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Moulding Your Little One into a Well-Rounded Person with OMO

Do you want to know what makes children truly interesting? Their inert curiosity to learn the secrets of the world, explore the most mysterious of places, and above all else – their unwavering love for life. As parents, we play an active role in their journey and it’s up to us to make sure that while they are being curious and having fun – they learn a thing or two while they’re at it – and you don’t have to worry about getting rid of stains with OMO!

At OMO, we believe that messy play in the great outdoors and dirt are the tools that parents should take full advantage of when leading their little ones through life in their early-development years. The outdoor lifestyle can teach your little ones about different weather patterns, facts about flowers, different smells and different animals. They can also learn about different textures, and very important things about colours and what plants and animals to avoid.

With this said, here is our ultimate guide to some great early development outdoor activities that will help your little one grow into the adult they were destined to become – a strong, respectable, well-rounded person that you can be proud to have raised.

Digging for Dinosaurs!

What They’ll Need:

·       Small spade or scoop

·       Bucket

·       Paint brush

·       Magnifying glass (optional)

What They’ll Do:

Let’s go on a fun, educational and exciting fossil-hunting adventure to discover the secrets of our pre-historic friends – the dinosaurs! This family-centric outdoor activity can teach your little palaeontologist about a plethora of things like evolution, how fossils form, how they are discovered, and how the world looked and worked hundreds of millions of years ago.

This fun outdoor activity can be done on a rocky and shell-strewn beach, or even out in a forest or woody area. When scouring the beach, a tell-tale sign to spot a fossil is to look for shell-shaped rocks in and amongst boulders.

What They’ll Learn:

Your little ones will have a blast digging up the past and will also greatly develop their intellectual skills, as well as their social ones when done alongside a small group of their best friends.

·       By the age of 8, our little ones’ cognitive developments are going through a transformational phase. While perspectives and opinions are still rather black and white to them, they’re beginning to read and follow simple sentences and do basic subtraction and multiplications.

·       Socially, they are really enjoying spending time with, and doing activities alongside their friends. Studies show that regularly participating in group-based activities around this age gives our little ones a sense of security that they don’t get when doing activities alone.

·       With this in mind, making it a group activity and teaching them about our planet’s past makes this activity a truly advantageous one.

Recommended Age Group:

·       Ages 4 - 8

Foraging for Art Supplies

What They’ll Need:

·       A lunchbox or container

·       Paper

·       Glue

·       A small glue brush 

·       A small paint brush

·       Paints and glitter

·       Scissors

What They’ll Do:

And no, we don’t mean heading out to the closest art shop. That would be too easy and far less fun compared to what we’ve got in store for you and your little ones!

Head out to a nearby forest, park, wooded area, or even out into your own back yard, and collect different colour leaves – and anything interesting that’s lying around. While you’re at it you can teach your little ones about the different colours leaves acquire throughout the seasons, as well as the different textures they acquire throughout their life cycles. You can also educate them about how different types of trees yield different kinds of leaves; for example, oak trees yield oak leaves which have a very distinct shape, while pine tree’s yield pine needles, which look completely different to regular leaves. There’s so much your little ones can learn from trees alone. You can also get them to crunch a dying leaf in their hands, then instruct them to do the same with a leaf that still has a bit of pep in its step. Take it all home and create a unique piece of art.

What They’ll Learn:

·       From typographic pieces to artistic montages, this amazing activity will tap into and shape their intellectual and cognitive abilities, teach them about an array of things like lifecycles, goal setting and putting in the groundwork in order to achieve a more rewarding goal later. Have your little one invite along a friend or two and make it a social experience.

·       We know that at this age, toddlers are beginning to understand the world around them. This is when they start experimenting, thinking outside the box and exploring themes outside of their comfort zones.

·       During this pre-school age, toddlers also find it difficult to see perspectives that aren’t their own, which is why this rather artistic activity will show them that not everyone is the same, and that not everyone’s artwork is going to be the same as theirs – meaning that in some cases, there’s no right or wrong answer.

·       When it comes to their social lives, studies have shown that the more creative and imaginative the activities that our children take part in, the more sociable they will grow into becoming.

Recommended Age Group:

Ages 3 – 6

Get Creative with Clay

What you’ll need:

·       A long, flexible stick (one per child)

·       Two clay patches

·       Two cricket wickets

·       Two buckets of water 

What They’ll Do:

Being a kid can be fun, especially when games like ‘clay-lat’ are on the cards for the afternoon. Easy to play and impossible to tear your kids away from, this competitive activity can get a little messy at times, but that’s a given when the main purpose of the game is to fling clay at one another. Don’t worry – OMO laundry detergent will help you get those stains out easily.

Firstly, have your child and their friends pick and create teams. This may seem like a rather menial act, but it will teach your little ones an important lesson about being fair, inclusive and accommodating with their friends – thus moulding them into sociable people in the future.

Once teams have been selected, each team needs to find, or create, a clay source. This way, before the game has even begun, your little one has already started developing their social skills, as well as their intellect. By making them find a source of clay, the intellectual parts of their brains will need to work overtime. They will need to ask themselves - ‘’how is clay made?’’.

Once they have found or created their clay source, it’s time for them to find a stick and set up a cricket wicket next to their clay source. The aim of the game is to mould clay around the tips of their sticks and have them lob their little clay lumps towards the enemy team’s cricket wicket. The first team to have their wicket fall to the ground loses the game.

What They’ll Learn:

This fun and educational outdoor activity will teach your child an array of important facts that they will never forget.

·       Intellectually they will learn how to think ahead as they plan the next attack on the enemy team, and their motor skills will be slowly but surely honed as they master the ‘flick’ of their clay-chucking stick. At this age, it is important to help your child develop and mould their independence and decision-making skills.

·       This fun and messy game will also teach your little one and their friends about the value of teamwork. At these ages, socially we want our children to blend in with their peers, not stand out from them. This activity will help them form bonds with their friends through teamwork and a little rough and tumble.

·       Oh, and don’t worry about the mess this outdoor activity for kids is sure to cause – that’s why we’re here! One Quick Wash is sure to do the job.

Recommended Age Group:

Ages 9 - 12