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Calm is one of Apple’s 2017 Apps of the Year. Singer-songwriter Jewel just announced at CES her plan to bring mindfulness to companies. My seven-year has an option to take meditation as an after school elective this spring. With the new year, there is a renewed focus o...

November 28, 2017

It's that time of year. When you consider never buying another toy again and while you are at it, burning everything in your home. Wait. Is that just me? 

Regardless, I can never resist the joyful experience of gift-giving. I love toys. I love playing with them and I lo...

At VONK, we are all about fun, imagination and play! We also love technology. With the launch of our latest Alpha version for iPhone, we are delivering a way to use technology to positively connect kids and families. But, while we work on this bridge between digital an...

Recently I have had to make the case for magic when talking to fellow parents and adults. In these conversations, I realized what I am really doing is making a case for play. This seems odd to me, so I was inspired to share my own personal case for magic and play.

Now m...

October 21, 2016

This is a great article about the science behind play and our brains from NPREd and John Poole. A version of this story was published on NPR Ed in August 2014.

"Brains At Play: What Do We Know?" by John Poole. 

The Playful Implications of Pokemon Go

Tucked inside the recent uproar over Pokemon Go are a few key learnings about the intersection of online and offline play that are important to consider as we think about the future of play.

First, let’s please stop calling it mobil...

Yes. And no.

A child born today will never know a time when screens were not fully integrated in their lives. The world has fundamentally shifted and the ways we create, connect and collaborate as a culture have shifted as well. So, yes, we need to worry about them beca...

June 3, 2016

READ: Is Our Screen-Time Anxiety More Detrimental Than Our Screen-Time? By Tanya Slavin

In her look at her son’s screen time use, author Tanya Slavin cultivates “screen time curiousity” a concept we love.

“So how do we handle screen time these days? The short answer is t...

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