Former Shows & Episodes

Parenting With Playdate Planet

Meryl Neiman

Parenting With Playdate Planet – Behind the Scenes With Dan Yaccarino, Creator of Oswald the Octopus, Willa’s Wild Life, and The Backyardigans and Young Inventor Challenge champion, Julie Blake

This week’s very special show gives parents and their children an inside look into how their favorite children’s books, TV shows, characters, toys and games are created. You might want to have your child with you as you listen to award-winning illustrator, author, and TV producer, Dan Yaccarino describe how he has developed some of our kids’ favorite books and television shows. He also shares tips for how parents can bring out their chid’s artistic and writing talents and you’ll find out the inside scoop on such varied topics as why Oswald and Willa’s Wild LIfe, take place in tech-free worlds, his favorite design style, and what it is like to work with famous actors to bring his characters to life. This show also includes an interview with children’s literacy advocate, Julie Blake, about her work with the Young Inventor Challenge, a contest that encourages kids to invent their own original toy or game, and children’s inventor workshops and camps throughout the country. Find out how your child’s idea could find a place on the shelves of your local toy store!