featured sponsor: imagine childhood

I really appreciate when things are done well, done beautifully.  Imagine Childhood is one of the most beautiful stores of everything childhood.

In their own words:

...imagine a field... imagine a forest... imagine a tree house..... imagine a castle.... imagine a kite... imagine a treasure map.... imagine a rainy day.... imagine a sunny afternoon... imagine childhood.

At imaginechildhood.com we believe that children should experience the world through their own eyes, ears, fingers, and toes. That direct interaction with nature is the best way to learn about the world, and that open-ended imaginative play is the best way to learn about what it could be.

What stands out the most to me with their products is the emphasis on exploration.

Anything you can think of for play or learning, like this European Metal Construction Set, they have.  This set promotes creativity and ingenuity for the future engineer.

My personal favorite, branch blocks, a 26 piece set with a reusable burlap bag.  I can see the girls stacking these to make a tower by the fire come winter.

Classic wooden tree swing.  Isn't it beautiful?

You won't believe this-- a Backyard Tipi.  It is modeled after a Sioux tipi.  Can you imagine the hours of play?

Nature cards for referencing birds as you're out exploring.

And a little nature study kit.  Field journal and magnifying glass comes with it.
So there's a sampling.  I really had to stop picking things to show you.  There really are tons of wonderful things for both outdoor activities and indoor activities.
Check out Imagine Childhood.  I can tell you it will remind you of your childhood and all of the exploring you did.  The Imagine Childhood blog has wonderful activities to do outdoors like this scavenger hunt, too.
Tell me what you think!   I'd love to hear.