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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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This blog entry was originally posted last summer, but crafting is so important, we just had to share it again! 5 Reasons to Try New Crafts with Your Kids! 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 a fun, low stress... Continue reading
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The 4th of July is just around the corner and we've come up with a list of our favorite holiday fun just for you, from our blog and beyond: 4th of July Fun! 1. Free Downloadable Cake Toppers 2. Red White and Blue Mini Pavlova 3. Bubble Painting in red white and blue is a great way to spend the afternoon! 4. 10 Minute DIY Movie Theater 5. Tin Can Lawn Bowling 6. Free Printable Pinwheels 7. Homemade S'mores Recipe 8. Cute Burlap Garland Tutorial 9. Star Lantern Tutorial (scroll to the bottom for the the tutorial) 10. DIY Fishing... Continue reading
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Remember when we said that picking our top 5 reasons to craft with your kids was the hardest assignment to date? Well we were wrong, so, so wrong. Forts people, forts. Our love for these wild and spontaneous structures knows no bounds. If you do one thing and one thing only with your kids (aside from loving, feeding, clothing, sheltering, and providing safety of course), build forts with them. The benefits will last a lifetime, we pinky swear on this one. So in no specific order and only broaching the tip of the iceberg on this one, here are our... Continue reading
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Father, papa, pops, dad... no matter the endearment, it's time to celebrate all the wonderful fathers out there! Whether he's a lover of the great outdoors, a sportsman, a DIY wizard, or a seasoned foodie, we have crafts, recipes, and activities that will make every dad smile. Make sure dad feels the love this weekend with a homemade gift that shows him just how much you really care. 10 great gift ideas for Father's Day: 1. Camp Breakfast 2. DIY Foldable Camping Stove 3. DIY Pre-Shave Oil 4. Capture the Flag Geography Game 5. Map Coasters 6. Leather Journal 7.... Continue reading
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Now that summer is officially here. . . . . . it's time to build. . . . . . a beautiful world. . . . . . full of magical. . . . . . adventures! DIY Fairy Boats Materials: Leaves Sticks or Bamboo Skewers Needle and Thread or String (you may want to bring these along on your walk) Scrap fabric (optional flag material) Scissors (optional) Flowers Imagination Instructions: Go out on a walk in your neighborhood or a park, or the woods if you live near them. Collect the natural materials listed above and begin dreaming of... Continue reading
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We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend exploring this lovely world with your family! But the fun is not over just yet because we're having a sale! For the next 24 hours take 10% off everything in the shop! When you combine the discount with our free shipping for orders over $100 that's up to 25% off! Enter the code "MerryMay" during check out to receive the discount. xox ~i.c. Continue reading
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Summer is just around the corner, and with the growing season in full bloom, it seemed like the perfect time to make a botany version. . . . . . of one of our favorite games. . . . . . filled with playful investigation. . . . . . and lots of fun. . . . . . this game will inspire the whole family to learn. . . . . . more about. . . . . . this beautiful world we live in. DIY Plant Land Board Game Materials: Cloth Game board from our DIY Math Game... Continue reading
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Now that gardening season is officially off and running, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite spring garden recipes from our kitchen: 10 Spring Garden Recipes: 1. Stone Soup 2. Dark Chocolate Garden Petit Fours 3. Blackberry Mini Clafoutis 7. Spring Vegetable Tart 5. Spring Asparagus Risotto 6. Strawberry Chèvre Tart 7. Carrot Gnocchi with Sage Butter and Massaged Kale Salad with Candied Lemon 8. Botany Cookies 9. Ratatouille Casserole 10. Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies Happy Spring Gardening! xox ~i.c. Continue reading
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If there is one thing that's true, it's that we often don't express gratitude nearly as much as we should. . . . . . especially to all of the wonderful mamas out there. . . . . . who work tirelessly to keep. . . . . . our future filled with curious, intelligent, adventurous, and. . . . . . loving souls. Sending a huge THANK YOU into the universe for all of you wonderful mamas out there. We wouldn't be anything without you! Last Minute Mama Love: A Quick tutorial for Papas and Kids Materials: Scrap Paper... Continue reading
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Hello gardening season, oh how we love you so! From your fun plant markers. . . . . . to your beautiful seed tape flowers. . . . . . to adorable cloth calendars. . . . . . and hand stamped aprons for him and her. . . . . . you are the season of tending and making. . . . . . of planning and playing. . . . . . the sweetest treat, after a long winter's sleep! How does your garden grow? xox ~i.c. Continue reading
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This year, we spent Earth Day in Yosemite. It's amazing what a few days of feeling small can do to make your heart feel ever so big. . . How do you and your family celebrate this beautiful earth of ours? xox ~i.c. Continue reading
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Happy Earth Week! Our favorite holiday of the year is just around the corner, and we can't wait to start celebrating all this gorgeous planet has to offer. So to start our Earth Day celebration off right we are challenging you to complete the task in each of this week's Instagram posts. . . . . . and then post a photo of the activity. . . . . . and tag us in it! At the end of the week one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Imagine Childhood Shop. Go ahead, chase a butterfly... Continue reading
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It's that time of year again, time for one of our favorite crafts of the season: Educational Eggs! Each year we pick a subject from nature and dedicate our egg decorating time to learning more about this beautiful world of ours. In the past we've made bird eggs, bug eggs, constellation eggs, geography eggs, planet eggs, botanical eggs, and this year... animal tracks eggs!! As the trails are beginning to thaw and open up for easier exploration. . . . . .it seemed like the perfect time to jump back into. . . . . . studying animal tracks .... Continue reading
