Welcome to Classic Play, where having kids is cool. We discuss parenting, travel, art, creativity and more. Here, you’ll also find a collection of clever crafts for kids and a community who’s encouraging the next generation to grow up curious, creative and connected.
Who’s behind this site? My name is Jennifer Cooper. What’s my story? Buckle up, because you’re about to learn more about me than you probably ever wanted to know.
As a kid, I would dress up like a hobo for no apparent reason, paint my face like KISS, and once I taped index cards into about 100 books my parents had on the shelves just so I could play librarian.
I started off my career as a behaviorally-trained early interventionist (it’s a mouthful, I know) teaching kids how to talk, read, ride bikes, and play. When I became pregnant with my second child, I left the field and in 2005 formed a small toy company with my mom and sister called Ellie Bellie Kids, now known as world-famous (at least in my mind) EBK Robots. I created Classic Play! in 2007. It started as a downloadable pdf for EBK customers. In 2010, we moved Classic Play! online.
Sometimes, I’m asked by others to contribute playful ideas for families and kids, so you can find my work online, in print, and on tv. In addition to my craft/activities for kids work, I’ve collaborated with my husband, photographer Dave K Cooper, to produce short videos like this one here and that one there. Oh and this one where we organized a kids’ art show was fun too.
And just for fun, here are few interviews to learn more about me:
Apartment Therapy – My favorite children’s book
A Happy Adventure – Celebrating family
Inward Facing Girl – Bloggers on motherhood
Simple Lovely – Bloggers favorites
momfilter – We want to know more about
ps. I started out 2013 writing my intentions for the site. You can check them out here.