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Choosing The Right Study Table For Your Childs

Choosing The Right Study Table For Your Childs

A study table is one of the essential pieces of furniture in your children’s study room. Besides ensuring good posture, a study table also improves your children’s concentration while they learn. Therefore, purchasing one for children is equally crucial as for adults. Choosing an ideal study table may be a daunting task as there are countless types and brands available. To save you from the hassle, here are some key aspects to take into account to make the best purchasing decision.   Learn more: 3 Tips for Choosing Furniture your Child will Love   1.  Choose the right size    The right study table can enhance learning but how can you tell which is appropriate for your child? Just a few measurements and a little calculation will do the trick! Consider the factors below to find the most suitable size.   Table height To promote good posture and allow your children to sit comfortably, the top of your study table should be around 8 inches above the seat of your child’s chair. It is recommended to find a desk with adjustable legs for longer use.    Size of the room This is among the key considerations when it comes to shopping for children’s furniture in Singapore. Measure how big the room is so that you can find a study table that suits the space perfectly. To save even more space, corner desks are great options.   Size of the child Keep the future in mind when choosing a study table as your children grow quickly. It is advisable to check if a certain study table is recommended for use at your children’s age.   2. Identify the table material   You should choose strong and durable material when buying children's furniture. A child’s study table may be made from stained hardwood, or tough-but-lightweight plastics and metals, with whimsical colours complementing the design. When selecting a wooden study table, you may also want to ensure that it is eco-friendly and sustainable. Moreover, tables that are easy to clean and maintain are definitely an added plus. 3. Features   Nowadays, kids furniture commercialised in Singapore often come with modern designs and innovative features. Same goes for kids’ study tables. Beyond serving as a space for children to study, study tables are now designed with additional functionalities and features to accommodate different needs. Here are some features commonly found in kids’ study tables:   Caster wheels Mobility should not be overlooked when choosing an ideal study table. To allow freedom of movement for your little one, go for a study table that is equipped with caster wheels.   Built-in storage Some children’s study tables feature drawers, cubbyholes, pen stands, hinged cupboards and other storage capacity. This minimises the hassle of having to go to different corners of the room to collect items such as pens and notebooks. Thus, improved concentration is made possible as more time is spent at the study table without breaking focus away.     Integrated bookshelf  Study tables with an integrated bookshelf serve as ideal storage space to house your little one’s studying supplies. In turn, this saves you time, cost and effort of getting an additional bookshelf.   Getting a study table for your child may be challenging with numerous factors to take into account. We hope the tips above are helpful in guiding you through the purchasing process and always remember to be mindful of your child’s preferences and needs to select the best study table for them.   Edupod specialises in designing children’s spaces and creating safe and comfortable furniture for kids. We strive to provide sustainable products that also ensure children’s safety during usage. Call us now for more information.
2022-12-01
5 Tips For Creating A Shared Bedroom For Kids

5 Tips For Creating A Shared Bedroom For Kids

A shared room for kids might be a need for growing families in Singapore and while it may be a little tricky to divide a shared space for children without remodelling your house, it is not totally impossible. To ensure a perfect balance between presenting a space-saving shared bedroom and accommodating to your kids’ privacy, here are some tips to help you put together the ideal pieces for your shared room idea.   1. Use bunk beds   There are different types of space-saving children's furniture made available in Singapore and bunk beds are one of them. As bunk bed designs continue to evolve, modern bunk beds have now become a practical piece of furniture. Apart from providing a sleeping space, some of these beds even come with storage space to keep your bedroom neat and tidy. Here are some common types of bunk beds available.    Standard bunks Bunk beds with storage Loft beds Bunk beds with slide   2. Provide a personal space to each child    When creating a shared bedroom for children, dividing the space equally is key. Like adults, children also need their privacy. Equal treatment will ease resentments before your kids start sharing a room. Personal space can be created for each child by leveraging the space below a loft bed. You can place a reading nook, desk, or any other kids furniture that suits your child’s needs underneath the bed. In addition, one of the best ways of distinctively dividing the space, especially for boy/girl siblings, is to incorporate a room-length piece of fabric or sewed curtains between them. Designating special areas for each child to keep their belongings should not be overlooked as well.   Learn more: Choosing Bookshelves for Kid’s Room   3. Engage your kids in the design process   Your children may start to develop their own interests when they reach a certain age. Involving your children in the designing process allows them to express their opinions without compromising privacy. You may encourage them to embark on a DIY project to turn their shared bedroom into a whimsical wonderland. Make use of fabric, sheets of plywood, chalk paint and other materials that showcases your children’s creativity. On top of that, having your children design a shared bedroom with their siblings also enables them to understand the importance of maintaining a living space to an ideal standard. They will know how to keep the space clean when they are empowered to do so.    4. Leverage the corners   Do not overlook corners in your bedroom as they can be the perfect spots for private spaces particularly when you are creating a shared bedroom for your kids. Should your kids prefer lounging in the centre of their room or on their beds compared to cosy corners, you can maximise space by placing children’s furniture such as shelves and desks in those corners instead.    5. Organise the dresser   Spaciousness is the main concern when it comes to creating a shared bedroom for your kids. To reserve space effectively, creating a closet organiser with hanging racks and shelves is ideal. In this way, separation of clothes and cleaning is also made easy thanks to proper organisation.   Creating a shared bedroom for kids sounds like a tedious chore but with the tips above, coming out with amazing ideas becomes possible. We hope this will be helpful for you to create personal space for your kids, even in a shared room.   At Edupod, we design, distribute and supply quality learning tools and kids furniture in Singapore. Give us a call now to shop for our sustainable products.
2022-11-29
4 Essential Furniture For An Early Childhood Centre

