Out of the Sandbox Blog
About the Author
Wendy Smolen is the cofounder of Sandbox Summit, an elite idea forum that explores the synergy between play and technology. She's been an astute player in the kids toy and media industry for nearly 20 years, testing, evaluating, and rating products for major publications and companies. However, her office is wall-to-wall toys, so she still refers to her business appointments as playdates.
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Wendy Smolen explores the intersection of real world and digital play, looking at projects and products that balance screen time with physical play.
The founder of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab gives us an inside look at his work at the University and how the Lab is designing stories for the 21st Century.
During Sandbox Summit at MIT last month, PlayScience released a study that revealed some surprising findings about parents’ perceptions regarding their children’s play platforms. Wendy Smolen asks Dr. Alison Bryant, co-CEO of PlayScience, to explain some of the study’s implications and why developers need to rethink platform strategies.
Wendy Smolen looks at a new initiative between Lego, The Lego Foundation and UNICEF to create an early learning and children’s rights partnership that uses the power of play as a focus point. A brilliant, yet natural pairing, Smolen shares what the industry can learn from the early learning endeavor.
Wendy Smolen’s take on some of the most buzzed about tech toys at this year’s Toy Fair, held last month in New York. Filtered through her Sandbox Summit lens, Smolen examines what each toy teaches kids and how the tech factored into play.