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... a little nature... a little imagination... a lot of play. Toys, tools and activities for growing minds. TM
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5 Reasons to Love Stargazing! Pale Blue Dot - Lets start here: "On a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam." In 1990, Astronomer Carl Sagan uttered these timeless words. They are based off of a photo of Earth taken by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it left our solar system. The photo is pretty much a pale blue speck, floating in a sunbeam. But it's Earth, it's our home. And it demonstrates the vastness of space, and our relatively minuscule existence within that space. Astronomy and stargazing are all about perspective, and sharing that perspective with kids can give... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Card Games Winning and Losing: Sometimes you win, and sometimes, well, you don't. And that is okay. Learning how to be a good winner and looser is equally important. You never know what life will hand you, so learning how to negotiate the ups and downs with grace is a seriously valuable life skill. It may sound a bit simplistic, but card games are a great place to teach these skills in a low stress, supportive environment. Memory: Cultivating a good memory takes time and practice. Card games are a great way to nurture and grow... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Try New Crafts with Your Kids! There are so many reasons to craft with your kids! Picking the top 5 reasons why, was one of the hardest assignments to date. 1. Learn Something New: We all get stuck in patters and routines. As as we grow these patterns can become restrictive. Sally is good at drawing, so you keep giving her crayons and pencils, and she gets even better, that's great! But, what if she happens to be a gifted sculptor, or inventor? Crafting with your kids allows them to explore a new idea or process in... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Learn to Use a Compass 1. Learning the Four Directions - Orienteering: Learning to orient yourself or orienteering as it's also known is an all important skill. This necessary life skill starts by learning the four main directions, North, South, East, and West. When you hold a compass in the palm of your hand, the four directions are no longer points on a map, but living, breathing wilderness just waiting to be explored! 2. Geology - Earth's Magnetic Fields: What is so cool here is that learning how to use a compass is like a geologic conversation... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Old Fashioned Games! 1. Old fashioned games build contemporary skills: In a world where many of the games geared for children come in app format, old fashioned games can help kiddos gain important skills, including gross motor, balance, coordination and more. Jacks, marbles, hopscotch, foursquare, kickball, and even Red Rover, all invite children to use their bodies in ways that help them to grow into skilled, coordinated, and strong adults. 2. Teamwork: Unlike many single player games, many old fashioned games invite cooperation and communication. I remember epic rounds of capture the flag as a child... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Geography! 1. Spatial awareness: In this age of digital navigation, knowing how to get from place to place without a satellite powered device is becoming a lost art. Teaching your kiddos the value of old fashioned navigation using a map not only empowers them with important skills that will come in handy on your next camping trip, but it also gives them a sense of place in this vast world. Understanding distance with your own two feet can inspire a pretty amazing sense of wonder, especially when looking at majestic mountains and grand oceans. 2. Geography... Continue reading
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We love knots! Here are our top 5 reasons why you should too! 1. Hand Eye Coordination: It's no surprise that learning to tie knots, from tying your shoes to essential camping and boating knots, promotes increased hand-eye coordination skills, and fine motor skills too! For the little ones just getting started, the pincer grasp is all important, while older kiddos will get a hand and mind workout by combining different parts of the brain and body to master more advanced knots. Tying knots can also help children with less developed motor skills or motor skill challenges to grow stronger... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Bugs! 1. See all of those lovely bright colored flowers out there? Do you enjoy eating fruits and veggies? Well, bugs had a lot to do with all of that. Bees and other insects are amazing pollinators. Without them, many plants wouldn’t reproduce and bear fruit. That’s why we need to protect them. Teaching your kids to love bees and other insects is the first step toward insuring that we look after these ever-so-important tiny gardeners for generations to come. Learn more about bees and pollination with this fun interactive guide here. Want to plant a... Continue reading
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Now that it's officially summer, it seemed like the perfect time to launch our 5 Reasons series. Each week, we'll dive into some of our favorite topic and give you our top five reasons for why we love them so. First up: Camping with Kids!! 5 Reasons to Go Camping with Your Kids This Summer! 1. Simplicity: Simple is good, especially when it comes to kids. Once you’re out in the woods, there are only three things to think about: Food, Shelter, and Exploration. That’s it. You can spend hours picking the best spot for your tent. Your kids can... Continue reading
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As a member of my family, gardening began each year on Mother's Day. On that day we would pile all four kids in the Jeep Wagoneer and make the pilgrimage to Paulino Gardens. There we would spend the morning following my mom around as she picked out the garden's new additions, and the afternoon helping her plant them. As spring made its approach each year I would count down to Mother's Day. And being the wonderful mother she is, my mom would help me get the garden ready so that on that day, we could plant everything. We would turn... Continue reading
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May Day is just around the corner and it is one of my favorite days. It means a trip to the garden center or the backyard for a bit of green, and perhaps, some strawberries to gift to a neighbor, friend, or mom! Every year we make a May Day craft and this year our May Day Cone has a fun twist, it's plantable and it cracks open just like a seed in a garden! Seeds crack open each spring with new life once they have been planted into the ground. With this craft, kiddos crack the shells around their... Continue reading
