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Play And Learn With The Ogalala System In Play

Ogalala System in Play

As I have always shared here, I use play as a way to teach the minis various lessons even before The Princess started attending school. I believe that it is through play that kids are encouraged to explore their surroundings and discover new things. It is through play that Arjay and I were able to teach the minis the alphabet, colors, and numbers. Through play, they also learned about different animals and identify objects.

writing in preschool

But, how exactly do you incorporate lessons during play time? I asked the same question when I had The Princess. When we first started teaching our little girl, we tried to use flash cards to teach her letters, numbers, and parts of the body. Being just cards with letters/words and drawings, she didn’t find it too interesting. That’s when we started to look for other ways to teach her. One time, we used pick-up sticks to form letters. Sometimes, we use blocks. Using her own toys to teach her made a huge difference! She thought we were just playing when she was actually learning already.

READ: Six Exploratory Learning Activities for Toddlers

Back then, though, we didn’t follow a schedule when it comes to our play-and-learn sessions. We just inserted it any time during the day and hoped that The Princess would participate. I later on realized that routine is essential for our little ones! Thankfully, now we have something called the Ogalala System In Play that provides a guide for parents so they can incorporate lessons while their kids play. You can find their recommended Ogalala Schedule here, which includes activity suggestions, goals, and materials you will need (all of which you can find on Ogalala World).

Ogalala is a system developed by IGM based on play and parenting insights wherein play products or educational toys are grouped together to develop the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional skills of a child from birth to 12 years old.

Crayola, Melissa & Doug, HABA, Animal Planet, Discovery Kids, Artec, Baby Einstein, Emco, and Oops are the brands composing Ogalala. Some of these brands I have already used with the minis and I can’t wait to bring the rest of ’em home. I’m pretty sure the minis would love to have these added to their learning materials!

Some of the toys and materials I’m eyeing on are the Melissa & Doug’s Vehicles Paint With Water Kids’ Art Pad (which features a puppy in a firetruck – my minis’ favorite combo!), Animal Planet’s animal figurines, and the Crayola Color Wonder Fingerpaints and Paper.

Ogalala World

Images from Ogalala World

What are you waiting for? Download a copy of Ogalala Time and start playing and learning with your little one! To know more about their products and events/workshops, visit and like Ogalala World’s Facebook page.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Janice

    Ogalala System is really interesting. Was so happy that I was able to attend one of their workshops. 🙂

    August 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM
  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    It’s nice to see children have fun while learning.

    August 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Mr. Jacob's Mom (@MrJacobsMom)

    These are exactly the kind of educational toys I buy for Jacob nowadays. I haven’t tried Ogalala yet, but will surely do now!

    August 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM
  • Reply Razel Miranda

    I wish I had this when my boys are still babies. It’s true na we should have a schedule for them to be responsible my eldest kasi is not like the younger one, SInce si panganay is our first baby all the attention was on him and we baby him talaga ng sobra so hindi din pala maganda kasi we needed to ask him pa to do his school works. Unlike my youngest since nakita namin na dapat we should schedule playtime and learning activities mas nakita namin na he do it on his own. No need to ask him to do his school works. 🙂

    August 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM
  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac

    That’s really cool. Yeah, the flashcards wasn’t much of a hit to my two younger boys, especially the youngest. Wish I made it to the Ogalala event….I need ideas to teach our 3 year old

    August 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM
  • Reply Patty | MrsC

    Yet another thing that I wish I knew about when my kid was little. Then again, I was working full time then, and really couldn’t incorporate teaching him into my days. That’s why I sent him to preschool early. Oh well. Making up for it now by being t home with him 98% of the time.

    August 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM
  • Reply Mitch Ryan (@mitchryan23)

    Thank you for sharing. I haven’t heard of this system before. It’s good that this is available online. I’d definitely would love to take a look.

    August 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM
  • Reply Rikka Redrico

    I’m glad that the minis are doing well with this one! 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM
  • Reply Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    I think routine is very essential for all kids so they will have study habits.

    August 14, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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