It has been a while since I've hosted a giveaway here on the blog, and today felt like just the right time! I visited with Sarah from Imagine Childhood earlier this week and that interview is below.
Sarah is hosting a generous giveaway as well, so read on!
What is your company and how long have you been in business?
children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current,
and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected.
Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to
try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive…" ~ From Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play, Roost Books 2012
Childhood is more than just a stage in our path to adulthood, it’s
the time in our lives when our imaginations have no limits. It’s the
time when we learn how to be inventors. It’s the time when we watch
clouds and butterflies with wonder and admiration. It’s the time when
we fall in love with the world. Childhood is not just a developmental
stage, it’s the development of a perspective, and quite a beautiful one
at that. In 2008 we established ImagineChildhood.com to support and
nurture the growth of that perspective.
Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company offering
high quality environmentally conscious toys, activities and stories that
encourage exploration, creativity, and open-ended unstructured play.
been a circular one. Growing up I had always wanted to be involved in
primary education in one way or another. To me, teachers were more
magical than fairies or elves or wizards. They looked normal, just like
any other adult, but somehow using only their words and a piece of
chalk they could transport me to new worlds in an instant. They could
expand my mind and my imagination. They could show me the entire
universe on a Tuesday afternoon.
education never wavered, my college years brought me to a new focus, to
the world of art, where I lived for quite a while thereafter. It
actually wasn’t until I worked in exhibition design for the Field Museum
of Natural History, that I began to recognize a familiar texture
beneath my feet, roots and stones on a path that I’d navigated before. I
wasn’t teaching per se, but I was beginning to come back to the idea
of developing conduits for information, of putting time and care into
how ideas could be shared with children.
doing at Imagine Childhood, in the shop and the blog as well as a new
venture into the world of writing, I feel like I’ve come back to where I
started, but this time with a completely different perspective. . . one
that I could only get from going the long way around.
How do you believe you and your business are bringing good into the world?
don’t think it’s a question of bringing good into the world, that’s
already there. What we hope to be doing, is to provide a space that
helps put a spotlight on all of that goodness.
We don’t think of the
products we carry in our shop as toys, they are tools for exploration.
Objects that might just inspire a child to investigate the world outside
their window or the lands inside their imagination, to see the magic in
the everyday and to perhaps, one day, share it with others.
Imagine Childhood is offering a generous $50 gift certificate to their shop and a copy of Sarah's new book, Imagine Childhood. To enter your name simply leave a comment below! I will close comments in about a week.
Comments are now closed! The winnter is Charissa who said:
"Wow! Sounds like a great book and a great little company! What a wonderful idea. 🙂
Imagine Childhood is also offering each of you a 10% discount from now until
1/31/13. Simply enter LUSA as the discount code at the time of