Police-themed birthday bash

There comes a point in a toddler’s life where they embrace the significance of community helpers. They begin to imagine being one of them, rescuing people and contributing to the society. We call it little people with big hearts.

If your child squeals in delight at the sound of a police car siren, you’ll know that you have a fan of the law and order. Why not throw him/her a coptastic birthday bash?

Mummy Joey lets us into her DIY police-themed birthday celebration for her four year-old recently:

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“I had serious fun planning for Ewan’s birthday party. The look on his face when he walked into the party to discover everything-police was simply priceless.

To begin the fun, I created an obstacle at the entrance of the party room by zigzagging the entrance with caution tape. To ensure ‘maximum security’, guests were required to ‘scan’ their palm to enter.

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Inside the party hall, I placed a mugshot backdrop – made from large size papers – for photo opportunities. A variety of props such as ‘WANTED’ frames, paper masks, moustaches, sunglasses and hats were available for fun posing.

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Next to it was a hand-drawn Target Practice for little budding police officers, where they could try out their aiming skills with colourful ball-popping toy guns bought from Daiso.

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How about a crime scene? Instead of the silhouette outline of a man which may be a little too morbid for a kid’s party,  a cut-out shape of a frog along with numbering tags were laid out.

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For the dessert table, I did a night cityscape as the background. More props such as handcuff, torchlight, walkie talkie and a lollipop jail adorned the table. And of course, the birthday cake came in the shape of a police car!

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In terms of games, we played ‘nab-the-baddies’ ball search, ‘pin-the-badge’ on a cut-out policeman and musical statues. You can also make a police car piñata from a shoe box.

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Our little guests went home with party favours comprising mini donuts, copcorns, police hat, badge, a toy car and mini magnifier – all placed into a blue paper bag decorated with a big yellow star. It’s that simple!”

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If you would like to share your unique DIY birthday party with our readers, please get in touch with us here.

If you’re looking for a child-friendly venue for your child’s party, look no further. The Happikiddo store in Quill City Mall stores a family cafe designed with kids and parents in mind. It also offers all-inclusive party packages where all you need to do is leave the work to our team and just turn up for the party! For enquiries, please email bigdaddylittlechefs[at]gmail.com

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Lunch with a punch!

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Feeding our children with nutritious, balanced meals is something most mothers take pride in. Healthy eating begins from young and benefits them in years to come. Besides leading by example, another way to encourage healthy eating is through packing wholesome, colourful meals in their school lunchboxes.

My golden rule when preparing meals for the family is integrating a combination of 50% vegetables and fruits, 25% protein (meat, eggs, fish, beans, nuts) and 25% of carbohydrates (rice, noodles, bread, potatoes). For instance, one of the easiest-to-prepare packed lunch for my four year-old is pasta bolognese with steamed broccoli on the side. For snacks, he usually gets a colourful medley of fruits comprising berries, mango and apple as well as some cheese crackers. Once a week, I throw in a small strip of dark chocolate or a packet of organic juice as a treat. Moderation is key.

When it comes to choosing the right lunchbox for our kids, we tend to ponder on several criteria:

  • Made of good quality, BPA-free material. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe too.
  • Comes with compartments to separate the dry food from the wet ones. Soft silicon cups can be used too.
  • Easy for little hands to open and manage.
  • Has a designated space for utensils.
  • Comes with a built-in handle or a carry bag. For carry bag, it should ideally be insulated or include an ice pack to keep the food cold or warm. Having mesh pockets to store water bottle or miscellaneous items is a bonus!

Let’s have a look at the range of lunchboxes available at Happikiddo:

Yubo

Yubo
It’s eco-friendly, BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. It comes with three containers and a custom icepack. Other sizes of containers are available too, so you can mix and match according to the varieties of the day. The fun part is, your child can personalize his lunchbox by changing the face plates. Put everything into the box – which includes an easy-to-hold rubber handle, no bag required – and your child is good to go!

Beaba Bento

Beaba Bento
Bento are great for school lunches, but you can start the concept with babies and toddlers too! This non-slip bottom lunchbox comes with a stackable plate and double-compartment dish, plus a lid to snap it all together and keep the fork and spoon in place. The whole set is BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free as well as disherwasher- and microwave-safe.

 

Goodbyn Bynto

Goodbyn
The Goodbyn Bynto range ticks the Recyclable, BPA-free, Dishwasher-Safe checklist. Based on the bento approach, it has three portion-control compartments for main meal, snacks and fruits. The box itself comes with a built-in handle for older kids to hold. For younger ones, we recommend a matching Goodbyn carry bag that is insulated and comes with one side mesh pocket for water bottle, one external zip pocket and another internal pocket. The insulated lining can be turned inside out for cleaning. If sandwich is a regular staple, you may want to consider adding the Goodbyn Mix & Match range that comes with a variety of different-size containers.

 

Nude Food Movers

Nude Food Movers
Highly affordable and functional, the Nude Food Movers selection is comprehensive and aptly known as the rubbish-free meal containers. Comprising containers of varying sizes, its range includes lunch, sandwich and snack boxes, stackable snack tubes, banana and muffin movers and neoprene covers. We love that they come in bright, happy colours too.

