Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play
Sarah Olmsted’s book will inspire you to embrace your inner child and get outside to explore and play. Imagine Childhood will give you many ideas to “spark curiosity and adventure” in both yourself and your children.
With a focus on nature study, the crafts and activities in the book use simple, natural materials, and the end result is a magical journey into imagination and play.
Imagine Childhood contains step-by-step instructions for creating puppets, archery sets, bowling sets, instruments, boats, tents, maps, and many other wonderful, magical starting points for exploration. There are also lots of unique ideas for nature study and discovery learning:
A bird has a nest (a house), a deer has a mother, a bear has eyes and ears, a wolf pup plays with friends. These types of similarities allow a child to feel like they belong, like they are part of the fabric of their environment. Once children feel like they are part of the environment, they feel even more comfortable asking questions and investigating. The world they see is now their world, full of new roads to travel and countless wonders to discover.
Imagine Childhood includes templates and patterns, complete lists of materials, and easy to follow instructions, making this a nice resource for homeschool moms to incorporate into a nature study curriculum.
Whenever my kids say they are bored or don’t have anything to do, this book gives me plenty of ideas to get them outside and busy. And, going outside to play is a terrific way to spend time together, reconnecting with each other and the beautiful world around us.
Now, we’re off to build a mud house . . .
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