4 Essential Furniture For An Early Childhood Centre

Early childhood is perhaps the most significant years of our lives and our experiences then can shape our perspectives and future. When children attend classes at early childhood centres, they are given the opportunity to build friendships and develop curiosity on top of learning. The environment of these early learning institutions play a huge role in facilitating the learning process and the first aspect to consider lies in the furniture chosen. As such, we have listed down four essential types of furniture every childhood learning centre should possess. 1. Bookshelves Reading is a beneficial hobby that should be picked up by children. To inculcate reading habits in kids, it is essential to have bookshelves filled with books in early childhood centres. This introduces children to the art of reading regularly, which may positively influence their academics in the future. An ideal bookshelf for children should come with the following features: Bright colours. Same as other preschool furniture, bookshelves for an early childhood centre should be painted in vibrant colours to garner the attention of children. Low and wide. The bookshelf should not be too tall to ensure children can reach everything easily. Deeper compartment for books. Children’s books are generally larger in width and height, compared to adult books, thus requiring more storage space. Built-in drawers. You may also add some built-in drawers for children to store their toys and learning materials. 2. Preschool tables and chairs These furniture pieces are essential for children to carry out their daily activities at an early childhood centre such as eating lunch, working on a school project, etc. Therefore, they must come in proportionate sizes to suit children of different heights and weights. For preschool chairs, children should be able to place both their feet on the ground. In addition, it is advisable to have adjustable chairs to ensure maximum comfort. As children may be assigned different tasks at early childhood centres, having dedicated tables and chairs for certain activities may enhance the experience. For instance, using trapezoid tables for small group work, and round tables for big group study. 3. Shoe racks Some childhood centres may require children to remove their shoes for certain activities. This is where shoe racks come in handy, enabling children to store their shoes in an organised manner. You may customise the capacity of the shoe rack based on the number of students in the centre. Other optional features include sturdy wheels, built-in bins and more. Having a shoe rack in an early childhood centre not only keeps the floor clean, but also promotes order and independence among kids. Children are empowered to keep and look after their belongings themselves. They also learn to place everything back at the same place after using it. For example, putting their shoes back on the shoe rack after an outdoor activity. 4. Cubby holes Cubby holes have long been used in schools. Placing one in early childhood centres allows children and teachers to store just about anything, from textbooks and students’ work to handicrafts and toys. Just like shoe racks and bookshelves, cubby holes are customisable too, allowing you to choose from a variety of sizes and shapes based on your needs. Moreover, cubby holes also serve as a spot to showcase your students’ work, without utilising valuable floor space in the classroom. For instance, incorporate functional decorations with paper and tape to create cubby holes that match well with the classroom theme. Choosing the right furniture in an early childhood centre creates an ideal learning environment for children. We hope this article has been useful in helping you make a more informed decision when selecting your furniture. At Edupod, we strive to design and build fun and safe children’s furniture and learning tools. Looking for something exciting yet educational for your children? Call us now to find out more.
2022-11-09
Home Playground Edupod Playloft

