11 episodes

Educating kids ages 4-99 about toys, play and creativity. Play is as important to growth as a healthy diet, so let's dive into what makes for nutritious play. Join LEGO Master Model Builder and full-time fun uncle Sam Suksiri to learn about the different approaches to play and what toys make the most of playtime. Sam is joined by expert guests in the diverse fields of parenting, toys, creativity and design to round out a healthy diet of playtime. Each episode we’ll test-drive different toys, games, even video games, to see how they give the children in your life that nutritious playtime they deserve. It’s a podcast for parents, caretakers, and anyone interested in learning about how toys and play nurture creativity, teach lessons and make life more fun!

Untangling Toys Cloud10 and Clamor

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Educating kids ages 4-99 about toys, play and creativity. Play is as important to growth as a healthy diet, so let's dive into what makes for nutritious play. Join LEGO Master Model Builder and full-time fun uncle Sam Suksiri to learn about the different approaches to play and what toys make the most of playtime. Sam is joined by expert guests in the diverse fields of parenting, toys, creativity and design to round out a healthy diet of playtime. Each episode we’ll test-drive different toys, games, even video games, to see how they give the children in your life that nutritious playtime they deserve. It’s a podcast for parents, caretakers, and anyone interested in learning about how toys and play nurture creativity, teach lessons and make life more fun!

    Boredom

    Boredom

    Try as we might to fill up our day with productive work, oftentimes that business results in never having any quiet time. Even quiet, seemingly unproductive bored times. But boredom is just the beginning, a blank space, for our imaginations to begin playing. So how can you be bored again? 

    John Cleese's speech Creativity in Managment

    Learn more about Dr. Stuart Brown, his book "Play: How it Shapes the Brian, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul," and the National Institute for Play herehttps://www.playcore.com/drstuartbrown 

    Check out more of Sam's LEGO and toy videos at www.youtube.com/@samsuksiri

    • 25 min
    Board Games

    Board Games

    We covered a lot of games, so if you ever need a refresher on how to play a game, check out Watch It Played for easy-to-follow game tutorials. 

    Other games from this episode: 
    -Chip Theory Games 
    -Too Many Bones 
    -Fuji Flush
    -Cosmoctopus
    -Arkham Horror 
    -Arkham Horror The Card Game
    -Clank 
    -Clank Legacy
    -Oink Games
    -DroPoulter 
    -Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 

    Check out your neighborhood to see if there's a board game shop like Games By James you can support or a games cafe like The Guildhouse where you can play games and meet other gamers!

    • 30 min
    LEGO Dreamzzz

    LEGO Dreamzzz

    Has LEGO become too complicated? Is it a building toy where you make things and then take them apart to create more? Or is it a model kit where you carefully follow the instructions and then permanently display your finished work? We'll look at the trends in LEGO models and which themes invite builders to tear things apart and start anew.
     
    Check out more of Sam's LEGO and toy videos at www.youtube.com/@samsuksiri

    • 27 min
    Cosplay

    Cosplay

    How is waking up early to put on an elaborate costume you spent weeks making, walking a long way to a convention center, and standing around in the cold waiting to take pictures a form of play? Welcome to the world of Cosplay. I interview at least five veteran cosplayers about how they got into this form of play, what it takes to be a cosplayer, and what they get out of it year after year. I even get dressed up too for this episode shot on location at Wondercon 2024!

    A big thanks to all the cosplayers for sharing their love of creativity and costuming. You see more of their cosplays on their instagrams:
    https://www.instagram.com/erikaalamode/
    https://www.instagram.com/ricknerdvarro/
    https://www.instagram.com/sweetheart_cosplays
    https://www.instagram.com/abonilla84/
    https://www.instagram.com/evilqueencharlotte/
    https://www.instagram.com/sincerelychrista/

    Check out more of Sam's LEGO and toy videos at www.youtube.com/@samsuksiri

    • 25 min
    Primates and Play

    Primates and Play

    Is play unique to people? Or do animals also play? Sure, we've all seen a dog play with a ball or a cat play with a mouse or a nematode play with global banking systems, but is that actually play? Is play a crucial part of life in the animal kingdom? And what can we humans learn from our furry and feathered friends? 

    On this episode of Untangling Toys, I talks to primate researcher Dani Steinberg about her research into play and primates. From the volcanic jungles of Rwanda to the Santa Ana Zoo, Dani has studied the life and play of primates of all kinds. 

    Check out more of Sam's LEGO and toy videos at www.youtube.com/@samsuksiri

    • 25 min
    Magnatiles

    Magnatiles

    What is the definition of play? It's not easy to define, but we're going to try with the help of Dr. Stuart Brown's book "Play." I'll go through his seven properties of play, with various examples and mixed metaphors, and then we'll get to playing with Magna-Tiles. Or Picasso Tiles. Or Connetix? There sure are a lot of magnetic building toys out there. What makes a good one? What makes it a good toy? Do I still have a cold? Find out on this week's episode of "Sam Learns to Make a Podcast by Making a Podcast."
     
    Learn more about Dr. Stuart Brown, his book "Play: How it Shapes the Brian, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul," and the National Institute for Play here https://www.playcore.com/drstuartbrown
     
    Check out more of Sam's LEGO and toy videos at www.youtube.com/@samsuksiri

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

Becky Buswell ,

Informative and entertaining podcast

This is helping me understand how to play with my kids better and gives me a different way to think about toys. The host is also knowledgeable and endearing

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