Rex

Rex
Simple, no-fuss and our old-school kind of lunch boxes, Rex comes in an assortment of vintage designs and colours. Size-wise, it fits a square sandwich snuggly.


Crocodile Creek


Crocodile Creek
Colourful, cute and cheerful describe this brand of lunchboxes best! Most designs come with matching insulated bag, container and bottle. We especially like the way its bags are designed – some with a zippered pocket at the front for little notes, and some with a horizontal compartment at the bottom so that food in the box doesn’t topple over from movements. Lunch boxes are PVC-, phthalate-, BPA- and vinyl-free.

Are you one of the happy owners of the lunchboxes above? Or do you use another brand that you totally love? Either way, please share your feedback with us!

 

Review: Jkids Playground

Submitted by Mummy Megan

Happikiddo proudly presents the thoughts and feedback of mums around Malaysia. In this post, Mummy Megan shares her experience in Jkids Playground:

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On a mundane Friday morning when the kids were bored and the Mum desperately needed a sanity break, we headed to the Paradigm Mall for a breather. What started as a quick window-shopping trip to drain the excess energy turned into a fun outing when we stumbled upon Jkids Playground.

I must say, it was appealing enough from the outside. Bright colours, sand pit, huge slides – we were drawn in instantly. What a huge relief; I could finally let the kids run wild while I take a break! The kids were grinning cheek to cheek when they stepped foot into the play area.

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The Dancing Balloons had the kids jumping and hopping, trying to catch the floating balloons. The sand pit – which contained brown grain-like pieces – offered a good sensorial play minus the hot sun. The kids spent most of their two hours there, scooping and pouring the grains into the toys on-site.

The obstacles in the soft play area were also sufficiently challenging to keep the kids entertained. They had a blast going up and down the four-lane slides. The ball pool was big and tempting enough that even an adult wouldn’t think twice about jumping in too! We particularly enjoyed going on the Spinning Palm Tree and hanging on to each trunk.

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In short, the play area was very well-padded for safety, in case of any accidents or tumbles. The best part was when the kids were playing, I could relax at a parents’ chill-out corner and watch them. This corner has a long line-up of tables facing the entire play area so you could just sit back with a cup of drink and monitor them. There were lockers for us to place our bags and what-nots too.

All was good, although this play area could do with a good revamp as some of the toys were slightly dated and looked in need of repair.

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Some mummy time for me, lots of great time for the kids – what’s not to like? Just remember to bring your socks along. Have fun!

J-Kids Playground & Kids Party
RM20 for weekdays / RM30 for weekends
http://my-jkids.com/

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Keeping food fresh on the go

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Dining out with the family takes on a whole different level once baby starts solids. Where nursing cover or milk bottles and formula powder once occupied your diaper bag, the list grows now. You’ll have to bring along baby’s food, water bottle and bib too. This is when you’ll begin to think of the best ways to pack baby’s food.

Let’s explore some food options that are easy to pack and nutritious for baby to enjoy when we dine out:

  • Porridge
  • Iron-fortified cereal such as oats and barley
  • Yoghurt
  • Mashed legumes such as black beans, chickpeas, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils and kidney beans
  • Mashed tofu
  • Pasteurized cheese strips and cottage cheese
  • Mashed or bite-size fruits such as banana, peach, pear, avocado, carrot, squash, potato, sweet potato)
  • Bite-size vegetables such as peas and carrot (soft-cooked)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Spiral pasta (soft-cooked), macaroni & cheese, casseroles

The next concern may be, how do we keep the hot food warm, and the cold food chilled? When you’re at home, it’s easy to heat up food using a steamer or microwave – although we highly recommend using the former due to the reported side effects of using the latter. When out and about, you can either pack baby’s food in containers that are small enough to be heated up in a food warmer, or you can opt to serve the food as it is to baby – especially if it’s a cold food (fruits, cereal, cheese etc).

Another good alternative is investing in a good insulated food jar. Suitable to retain the temperature of cold or warm food up to 4 hours, these jars are portable, keep baby’s food fresh and come in cute designs. Check these out:

 Thermos Foogo

Thermos Foogo
It has a durable stainless steel body and double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention. It keeps contents cold and fresh for seven hours, warm for five hours. With a rubber grip lid, it has a wide mouth for easy filling and scooping from. It has a capacity of 295ml and made from BPA-free materials.

SkipHop Insulated Food Jar

SkipHop Insulated Food Jar
This colorful stainless steel container keeps kid-sized portions warm or cold. Store the spork (spoon + fork), or most utensils, in the handy built-in holder so your little one is ready for meals on-the-go. It has a capacity of 325ml and features fun signature SkipHop zoo characters. BPA-, PVC- and Phthalate-free.

Crocodile Creek Food Jar

Crocodile Creek Food Jar
The biggest of them all of a capacity of 350ml, this insulated wide-mouthed food jar has a double wall to keep food either hot or cold. It’s cool to the touch with hot foods and sweat-proof with cold foods. Made of stainless steel with a recyclable lid.

For more variety and designs, please visit our website or drop by any of our stores.