Monday, May 10th, 2010

How do you get a swimming pool, a fairy skirt, and a superhero cape from a single, inexpensive toy? With new Australian business Silk Playground, and a touch of imagination, it's easy.

Silk Playground provides playsilks: large, colourful, shimmery silk scarves that can be anything a child wants it to be. They are a versatile, open-ended toy that encourages creativity and develops a child’s imagination.

Through creative play, children develop inventiveness, curiosity, problem-solving skills, self confidence, social etiquette skills and emotional expressiveness.

A UK study released in April 2010 has found that there are added health benefits as well. Creative play in childhood is associated with a healthier diet and lifestyle in adulthood, according to researchers from the University of Ulster.

Silk Playground’s creator, Lara Symonds, says that she watched in amazement as her young daughter intuitively took to playsilks and incorporated them in her everyday play in constantly different ways. “Playsilks have definitely unleashed her imagination,” Lara said. “They are simple, natural, versatile and so much fun. Every toy box should have a set of playsilks, and that was the motivation behind launching this business.”

Silk Playground also provides a growing collection of illustrated play ideas on their website to spark the imagination.

“While I love to create beautiful playsilks, coming up with new play ideas is the part I enjoy the most. I’m inspired by the uses my own children find for playsilks, and love to hear about the inventive uses our customers’ children come up with as well.”

To view their range of playsilks and illustrated play ideas, visit

For further information, please contact:
Lara Symonds,
Silk Playground
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0407 611 785??

Citation for University of Ulster study:

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Silk Playground

Silk Playground was created to bring creative, imaginative play to children via simple, natural toys. We provide creative play ideas, and a place to buy beautiful hand-dyed playsilks in Australia at affordable prices.  
Lara Symonds
P: 0407611785


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