“Once Upon a Playtime” is a podcast made for parents and kids, about the serious value of playing around. Each episode features a well-known personality or celebrity who shares how a toy or play experience from their childhood shaped them. A hybrid between Dr. Seuss' whimsical, narrator-driven storytelling and Pixar's "movies for kids with messages for grown-ups", this podcast presents a rare joint listening opportunity for parents and their kids. Produced by FRQNCY Media and made possible by a generous grant from The Toy Foundation.
“Nathan Kept Building,” with Nathan Sawaya
Some sculptors use bronze, others prefer marble. But Nathan Sawaya is a world-famous artist who sculpts with LEGO. From a very young age, Nathan loved building with those colorful toy bricks. He built skyscrapers, spaceships, and even a pet Lego dog. But while he was playing, Nathan also built his imagination, his creativity , and even a new career. In this episode of “Once Upon a Playtime,” we’ll learn about how Nathan went from lawyer to full-time LEGO artist, how construction toys advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) skills, and how playing can increase motivation in children.
“Alicia and the Big, Brilliant Heart,” with Alicia Silverstone
Having a big heart is like a magnifying glass. It turns the good into great, the pretty into beautiful, and the simple into sublime. But it can also make the sad things sadder, the hard things harder, and the lonely things lonelier. Luckily, playing provides a healthy way to process those big, complicated emotions at any age. In this episode of “Once Upon A Playtime,” we’ll learn how actress, author, and activist Alicia Silverstone rediscovered the true meaning of play when she became a mom, and why “playing pretend” is crucial for healthy child development.
"A Recipe For Silver Linings,” with Melissa Ben-Ishay
The recipe for silver linings is a bit tricky. You can’t buy the ingredients at the grocery store. In fact, you can’t buy the ingredients at all. The ingredients for a silver lining are free, but it takes a long time to gather each one. Melissa Ben-Ishay is the CEO and co-founder of Baked by Melissa, a company specializing in delicious, bite-size stuffed cupcakes. In this episode of “Once Upon a Playtime,” we’ll learn about how Melissa became a boss baker, why playtime with family can give children a developmental edge, and how playing with arts and crafts translates into important adult skills.
“The Busy Bee Who Learned to Slow Down,” with Danielle Prescod
Busy bees like to do lots of things. They explore new places, try new activities, and learn all that they can! But what happens when a busy bee becomes too busy? Well, you teach yourself to stop and smell the flowers! In this episode of “Once Upon A Playtime,” we’ll learn how writer and entrepreneur Danielle Prescod discovered the value of slowing down, why it is important to balance scheduled activities with unstructured playtime, and how board games can help kids develop resilience.
“The Dancer Who Loved Long Division,” with Stephanie Klemons
Some people may think that the sciences and arts are diametrically opposed foes…but not Hamilton’s associate choreographer Stephanie Klemons! As a child, Stephanie’s favorite ways to play were dance and math games, and both shaped the rest of her life. In this episode of “Once Upon A Playtime,” we’ll learn how math and science helped Stephanie become a star dancer on Broadway, why physical movement helps kids and grown-ups feel good, and the role of play in helping us find our passions.
You can follow today’s guest on Instagram here and find out more at www.stephanieklemons.com.
“Simon Says…Go Play!” with Simon Sinek
Everybody loves a good game of “Simon Says”. Simon says…do a silly dance! Simon says…spin in a circle as fast as you can! Listen to this episode! Oops – I didn’t say, “Simon says.” However, you should listen to this episode anyway. In the season finale of “Once Upon a Playtime,” we’ll learn how author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek embraced his nerdiness, the difference between supporting play and encouraging play, and how playing make-believe helps kids learn problem-solving skills.
You can follow today’s guest on Instagram here and find out more at www.simonsinek.com.
I liked wolf within on episode 16
I honestly think it is perfect for all ages!!! It’s really fun and unique. I would listen to it all of the time I totally 100 percent recommend it for anyone at very high and low ages it’s super fun and inspirational. I just wanted to recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone!!! Thank you for making this amazing podcast it’s so interesting, inspirational and fun!!
Great Podcast for All Ages
Interesting, engaging, funny, and IMPORTANT! Play is so important at every stage of our lives!