The sixth of October is drawing close, and with that special day looming, your children are definitely looking forward to a day filled with happy treats and fun times. This Children’s Day, surprise your child with a gift that’s not a toy (and give yourself one less toy to clean up after in the process).
The Gift of Time
Easily customisable and something your kid can be proud of, watches are a great way to help a child develop a sense of time. It can also give your child the chance to learn responsibility and independence. By wearing a watch, they can learn to keep track of how much time is left in an activity and how to be on time for their activities.
Smart watches are all the rage now and they’re adapting quickly to fit on little wrists. The POSB Smart Buddy Watch is the world’s first in-school savings and payments that your child can carry around on their wrist. It also lets your child tap to pay in school and at selected merchants, check on balances, and keep an eye on fitness levels.
Paired with a mobile app, parents can instantly allocate allowances, check on savings or spending, and be informed of your child’s whereabouts with the bus tracker and in-school locator feature.
The Sound of Music
Picking up a new instrument is a great way to support your child’s early development. Making your own sounds, melodies and rhythms are just as important. However, you don’t have to go all out and spend too much on instruments at a music store for your child.
Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social, emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It also helps your child’s body and mind to work together. What’s more, it doubles up as a great parent-child bonding activity – be it coming up with a family anthem, or playing the latest pop tunes on a piano.
Gaining the ability to make music can help shape your child’s mind and spirit. Who knows? You could be nurturing the next Mozart.
Marking Milestones and Memories
From preschool and beyond, life gives you and your kids lots of little moments you want to keep as memorabilia. Scrapbooks are a great way to save these memories and tell the story of your child’s life.
Scrapbooking is a pastime that’s fun to do and indulges one’s creative side. It also makes an artistic twist in keeping memorabilia and photos.
Not only is the activity fun, it teaches children responsibility and commitment, as it takes time to complete.
Even with the help of tools such as coloured pens and a host of office supplies, one still needs to focus and exercise patience to accomplish the task. Therefore, when it is completed, a satisfaction like no other surges in.
Go for a class together
It doesn’t matter what the enrichment class teaches – your kid will always remember it. Kill two birds with one stone by combining a gift with a lesson that could be a useful life experience.
Be it a cooking class where the two of you learn how to whip up his or her favourite pancakes, or have a go at becoming a Junior Newscaster, the lasting effect of a positive experience shared definitely has a longer shelf-life than a brand-new iPad.
Head down to “I’m Proud of You” – A Champion Family Festival – at the Singapore Expo, Hall 1, from 7 to 8 October 2017 for a myriad of classes and workshops.
The festival is part of the “I’m Proud of You“ movement organised by MindChamps and The Straits Times, with activities designed to allow every child to share fun challenges with parents, siblings and friends – to show their skills and learn from their mistakes in an exciting, fun environment.
A “first” experience is a gift
There’s nothing quite like taking your kid to their first theatre production, concert, or sporting event (to name a few).
Not drifting too far from the joint classes mentioned earlier, a first experience is something you and your kid will look back on fondly in the years to come. And it could be a start of something new – a career choice, a new healthy hobby, or an activity that keeps the family unit united and strong.
The Champion Family Festival is the perfect occasion for first experiences.
Fun activities such as clambering Singapore’s Longest Indoor Inflatable Obstacle Course, participating in Indoor Family Soccer Matches, and a meet & greet session with favourite mascots from popular Korean TV series, Pororo the Little Penguin.
This provides engaging activities for families, with specially created activities in three zones – Learning, Creative and Champion – for parents and children to share true quality time and bond with each other.
Event: “I’m Proud of You” – A Champion Family Festival
Dates: 7 – 8 October 2017
Venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 1
Timing: 10 am – 9 pm