4 Benefits of Having A Home Playground For Your Kids

A home playground can be a valuable investment as its benefits go beyond the happiness of parents watching their children having fun on swings and slides. On top of entertaining children, a home playground is also a key element that helps develop their mind and body. In this article, we will look into the five benefits of having a home playground for your children. 1. Safety Parents bringing their children to community playgrounds is commonplace in Singapore. While it is great for children to spend time outdoors and have quality play, they are easily exposed to a number of safety hazards that may endanger their well-being. By having a home playground, you can look after your little ones more closely, reducing these following risks: Injuries New to the concept of sharing, young children often struggle with their peers to play with the equipment at community playgrounds. This may result in more injuries. In addition, children may not be aware of certain safety hazards including protruding bolt ends, trapping spaces and more, which may increase their likelihood of falling or sustaining bruises. Bacterial infections No doubt, allowing children to use playground equipment outdoors can help bolster their mental and physical health. Unfortunately, compromised hygiene standards at some community playgrounds may expose your children to health risks. Bacteria are usually found in soil, which most children enjoy playing with at outdoor playgrounds. This may cause your children to get bacterial infections, via hand to mouth and pica behaviours. An alternative for rainy days. doubles up as show and tell for preschoolers that boost their confidence to speak up in a group. 2. Physical fitness In today’s digital age, children are often engrossed with digital devices. It is important to provide an opportunity for them to move around and exert their energy. With a home playground, your children can have fun on swings, slides and other playground equipment, all from the comforts of home. It also encourages an active lifestyle and a healthy habit of exercising, which positively impacts their growth. Here is how a home playground helps to improve your kids’ physical fitness: Promotes cardiovascular health and respiratory function Builds stronger muscles Reduces the risk of obesity and diabetes Improves flexibility and balance Enhances hand-eye coordination 3. Keeps your children occupied We understand the struggles parents face, balancing work and family. Things get even trickier when you have to keep your children entertained to fully focus on your work. Investing in a home playground will save you the hassle, keeping your kids occupied. Now, the next concern parents may have revolves around social interaction with other children. Though this aspect is indeed essential, it is also important to learn to entertain oneself. A home playground also creates opportunities for your children to display independence that will continually be nurtured throughout their growth phase. 4. Emotional Development A home playground helps your children develop emotionally. Compared to adults, kids typically have a relatively smaller emotional capacity. They may easily get upset over minor inconveniences as they navigate through their emotional capabilities and development. Home playgrounds are an ideal platform for kids to release their frustrations, relax, have fun and learn how to deal with negative emotions. For instance, your kids may find it challenging to play with certain equipment that requires coordination, balance, and muscle strength, such as monkey bars. This helps them to develop patience, tolerance and perseverance as they slowly understand that time and effort are required to achieve their goals. Ultimately, they experience a wide range of emotions and know how to deal with them efficiently. In a nutshell, owning a home playground is beneficial in many ways. It creates a personalised playing zone for your children and enables them to spend leisure time with themselves. You can consult a playground builder to create a personalised home playground that satisfies the needs of your kids. At Edupod, we empower our future generation with learning tools that are safe and insightful. Contact us now to purchase quality equipment and other products for your little ones!
2022-11-09

INAUGURAL BEAUTE-HUB JUNIOR ART COMPETITION

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Beaute-Hub Junior Art Competition supported by Faber-Castell as our Official Art Supplies Partner. This competition is launched as part of our outreach programmes to encourage and provide a platform for our young talents to express their creativity and hone their skills and techniques.  It creates a platform for young children to broaden their horizons, build confidence, and showcase their talents. “BeauteHub has aligned itself as a wellness sanctuary; one to be taken care of and feel good about themselves. And Art allows one to embark on a journey of self-care, and more so, an expression of creativity. This competition gives our young talents an opportunity to be inspired and showcase their talents”, shares Mr Albert Lam, BeauteHub International, Chief Executive Officer.  As part of our efforts, finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their winning works in a Public Art Exhibition. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks to the public will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Themed, My Singapore, Our Future, the competition is open to all Singapore Residents, aged 4 – 12 years, in two categories: 4-6 years and 7-12 years.  It requires all participants to submit an original work completed using Faber-Castell art materials with photo evidence of the Faber-Castell art materials used. This art competition is made possible with support from our Title Sponsor, Beaute-Hub, Faber-Castell as our Official Art Supplies Partner, and Presenting Sponsors, Bynd Artisan, CSG Global, D&A Jewellery, Pizzamaru, Scanteak, Seoul Yummy. This competition will be judged by a panel of prolific artists, such as Cultural Medallion Recipient Mr Ang Ah Tee, 2015 UOB Painting of the Year Winner Aaron Gan, Alicia Tan Yen Ping, Julie Zhu Liying, Kevin Tan Ngee Chye, Ong Kok Peng, Zhang Chun Lei from Gallery1819 Singapore. For entry information on the art competition, please visit: https://www.edupod.com.sg/pages/edupod-art-competition   ABOUT EDUPOD PTE LTD Edupod is a market leader in the design, supply, and distribution of children's furniture, playgrounds, protection guards, and locks for early childhood and primary education institutions in Singapore and the Southeast Asia Region. We understand the need for fun and learning in a safe environment for our children. Our products combine functionality with durability and adopt a sustainable design; using eco-green materials that not only allow for interactive play and enhance the user’s experience. For more information, please visit www.edupod.com.sg.    ABOUT BEAUTE HUB INTERNATIONAL Beaute Hub is an award-winning spa and skincare specialist in Singapore dedicated to customers' beauty needs and well-being enhancement. Our chain of beauty centres offers a very wide and diverse range of services including body contouring and slimming, skincare, and spa for total relaxation. At Beaute Hub, we only use premium equipment with state-of-the-art technology and products with carefully curated ingredients and formulations for specific needs. Our vision is to be a highly regarded and recognized national and regional brand in creating and providing quality beauty, slimming and therapeutic services and products. We love making people feel good about themselves. For more information, please visit www.beautehub.com.    MEDIA ENQUIRIES Name: Imelda Ho Contact: +65 6950 5745 Email: promotions@edupod.com.sg
2022-10-31
5 Benefits of STEM Kits

