About Little Ole Us
Silly Street is a line of Character Builder games & toys that help kids develop character skills like grit, curiosity, empathy & creativity.
Research & wisdom agree that kids with strong Character are more successful in the classroom & on the playground. (Ahhhhmazing.) Silly Street uses thoughtful tactics & diverse play techniques to help kiddos build those Character skills that will support their cognitive learning and help them throughout their entire lives. More on that in our whole pile of resources on building Character.
But who are the HUMANS behind Silly Street?
We thought you'd never ask.
Silly Street was created by Wannaplé, a boutique kids company that thoughtfully designs Character Builder games & wares for kiddos. Wannaplé was founded by Christine Peck (on the left, there, helllooo) and Mags DeRoma (on the right, HI).
We are two moms that thought that the world needed a little more time to PLAY (wouldn't you agree?). Playtime is being cut everywhere, from classrooms to recess, and even at home. And oh the benefits of play! Conveniently, we had built in focus groups (aka, our kiddos were right at that age where they were entering school).
We are on a personal mission to get more play into the world (in lots of ways). Throughout our site you will see the many ways in which we are executing this noble mission. Join us! It'll make for more playful kids, families, schools & communities and why stop there...a more playful world!
There are a lot of really amazing people doing really amazing things when it comes to Character, mindfulness and other cool things aimed to make our kids better, healthier versions of themselves. Below are some of the folks who contribute bits of their knowledge and expertise with the Silly Street community! We are so grateful for them!
MARGOT WANNER - Creative Compassion for Kids
Creative writer & educator who is passionate about planting seeds of compassion in the hearts of young people. She has an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and mindfulness education in The Still Quiet Place, a 10-week Training Program for Teaching Mindfulness to Children and Adolescents; and Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training with Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D., Much of the
inspiration behind Creative Compassion for Kids comes from Margot’s wise teachers,
including: Susan Kaiser Greenland; Amy Saltzman; Kristin Neff, Ph.D.; and Christopher