoor fun, these outdoor playgrounds in Singaporeoffer a good time with sand and Mother Nature!

 

Isn’t it nice to know that there are free play options for families in Singapore? Do you know of any other indoor playground that are absolutely free? Share it with us in the comments!

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How to choose the right infant care centre in Singapore

In Singapore, infant care centres offer educare services to newborns from 2 months old till 18 months old. It is an option for working parents who are unable to look after their infants during the day.

Making the decision of sending your baby to an infant care centre is the first big step forward. The second decision that requires some prior research is determining which is the “best”infant care centre in Singapore.

We’ve come up with a few pointers and questions you may want to consider when deciding on the right infant care centre to send your precious little baby.

Infant care centres in Singapore are overseen by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

  • Location and Accessibility
    Is the infant care centre located within convenient distance from your home or workplace? Is it located near a bus stop or train station? It may not seem like much, but 5 minutes saved on travelling each day adds up to 100 minutes in a month of 20 work days!
  • Fees and subsidies
    The fees for infant care centres vary depending on centres. You can check out the infant care centres listed under ECDA’s Partner Operator Scheme and Anchor Operator Scheme, as these centres have a fee cap for both full and half day infant care programmes. Also, parents with certain household income may apply for basic or additional subsidies to save on the monthly infant care fees.
  • Educarer:Infant Ratio
    The stipulated educarer:infant ratio by ECDA is 1:5, but some infant care centres offer a lower ratio for more individualised attention. Do take note that centres with lower ratios may charge a higher fee. 
  • Cleanliness and Hygiene
    Infants below six months old are especially vulnerable to illnesses as their immune systems are still developing. Apart from standard temperature checks and hand sanitisation at the door and throughout the day, check that the educarers practise frequent hand washing and use gloves when changing diapers. This can be observed when you visit the infant care centre.

Infant care centres do more than plain routine care for infants.

 

  • Ventilation
    Most, but not all, infant care centres are air-conditioned. If the infant care centre that you are interested in is ventilated naturally, check that they have air purifiers in place for use when the air quality is unsatisfactory.Also, for non-air conditioned infant care centres, look out for safety features such as window grilles and the type of window blinds or curtains used. The latter should ideally not have hanging cords as they are a safety risk for curious infants and toddling tots.
  • Milk feeding arrangements

For babies who are on breastmilk, find out from the educarers if they have the knowledge and equipment to warm up expressed breast milk. For babies who are drinking formula milk, check with them what parents should prepare e.g. number of milk bottles, should you leave a tin of infant formula milk labelled with your baby’s name etc.

  • Curriculum
    Infant educarers do more than just routine care. There might not be a fixed classroom schedule for younger infants as they spend most of their day sleeping. When they are awake, educarers engage infants in activities that stimulate their senses, such as music, art and craft and sensory play.
  • Parent Communication
    As your infant will be spending many hours in the infant care centre, it is important that you are comfortable with the communication tool the school uses. Certain infant care centres use a communication book, where updates are detailed in pen on paper. Other infant care centres provide updates via an application where you can be alerted to updates the moment the details are keyed in. 

While there might not be a perfect infant care centre, do take some time to discuss the top three must-haves when choosing a comfortable centre for your baby.It would help to visit the infant care on a weekday and talk to the educarers and principal to understand about their processes and beliefs too.

 

Read our guide to choose the right childcare centre or preschool when your child turns 18 months old!

What were some of your deciding factors when selecting an infant care centre? Share it with us in the comments!

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4 Easy Right Brain Activities to Play with Kids at Home

A child’s brain develops at exponential speed from during the first three years, with the right brain being more dominant until around three years old.

The left brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. Functions include logic, language, reasoning, Science and Math, number skills and analytical thought.

The right brain is the artistic and creative side of the brain and its functions include art awareness, creativity, imagination, intuition, holistic thought and music awareness. Also, the right brain enables a child to learn subconsciously and has the potential to process large amount of data at super-fast speed, unlike the left brain. This in turn translates to better memory retention ability.

Besides attending right brain training sessions, parents can partake in simple right brain activities at home with your kids too. The key to right brain activities is the fast speed technique which engages young kids while developing their focus. Have fun playing together!

Right Brain Development Activity #1: Link Memory
Link memory is a set of picture cards with little relation to each other. The game is played by creating a link between the cards and developing a story. This game encourages creativity and triggers the brain’s potential for photographic memory by stimulating the right brain. This activity is suitable for children who can vocalise themselves and identify the items in the photographs.