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This week's lovely nature walk comes to us from our very own Imagine Childhood editor, Sarah. After months of rain in Southern California, what is usually an almost Martian-like landscape in the Anza Borrego desert transformed into verdant fields filled with wildflowers. The desert really is a amazing place. Each plant has such a capacity to survive on the least amount of resources possible, but when water is abundant, they really know how to put on a show! Thanks Sarah for sharing this fun trip! **Attention Nature Enthusiasts: We love to share! If you would like to contribute to our... Continue reading
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My dear girls are laying their eggs! They had a wonderful rest in the dark of winter but with the light returning I found one egg one day, then two eggs, and then all of a sudden lots of eggs each morning. They are Buckeye chickens and several years old now, but still laying well. This spring I let my grand old rooster from Mr. Ulrich in Minnesota (he's kept this breed of chickens alive and well) in with the hens. I have one hen brooding and hope one morning to arrive in the barn to hear the chirping of... Continue reading
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It's here!... ... it's here!... ... it's really here!... Spring! xox ~ i.c. Continue reading
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Can you feel it? Better yet, can you see it? Little bits of green beginning to appear on bare branches and under the snow, little bits of new life emerging from a sweet winter's slumber. Which means it's time to get growing!... ... to begin dreaming... ... to start savoring... ... all that the coming season has to offer. March is a beautiful month of transition. Full of small details worth being present for and to. We hope you'll all take a moment to stop and wonder in each little moment. Happy March Everyone! xox ~i.c. Continue reading
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Oh we love this book so! We have been friends with Donni over at The Magic Onions blog for while now, and we just love all the beautiful crafts and activities she creates and shares with the world. So when we heard she was directing that creativity into a book... ... we just had to get our hands on a copy! Donni also happens to run the Fairy Gardens website, blog, and shop, which is completely delightful in and of itself, so it's no wonder this book is simply magic. In all, Donni features seven different fairy garden tutorials to... Continue reading
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Winter is by far my favorite time for birding. Many birds have migrated from colder climates to warmer ones, but the chances of getting up close to the ones that do stick around are much better. Like this lovely adolescent hawk for instance. Silhouetted against the gray winter sky, with only the sound of feathers and air to accompany the sight, was something magical indeed. If the hills had been green and leaves out in full, this lovely moment would not have happened at all. I know it's frigid for most of us out there right now, but I promise,... Continue reading
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As frozen wonders appear and melt away, we are loving all the this beautiful month has to offer... ... from cozy moments of embrace... ... to sweet somethings... ... creative Valentines... ... and yummy treats that teach and make us smile... ... to little notes left with love... ... February is looking bright and full wonder! xox ~ i.c. Continue reading
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Happy New Year everyone! This week's Moments of Magic post is dedicated to those moments lost/found staring out a window, procrastinating over what you should actually be doing. Because once in a while, what you shouldn't be doing is really what you should. A heartfelt 'thank you' to the flock of Red Winged Blackbirds that showed me just that. ~ Jordan Continue reading
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What a year it has been! From beautiful Nature Walks, to crafts, activities, and lots of adventure in between it's been quite a year. As 2016 comes to a close we want to say thank you for all the love and support this year, we would not be here with out you! From our family to yours, we wish you all a beautiful new year filled with wonder, imagination, and most of all... adventure! xox ~ Sarah, Jordan, Deb & Jonas Continue reading
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For kids, each day is an adventure. Filled with new challenges and tasks, these adventures need fuel, healthy, delicious fuel. Which is why we love Little Bites by Christine Chitnes and Sarah Waldman. {Kitchen Supplies from the Imagine Childhood Shop} Written by real moms with four little boys between them, they let the seasons be their guide and came up with 100 easy to prepare recipes perfect for snack time, dinner time, and most importantly, on the go. {Denim Stars Apron from the Imagine Childhood Shop} Whether you are a passionate foodie looking for healthy food your kid will actually... Continue reading
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It's that time of year, time to start dreaming of all the holiday cookie goodness that the coming weeks will bring. To help start the party planning, we've pulled together a list of some of our favorite Imagine Childhood recipes. There's lots of nature themed treats along with a few classic or just plain delicious sweets! Nature Inspired Holiday Cookies! Chewy Ginger Cookies Butterfly Sandwich Cookies Ginger Leaves Constellation Meringues Animal Tracks Cookies Toffee Bark Bars Holiday Snowball Cookies Cloud Cookies Chocolate Coconut Mud Puddle Cookies Coal Cookies Linzer Sandwich Cookies Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies Ginger Shortbread Cookies... Continue reading
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Each year around this time, we share our new lookbook for the coming year, and we're happy to say this year's is packed with all sorts of childhood inspiration to guide you through season after season of meaningful family adventures that we hope inspire a little magic and a lot of memories. And how could we share our new lookbook without a giveaway to celebrate it? We couldn't. Check out the details below and enter to win a holiday shopping spree on us! Come wander through the pages and pick out your favorites. . . because you might just get... Continue reading
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The first time I saw this particular grove of trees, I was five years old. Swaddled in layer after layer of clothing I sat perched on top of a horse with my father, nearly immobilized by my parent’s successful attempts to keep me from catching cold. As we moved along the trail, my view of the scenery was intermittently obscured by clouds that followed the rhythm of my breath as it crystallized and disappeared in front of me. Apart from the sound of our progress, the silence was palpable. We were pushing forward with the slow determination that fresh snowfall... Continue reading
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Nature gives us the perfect place to stop and reflect. To be in the moment and to see the world for all its beauty. The sky and the ocean... so far apart... speaking to each other. Even small actions can travel great distances. Here's hoping you find a few moments of reflective calm in your day. Big hugs, ~i.c. Continue reading