Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play

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Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play

Format:  Paperback,

220 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781590309704

ISBN-10: 1590309707

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For 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. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points--activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They're about the process of getting there. They're about the conversations that happen while making things together. They're about getting to know the world inch by inch. They're about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They're about living in childhood . . . regardless of your actual age. They're about being a kid.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781590309704
ISBN-10: 1590309707
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.07 x 0.73 x 8.52

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Into the Woodsp. xiii
A Note on the Projectsp. xvii
Naturep. 1
Seasonal Magicp. 11
Seasonal Capesp. 13
Out of the Dirtp. 21
Earth Housep. 23
In the Earthp. 29
First Impressionsp. 33
Bird of Paradise Maskp. 35
Building from Naturep. 41
Maple Leaf Housep. 43
Nature Fairyp. 46
Ice Stormp. 50
Inside Outlinesp. 53
Color and Shape Activitiesp. 55
Motion Motionp. 61
Flip-Book Animationsp. 62
Zeotropep. 64
Magic Lanternp. 67
Imaginationp. 73
Silhouettes on Stagep. 81
Tree Shadowsp. 83
Under the Starsp. 89
Play Tents and Structuresp. 91
My Kingdomp. 98
The Magic of Provenancep. 101
Wands and Other Enchantmentsp. 103
By the Seap. 109
Boats for Sailing Imaginary Seasp. 111
Leaves and Boatsp. 118
In the Spotlightp. 121
Nature's Marionettesp. 123
Nature's Stagep. 128
Navigating the Imaginationp. 133
Adventures in Cartographyp. 135
Playp. 141
Seeing Soundp. 149
Paint Can Banjop. 151
Steel Drump. 154
Stillnessp. 159
Bows and Arrowsp. 161
Lawn Bowlingp. 166
On the Riverp. 168
The Long Roadp. 171
Rube Goldberg Machinep. 173
Exploration through Playp. 181
Exploration Bagp. 183
Treesp. 188
No Instructions Requiredp. 191
Game Seedsp. 193
Simple Drawstring Game Bagp. 196
Time and Spacep. 199
Wishing Kitep. 201
Afterword: Then and Nowp. 207
Templates and Patternsp. 208
Notesp. 216
Resourcesp. 217
About the Contributorsp. 221
About the Authorp. 222

Book description

For 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. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world.

These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points—activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They’re about the process of getting there. They’re about the conversations that happen while making things together. They’re about getting to know the world inch by inch. They’re about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They’re about living in childhood... regardless of your actual age. They’re about being a kid.

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