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Make & Bake, Play & Shop With Kiddo At Home

Here’s how you can keep your littlest loved ones – and yourself – entertained even when you’re spending quality family time indoors.

By Chris Ong      31 July 2021

With the return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), bringing the brood out for the weekend, daily playtime outdoors or even just to run an errand or a stroll, might have become less than cheery. While you can head out in bigger groups of more than 2, you might have to prove that everyone in the group is a family member residing in the same residence when needed to, and besides, it isn’t exactly safe for the children to wander about for too long outside and be potentially exposed to the awful COVID-19 virus. But, staying in with the kids needn’t be a boring affair; you can still keep the playful ones (yourself included) happy by engaging in some fun and productive activities at home.

 

Photo: KKDay

Make A Cutesy Accessory

There are many D.I.Y. projects that you can undertake while at home, even without proper materials, tools or supplies. One such activity that will show your love for your kid and vice versa, is making and gifting each other handmade accessories. Some of the easiest ones to do: a necklace using some string and old buttons; couple bracelets using coloured rubberbands or hair ties; or even a simple tote bag sewn up using old clothes. It’s a creative way to upcycle your unwanted stuff, and an opportunity to teach your child all about handiwork, eco-consciousness and sustainability.

If your future fashion designer prefers making an actual accessory with the proper materials and with proper instruction, you can try getting the DIY Animal Leather Charm Kit ($25.25 for two) from KKday, an e-commerce travel platform that offers virtual tours and family-friendly activities. Suitable for kids aged 8 years and above, the kit comes with scratch- and water-resistant Saffiano leather, a keychain and easy step-by-step instructions with images for your child to make charm that can be hooked onto a bag, purse or to keys. The only problem? You will need to decide on an animal design – bull, moose, hippo or elephant. Or, you can just order sets for all 4 designs so your little crafts maker can make more gifts for more loved ones.

The DIY Animal Leather Charm Kit is available from KKDay.

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BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy 20% off virtual classes and tours, and other staycation and booking discounts at Kkday. Click here for more information.


Photo: KKDay

Bake Some Tasty Nom Noms

This is more for the homemakers with cooking and baking experience (or, even if you aren’t one but are willing and adventurous enough to try doing so with the kids), with a working kitchen with the right kitchen appliances (a.k.a. baking oven), utensils and tools.

If you do not have the actual skills (teaching or baking), then you could embark on an adventure together with your aspiring master chef junior by getting the DIY Bake n Deco Home Kit for Kids,  ($68) or the Singapore Heritage Snack Kit ($85), both sold on KKday. The former lets kiddo bake adorable bakes such as emoji cookies, penguin cookie bites and more, while the latter allows him or her to try his or her hand at rustling up traditional Singaporean treats such as mantou, kueh lapis sagu and kueh dadar; both come with easy instructions and all the ingredients, tools and supplies. Look them up at KKday to pick your baking array of choice.

The DIY Bake n Deco Home Kit for Kids and the Singapore Heritage Snack Kit ($85) are available from KKday; www.facebook.com/KKday; www.instagram.com/kkdaysg.

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BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy 20% off virtual classes and tours, and other staycation and booking discounts at Kkday. Click here for more information.


Photo: OETEO

Shop For Fashion Online With The Tiny Tot

Here’s another SG-favoured activity that you and your LO can do together: shopping for clothes. Our personal reco: OETEO, a homegrown baby apparel brand and store founded by the parent-duo of Joanne and Wilson. Known for their quality, fuss-free and comfy baby wear, their signature design is the Easyeo (various designs, from $10), a first-of-its-kind unique and convenient baby romper that’s made without zips, snaps or buttons. Pick one up, and then pick through the many other stylish garb available on the site. There’s the National Day Promos featuring Jian Zhi red and white designs (from $30); new, vibrant camouflage print Camo Flash Toddler Essential Tees ($16.90); and soft Happy Go Hatchling Bamboo clothing sets (from $17.90). Stay-home kids fashion has never looked so stylish or been so easy to shop for.

OETEO, https://oeteo.co; www.facebook.com/embraceoeteo; www.instagram.com/embraceoeteo. The brand is also available at various e-retail partners and e-market places such as ZALORA and Shopee Mall.

BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy 20% off regular-priced items (not including Little Sprout Box and discounted products) at OETEO. Click here for more information.


Photo: Kidmoro

Buy More Toys For The Tyke To Play With Indoors

The best and most fun way to get your energetic bunnies to stay home? Buy them toys. You can opt for the oldest trick in the parenting book, but do it in an open and digitally-wise way: Shopping online together with your child on Kidmoro. This toys e-store believes in having kids lead a healthy lifestyle and learning through play, so if you have a sporty fella or want an element of education in your kid’s active fun, then head here. Some of the latest select picks for all-day playtime at home: Play-Doh Ultimate Color Collection 65-Pack of Modeling Compound ($39.92); Chutes and Ladders: Peppa Pig Edition Board Game ($20.90); and an Intelligent Dual-Mode Control, Gyroscope Induction and Remote Control Model, CRANE Truck ($129.90). Fill up yer basket, then fill it up some more with its “COVID-19” selection of kids’ face masks. It may be draining on your wallet, but hey, at least the fam is keeping safe while shopping and playing together.

Kidmoro, https://kidmoro.com; www.facebook.com/kidmorosingapore; www.instagram.com/kidmorosingapore

BONUS: SAFRA members enjoy 20% off total online purchase and free delivery with a minimum spend of $50 at Kidmoro. Click here for more information.


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