Playing is not just an important part of anyone’s childhood, but it is as well one of the child’s basic human rights that we have to uphold and protect as parents.
Children learn best through play. For this reason, we must provide adequate room and guided avenue for them to encourage play. Play allows our children to develop holistically. I am persuaded that informed parents these days know this valuable truth full well.
It gives me joy as a mother to learn that there are institutions, companies and organizations who are willing to partner with parents in promoting the power of play in a child’s life — Ogalala World is for one.
What is Ogalala?
Ogalala is derived from the native American Indian term for an underwater irrigation system, Ogalala brings forth life for kids in the form of play, fashion, and exploration. It is a portfolio of global play and fashion brands. It is a brand, therefore, that lets kids be kids, while assuring parents that they are “investing” in a brand that lets their children become warm, light-hearted, curious, and global.
Ogalala World believed that children are naturally warm, light-hearted and curious. In today’s world of multiple distractions and pressure from our environment, kids grow up without fully reaching their physical, intellectual, social, and emotional potential.
Internationale Globale Marques Inc. (IGM), an affiliate of Richwell Phils. Group of Companies, recognizes that parents today want their children to be happy and fulfilled. The company also believes that PLAY & CREATIVITY enables kids to enjoy learning and love life.
“We know that dads and moms today have very busy schedules and would not have time to read all the good developmental books in the market. Being a mom of 2, I also know that although kids have a multi-media world now, our kids always look forward to their times of bonding and connection with their parents. My husband and I try our best to maximize our bonding time with Meagan and Marcus with meaningful play time since they were babies,” says Maye Yao Co Say, COO of IGM.
The Ogalala System in Play
The Rationale — Children learn through play — that’s a fact. They also have different ways of learning. While there are general ways that kids learn, one method may not always apply to another child. And as O. Ivar Lovaas, a child development expert, said: “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”
Often times, parents try to squeeze in so much information from many sources (sometimes too complicated) but lack the practical application of what they pick up. The result sometimes is either a too-general approach to a child’s learning or an overload of information which quickly exhaust the child.
On the other hand, kids nowadays are growing up in a very multi-media world, exposed to many stimuli. At the heart of each child though, is a need to personally connect or to bond. And then we also know that play is life for children. So as Dr. Lovaas expressed, we need to adapt to this kind of life of children and make learning fun for them through a system in play.
A Child’s Developmental Milestones
The Ogalala System in Play exactly addresses this need. It has been developed to help identify important milestones and tools that will help support your child’s development, while at the same time helping you bond with your child. This branded system groups together insights, activities, and tools appropriate for each child’s growth stage.
IGM recognizes that there are 4 important development areas in a child’s growth: physical, intellectual, language, and social & emotional. While our children naturally develop, and with the help of schooling when they reach a certain age, each of them is still unique. Kids advance per growth stage in their own phase, and our job as parents is to make sure they grow up happy and fulfilled.
How do we support our child’s learning and development when they are home? How do we address their natural need for play and exploration without compromise? That is where the Ogalala System In Play comes in, and we talk about it during the Ogalala Child Development Workshop.
What are the brands under Ogalala?
- Melissa & Doug — A US brand with a 26-year heritage known for the tremendous value, quality and design of its wooden educational toys and innovative arts and crafts materials
- Animal Planet and Discovery Kids — Discovery Kids and Animal Planet inspires children to look beyond the place they live in and satisfy their curiosity by giving them science and discovery tools to explore everything that is literally out of this world!
- Baby Einstein — A US brand that brings the world to infants and toddlers one discovery at a time! It has books and flash cards that feature real-life, high-quality photos; and even puppets to encourage entertaining interaction with infants and toddlers.
- Artec — Interactive educational toys that simplify science tools so they can be offered to kids at an early age. Artec is also part of the Japan elementary school curriculum that tackles biology, physics, electronics, robotics, human anatomy, chemistry, etc. That’s probably why Japan is number one in advanced technology!
- COG — An innovative design company producing exceptional educational and lifestyle products for over 20 years. The company is known for its flagship brands: Eino-O Science and Trixy & Troy, and exceptional details of its sturdy take-apart toys and hands-on education model of educational play products.
- Emco — A toy brand that offers quality and non-toxic plastic construction play products for the little ones. It is a perfect tool to improve your kid’s fine motor skills and it can be enjoyed by the whole family.
- Canal — Founded in 1996, and is one of the best kept secrets in the global toy marketplace. The #1 toy company in France operates in 40+ countries worldwide and is one of the world’s top manufacturers and distributors of proprietary and licensed products such as Mattel’s Barbie.
Ogalala is opening their store in Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City before the year ends (perhaps around September) and I will keep you posted on this great news!
Our little Noa enjoys playing some of the brands they carry like Melissa & Doug, Haba Toys, Baby Einstein and Crayola!
Thank you Ogalala for this addition to our wooden toys stash from Melissa & Doug! ♥
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