Tag Archives: imaginative play

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We Stink at Playing with Our Kids: Thinking Differently About Playing Together

by Jens Peter de Pedro
July 7, 2014

Last week I almost wrecked the imaginary birthday party my daughter was throwing for Strawberry Shortcake. I was sitting on the floor in her room next to Plum Puddin’, Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom and a few other three-inch-tall plastic guests, when she looked up and casually asked: “What’s more, daddy, … 







Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play

by Andy Russell
October 12, 2011

Picture for a second the first thing you ever constructed, designed, prototyped, or invented. If you’re like most of us, there’s a pretty good chance that you built your idea using toys like LEGOs, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs, or perhaps, to your parents’ dismay, a mix of all of the above … 







Toontastic’s New Summer Travel Story Contest

by Catherine Jhee
July 27, 2011

We’re always happy to spread the word for our Cooney Center Prize finalists — especially when they have exciting new projects and updates to share. This week, Andy Russell and Thushan Amarasiriwardena of Launchpad Toys have partnered with Wired’s GeekDad to announce a fun new contest: Kids and their parents … 







Why Mobile is the Future of Playful Learning

by Andy Russell
March 21, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning conference to discuss mobile learning. As our good friends at Project Noah and other games/apps like The Hidden Park have shown, mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad present incredible opportunities for … 







Storytelling, Creativity, and the New Frontier of Digital Play

by Andy Russell
January 18, 2011

Give a young child a couple of toys or a box of crayons and he or she is likely to play for hours, deeply engrossed in an imaginary world. In both art and dramatic play, children construct settings, create fictional characters, and act out fantastic storylines that would be the …