When your kids play, do they play with open-ended toys or traditional toys? There are lots and lots of perks of open-ended toys. That's what we're breaking down on The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show this week. This is the podcast where parents learn ways to help their kids become self-confident, self-directed, and self-assured through purposeful play. I'm your host, Alanna Gallo – Teacher, Momma to four little ones, and Founder of Play.Learn.Thrive.
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This is Episode #16 and we’re talking open-ended toys with Sarah Lee – Founder of Sarah’s Silks and fellow mom. You'll really appreciate her passion for open-ended play for kids and the story of her business. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast spots – follow and leave a 5-star review if you learned something!
Why Should Your Kids Play With Open-Ended Toys?
In today’s episode, I talk to Sarah Lee – Founder of Sarah’s Silks and fellow mom. Hear why open-ended toys are better than traditional toys, the best kind of open-ended toys for kids, what you can do to inspire imagination in your kids, how alternative schools compare to traditional schools, and the story behind Sarah’s Silks. This episode covers everything from using your imagination to the different types of Sarah's Silks. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:
- What are Sarah's Silks?
- How was Sarah's experience in the Peace Corps?
- What is Free School?
- How did Sarah know about Waldorf education?
- Why does she like Waldorf education?
- Traditional School vs. Alternative School
- What are the benefits of open-ended toys?
- Who was Joan Almon?
I loooved Sarah's ideas for fostering your kids' imagination with the help of toys. There's tons of other fun tips on play as well. Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.
- Welcome back to The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show
- [0:07] Welcome back to the podcast for parents who want to raise confident and independent kids
- [0:43] Connect with Sarah at SarahsSilks.com, on Amazon, and on Instagram at @SarahsSilks
- Playing With Open-Ended Toys
- [1:12] Peace Corps
- [1:49] Waldorf School
- [2:58] HearthSong
- [4:40] How did Sarah know about Waldorf?
- [4:53] Free School
- [5:09] Mothering Magazine, Peggy O'Mara
- [5:26] Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
- [6:33] Why does Sarah like Waldorf education?
- [6:44] Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA
- [7:42] Software Engineers
- [7:53] Big Tech (Technology)
- [8:30] Bill Gates, Steve Jobs
- [9:36] Tom Waits
- [10:46] Pandemic
- [12:23] Montessori School
- [13:17] What are the benefits of open-ended toys?
- [14:14] Joan Almon
- [16:51] Toys”R”Us
- [17:49] “What is Open-Ended Play & Why is it Important?“
- Thanks for listening to The Play. Learn. Thrive Show!
- [19:27] Connect with Sarah at SarahsSilks.com, on Amazon, and on Instagram at @SarahsSilks
- [21:36] Make sure to follow The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show on your favorite podcast spot and leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts
- [21:49] Join our community on Instagram at @PlayLearnThriveKids
What is The Play. Learn. Thrive. Show?
This is the podcast where parents learn ways to help their kids become self-confident, self-directed, and self-assured through purposeful play. I'm your host, Alanna Gallo – Teacher, Momma to four little ones, and Founder of Play.Learn.Thrive.