Today, I'm happy to be talking with and about our longtime sponsor, Imagine Childhood. In their words:
"... a little nature... a little imagination... a lot of play. Toys, tools and activities for growing minds. Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company offering high quality environmentally conscious toys and activities that encourage exploration, creativity, and open-ended unstructured play."
Imagine Childhood also maintains a blog, which can be found here.
Imagine Childhood: In it’s current iteration Imagine Childhood is going into its 3rd year, but as a family we have been selling children’s goods in one way or another for the past 20 years including a storefront in Denver Colorado that we ran for many of them.
Imagine Childhood: It had been a number of years since the shop closed and often we found ourselves drifting into discussions about the importance of good, quality gifts for kids. This of course, easily segued into “when I was a kid” conversations about each of our favorite toys and memories from childhood.
After a while we realized that there was a recurring theme. All of our fondest memories, whether from growing up in the 50s or thirty years later in the 80s, were of time spent exploring and imagining... of believing in the power of a stick, a piece of string, a sunny afternoon and a good sense of adventure.
That's why we started imaginechildhood.com, a place where we could share stories, toys and activities that encourage a kid to be a kid... to get out in nature and explore... to dream... to imagine.
Imagine Childhood: After completing my degree in art, I spent some time as a freelance children’s furniture designer/fabricator which eventually led me to the Field Museum of Natural History. There I spent a number of years working in Exhibit Design developing interactive educational activities for permanent and traveling exhibitions before I moved on to Imagine Childhood.
Imagine Childhood: I have a simple plastic Fresnel lens that I love. It’s meant to stick on the back window of a cargo van to improve visibility for the driver (by magnifying/expanding the viewable area), but I keep mine on a window in the house. There’s just something about the way it changes the landscape in the midst of landscape that I could look at for hours... parallel and diverse perspectives all in the same frame.
For today's giveaway, Imagine Childhood is offering to one winner:
a $100 Gift Certificate to Imagine Childhood!
In addition, Imagine Childhood is offering 10% of all orders placed between now and March 17th, as well as free shipping for all orders over $100. Use code "soulemama" at checkout. Discount expires 3/17/10.
Thank you, Imagine Childhood! Comments closed! The winner is...
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Posted by: Natalie VV