5 Benefits of STEM Kits

Often related to innovation, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. No doubt, STEM education has grown in popularity and STEM kits are coming into prominence as well. STEM kits incorporate engaging elements into home learning, allowing child learners to study STEM in a fun way. It is a prepackaged box containing activities and tools designed specifically for children to develop an interest and curiosity in scientific concepts and theories. The content supports and boosts critical thinking, problem-solving, a love for learning and more. In this article, we take a look at some of the benefits of STEM kits. 1. Encourages critical thinking STEM kits allow children to assess problems and view them from different perspectives. Your little one will learn how to implement solutions and critically evaluate the effectiveness of them. Beyond simply relying on route memorisation when it comes to certain facts including dates and numbers, STEM kits encourage a genuine love for learning and fosters valuable skills that will positively impact a child’s life as they mature into adulthood. STEM kits feature different games and activities such as building and constructing moving machines. The process engages children and stimulates their mind to form questions and cultivate inquisitiveness. 2. Improves creativity Nurturing creativity is the best way to improve it. Creativity is what distinguishes an individual from another, allowing them to excel in competitive environments. STEM kits foster creativity by providing numerous avenues for children to develop original ideas. Each of these activities lead to different outcomes depending on how children approach them. In this way, children are taught early on to expand their scope of thinking, inculcating the key lesson that there are multiple methods to solve a problem. 3. Develops curiosity and innovation STEM kits help to promote curiosity by encouraging open-ended play and inquiry-based learning. It motivates children to come up with simple “what if” questions, further empowering their critical thinking capabilities. With STEM kits, children are able to learn more efficiently and effectively as their thinking is reinforced. Additionally, STEM kits also cultivate innovation by teaching children to experiment and take risks during learning activities. They inspire children to think outside the box to solve complex world problems through actionable solutions. STEM kits allow children to rely on experimentation rather than assumption. 4. Improves cognitive ability Some elements in STEM kits come with different difficulty levels, ranging from easy to hard. They improve decision making, problem-solving, sensation and perception, which in turn enhances cognitive ability. STEM kits also teach children to pay attention to details, giving them the opportunity to conduct trial and error. Cognitive ability is one form of intelligence often complemented by emotional intelligence. Without the latter, cognitive intelligence becomes rigid and meaningless. Therefore, in combination with STEM kits, some parents are also investing in the setup of home playgrounds for their children. When children play with their peers, they learn to interact, share and engage with others, resulting in enhanced emotional intelligence. In the long run, children will associate their home playground with fun and positivity. 5. Makes learning fun STEM kits disguise the otherwise mundane aspects of learning, making it a fun experience for children. They adapt complex learning concepts from maths, science and technology and form them into simple ideas that are easily understood by children. Moreover, as soft skills like problem-solving are in demand, it is vital to start developing this ability from a young age.. STEM kits make problem-solving interesting and enable children to be immersively engaged in the learning process. Children will be able to work together as a team and be exposed to new concepts easily. In short, STEM kits make STEM education fun and enjoyable for children by engaging hands-on learning experiences. For parents, the first step lies in choosing the most suitable one that will ignite that passion for learning. Edupod specialises in designing children’s spaces and making furniture that conforms to safety requirements and regulations of the SPARK accreditation framework. We pride ourselves on strict quality control in ensuring their safety during usage. Call us today to order fun and safe learning tools for your little ones.
2022-10-21
Creating Child-Friendly Interiors How They Impact Children’s Wellbeing

