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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...
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...
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 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...
8 amazing reasons to read storybooks every day with your young child
At OjO we firmly believe that sharing a book with a child is one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile things you can do as a parent. Not only is it easy to do, it’s immensely rewarding and valuable!  There...
The all-you-need-to-know guide to STEM and Early Years Learning Terms. The A - Z of early education
Here is our glossary of words and phrases which might be used in early years learning activities and STEM resources.  These terms can be used a lot in early years educational resources, but for a new-to- homeschooling parent it can be...