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Imagine Childhood (+ Giveaway!!!)

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When I was pregnant, and began imagining and accumulating the toys and play things I wanted to give to Huxley, I might as well have been conjuring up Imagine Childhood in my mind. There has literally never been one item on offer there that I haven’t oohed and ahh-ed over. Everything is as lovely to behold as it appears fun to play with. Win-win!

Not familiar with these fine folks? Here’s a description, in their own words: Imagine Childhood specializes in earth-friendly goods, craft & activity tutorials, and educational supplies. Our winter collection is filled with thoughtful gift solutions for the holiday season, with hundreds of unique heirloom quality toys, tools, games, and craft projects. Many are $25 or less with free shipping on orders over $100. In addition to our shop we also blog daily here and our recent book, IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play- 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventurecan be found here.

Fortunately, for one lucky small measure reader, the fantastic treasures Imagine Childhood carries could soon be festooning your child’s room, or that of a little person in your life as they are ever so generously offering to give away a $100 gift certificate! It really IS the most wonderful time of the year!

To be entered in the giveaway, simply pop over to their store, take a look around, and then leave a comment here on something that caught your eye. Me? The tiny Elsa Beskow books and portable botanical press have me completely enchanted. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding midnight EST December 18th. Great things abound over there, so do be sure to enter, and tell your kid-loving friends to do the same!

153 Responses to Imagine Childhood (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • karen r. says:

    Oh my goodness, the fairies and the fairy houses are too cool! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Sarah M says:

    Oh my goodness, how to choose ONE thing…I could easily drop $100 there!! :)
    I love the microscope they have, and also the tiny Elsa Beskow books, along with their plush animals. My kids are getting two for Christmas!! :)
    Sarah M

  • Hannah says:

    I love the Branch Blocks and I think I know some little girls who would too. So gorgeous!

  • Julie says:

    Definitely the glider planes. I loved these as a kid.

  • Molly says:

    I like their art supplies and plane kits.

  • Jen says:

    I love the natural pigment paints!

  • joy says:

    That foraging basket would be so awesome!

  • Melissa D says:

    My kids would ADORE those lifelike plush animals! I love so much in this shop!

  • Anna says:

    So fun! I love the crayon rocks and my little one is getting his first tooth so the wooden teething toy would be great.

  • Megan says:

    There is so much good stuff on here! The woodland twilight ceramic night lights really caught my eye. There is a little girl who may find one of these under the tree this year! Now, choosing between the bunny and the squirrel – that’s the hard part!

  • SeeEmilieKnit says:

    I love the stitch the stars calendar, but I must admit the fort kits seem to be a lot of fun!

  • Wren says:

    The wooden train and trucks are amazing–nicer even than the ones my brother and I played with. I love the wooden canoe. I wonder if it actually floats… Also, the antics ant blocks look like hours of fun, creating windy paths to follow. I want it all!

  • Jen says:

    i love the lifelike plush animals — particularly the lamb; and the block sets — wooden sunshine and balance blocks. what a great site for imaginative play!

  • Teruska says:

    I would start with the finger paints and watercolors for my Story Hour kids. Then move on to some of the wooden toys which they also love.

  • Katie Frey says:

    I just love all their beautiful toys, but I especially love their children’s tool box! I know a few little boys who would be very excited to have one of those!

  • KJ says:

    I love the Canoe Pencil Cases!

  • susan says:

    I love anything wintry! I’ve never seen iceberg blocks before, they would be a creative addition to our blocks.

  • Krista says:

    The colorful blackboard chalk is just perfect!

  • Jane says:

    Would love to use the crayon rocks on the paper roll!

  • Rachael says:

    My daughter would love the natural play blocks!

  • Shari says:

    I did a lot of my Christmas shopping there this year. Still so much I love, like the teepee and the wood castle.

  • Steph says:

    I love the children’s puppet theater.

  • Sara says:

    I think a slackline would be so much fun!

  • ashley says:

    I truly love everything at their store. Right now the Earth Paints would really trip my trigger.

  • Monica says:

    Would love the globe!

  • Morgan says:

    I love all their natural building blocks–my daughter would love to add some to her collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Meg says:

    We are big fans of Imagine Childhood! On the current wishlist are stilts and palm hats! Many thanks from beautiful British Columbia!

  • Sarah says:

    The keepsake bags are gorgeous.

