Omagles are quite possibly, the greatest toy for helping children develop their imagination and creativity because they foster a type of play known in the psychological development community as “Free Play”.
What is Free Play?
Free Play is the type of play that does not have overarching rules like soccer or baseball has. Children have to make up their own rules and become more creative. Studies have shown that if you take two groups of children, where one group is playing a game with some pre-existing rules, and the other is “free playing”, the free playing group will score MUCH higher on creativity assessments.
One great article you should read about this topic was put out by Scientific American Mind called, The Serious Need For Play. It’s definitely worth reading. You can find it by doing a Google search.
How Can Omagles Help Foster Free Play?
Omagles are a building tool that allow children to build almost anything, as you can see from a few examples taken from their instruction manual.
During my own childhood I sold my first glass of lemonade from a lemonade cart I made out of Omagles. My brother built his first stage which he performed on (he’s now a professional magician for the Ringling Brothers). And we even built a replica of the old Gladiator shooter challenge and obstacle course.
Basically the opportunities are endless.
Whether you’ve got a little “princess” who wants to build a castle, with a draw bridge, and then have her little brother err… Knight In Shining armor ward off the evil Dragon… or build race cars to race down a hill, or a thousand other ideas, Omagles give your child the foundation for creating it all.
Omagles are the truly perfect toy for Free Play.
They aren’t the cheapest toy out there, but they’ll outlast any battery operated fad for generations. In fact I still have my set of Omagles I had as a kid and just pulled them out of my Mother’s garage to expose to my son yesterday. And even at 2 1/2 it completely captivated him for nearly 2 hours as his little brain went to work building all sorts of stuff.
The only draw back from Omagles is that they are a bit hard to find. You can find some on eBay every now and then, but I’d also recommend checking out the omagels site as they seem to have a little better prices.
Whether you’re looking for the next hit Christmas gift, or your child has an upcoming birthday, I promise you they’ll love a set or two of Omagles. You’ll never get more for your money then these toys will give you… and I think almost every other child who had Omagles growing up would tell you the same thing.
Go get some…. no seriously, why haven’t you gone and got them yet;-)
Other Resources For Developing Creativity
If your serious about doing everything you can to develop your child’s creativity I recommend you do two things…
1. Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted video on how we’re ruining creativity in our youth.
2. Download my free report, Unlocking Your Child’s Full Potential for 6 mental imprinting strategies for childhood development