Have fun creating funny stories with pictures that are part of the Link Memory activity, which helps stimulate the right brain through visuals and memory.Source.

Right Brain Development Activity #2: Flashcards

Flashcards are sets of pictorial cards that are shown in quick succession to the child. It is accompanied by vocalisation of the description of the photos. You can stimulate your child’s right brain by flashing the pictorial cards at a rate of 2 cards per second, as opposed to flashing slowly which exercises their logic brain; the left brain.

This activity can be done even before the child recognises the items in the photographs. As the cards are flashed quickly, the right brain is stimulated by the quick speed. Their photographic memory is enhanced when they try to recall the cards as they are being flashed. It is best to use flashcards with large and colourful pictures without any words.

Right Brain Development Activity #3: Visual Memory
Visual memory games are played like this: First, you get your child to look at images that comprise of different shapes and colours. Afterwards, your child is supposed to replicate them from their memory by drawing them out or use shape blocks to form the exact same image that was shown to them.

Visual memory games help strengthen your child’s right brain.
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Right Brain Development Activity #4: Tangrams

Tangram puzzles are seven shapes cut from a square that can be rearranged to form other shapes. You can print out puzzle guides for your older child to follow, or let your child be creative and use the shapes to create their own figure while looking at the tangram image.

To support healthy brain development, offer children a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals through nutrient-rich meals. Apart from superfoods and food that are high in healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, parents can choose age-appropriate formula milk powder to supplement children’s diet to obtain the essential nutrients.

Do you stimulate your children’s right brain development at home too? Share with us your kids’ favourite right brain training activities in the comments below!

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10 Fun Activities To Do With Your 24 – 36 Months Old

With your active toddler now officially between two to three years of age, this is the time where they are learning about boundaries and struggling between their total reliance on their caregivers and their independence. As their reasoning skills, gross motor and fine motor development are further enhanced, parents can engage in simple yet interactive play with your tots!

 

Here are 10 fun and easy toddler activities to try out at home:

 

Tangrams can be used to create a variety of patterns, and toddlers sharpen their observation skills while playing.


1.  Tangram puzzles

Tangram puzzles are typically made of wood and come in a set of assorted shapes like hexagons, diamonds, triangles, squares and trapeziums. Seemingly simple, tangram puzzles enhance spatial intelligence and enable children to visualise structures. Spatial skills have been linked to better academic performance.

There is no fixed way to play with tangrams; you can let your child make his or her own complex shapes or follow the puzzle card to form shapes.

 

2.  Tapes on a mirror

Get a child-safe mirror and paste a few strips of masking tapes or washi tapes on top of the mirror with ends folded in for easy gripping. This activity helps young children improve their dexterity. An alternative to a mirror would be a large baking tray.

 

3.  Build calming bottles

Calming bottles can be made easily using glitter, liquid glue mixed with water and some embellishments. Your toddler can assist by pouring the ingredients into a clear plastic drink bottle using a funnel. Remember to seal the cap tight with a hot glue gun to prevent a glittery mess all over your furniture! Those pretty colours and embellishments provide a visual experience for your toddler as they learn about shapes, sizes, colours and even movement as they tilt the calming bottles.

 

4.  Racetrack

A clean, large, cardboard box can be cut open and drawn on to become a low-cost yet usable race track for your child’s toy vehicles. Involve your child by letting him or her decorate the race track with markers or crayons. Then, let your toddler place vehicles, animals, or any other toys or items from the home to create roadblocks. Your child’s creativity is in charge!

 

 

Most two to three-year-olds should be able to place ingredients on top of bread to create a sandwich and help create a simple meal.

 

5.  Obstacle Course

Create an indoor obstacle course by placing pillows, boxes, crates and furniture strategically for your toddler to jump, climb, manoeuvre and crawl under. Such activities not only train their balancing and coordination skills but also their spatial awareness. Just remember to take precaution about safety, and avoid playing near the window, or balcony.

 

6.  Make a sandwich

Lay out ingredients such as sliced bread, butter or jam and other ingredients like ham, tomatoes or cheese for creating the sandwich on a large food tray. Your toddler will have fun spreading the bread slices with a butter knife and assembling his or her own sandwich. This activity works on their fine motor skills, hand strength, coordination and attention span. Mummy’s little chef in the making!

