RPT: 2 Mara Kaplan 50 toys in 50 days
Mara Kaplan is the driving force behind Let Kids Play, a consulting firm working to ensure that all children have excellent play opportunities. She is an educator, a parent of a child with disabilities and a season advocate for inclusive play. She founded an indoor playspace for children with and without disabilities and was its executive director for over 13 years. Mara has an elementary education degree Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She received her MBA, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Boston University.
Today Mara shared her passion for toys. Not just any old toys but toys that we should seek out to help raise our playful tots.
Especially at this time of year we hear a lot about toys through advertising. We take a step back and evaluate toys and find ones that create value- our kids will want to use them over again.
Mara talks about many things including,
What do I look for when choosing a toy?
I look for toys that are open ended, children can play with them in multiple different ways. Also toys that grow with the child. So that it’s not something I’m just going to play with today or the next month………..Listen to the show to find out Mara’s examples.
Links, transcript and downloads
Letkidsplay.com for the email newsletter
Links mentioned in the podcast download the transcript
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Deadline Tuesday 15 December 2009 MST 11:59.