New Play Topic: Earth Matters
May 30, 2021
This 4-week cycle is all about our amazing planet. We invite you to dive beneath the waves and explore our oceans, go for a stroll in the forest with the Gruffalo, explore the beauty of nature and get to know some of the many creatures, great and small, that call Earth their home. We have some fabulous activity ideas for exploring this important topic with your children and to help raise environmental awareness though play.
Don't forget to take part in our #PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Play Challenge across Instagram and The Wooden Ark Family Facebook group, with weekly prompts and fabulous prizes to be won! Find out how to enter, and get a sneak peek of the challenge prompts and prizes below.
Play, learn, explore and create with Oskar's Wooden Ark.
#PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Challenge Prompt 1 :
Our Amazing Planet
Week beginning Monday 31st May
Saturday 5th June is World Environment Day - a day for encouraging environmental awareness and action. This week's challenge prompt is an invitation to start a conversation with our little ones, and get them excited about our amazing planet and the things we can do to protect it. Why not plant a seed together, get out and about in nature, or explore all that our environment has to offer through art or play.
There's a Kitpas art bundle up for grabs, including Kitpas Medium Stick Ecru Crayons and Dustless Art Chalk.
Photo credit: @learnandbloom
#PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Challenge Prompt 2 :
Week beginning Monday 7th June
This week, our play challenge coincides with World Oceans Day, which is on Tuesday 8th June. A healthy ocean is crucial for climate protection, and change starts with learning about and appreciating the the sea and all that lies beneath the waves. Share your flatlays, craft projects and imaginative play setups with us for the chance to win a set of Grimm's ocean stacking bowls, which are perfect for little nature enthusiasts who want to have a closer look at little treasures they find at the seaside.
Photo credit: @_simply_bea_
#PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Challenge Prompt 3 :
Creatures Great and Small
Week beginning Monday 14th June
From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, isn't it amazing how many weird and wonderful creatures roam our planet, besides us? Do you have any favourites? Why not have a go at recreating some of them using your OWA toys and loose parts, draw or paint a picture, create an animal mask or set up a small-world Farm, Zoo or Bug Hotel. We can't wait to see how you interpret this week's prompt!
One lucky winner will receive the wooden Gruffalo and Mouse figures from Bajo.
Photo credit: @woodentoyplay
#PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Challenge Prompt 4 :
Week beginning Monday 21st June
This week is all about forests. Why not grab an Olli Ella basket and head outdoors for a woodland nature treasure hunt. You could build a forest den, get crafty with sticks and twigs, create a forest-floor nature mandala or do some bark rubbings using Stockmar wax crayons and paper. Alternatively, stay indoors and enjoy some magical forest small-world play. You could even transform the view from your playroom window with some forest-themed Kitpas window art.
This week we're giving away a 90cm X 90cm Sarah's Silks Earth Playsilk in Forest Green.
Photo credit: @grow.and.play.together
How to enter the #PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Play Challenge:
To take part in our #PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR Play Challenge, head over to Instagram or The Wooden Ark Family Facebook group and share an image or video in response to the Play Challenge prompt for that week. Interpret the prompt any way you wish, using any Oskar’s Wooden Ark toys or craft materials! Make sure to tag us, @oskarswoodenark, and use the hashtag #PLAYTIMEWITHOSKAR, so that we can find your entry.
Note: Instagram entries must be from a public Instagram account.
Enter as many times as you like over the course of the week.
Winners will be announced at the end of each 4-week cycle, with a special 'Winners' video'.
Be creative, have fun, and enjoy connecting with our wonderful Oskar's Wooden Ark community!
By submitting an entry, you consent to us publishing your name and your post on both Facebook and Instagram, should you be selected as one of our winners. Anybody is welcome to take part, but prizes will be shipped to addresses within Australia only.