Photo credits: Palette Puzzles
Palette Puzzles is one of our favourites that is guaranteed to occupy your family the entire night. With 6 beautiful designs to choose from and 800 puzzle pieces to assemble, Palette Puzzles will not only leave you feeling accomplished, but also having a pretty decorative piece for your home. What's more, Palette Puzzles is all about empowering women and a large portion of their sales goes back to the talented female artists that design them. 5% of each product purchased from The Social Space is also donated to Room to Read, a non-profit organisation that focuses on improving literacy and gender equality in education in APAC. Talk about supporting a meaningful cause while having fun!
Looking for something more chill? Look no further than the Happiness Initiative’s Let’s Unpack This card game. This game is easy to play and encourages emotionally healthy conversations with your children. As Fred Rogers puts it, "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone."
May this card game cultivate a safe space of sharing and learning that emotional wellness doesn’t mean that we need to be happy all the time; learning to embrace a full spectrum of emotions and process them is not only normal, but healthy too.
#2 Go On a Cycling Adventure
Photo credits: Eat and Travel with Us
We know that keeping the kids at home for too long may cause the house to look like you’re losing a game of Jumanji. So take them out for a cycling adventure! Did you know that cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of transportation? You can save over 300 grams of toxic carbon dioxide greenhouse emissions for every mile you cycle instead of drive!
There are many cycling routes around Singapore worth exploring such as East Coast Park and the Punggol Waterway. Or if you are feeling extra adventurous, you could take a trip to explore the southern islands of Singapore. St John’s and Lazarus Islands are ones you do not want to miss! Home to a rich marine biodiversity, St John's and Lazarus Islands are the perfect places for you to discover and learn more about Singapore's marine life. Enjoy the scenic view as you bike around (and maybe get a workout in at the same time)!
#3 Build a Family Garden
Photo credits: Huy Phan
Studies have shown that planting is positively associated with healthier emotional wellness. For all our friends with green fingers who also have extra space in their homes, why not build your own mini family garden together as a family? And for those who have brown thumbs, perhaps it’s time to give planting a go again this holiday. Learning to care for your plants is certainly a great bonding activity for you and your children. Besides, what’s there to lose when you could also have your mini stash of home-grown ingredients for your kitchen?
Oh! Did we mention that we have created our own plantable line? Yep, you heard it right. Ranging from gift cards, pens, pencils and notebooks, we are sure that you will find something that is not only functional but also environmentally friendly. Once you are done using them, simply plant them and give them life once again! It’s such a nifty idea, if we do say so ourselves.
#4 Volunteer as a Family
Photo credits: Giving.sg
The holidays are always a fun-filled time with our friends and family; but let's not forget to share that joy and laughter with others! With much more time on your hands and everyone at home, the holidays are the perfect time to volunteer as a family. If you are not sure where to volunteer, you could look up different organisations that support the marginalised in society like Lions Home.
Lions Home is a nursing home located in Bishan and Bedok South, focusing on taking care of the elderly in Singapore. There are many volunteering opportunities there such as befriending and entertaining the seniors, providing food and many more. You can find out more here.
Another place you could consider volunteering with is Willing Hearts. Willing Hearts a charity that aims to provide meals and other support services to the needy and marginalised in society. Volunteering opportunities include helping out in the kitchen or as drivers to deliver food. You can click here to sign up to volunteer with Willing Hearts.
Sometimes, the greatest gift we can give each other is our time. And while we may not be able to help everyone, everyone can help someone. This holiday, let us remember not only to spend time with each other, but also with others. Like what Mother Teresa once said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
Alrighty! That’s all from us. We hope that you'll have a blast with your family this June holiday (don’t forget to come and visit us too!).
P.S. To the pawrents out there, keep an eye out for an exciting announcement on our page! Or subscribe to our emailing list – you do not want to miss this. 🐶🐾
(Banner photo credits: Bayu Jefri)
Written by Hannah, Retail & Marketing Intern 2023