Creating Child-Friendly Interiors: How They Impact Children’s Wellbeing

The physical environment that parents put their children in plays an important role in their overall growth and development. Several studies have shown that the things your children grow up seeing around them influences their early learning and creating a safe and conducive space for them is essential to their wellbeing. It may even directly impact their adult years. Want to give your child the best environment to grow in? Here’s a guide to child-friendly design and what you can do to give your children a home they can thrive in. Child-Friendly Design 1.1. Design Considerations in Children Furniture Designing furniture for children’s use requires meticulous planning and an attention to detail. Not only does each piece of furniture have to stimulate children’s senses and imagination, but it also needs to fit them and protect their bodies. This means that there should be a balance between scale, proportion, colour, purpose, design, and function in every piece. Children’s spaces are typically built for different activities that include learning, playing, and living, and the furniture pieces created for their use must complement each other to keep spaces safe for them. Six attributes to children furniture design Elements that Stimulate Minds A key part of children’s development involves imaginative play, where children are allowed to experience their surroundings and tap into their imagination to have fun. It nurtures their creativity and curiosity by giving them the opportunity to interpret reality in their own ways. In order to empower children to explore the infinite possibilities of our real world, parents should fill their rooms with kids furniture designed to keep their brains stimulated. The characteristics of such furniture include vibrant colours, creative patterns and shapes, or prints of animated characters. Other items that can be used include pretend play items such as dollhouse sets or fantasy automobiles. These engage their imaginative thinking. Multi-Purpose Use Adults have different types of furniture for various uses, such as an ergonomic chair for work and study and the couch for lounging and relaxation. However, children don’t understand the difference between each piece and they typically use one type of furniture for all their activities. The design of children’s furniture should complement this way of life, where it serves the child’s every need across play, learn, and rest sessions. It also needs to be safe for use. Space for Movement/p> In order to develop their motor skills, muscles, engage their ability, and stay healthy, children need to move. The room that they spend most of their time in should allow flexibility and ample space for movement and action. It is important for children’s furniture to be designed to fit into corners or be easily kept away to make room for activities. Additionally, the furniture should be sturdy enough to prevent them from toppling over, contain no sharp edges so that children can move around freely without injuring themselves, and well-balanced chairs that do not fall when children shift around in their seats. Safe and Durable Materials Children have weak immune systems that make them prone to illnesses even within the safety of your home. To protect them, children’s furniture must be well-constructed with strong, safe, and beautiful materials that are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and be easy to clean. Porous materials risk harbouring bacteria and germs that cannot be eliminated. Functionality Children’s furniture should be designed in such a way that it is easy for children to access and use them. From bookshelves to wardrobes, they must all be kept low and easy to read, giving children their independence. This allows children to take pride and gain confidence in being able to do things themselves. Colour, Pattern and Texture Colours, patterns, and textures are stimulating to children and they work very well together at nurturing their imaginative minds. Designs of regular furniture are usually kept minimal, only occasionally offering a pop of colour for those into interior styles like art deco and eclectic. Children’s furniture, however, often comes combined with different vibrant colours, patterns, and textures to create unique and bright spaces for kids. Strong colours and graphic patterns exude high energy to keep children engaged at all times, which is crucial to their development and growth. 1.2. Creating a Child-Friendly Home Environment Parents have to make very drastic changes to their home before it is ready to accommodate children. A lot of these modifications involve ensuring safety and providing your children with a physical environment that supports their growth and development. There are plenty of things you can do to make your home child-friendly without compromising your interior design or comfortable adult living space. With a bit of detail and imagination, you can easily create a family-friendly home that caters to everyone’s needs and interests. Here are some tips. Choose Round Corners Children love running around even in their own homes. In order to ensure their safety, avoid buying furniture with sharp edges that can cause serious injury if your children collide into them. Instead, opt for soft and plush furniture pieces with round edges, or purchase corner guards to cover up these edges. Apart from specially designed children’s furniture, there are also many regular furniture such as round coffee tables that are suitable for child-friendly homes. Writable Walls Scribbling and doodling on surfaces is something that children will always enjoy doing, and at times, it is impossible to stop them. Parents can cover up walls with washable paint that can be easily cleaned after, or replace the walls with chalkboards, whiteboards, mirrors or glass to indulge your children without ruining your walls. Easy-to-Clean Floors Floors are susceptible to abuse from dirty shoes, spillage, the dragging of furniture and dropping of toys. If you want to keep them in pristine condition, you’ll need to avoid flooring materials that are difficult to clean and maintain. Opt for non-porous and highly durable surfaces such as vinyl, laminate, or tiles. These will remain in good condition with proper maintenance even after many years. Stain-Free Furniture Children can make a mess at home and destroy all types of furniture with spills and scribbles. To prevent such damages and protect your furniture, choose stain-free pieces such as leather, plastic or metal. They look good, can be easily cleaned even after being vandalised, and they don’t absorb spills. High and Low Cupboards Cabinets with both high and low compartments allow you to store certain things away from children and their items closer to the ground for their easy access. These cupboards are great for families as they serve two different purposes all at once. Designated Children Rooms Setting up a designated children's room with kid’s furniture and only allowing your children to engage in play and/or learning activities in that room can be a good way to keep the mess out of sight and protect your children. You can build a home playground in this room with playground equipment, toys such as STEM kits, doll sets, or domino sets, and more. You can even decorate the room to your children’s style and furnish it with safe, functional kids furniture without ruining the aesthetics of your home. Only letting your children engage in activities in one room also keeps them safe as other parts of your home, such as your home office and kitchen, may contain dangerous items that could harm them. This arrangement is helpful for families who wish to make their lives more convenient. 1.4. How Interior Design Elements Impact Children’s Learning, Happiness, Comfort, and Growth Many parents don’t understand how the physical environment can affect their children's growth, and often design their homes without taking into account the way interior design elements are put together. From noise and housing quality to the interior design, everything has a significant impact on your children’s academic achievement, cognitive development, and social and emotional development. Poor physical environments can be a source of stress, which may affect them till adulthood. Children need healthy and safe spaces in order to grow healthily and develop stronger skills. Learn how interior design elements impact children’s learning, happiness, comfort, and growth, and how you can change things at home to give your children a better place to live in. Light In addition to illuminating spaces to help us see better, light also has psychological effects on children that have been shown to impact their ability to learn, their emotions, and cognitive abilities. Research shows that natural light positively affects children’s senses as they make spaces appear brighter, much friendlier, and joyful. It can even lead to an increase in appetites. Both natural and artificial light influence children’s moods and sleep patterns. Bright lights boost mood and concentration and help prevent diseases and circadian rhythm disorders. Studies have also shown that bright light can foster the formation of new synapses, which enhances children’s ability to learn. On the other hand, a lack of light or bad lighting not only affects eyesight, it is also associated with headaches, fatigue, and even depression. Colours Colours have a significant impact on human behaviour and emotions, and its effect