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More About Me

Something deep inside me has always loved the art of play. Using imagination to create something out of seemingly nothing, children seem to do it best. But what is happening when a child plays? A story is being told. As a mother, when I saw my children playing, I heard their stories.  Pioneer girls, fairies and gnomes, “lost kids,” and escaping hot lava were some of my own girls' favorites. 

Throughout my career as a Kindergarten teacher, my favorite time of day was listening to the hum of playtime. Giggles, chatter, excitement. Children sharing their stories by themselves or with a friend. Building, painting, pretending. I have yet to discover a better sound! 

In 2014, a business move took my husband and me to Mexico City for several years. I volunteered at a Waldorf school - a school system rich in the tradition of storytelling - and discovered that even in a language I didn’t understand, the sound of children playing was music to my ears. Soon I had an opportunity to learn the fiber art of felting, and I quickly became obsessed with creating little characters from natural wool. Naturally, these characters needed a space to be, so I kept felting. It wasn’t long before my play mats and characters were a hit with the friends and neighbors I met in Mexico. I was happy to hear that sound of excitement in the children's voices as they played and told their stories.

Now I share my stories and handmade characters with children all over the metro Detroit area and I couldn't be happier!  

When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
— Fred Rogers
 
Barbara Ann Poelman