Imagination and Play – Building Stronger and Healthy Kids! Shannon Guernsey of Planet Fassa 4/27/12

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Do you remember the joy of play? Did you spend hours upon hours pretending to be a pirate or a princess? Did you make mud pie creations worthy of a four star restaurant? Did you pretend to be on a safari as you climbed the trees in your back yard?

In today’s technological world, the pull of electronic play time is very strong.  From a young age, kids learn how to interact with technology.  Technology is a good thing, but it can often be a strong pull away from outdoor and creative  play.

Shannon Guernsey joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her site, Planet FassaPlanet Fassa is an interactive site that encourages creativity, imagination and outdoor play.  Through a series of online books, kids will learn technology skills, but also be encouraged to bond with the characters, hone their reading skills, and get out into the world and play!
Shannon and the Mom of Many Hats discussed the impact of play for kids and families.  Among the very important and relevant ideas about why it is necessary, were a few some key points that we all need to remember when it comes to allowing free play for those young ones that we have a responsibility to:world and play! At Planet Fassa, families will find 6 interactive books with a great cast of characters, and prompts for hours of activities, as well as a points system to encourage kids to participate in imaginative, creative, and offline play.

  • Play is a basic right for children and necessary to a child’s development.
  • Play and imagination hone problem solving skills and forward thinking.
  • As parents, caretakers, and teachers, we need to empower kids to be creative, play, and understand who they are.
  • Families, teachers, and caretakers create the extended “village” that creates opportunities for kids to use their imagination.

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About Shannon Guernsey

Shannon Guernsey has a heart for helping children see the greatness, the creativity, and the imagination that is hidden inside of them.  Her goal is to help them reach their A-Ha moment as they unlock the limitless bounds of their imaginations.  Under the pen name S. Mooo, Shannon has written 6 interactive online books for kids to explore the vastness of their own potential to create limitless stories and  fun in their free play. To connect with and to lean more about Shannon, join her on Twitter @S_Moooo or on Facebook.

Learn more about Planet Fassa by visiting family site at For fun activities and parenting tips, visit the Planet Fassa Blog at Yo


Second Friday Parenting Hat 8/12

One of the biggest hats we wear is the parenting hat!  It shapes the way we view almost every other aspect or our lives.  At this time of a year it is a particular challenge to get our kids ready to get back to school. On today’s show, we talked with three teachers and a mom, Amy S., Amy D, and Elizabeth Z, and Sharon Girodo.  They gave us some wonderful tips on how to  get our kids ready for school.

From Amy S. we heard about the benefit of using everyday life as learning opportunities – even a trip to the store can be a learning experience by using math to figure out things like how many pieces of fruit are needed. Amy D. Reminded us to be positive about the upcoming year and learning experience.  Elizabeth Z. showed us the importance of having a routine with our kids to help them feel safe and confident. We also heard from the teachers about how we as parents, can prepare ourselves for the return of our kids to school. The teachers are the professionals and heads of the classroom realm.  We need to trust them to take care of our children – they will work with us to make sure our children have the best learning experience possible.Finally, we talked about how we can support our teachers through volunteering, classroom supplies, tax credits, and looking at our children’s teachers as team members in the raising of our kids.

Mom of Many Hats Radio sends  a huge THANK YOU to every teacher out there.  You have our children for a large portion of their lives.  We appreciate all you do and the influence you have on our children!