Play

What’s your passion?

What’s your passion?

At the Seedlings Family Kick Off that Jonathan posted about last week, one of the questions we parents were asked was, “What’s your passion? What will you bring to Seedlings, as a helper?” I was mulling it over when Jaime, ... read more

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

Sunflower and Neapolitan Ice Cream: Trinities of Bliss

What do Neapolitan ice cream and Sunflower Creative Arts have in common? They both offer a trinity of bliss for parents. Sunflower mom Sophie Evans cracks open a tub of Sunflowery goodness and tells the story of what drew her to our programs in ... read more

Toys, dirt and water

Toys, dirt and water

Tools for the important work of play My son Dante was a Seedling for two years, when he was three and four. The first year, he spent most of his time digging in the dirt or playing in a tub of water. When I’d come to pick him up, ... read more

US Play Coalition Conference: play’s the thing!

US Play Coalition Conference: play’s the thing!

Sunflower Managing Director, Jennifer Ligeti, and I recently attended the US Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play at Clemsen University. We came back with heads full of practical information from the leading thinkers and advocates in ... read more

No place we’d rather be

No place we’d rather be

by Jennifer Sneeden It begins in the cozy corner. Twenty-five little bodies, squeezing into the small space that has served so many purposes over the past year. These children relish the physical closeness, the proximity to one another. They all read more

I Want to Play Too!

I Want to Play Too!

One day while I’m out running I stop at the park in my neighborhood. I look around to make sure nobody is watching, and then I jump on the swing. Thinking of my three-year-old, because this is something we usually do together, I pump my legs and read more

Not Just for Kids

Not Just for Kids

I spent my first week in Växjö, Sweden, pedaling the hundreds of bike paths strewn across the county. One especially sunny weekday afternoon I was speeding around the lake enjoying the feeling of being thousands of miles from home. As I rounded ... read more

Their Right to Play

Their Right to Play

I have always felt the need to fiercely protect childhood and play. Why? Kids at play epitomize exactly what we as adults all strive toward: living each moment with energy, confidence, fully engaged and capable, fearlessly exploring ... read more

Letting go

Letting go

I’m a control freak. If you’ve met me, there’s no point in my denying it. So for me, setting my children loose at Little Sprouts and especially Seedlings is as much a lesson for me as it is for them. In those programs, as in ... read more

Plugging in

Plugging in

We made a lot of discoveries on the playground during last weekend’s Seedlings family work day. Lizard eggs, tiny as marbles… cotton plants bearing puffy white snowballs… a giant toad sitting grimly behind the storage shed… and read more

Bring that beat back to me again…

Bring that beat back to me again…

I recently got back from an amazing vacation, visiting a wonderful, playful, up-for-anything friend and seeing my most favorite band in the world (Dave Matthews Band ♥love them!♥). I went completely on my own–no kids, no husband–and ... read more

Weaned on play

Weaned on play

by Wynna Dunmyer, Sunflower mom My baby weaned, again. At Bridging Day last week, Griffin my 5 year old last baby, weaned. This time it was from Seedlings, the amazing play-based cooperative program that gave him space and time to grow and ... read more

Remember play?

Remember play?

Whenever I ask a group of adults to share a favorite play experience from their childhood there is a visible shift in their bodies. They become energized and I swear I see each of them as their little kid selves. Sharing treasured memories, we ... read more

Some Serious Resources on Play

Some Serious Resources on Play

We don’t have leaf piles or snow piles here in south Florida, but occasionally we have large construction sand piles. Yesterday I drove by one. It was a Saturday so there weren’t any workers around. But there were eight, maybe ten kids climbing ... read more

Sledding, South Florida Style

Sledding, South Florida Style

Kids have been playing with cardboard boxes since the beginning of disposable packaging– and rolling down hills since the invention of gravity. But, in today's world, having the chance to do just that is a big deal. read more

Where are all the kids?

Where are all the kids?

Sunflower blogger Jaime won 1st place in KaBOOM!’s recent guest blogging contest. Check it out below and on KaBOOM!’s Play Today blog. Then read more great Sunflower posts by Jaime here. Victoria won 4th place in the same contest! Check out her ... read more

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

This morning my six-year-old son, Dylan, will cross over the Seedlings bridge for the final time (that’s Seedling talk for Graduation). To the outside world it might seem like an ordinary event, but for us–the Glas family– it’s the ... read more

How to make an invention

How to make an invention

by Jennifer Sneeden Making an invention is very difficult… The first problem is that you might not know right away what you’re trying to invent. That means you’ll need to have lots of materials to choose from. And all those materials may feel a ... read more

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Taking Action for Play: 2013 US Play Coalition Conference

Last year Jaime and I attended the US Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play at Clemson University, where we marveled at the world of play advocates surrounding us – the academics, the preschool and K-12 teachers, the doctors, the ... read more

Familiar Sounds

Familiar Sounds

Overheard at Sunflower’s Seedling Family Kick-Off… I close my eyes and let the sound surround me. These familiar sounds always make my heart beat a little faster. Some of them are subtle, like the twang of a rebounding rubber band. ... read more