Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play - 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure

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For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is ...
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Overview

For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points—activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They’re about the process of getting there. They’re about the conversations that happen while making things together. They’re about getting to know the world inch by inch. They’re about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They’re about living in childhood . . . regardless of your actual age. They’re about being a kid.
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Editorial Reviews

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“I have two responses to reading these pages: (1) I want to run directly to my toolbox and start making stuff, and (2) I want to run outside into the woods and spend hours playing. This book is a must have for every parent’s exploration toolkit!”—Keri Smith, author of How to Be an Explorer of the World and Wreck This Journal

“Reading Imagine Childhood was like finding a guidebook into the brilliant and vast galaxy of a child’s mind. The book is brimful of projects and springboards that help you nurture a creative, sensitive, and wonder-filled child in the best possible way.”—Sharon Lovejoy, author and illustrator of Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars and My First Bird Book & Feeder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590309704
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 791,050
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Olmsted grew up in Colorado and spent much of her time exploring art, science, and the nearby foothills and mountains. After receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, she spent some time as a freelance children’s furniture designer/fabricator, which eventually led her to the Field Museum of Natural History. There she worked in exhibit design, developing interactive educational activities for permanent and traveling exhibitions before moving on to cofound imaginechildhood.com in 2008.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction: Into the Woods xiii

A Note on the Projects xvii

Part 1 Nature 1

1 Seasonal Magic 11

Seasonal Capes 13

2 Out of the Dirt 21

Earth House 23

In the Earth 29

3 First Impressions 33

Bird of Paradise Mask 35

4 Building from Nature 41

Maple Leaf House 43

Nature Fairy 46

Ice Storm 50

5 Inside Outlines 53

Color and Shape Activities 55

6 Motion Motion 61

Flip-Book Animations 62

Zeotrope 64

Magic Lantern 67

Part 2 Imagination 73

7 Silhouettes on Stage 81

Tree Shadows 83

8 Under the Stars 89

Play Tents and Structures 91

My Kingdom 98

9 The Magic of Provenance 101

Wands and Other Enchantments 103

10 By the Sea 109

Boats for Sailing Imaginary Seas 111

Leaves and Boats 118

11 In the Spotlight 121

Nature's Marionettes 123

Nature's Stage 128

12 Navigating the Imagination 133

Adventures in Cartography 135

Part 3 Play 141

13 Seeing Sound 149

Paint Can Banjo 151

Steel Drum 154

14 Stillness 159

Bows and Arrows 161

Lawn Bowling 166

On the River 168

15 The Long Road 171

Rube Goldberg Machine 173

16 Exploration through Play 181

Exploration Bag 183

Trees 188

17 No Instructions Required 191

Game Seeds 193

Simple Drawstring Game Bag 196

18 Time and Space 199

Wishing Kite 201

Afterword: Then and Now 207

Templates and Patterns 208

Notes 216

Resources 217

About the Contributors 221

About the Author 222

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