“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.
“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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
Introducing "Once Upon a Playtime"
“Once Upon A Playtime” is a new podcast from The Genius of Play for parents (and their kiddos) about the serious importance of having fun. Each episode features an interview with a fascinating guest, transformed into a storytime experience that you can listen to by yourself or with your kids. You’ll get to hear from famous artists, entrepreneurs, actors, and other high-profile people about their childhood play rituals, learn about the science of play, and hear some fun facts about...having fun! Tune in to the first episode of “Once Upon A Playtime” on December 15th, with new episodes released every other week.
Inspiring! Play truly ignites the brain and improves motivation, resilience and focus. Very cool to see a lawyer follow his passion to continue his dream of playing and building sculptures from LEGO.
For kids of all ages!
Nathan Sawaya inspires everyone to keep playing no matter how you are!
Unique and inspirational
The podcast has this really cool storytelling format, which makes it interesting for both adults and kids. The guest stories are fascinating! If you want to learn something new or just need a pick-me-up, this will do the job.