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It's here, it's here, it's here!! Spring is finally here!! Spring is the season of wonder and mystery and magic. It’s the season where bare branches exchange their winter lines for bright new life. It’s the season where we open the windows and let the outdoors in again. It’s the season where we believe in the potential of small seeds to turn into great beauty. It’s the season of imagination. And to celebrate, we're hosting a giveaway!!! To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which items you adore from our shop, and if your... Continue reading
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Oh we love this beautiful planet so! And what a wonderful mother she has been to each and every one of us. From the tallest trees, to the deep blue oceans, to the birds, flowers, bees, and everything else under the sun, this Earth of ours is one very special place. Which is exactly why we need to show her a little love, now more than ever. So this year, give a big old Valentine to the Earth, by cultivating a love of nature in your children. It's been proven time and time again, that we take care of what... Continue reading
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Did you know 2018 is The Year of the Bird? National Geographic is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed) with a lovely new project. Each month you can help your lovely feathered friends by taking simple, meaningful actions. Wonderful, right? In the meantime, with such cold temperatures in much of the US, we thought we'd share a couple of our favorite bird treat recipes and activities. Fun projects for the whole family, these lovely bird treats are made from simple ingredients. . . . . . that... Continue reading
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Each year 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 to take them... Continue reading
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Back by popular demand, our holiday cookie round up! Now that it's officially December it's 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... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Trees! Environmental Heroes: Captain Planet has nothing on trees. It's safe to say that trees are the juggernaut of environmental heroes. From their amazing CO2 into O2 converting abilities, to muffling of pollution and dust, to their cooling properties, and ecosystem mainstays, there are more than a few reasons to hug a tree today! Time Keepers: Trees are the time keepers, our leafy historians. From tree rings, to petrified forests, to insects encased in amber, trees are remarkably good at keeping track of where we've been. Which in turn gives us valuable insight into where we... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Handwork! Develops Social Skills: Handwork has always been a social endevour. From knitting/sewing circles, to needle pointing with friends, trading sewing patterns, and even button swaps, handwork is made for sharing. And when kids share ideas, emotions, and jokes everyone's life gets a little better. Go ahead, start a kid centered neighborhood knitting circle (and let us know about it, we'd be delighted to join you!). Creativity: Some kids are two dimensional wizards, creating real life records and imaginary visions through painting and drawing, and that's great! But for the those of us (ahem... me) who... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Music! A Helping Hand: Music education supports learning in pretty much all other areas of education. The spacial temporal development in the brain that music opens up helps students to visualize a problem space. A skill incredibly important for math and science education. Music also helps with memorization, which is great for history, theater, and language arts! Brain Work Out: Did you know that musicians use more of their brains than the average human? Studies have shown that music activates areas of the brain that you otherwise do not use day to day. In fact one... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Math! Universal Language: In a great big planet full of different cultures and languages, it can be hard to communicate. But what if we told you that there was a language that everyone can speak and understand no matter where your feet take you? Well that magical language is math my friends; fun, confounding, glorious math. Makes you want to become fluent huh? Explain/Interpret Relationships in the Universe: How does photosynthesis turn sunlight into food for plants? How much energy is expended when you push your shovel into the ground and dig a... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Costumes! Emotional Support - Time Together: There is so much outside stimulus we all have to deal with every day. So many ways to connect and disconnect at the same time. Growing up is complicated enough, and all this new technology and social media can make it even harder. Just like unplugging and going for a hike as a family, playing dress up on a rainy afternoon together is a fantastic way to connect and see where your kids are at. Put on a play, or a puppet show, give funny voices your... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Physics! 1. It Teaches You to Think: Thinking is hard. This may sound a little silly, but it is! Humans are naturally inclined to take the easy road and just make assumptions based on emotions and beliefs, rather than making decisions based on the facts presented. In fact it takes a lot of practice to train our brains to think critically. The internet and the app store have done an okay job of giving us ways to practice this important skill, but do you know what's even better? Physics! Physically woven into the... Continue reading
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5 Reasons to Love Fairies! 1. Fairytales: Peter Pan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, we grow up with them. From Hans Christian Andersen to the Brothers Grimm, fairies in all their iterations, have influenced the way we see the world as we grow into it. There is just something so fascinating about them. Magical, mischievous, and full of fantasy, fairies will never let you down in the play department. 2. Connection to the Past - History and Anthropology: Fairy stories were not always as they are today, full of songs, dancing, and happy endings. Some of the earliest mentions of fairies goes... Continue reading