If your kids have been good this year, then they are in luck. Santa, mama, daddy (or whoever is in charge of the Christmas pressies in your house) will have their work cut out for them wading through toy options at the toy store! If the thought of festive shopping sends panic through your system, fear not – we have this handy gift guide for babies and kiddos that’ll make present shopping a breeze. From Singapore memento style colouring posters from Scribolo to award winning science and STEM toys for growing little brains to figure out, there are lots of cool gifts to be found in Singapore (most of which you can order from the comfort of your own couch – score!). Look out for our other Gift Guides for Dads and for Mamas and Friends, too!
Creative kids will love Scribolo a huge Singapore colouring poster ($32) that comes handily rolled up and is easy to lay out and get colouring! Beautiful ink-drawn illustrations with Singapore’s iconic landmarks make this a sweet gift to inspire creativity in kids. It’s designed for children to colour-in with markers, but we bet mama and papa won’t be able to resist having a go too and that’s great as the poster is huge – 145 cm wide by 58 cm tall – plenty of space for some side by side colouring! One for proud kids living in Singapore or even as a leaving pressie or souvenir.
Cuckoo is a little lifestyle store with a beautifully curated selection of décor, furniture, clothing and gifts for children from 0 – 12 years old. Find them at their new space in Tanglin Mall Level 3 (after having moved from Dempsey). From hand illustrated puzzles and games by Londji to imaginative fun wooden toys by Kiko, beautifully designed arts and crafts by Mon Petit Art and the best selling Joseph bunny night light from Rose in April, there’s something for every creative kiddo. Specially for Christmas, we’re loving the playful rattan baskets by Oli Ella and soft toy sea animals by Big Stuffed! If you’re stuck on what gifts to get, check out all the cool ideas on their website.
Little Bearnie does unique handmade lifestyle products for mums and kids. Their teething accessories of teethers and beads, specially imported from US and Canada are 100% food grade silicone material and BPA, PVC, vinyl, phthalate, cadmium and lead free. We love these super sweet designs – think unicorns and bubble tea cups! They also do teething necklaces and bangles for mums to wear – the perfect solution for wearing pretty accessories that bubba can play with and use for soothing teething gums!
Little Llama is your one-stop shop for quality STEM toys and books for children from newborns up til 7 years old. Their products from brands like MOLUK, Manhattan Toys and Jellycat, are curated by Child-Development Professionals which is always good for us mamas to know and many of the toys are award winning too!
MOLUK’s toy the HIX – the fun construction toy made of versatile convertible cones in food-grade silicon – just won this year’s Science Toy Award in the preschool category and MOLUK’s Pluï received special mention at the Science Toy Award 2016.
Want to make learning fun for your kids? TOYTAG carries a wide range of educational toys and games that will make learning a blast. Research has shown that kids learn better when its more enjoyable and fun and TOYTAG’s list of specially curated toys and games do just that. From toddlers to young kids, they also carry a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) toys that can keep your kids entertained while focusing on logic and problem solving. Check out their 3Doodler in Eco-friendly Plastic that hardens rapidly, allowing kids to draw in the air! An amazing way to bring kids’ imaginative ideas to life in 3D.
Krftd (pronounced as crafted) does customised decorative throw cushions in fabrics from US textile designers made locally in Singapore. Their latest product the 100% organic cotton Snuggy beansprout husk pillow has a 5 step sanitisation process to ensure that they are safe to use for babies. Pillows come with signature satin piping around the edges of the pillow and all pillows have passed the EN71certification. Good to know: the front and back of the pillow case has different designs.
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Lego Boost Creative Toolbox, the winner of the Toy Award at the 2017 Nuremberg International Toy Fair, is the lego based 5-in-1 lego robot with the buzz word ‘coding’ thrown in. Lego Boost brings Lego creations to life by adding movement, sound and even coding and programmable robotics. Read our review here on how this toy works and whether it’s worth the hype and price tag.
Gifts that are affordable and support a truly worthy cause? Yes, please! In support of its global Let’s Play for Change initiative, IKEA Foundation has granted $72,000,000 to its six participating partners to support the fundamental right of every child to play and to develop. Donate your newly purchased baby or children’s toy, at the “Give Twice” box located after the check-outs and IKEA Singapore will match each children’s product dropped into the box with another one. The donation will go to Food from the Heart to be distributed to their beneficiaries.
Every child (and adult!) loves to play with magna-tiles.These colorful translucent tiles develop math, science, building and spatial skills. Younger kids will enjoy building with them on a flat surface while older kids can build in 3D. Make your own light box and a whole new world can be created as well! They’re great for solo or multi-child play. Available at Playhao or Amazon.
Osmo is an award winning game system that works with an iPad. The Genius kit comes with an Osmo base and five games including Numbers, Words and Tangrams. Additional games can be purchased separately. Games are all learning based, fun and interactive. Kids can play together or on their own. Osmo just launched an iPhone base in October which is compatible with all games. With two systems to play, the kids won’t be fighting over who’s turn it is to play OSMO! Available at Playhao or online.
This set enables kids to build 13 different models of real world bridges. Hands on experiments can then be conducted. This takes the old make a bridge out of toothpicks and glue experiment and enables kids to build over and over again!