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Digital Detox
The New Year is the perfect time to have a bit of a digital detox and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to achieve that is by playing a board game with the family. The last two very...
Making Friends
One of the many sad facts to emerge from the ongoing pandemic we are all living through, is that as children have had limited contact with the outside world, it has made some reluctant or anxious to make contact again...
Being a Good Listener
As a teacher of young children, if I could have given the children in my care one skill it would have been for them to have good listening skills. If I had a 50p for every time I asked a...
Children’s Work Is Play
For some, they might see children playing and assume the kids are on a break. Many people think that if children are at play, they’re not thinking; they’re just blowing off steam. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth....
The Learning Process Of Children
It might seem simple, but consider this classic example of the learning process of children - there’s a hot stove, you touch it and burn your hand. The next time you see a hot stove, you know to be more...
Back to school blues? How to help your nervous child as they go back to school
There may be lots of reasons why your child is anxious about going back to school, starting a new school, past experiences of bullying or adversity, separation anxiety, the list goes on. Almost certainly many children will have found the...
Are STEM toys really beneficial to children? Start science earlier!
You might think the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is only for those desiring to become the next Einstein or Bill Gates. For example, perhaps you picture future engineers, doctors, scientists, and other similar careers as the only...
Shy or anxious child? Boost your kid's post-covid confidence
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the majority of schools shut down to in-person learning. This shift to virtual learning meant lots of children suddenly lost a significant part of the school experience and thus social interaction. Plus, with so many...
Maximize the learning by creating a productive home learning environment for your child
Sometimes, getting your child to learn in your home environment can be extremely tricky and lead to them becoming easily overwhelmed with lack of focus. When setting up a space for education at home, you need to remember these two...
Get inspired by STEM! Science book list for kids age 4-8
There is no doubt that reading is great for our kid’s brains and learning, so why not sneak a little extra STEAM learning into reading time? This book list is comprised of some of OjO’s favourite Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts...
Develop creative curiosity! Why every kid should practice art as much as possible
Sadly, art, and by that I include, dance, drama, music and visual arts can be viewed as less important than times tables and regarded as unnecessary. Artistic experiences, irrespective of your level of accomplishment and talent, are fundamental to personal...
OjO's latest awards! Award winning homeschooling games approved by moms & families!
We are very happy to announce we have had a fabulous three months, winning three new awards for our educational games and toys! The past months have been full of surprises as we got emails from three well known awards...
Meet Ella! Our 2021 Intern
Every year at OjO we welcome summer interns... and this year we had Ella from New York join us (virtually!). Ella has been leading a new affiliate program project, from research to helping plan a webinar to welcome everyone. Also...
Summer Slide: How to keep kids learning throughout the summer break
  The summer holiday is a much awaited break from the pressures of school and responsibility. It is a time for kids to relax, play and reset. However, their brains can do a little too much relaxing, resulting in the...
Meet Jeanie! ... and learn what makes a great STEM learning game
Jeanie is joining the global OjO team from North Carolina, USA as our new Sales Manager. She is on the Executive Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of ASTRA, an organisation who supports toy stores & manufacturers across the USA....
Potato Pattern Printing: Play with your food!
This printmaking Ed-Venture is an easy introduction to printmaking which has numerous developmental benefits for your child. I will help them to improve their bilateral communication, fine motor skills and their self-control (because good things come to those who wait...
Watermelon pizza... the perfect sunny day activity
Summer is coming, yes it really is, so make the most of it with this tasty WELL-BEING activity and enjoy a delicious ‘pizza’ that you can eat with enthusiasm and without regret! Help your little one learn about healthy eating...
Fruit Construction: Play with your food and learn!
 This STEM engineering is a fun and healthy way to encourage your little one to construct interesting shapes and structures. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.  It will encourage and enhance; problem solving, motor skills...
How board games help your future innovator
Here at OjO, you’d think we are biased about board games as… well… we design and create them! However, we think our love for board games and play based learning is justified because we have done lots of research to...
How to support your child through their early years educational development
You probably don’t need me to tell you how vital it is to prepare children for the challenges they will face in the wider world. It takes resilience to seize opportunities when they arise and overcome the setbacks that life...
7 ways play helps to supercharge your child's brain development
Did you know play is considered so important to optimal child development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Through play, children develop language, social and emotional...