 

7.  Dance to music

Perhaps the easiest activity to set up – dance time! Simply switch on your child’s favourite tune of the moment and start dancing! Parents can hang loose, and enjoy the disco time with your little tot – watch him or her groove!

 

Water jug stations are quick and easy ways to keep a toddler busy, and helps build confidence too.

 

8. Water Jug Station

Toddlers love to perform tasks by themselves. Setting up a water jug station that is easily accessible to them gives them the opportunity to practice transferring water from a jug into a cup. This task takes practice and you will have to keep clean towels handy to wipe up spills.

 

9. Mirror Paint

Create symmetrical artwork by folding a paper into half and dripping different colours of paint near the middle on one side. Fold the paper and unfold again to reveal symmetrical shapes. The visual wonder is sure to garner plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” from your little observer!

 

10. Straw painting

The last activity is art related as well. Drip a large drop of paint onto paper and let your child control the route of the paint by blowing through a straw. This activity builds up their attention span, and as they create their straw painting masterpiece, they would also discover about cause-and-effect at play!

 

What is your favourite activity for 2 to 3-year-olds? How did they react? Let us know in the comments!

 

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5 Fun Activities To Do With Your 18 – 24 Months Old

18 to 24 months-olds are a lot of fun to be with. They’re more alert than babies and charge with wide-eyed curiosity to learn more about the environment that they live in. Don’t waste time letting your television babysit and get up to some engaging activities instead.

 

Make sure that the toys do not contain electronic parts before freezing!

 

#1: Surprise Ice Cubes

Select a few small toys without electronic components and place them into an empty ice tray. Fill it up with water and a few drops of food colouring to darken the water before placing it into the freezer. Repeat with different toys and colours.

Let your toddler figure out how to melt the ice cubes and be surprised when they discover the hidden toy. It’s best to attempt this activity in the bathroom for easy cleanup. You can also teach them about colour combinations when the ice cubes melt and coloured water mixes.

Ice provides an endless discovery of exploration for inquisitive toddlers!

 

#2: Ice Painting
Painting on the ice, rather than on paper, can be a new experience for toddlers. Place some ice cubes on a large tray and let your toddler paint over the ice cubes. You can also try creating ice blocks by freezing water in a large container. Large ice blocks act as a canvas for your toddler to observe how the paint creates patterns on the ice.

Be careful to keep your curious toddler from licking the ice!

 

#3: Oobleck play

Oobleck is a Non-Newtonian fluid which has intriguing properties as it acts like a liquid when you dip your hands into it but feels solid when you punch or squeeze it. This is one of the simpler Science experiments you can introduce to your toddler as it only requires two ingredients – cornstarch and water.

To make oobleck, mix 1.5 or 2 parts of cornstarch into 1 part of the water in small quantities, stirring constantly. It should feel like slime. You can add in a few drops of food colouring to make coloured slime.

This is a messy sensorial activity, best done on a large mat or wading pool for easy cleanup.

 

#4: Lid scooping

Save those colourful caps from food pouches and put them into a bowl of water. If you don’t have those, small bottle caps are great too. Get a small net for your toddler to practice scooping. This activity reinforces their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

To make this activity more challenging, direct a fan onto the water to create movement.

Clean sponges provide a sensorial learning opportunity for your toddler.

 

#5: Squeezy Sponges

This is another simple activity which does not require much preparation. Fill up a basin with water and toss in the sponges. Your toddler will love squeezing water out of the sponges, soaking them and repeating the process.

To make this activity even more interesting, place enough water just for one sponge into a bowl so that the sponge will be able to absorb all the water, leaving the bowl empty. This can be a learning opportunity about absorbency for your toddler. You can also vary the activity by introducing other objects into the water such as cardboard or plastic to introduce the concept of absorption to them.

The above activities do not require a lot of preparation beforehand and are relatively easy to execute. Try them with your toddler someday and let us know your toddler’s reaction in the comments!

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Baby’s First Sensory Bin: 10 Household Items that Offers Endless Fun

Babies are intuitively curious.

By engaging their senses and offering them with an opportunity to explore, babies learn to make sense of their world.
The importance of sensory play in early childhood acts as a springboard to nurture a baby’s development in a multitude of ways.
Besides offering store-bought toys, how about creating your baby’s first sensory bin with common household items?

What is a sensory bin?