is even more distinct in children. Children tend to be more sensitive to colours, and their behaviour may change depending on the colours they see around them. Interior cannot have absence of colour as that will lead to a lack of stimuli, which may cause anxiousness, sleeplessness, excessive emotional reaction, and loss of concentration. Certain colours evoke excitement, some are calming, while others give a sense of security. Every item in your kid’s room, from the furniture colour to the clothes they wear, can influence them and trigger their imagination. For example, red is an intense colour that can make one feel in danger, anxious, passionate, or excited. Using it around highly energetic children may disrupt their learning and allow for more restless and active behaviour. Blue, purple, and green are colours that are more suitable for them. Parents need to understand colour psychology, learn how to match them to their children’s personalities and balance them out to create conducive environments. Nature Nature has an organic appeal well-loved by many. Its refreshing appearance and the multiple mental health benefits it’s said to bring is the reason adults love incorporating natural elements into interiors. It evokes feelings of peace and calm, and even has effects on children. Not only does it serve as a stimulant to inspire children, but nature can also develop children’s attention to detail. Additionally, frequent exposure to nature improves cognitive function, motor coordination, reduces stress levels, increases social interaction, and enhances social skills. Designing Your Child’s Room 2.1. Shopping for your Child’s Furniture With a better understanding of how interior design elements and the physical environment affects children development and wellbeing, it’s time to put the knowledge to good use. Want to transform your home or children’s bedroom into something more? Here are furniture shopping tips for a child-friendly home. When searching for children’s furniture, there are several things to keep in mind. Children use the furniture for many activities and see their own space as their kingdom. It is important to know what your children want and balance it with functionality and safety. Storage Space Children have an enormous amount of belongings that include toys, learning materials, and personal items such as clothes. They do not have organisation skills and your home may end up with things strewn over the floor if your children are not taught how to take care of their belongings. Always make sure that you get them enough storage cabinets to keep their things neat and tidy. But avoid getting too big of a piece of storage furniture that leaves no space for other essentials such as tables, stools, and empty floor space for play. If space constraint is an issue, you can opt for multipurpose furniture such as storage beds. Storage Space The safety of your children should be your top priority when choosing furniture. This is because they use their furniture for playing, occasionally jumping over and running around. There are a few key design considerations to look out for: No sharp edges Made of strong and sturdy materials Non-toxic finishing Low-lying furniture Double-decker beds should be protected with rails Non-fragile furniture Sturdy foundation Style of Furniture and Children’s Personal Preference Take into consideration your children’s personal preferences, but also keep in mind that children can be very fickle-minded and change their minds by the next year. Unless necessary, parents should stick to buying furniture that is of standard design, only changing things such as colour and arrangement when the need arises. Learn More: 3 Tips For Choosing Furniture Your Child Will Love Functionality Every piece of children’s furniture you place in your kid’s environment should have its own function and purpose, whether it is to stimulate their senses or to provide them with a comfortable space to play, learn, and live. Do not buy pieces of furniture simply for aesthetic purposes, but factor in how the design elements will eventually complement your children’s lifestyle. For example, colourful desk and chair sets are great at sparking their imagination during learning sessions. 2.2. Children’s Room Essentials Are you wondering what you should put in your children’s room? Here are some kid's room essentials to make your child feel comfortable. Framed Photos Framed pictures of loved ones hung around the room create a loving and warm atmosphere for children, giving them a sense of safety and security as they are accompanied by things and faces they are familiar with. These photos also develop their sense of self-esteem and identity. Brightly Coloured Art Lively art pieces with unique patterns and interesting colour combinations make children’s rooms feel inviting and fun. They can be incorporated into the interior through murals, paintings, wallpapers, and more. One way to enhance their living space is to take inspiration from their favourite superheroes, animated movies, or favourite hobbies. For example, a princess themed room, a space filled with elements related to superman or a sport they enjoy. Desk Area A desk area is essential in a children’s room because it serves as the place where your children can learn, complete learning exercises or play with small toys and games. Comfortable Sleeping Area Sleep is vital to children’s development as well. Hence, a good quality bed is a must have in your children’s room. It provides them comfort and allows them to get a quality sleep at night. Plenty of Storage Storage and organisation is extremely important for families with children. The best way to ensure that they’re not tripping over toys or getting frustrated over not being able to find their things is to give them plenty of storage space that they can easily access. Important items to get include shoe racks, storage bins for toys, and cabinets. Reading Light As mentioned above, lighting is important in children’s rooms as it not only affects their eyesight, but also their emotional development and ability to learn. To ensure that their room is always well lit, especially during learning times, install a reading light near their desk to provide a light source when they need it. Analogue Clock Having an analogue clock in your children’s room teaches them how to tell time and makes it easier for them to manage their own schedule. Digital clocks don’t indicate the passage of time and can be difficult for children to get a good grasp of the concept of time. With analogue clocks, they can easily tell time and understand how much time they have left till the next activity or task. Play Area Many parents don’t want their children to engage in too much play time. However, play sessions are crucial to children’s growth and development. Building your own home playground and allowing your children to engage in play boasts a few benefits. They include increased self-esteem, improved collaboration skills, critical thinking skills, attention spans, motor skills, and even strengthens their immune system. Positive play impacts children in all aspects and parents should provide children with a play environment that allows them to have fun and learn. Learn More: Benefits of Play Frequently Asked Questions About Children’s Furniture and Child-Friendly Interiors Why is Child-Sized Furniture Important: Furniture designed to fit children allows them to engage in their environment easily without assistance from an adult. It is also safer as it does not require climbing or jumping to reach or get down from any furniture. Is Plastic Furniture Safe for Children? Plastic furniture is affordable, lightweight, and easy to clean. However, some of them are loaded with toxic chemicals that harm human health and the environment. Some plastics such as polypropylene plastic are generally safe for use. How Can I Make My Child’s Room Safer? Test out or conduct research on all materials before buying them and avoid getting furniture with sharp edges. There are also safety accessories that you can get to cover up surfaces in your home. They include things such as child-safe mirrors, ribbed pillar wall guards, foam mats, corner guards, finger alert door stoppers, and anti-slip tapes. How Do I Give My Children Their Own Space in a Shared Room? The ideal method is to give each child their own bed space and floor space in two parts of the room, it could be separated by cabinets or shelves, or by the colour of the mat on the floor. If the room is small, a bunk bed will work in giving them a private bed space while you give them separate play or study areas in other parts of the house. Why are STEM Kits Important? STEM kits are excellent tools that introduce your children to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and it is a good way to nurture your children’s natural curiosity while making learning fun. Now that you’re acquainted with child furniture design, how to make your home child-friendly, and how interior design affects children, it’s time to build the space most ideal for your kids. Edupod is a leading children’s furniture store in Singapore designing, supplying and distributing a variety of furniture, home playground equipment, protection accessories, and locks to be used in residential units and early childhood institutions. All our furniture conform to safety requirements and regulations of the SPARK accreditation framework and we pride ourselves on the amazing quality of our products. Discover a range of kids furniture here.
2022-10-21

