We love the philosophy behind Imagine Childhood. They believe that children should experience the
world and that direct
interaction with nature is the best way to learn. In their blog and store they offer stories, activities, and
innovative products that encourage exploration, creativity, and
open-ended, unstructured play.
Recently co-founder Sarah Olmstead offered a Smaller readers the chance to win a gift from her shop and also sent us this great idea for making art from shadows.
Shadow art: Tracing the outlines of the shadows can be a good opportunity to
compare the shapes of the different trees, and to talk about why they
grow the way they do. While watching the shadows slowly drift away from
the drawings can open up a space for great discussions about sunsets
The inspiration for this project came early one morning when some particularly beautiful shadows of trees were splashed onto our walls.
Later that afternoon, we went outside with a few friends and traced them so we could make some simple, fun paintings.
If you keep the pallet basic (two colors per painting works wonderfully) the pictures will always turn out great no matter how experienced the little artist is!
For a less permanent but equally fun activity, grab some sidewalk chalk and trace interesting shadows on the pavement.
Handmade Hydrangea Flower Fairy and Fairy House Give away
Learning about seasonal flowers and plants has never been so fun! From snow drops to bluebells, mushrooms, and roses, nurture the budding horticulturist in your family with these wonderful handmade treasures!
This beautiful Hydrangea Fairy and Hydrangea Fairy (value $80) are handmade on Bryn Du Farm in Colorado using wool from their own Jacob sheep herd. We can even tell you the name of the sheep the wool came from! Fairy is 3 to 3.5 inches in height.
Enter the giveaway by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org noting your favorite item from the Imagine Childhood shop. The winner will be chosen by random number.