non-consumer based play

Tweet When I was growing up, mom had this book called “Let’s Make a Memory!” Looking back on it, it’s hard to tell why we didn’t love that book. It was filled with different activities that were authentic, engaging, and developmentally appropriate. But I can distinctly remember when we heard mom call out, “Guys! Let’s […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Megan on August 18, 2010

Tweet “In too many modern playrooms, technology makes things appear, disappear, speak and move. There is no effort or creativity, no demand for practice or mastery. All the hard work is done by adults, who often spend years programming their techno-toys. Gilbert’s toys encouraged boys to perform for parents and friends. Today, toys are the […]

Tweet Last week I visited a progressive charter school in San Diego. It was their family art night. There were musicians playing music, 3D tempera paints, stained glass windows and sculptures. There was even a restaurant where the children were taking and delivering orders. The place looked amazing. But what caught my attention most was […]

Tweet Summer is quickly approaching and you are being confronted with the dreaded issue “Where are Jessica and Aden going to go for summer camp?” Summer camps have always been around, but within the last 30years, the way that parents and kids alike look at summer has dramatically changed. Summer is no longer about running […]

Tweet Today the secrets behind Tandem Teaching’s Earth Fair Exploratorium Extravaganza booth are revealed (with photos).  The Earth Fair is a zero-waste event and our theme for the day was non-consumer based play. We wanted our space to reflect both of those things. Patrick and Edmund imagined and designed an amazing booth made out of […]

Tweet When we at Tandem Teaching set up for Earth Fair 2010, we had no idea how popular our activities would be.  The Exploratorium kept kids, teenagers, and adults busy for hours. One parent grew tired of waiting and had to bribe his son a dollar to finally leave our booth! An Exploratorium is a […]

Tweet The Tandem Teaching Earth Fair photos have arrived! Those who attended the Earth Day extravaganza in San Diego with us will remember the pure delight and joy bursting from our booth. We will be sharing pics and our reflections on the event this week. One of our stations including the magical and mysterious gelatin […]

Tweet In a perfect world an effective play date happens when two children interact with the world in such a way that reality fades away and they are whisked away into their own special wonderland. Yet, there are times when a play date comes to a screeching halt and disaster arises. Here are a few […]

Tweet You may have noticed our little obsession with non-consumer based play lately. We have been hard at work packing that knowledge into an e-book (which gets more awesome every day).  Today we’re excited to share a sneak peak! Here is an excerpt by Patrick. UPDATE: You can buy it now! All About Inventive Play: […]

Tweet The quality of genius is being able to use simple materials in ways they were never intended. An Exploratorium is a place where your child can store all their open-ended materials. It’s a spot in your home they can go to create projects that the world has never seen before. All it takes is […]