3 Tips For Choosing Furniture Your Child Will Love

Having the right children's furniture at home can help create a feeling of security within the house for your kids. But for many parents, finding the best items that tick all the boxes of fun, safety, and functionality can be a daunting task – all this on top of stretching your dollar and investing in furniture that your children won’t grow out of too quickly. Edupod is a leading supplier of furniture for children, and if you’re looking at updating your children's furniture, we have some tips and ideas that might be helpful for creating the perfect sanctuary for your kids.  Take note of safety features    A product that will cause harm to your children will be the last thing you want, which is why safety should be of top priority when buying furniture for your little ones. For starters, ensure that the furniture you’ve chosen doesn’t come with sharp edges or slippery surfaces. Instead, go for those with soft surfaces, rounded corners, and child-friendly materials. You may also consider adding guards for the corner edges of furniturings at home. Choose sturdy materials that can withstand the clambering of a child and avoid buying products made of harmful and toxic substances.    Take into consideration style and preferences of your child It’s crucial to bear in mind that you are not just buying furniture for your kids, but creating a world where they will be spending most of their time. Therefore, it would be a good idea for you to consult the opinion of your children if they aren’t too young to express their views.   That said, it doesn't mean you have to follow all of their wishes, especially if they are not feasible or rational. But incorporating one or two ideas such as the colour of their chairs to the design of their shoe rack can help your child feel more attached to their home and increase the enjoyment of the time spent there.   Quality and durability Regardless of how well-behaved your children are, they’re going to play, jump around and simply just be kids. That is why quality is another factor you should take into consideration when choosing your kid's furniture. Pay attention to the construction when purchasing furniture for your children; good, solid furniture shouldn’t wobble or chip easily. A high-quality piece might feel like a pinch now, but can serve as an investment saving you from lots of hassle in the future. In addition, furnishings should also be sufficiently durable for long-term use. Go for furniture that is made sturdy enough to withstand your child’s weight even as they grow up. Children's Furniture is an exciting way to spice up the living spaces for your young ones. We hope this article has been helpful in providing some insight on how you can purchase the right furniture that your children will love for years to come.  Edupod takes pride in bringing functionality and fun for children in Singapore, and has an extensive range of furniture for all your children’s furnishing needs. Get in touch with our passionate team to find out more! 
2022-10-11

Edupod launches Merli-Themed Range of Children's Furniture in celebration of the Merlion's 50th Anniversary!