A sensory bin consists of a container with a mix of fillers that offers tactile experience. There’s no right or wrong way to present a sensory bin. As with children, remember safety should always come first – parents should pick items that are safe and suitable for their child.

Go ahead, and let your child lead the play!

 

For young babies, it is essential to select items that are not choking hazards, and are generally child-friendly. If your child loves putting things in her mouth, be sure to keep sharp objects or tiny items out of the sensory bin.
Sensory bins are versatile and can accommodate ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ play. Add water into the bin and get ready for some splashing fun! There’s always an opportunity to explore the sensory bin during bath times, or in the bathroom for that added water fun.

Benefits of a sensory bin

“envisioned a child’s knowledge as composed of schemas, basic units of knowledge used to organize past experiences and serve as a basis for understanding new ones.
— Jean Piaget, French Psychologist

This sensory play method allows parents to switch around with different fillers every single time! Best of all, the items are not expensive, complicated and do not require batteries. In fact, it’s about upcycling what you already have without buying more.

According to French Psychologist, Jean Piaget, he “envisioned a child’s knowledge as composed of schemas, basic units of knowledge used to organize past experiences and serve as a basis for understanding new ones.”

Learning with simple items that are readily available at home makes it a spontaneous opportunity for your child to observe how these things are also used on a regular day too!

 

Learning with simple items that are readily available at home makes it a spontaneous opportunity for your child to observe how these things are also used on a regular day too!

 

Through this hands-on exploration, here’s what a sensory bin offers young children:

  • Engage their senses: Multi-sensorial points are simultaneously triggered. Feeling the textured sides of a sponge, looking and listening to the sound when shaking a bottle of water, touching pasta and throwing them into a container, are just some ways your little learner is picking up notes!
  • Develop practical life skills: Oh that mess! Don’t worry, your child is learning about cause-and-effect. Baby learns to pick up each pasta after the container was overturned, sharpening his fine motor skills as he discovers about pinching clothes pegs, attempts to scoop toilet roll and pasta with the ladle. It’s all about daring to try, baby, and that’s how we hope to nurture our children to be adapt to situations and keep going.
  • Build cognitive development: Problem-solving skills, reasoning and logic are just some of those areas that your child is working on as he explores the myriad of items in his new sensory bin! Encourage him, if he decides to put all the clothes peg into the resealable bag, or puts pasta into the empty supplement container to turn it into a shaker.
  • Enhance language and communication skills: As parents involve themselves while children are exploring, this leads to asking questions, exposure to new vocabulary, conversations and more! If baby decides to do a taste test with the sponge, you could even ask him if it was yummy – and go on to explain that sponges are not for eating. Thought process in the works!
  • Nurture emotional development: Independent play allows child to focus on a task, contributing to self-discovery. Playing with other children offers them with an opportunity to pick up social skills, by learning to cooperate and play together (or fight over!) with items from the sensory bin.
  • Strengthen social skills and bonds: Through parent-child interaction, or exploring the sensory bin with another child, this presents a new environment to learn about sharing and taking turns. There might be some tears, but it’s entirely expected!

Putting together baby’s first sensory bin

We put together a list of 10 common household items that are affordable, and yet promise to pique baby’s curiosity!

You will need a container to hold these items. Do ensure it is cleaned before offering baby.

 

Putting together baby’s first sensory bin

 


 

    • New sponges
    • Resealable bag or small plastic bag
    • Empty supplement container
    • Toilet roll
    • Pasta
    • Clothes peg
    • Shredded paper and envelopes
    • Ladle and spoons
    • Snack holder
    • Water bottles

A little warning though – be prepared for flying pasta, ladles, clothes pegs, toilet rolls… just about anything within baby’s sight! Well, that is pretty expected and all in a day of sensorial fun to observe mummy and daddy’s reactions too!

How can parents be involved during the sensory bin exploration?

Parents can choose to be facilitators or play together with your child at various stages of play. Babies are naturally curious, and exploration allows them to discover new things through experience. You would be surprised how they make sense of these newly discovered items that their little fingers are getting hold of!

Sensory bins offer a variety of adventures within the indoors, and are great for rainy days, or when the child needs to stay home. But that’s no reason why they should be denied of excitement in an unconventional way, as we work towards raising world-ready children who are ready to take on new experiences! Are you and your baby ready for the invitation to play?

Does your child enjoy playing with sensory bins too? Tell us what’s your child’s favourite household item that he enjoys playing with!