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Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play - 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure Paperback – October 16, 2012

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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

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309704
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Visit Sarah's shop and blog at: http://imaginechildhood.com/

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amy Bowers on December 4, 2012
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It seems like every Christmas there is a pile of activity books under the tree. I have bought my kids books about micro crafts, making little warfare weapons from office supplies, house building and more. These books end up on the family bookshelf and are really a gift to us all that enriches our life and makes for a creative year.

If I did not receive a copy of Imagine Childhood: 25 projects that spark curiosity and adventure by Sarah Olmstead, it would have been under our tree this year.

Imagine Childhood is a treatise on the importance of a slow, intentional, creative-based childhood offering specific projects and suggestions to support the thesis. Divided into three parts: nature, play and imagination, each section is filled with evocative essays, hand on projects and breath taking photographs. This book is delightful for the whole family as it easily fulfills both a parent's need for soulful, inspiring writing, and a kid's need for hands-on making!

I love how the projects range from simple to complex, yet all provide the space and tools to create a dreamy, timeless childhood. Some of the projects are classics, like making tents, sewing kites and building little boats from found natural objects. Others are more unique, like building Rube Goldberg apparatuses, constructing little adobe houses and making a 19th century magic lantern. Olmstead reframes the classics and makes them seem fresh and full of new possibilities. All the projects leave the reader with inspiration and an eagerness to spend time making and playing.

I especially appreciated that several of the projects were more involved and would be perfect for older kids; I am always on the lookout for open-ended creative projects for olders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly R Tubbs on January 27, 2014
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I am a sucker for glossy arts and crafts books and this one is truly beautiful. The ideas are inspirational and provide great projects as well as jumping off places for adapting to your family/goals. The author includes introspective writing that invites you to curl up with a cup of coffee and imagine with her. People who appreciate Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and/or seasonal/nature based activities for their house and children will find that this book dovetails nicely with their creative approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean Di Emidio on September 13, 2013
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I love this book for it's innovative, creative projects that opens the minds of children and adults. As an artist and educator, I will use this book as a reference for creative, educational projects. A keeper!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen on October 9, 2014
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Such a beautiful book and message! The projects are very cute and adorable. Most are simple. Some you will need to visit the craft store for (unless your already a crafter!) But what I really love about the projects is that you can alter them to fit what you want to create!

Also the stories from Olmsted and her readers are super inspiring. This book really inspired me to take my family to wander in the wooded areas around our home, go on hikes, take a closer look at the garden, enjoy the wild flowers. Its wonderful!
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By Wendy A. Marcec on June 9, 2015
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Not bad, but not as good as I had hoped.
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