EDUPOD is proud to launch our first-ever Merli-theme range of children’s furniture and learning resources.   “It is our conviction that our kids should play and learn in a safe, engaging, and fun environment. Our children’s furniture and learning resources aim to delight and support early childhood development and are handmade and assembled locally by our team of dedicated carpenters and craftsmen using eco-green materials that educate children about the circular economy”, says Zak Lo, Founder and Director of Edupod.    In addition to being named a Made with Passion brand, we are excited to have the opportunity to retail our very own interactive wall play, and wooden furniture that is custom made by our dedicated team. We encourage families to be part of the celebration and fans of Merli will get to see Edupod’s products retailed at Design Orchard starting 1 Sep 2022. For this series, Edupod has specially designed Merli Toddler Chair, Merli Mirror and Storage Box and Merli Velcro Food Tray.     Merli, short for Merlion, is a heart-warming and whimsical illustration of Singapore’s mythical national icon. He is energetic, outgoing and loves sharing his passion for Singapore with friends and visitors around the world. Come join Merli on his adventures exploring this island of many possibilities, as he celebrates the 50th year anniversary of the Merlions statue in 2022!     Merli Food Tray Handcrafted with passion, the Merli Food Tray connects young children and families to Singapore’s hawker culture. Sizzle! Pop! Crackle! Engage your Mini Chef in the activity of cutting fruits and vegetables helps to promote the development of your child’s fine motor skills. Let’s celebrate and explore with Merli!    Merli Mirror and Storage Box Handcrafted with passion, the Merli Mirror and Storage Box provides endless wonders for you! Aye, aye, Captain! Encourage your Mini Pirate to investigate and keep hidden treasures to develop your child’s confidence and self-esteem through independent play. Let’s celebrate and explore with Merli!   Merli Toddler Chair Munch! Crunch! Nothing beat having a satisfied tummy. Encouraging healthy eating habits while staying seated promotes the development of your child’s independence during mealtimes. Let’s celebrate and explore with Merli!       ###    ABOUT EDUPOD PTE LTD  Edupod is a market leader in the design, supply and distribution of children's furniture, playgrounds, protection guards and safety locks for early childhood and primary education institutions in Singapore and the Southeast Asia Region. We understand the need for fun and learning in a safe environment for our children, and our products combine functionality with durability and adopt a sustainable design; using eco-green materials that not only allow for interactive play and enhance the user’s experience.    For more information, please visit www.edupod.com.sg. 
2022-09-08

PLAYSCAPE @ EDUPOD – OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT AND PRODUCT SHOWCASE OF INCLUSIVE CHILDREN’S FURNITURE

Singapore, May 27, 2022 – PLAYSCAPE @ EDUPOD is pleased to host Guest of Honour – Mr. Alan Yeo, Director, Retail & Design, Enterprise Singapore, and MP. Mr. Edward Chia, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC to officiate the opening of the showroom and the launch of inclusive children's furniture in collaboration with Growing Kids Academy on the 27th of May 2022, Friday at 3PM.    The introduction of PLAYSCAPE is a conclave of our brand partners; coming together with a shared purpose – to introduce a sustainable and conducive learning environment for our children. PLAYSCAPE will host workshops and be a sustainability training and makerspace facility for teachers alongside Robotics Learning and Training.  Guests will be brought on a tour of the showroom, followed by product showcases by our various brand partners such as Admira, ANewTech Systems, Arte Viva, BOSEN, Caty Singapore, D&D Technologies, Dana Play, doob®, Fraction Design Studio, HAPE Toys, infento, Jungle Gym, KBT, NS Trading, PPSS Pro, Preschool Market Consultancy, SNS Laminates, SUMO, Superstructure, UBTECH Robotics, Unitrio Trading, West Shore Montessori to name a few. PLAYSCAPE will double up as a space to provide sustainability training and makerspace facilities for teachers in collaboration with Preschool Market Consultancy and various MNCs. Preschool Market Consultancy and Kindred Studio SG support PLAYSCAPE with workshops for Educators and Families to create and promote sustainability in the community through best practices and green initiatives. These workshops will be conducted at PLAYSCAPE led by trainers from Preschool Market. In addition, PLAYSCAPE will serve as an additional resource centre for Teachers to pick up free recyclable materials donated by various MNCs to serve as additional teaching resources, and craft materials. AR and Robotics Learning capabilities will be shared during the official launch. STEM education has been a focal part of Singapore’s curriculum. As technology advances, robots are commonly being used in classrooms as teaching assistants in understanding mathematics and coding.     The UBTECH-Edupod partnership brings together technology and educational expertise closer to educators and parents, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through PLAYSCAPE, we want to give educators and families the access to interactive learning resources. The use of robotics, which includes the basic understanding of coding, acts as a foundation for problem-based learning and critical-thinking skills, giving a headstart in STEM education. UBTECH Robotics and Youth Champions Academy supports PLAYSCAPE through a series of workshops that covers learning outcomes the importance of Digital Literacy under Industrial Revolution 4.0, experience fun and engaging S.T.E.A.M Education Methodology with AI Robotic and Coding, and acquire a basic understanding of robotic construction. “Edupod pledges to introduce children to the circular economy, and with PLAYSCAPE, we achieve the optimum closeness to our educators and parents, showcasing our furniture and innovations,” says Zak Lo, CEO of First Sight Group. “We will also showcase Edupod’s Made with Passion learning resources and Singapore-made playgrounds and furniture,” concludes Zak Lo.    Highlights into PLAYSCAPE What can you expect at PLAYSCAPE? An immersive retail experience for all. A child’s journey of exploration of the world begins with play – through pretend play, creative science kits, and playgrounds. We invite you to explore, imagine, and experience PLAYSCAPE.   —   ABOUT EDUPOD PTE LTD Edupod is a market leader in the design, supply, and distribution of children's furniture, playgrounds, protection guards, and locks for early childhood and primary education institutions in Singapore and the Southeast Asia Region. We understand the need for fun and learning in a safe environment for our children, and our products combine functionality with durability and adopt a sustainable design; using eco-green materials that not only allow for interactive play and enhance the user’s experience. For more information, please visit www.edupod.com.sg .   MEDIA ENQUIRIES Name: Imelda Ho Contact: +65 6950 5745 / +65 8801 2945 Email: imelda@edupod.com.sg  
2022-06-21