Sparkle Stories Blog
A home for Sparkle audio stories, crafts, recipes, and kind words!
Simple (Yet Meaningful!) Ways to Celebrate Michaelmas
In the old times, festival days were held to enjoy the fruits of the labor and to say thank you. Here are a few fun ideas to help you incorporate the Michaelmas Festival and this expression of gratitude into your fall plans.
The Dowdling Song: A Sparkle Stories Sing-Along!
In this week’s new Martin & Sylvia story, Sylvia learns a song to help when something needs to be done that you might not want to do- we've created a version of it just for you!
Stories for Dealing with Uncertainty
For this week’s playlist, we’ve gathered stories that convey some of our best examples of young characters learning to deal with uncertainty.
Our Days of Breathing Rhythms
What if stopping to breathe was the game changer you needed? What if it was a piece of the magic? A key? What if you could orchestrate your days so that breathing through them solved the management mode you are stuck in?
Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Outdoor Play
Story and Play are intertwined — one always inspires the other. When children fully play, stories can help to frame, inspire, and inform their experience. In this way, play is a form of learning. When we tell stories, the listener wishes to act out the content…. and play.
Storybox Playlist: Storying Podcast Story Series
We've created this special playlist of the first FOUR stories that grew from our first four podcast episodes. Listen now!
Introducing the Storying Project
We’ve got big news! We are starting a new podcast called The Storying Project. The podcast launches on August 11 and we can’t wait to share it with you!
X Investigates: A Summer Scavenger Hunt
This week, we are sharing this fun Summer Scavenger Hunt, based on the new Life as a Martian episode! We’ve created a free downloadable pdf to guide you through the X Investigates Summer Scavenger Hunt. Just print out a copy for each of the kids who will be participating, provide a writing utensil, and let the fun and games begin!
Featured Free Stories: Stories about Learning at Home
This week we've gathered a playlist of entirely free stories about learning at home. Whether it's dedicated homeschooling or just curiosity-driven afternoons in the backyard, these stories will have your kids inspired to explore and create.
Melisa Nielsen Guest Post: The Secrets to Peace at Home
In this guest blog post by Melisa Nielsen of Waldorf Essentials and Seasons of Seven, Melisa shares insights and tips to establish rhythms that create a sense of safety and consistency for kids and families.
Johnny Boy Takes: My Favorite Ice Cream Flavors
Hello, world! It’s me, Johnny Boy Nebraska. Today I’m here to tell you about my favorite interesting ice cream flavors you can order online (and some recipes to make your own).
Johnny Boy Nebraska's Favorite Sparkle Stories
Hello, Earthlings! It's me, Johnny Boy Nebraska, a 10-year-old podcaster from Greenhorn, Florida. Originally from Mars. It was so great meeting all of you last week and I wanted to stay in touch-
Featured Free Stories: A Shareable Playlist for Older Kids
This week, we've created a special playlist of five stories perfect for older kids. The best part? Each is free until July 5. Listen now and share with friends and family who you think would love Sparkle Stories as much as you do.
Why Audio? What are the benefits of audio stories for kids?
We want our stories to help the world go a little bit slower and be a little bit kinder. This is why all our stories are audio-only. Think about the characters from stories your parents read to you. Your imagination stitched their clothes, built their houses, and formed every expression on their faces. That's the magic of audio!
Storybox Playlist: Most Played Stories of 2021
This week, we've gathered our most-played stories of 2021 and we are sharing them with you! Did your favorites make the list?
Storybox Playlist: Seven Days of Sleepy-time Stories (and other tips for your summer routine!)
Shared Routines and Rituals can be game-changers! Most children thrive with a solid rhythm to their day. This can sometimes seem hard to stick to, especially in the summer. Providing even just a bit of structure can help establish the sense of security and safety that kids need to feel grounded.
Storybox Playlist: Stories About Strong Girls Like You
This week, we have put together a playlist of stories about strong girls. Through these stories, your little ones will hear different examples of what it means to be strong.
Stories to Inspire Wonder... and Hope
It can be easy to lose hope in today's world. One way to reconnect with what can seem like lost hope is to take a step back to see things from a bigger perspective. This sense of wonder is something that we can begin cultivating when our children are young!
A Message about our Popular History Collection FIFTY: Fifty Stories for Fifty States
The FIFTY collection was created as an investigation of the United States of America (and its territories)... In attempting to tell stories of kindness, empathy, and compassion, we chose to represent historical figures and events with a perceived latitude afforded to historical fiction.
Storybox Playlist: Cultivating Empathy Through Play
Recently, Sparkle Stories Spinner David Sewell McCann went live for a discussion with Tinkergarten’s Chief Learning Officer, Meghan Fitzgerald. The two discussed the developmental importance of — play! Why is making time for fun, play, and silliness for our little ones so important?