Ep. 96 – Helping Kids Become Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers Through Play & Literature with Drew Vernon

by | August 19, 2021

Ep. 96 – Helping Kids Become Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers Through Play & Literature with Drew Vernon

by | August 19, 2021

The Fresh Start Family Show
The Fresh Start Family Show
Ep. 96 - Helping Kids Become Problem Solvers and Critical Thinkers Through Play & Literature with Drew Vernon


Wendy and Terry had the amazing opportunity to sit down with father of three and Child Play Advocate Drew Vernon, on Episode 96 on the Fresh Start Family Show to talk about how we can empower our kids to build critical thinking & creativity skills through play & literature! 

Drew fell in love with encouraging play for children and talks to us about how creative play can be fundamental to our children’s critical thinking and problem solving and leaves us with three ways that we can enable our kids to become critical thinkers & great problem solvers through understanding: 

  • Why screen-free time is so important
  • How we can teach kids to learn the framework of good storytelling 
  • How to help kids be the hero in their own story 

Drew also talks about the incredible, ‘Toniebox’ toy he has helped bring to the world that we are just absolutely in love with here at Fresh Start Family. 

‘Toniebox” toys are imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experiences that play stories, songs, and allow children to record their own stories. 

Want to know what to do when your kids say, “NO, I won’t and you can’t make me..”

These classic power struggle situations (uhh.. picture below look familiar at all??) can trigger us and cause us to dip down into reactive modes. That cause us to be shameful and guilty at the end of the night, when we lay our head on our pillow and none of us want that.

..but don’t fret. I’m here to help.

I have a free online parenting workshop that I want to invite you to. Where I can teach you 5 positive parenting tips to help gain cooperation and dissolve power struggles with integrity. So you can take a break from relying on fear, force, bribery, and rewards to get your kids to comply.

You can save your seat now right HERE. I cannot wait to support you in this free class.

Episode Highlights:

  • The importance of practicing creativity as a family
  • Allowing children to have creative playtime WITHOUT screens
  • The importance of picking apart the elements of stories
  • How storytelling can help kids through all phases of life
  • Personal family stories & successes
  • Bringing creative playtime to YOUR home
  • Drew’s journey advocating for children through his career at Lego & Toniebox
  • The story behind Tonies

Resources Mentioned:


TonieBoxUSA Community  — Fans of Tonies sharing ideas how to use them

Contact Drew at [email protected]

**STAY TUNED for the Toniebox giveaway… Details to come on Instagram @FreshStartWendy.**

Follow @FreshStartWendy now for a chance to win a Toniebox — Winners to be announced in September.

If you have a question, comment or a suggestion about today’s episode, or the podcast in general, send me an email at [email protected] or connect with me over on Facebook @freshstartfamily & Instagram @freshstartwendy.


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