  • Liene says:

    My oldest son would love the compact binoculars… I get super nervous when he uses ours, and these look sturdy. The little guy, well just about anything from the outdoor activities section fits the bill. Great site, thanks for the intro!

  • Kara says:

    I love the various insect houses, walking sticks, and natural cotton bags. All beautiful items!

  • Amber says:

    I see some tug boats that my little would love to have for camping. He’s such a sweet boy.

  • Sarah says:

    I have had my eye on the beautiful wooden bird memory game for quite some time. My girls adore birds and this would be such a lovely way to teach them the different names. But, let’s be honest, everything on that site is amazing :).

  • Southern Gal says:

    I’ve loved their lifelike stuffed animals for years. My granddaughters would probably love the puppet theater more.
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Morgan says:

    The Fairies! I guess I have a thing for tiny felted things. Beautiful.

  • Kimberly Kihega says:

    I think the yard dice look pretty neat!

  • Alexandra says:

    I love all of the beautiful stacking blocks – and they’re a very good price! Neat shop, fun giveaway – thanks! :)

  • Laura says:

    So hard to choose! I don’t have kids yet, but am a teacher so there’s a lot on there that would be great. If I was choosing for me, though, the calligraphy or carve-a-stamp kit look like fun. Thanks!

  • Linda Edin says:

    My daughter would love all the fun fairy items … especially the fairy garden kit!

  • A magic wand and some bongo drums would make my four-year old daughter one happy camper!

  • Karrie Smith says:

    I love the activity sets, such as the DIY stamp kits and the art supplies! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cindy says:

    There are so many wonderful things to choose from! We would love a compass, gardening supplies or geology specimens!

  • Kathy says:

    I love the Spring Lyre!! And the wooden teething toys would be perfect for my new great niece :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • chandra says:

    My son would love the motorbike construction kit

  • Dawn says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. Their book became an instant favorite of mine when I bought it and has become my standard baby shower gift since then. Such inspiration! Like you, I love literally everything they offer but would certainly purchase the crayon rocks, the countryman’s whistle, and the small fort kit for my little woodsmen. Thank you, Ashley!

  • oukay says:

    Difficult to choose, but I like the tree leaves poster and the Elsa Beskow books.

  • Janet says:

    I love anything with the fairies. So very sweet!

  • Octavia says:

    Love indeed! My daughter says she likes the Cubebot and I like the Tea for Three set. Thanks!

  • Meghon says:

    So hard to choose….but I think my 12y/o daughter would love the catapult kit, and the my 5y/o son would love the cardboard kit. Lots of great little stocking stuffers too!

  • Kara says:

    Great giveaway! I’ve been on the Imagine Childhood website everyday this week, trying to decide what to buy my son for Christmas, but there are just way to many cool things! I love the little sailboat, the natural slate chalkboard and colorful chalk, the MOOV kits, the flower presses, the nature ID cards, the insect and toad houses…. I could go on! Needless to say, this giveaway is right up my alley; thanks!

  • Spring says:

    Definitely the Stitch the Stars Calendar — my five year old is stitching away these days AND asked Santa for a telescope for Christmas. How perfectly this gift would bring the two together!

  • Solducky says:

    I love them! I’ve got my eye on the skytails and the maple ring toss!

  • Sally Knudsen says:

    I love the teepee. I work at a public library and the children love to sit and read. We constructed little caves out of refrigerator boxes for them to crawl in and read, and they loved them. A permanent structure would be great!

  • Megan M says:

    Oh I love the tipi and the lovely camping supplies! How fun to inspire a love of nature!

  • Molly says:

    A couple of butterfly nets would get a lot of use around here!! Thanks for this chance!

  • Charlotte says:

    I love the little potable kitchen & enamel cookware! Thank you to Imagine Childhood for offering such lovely items! We would so appreciate the gift certificate! Happy Holidays!

  • Kasey says:

    The books – they look like they contain wonderful ideas for engaging the artistic nature inside all of us!

  • Jenn says:

    Oh, just one thing?! Holy moly – love The Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks for a certain 9 year old girl who loves her math! So many beautiful things for little and big ones alike!

  • Susan Nohner says:

    I love the adventure cards, my son would LOVE to send them to Nana to let them know what he’s up to. I also think he would enjoy the wild life cards and the forageing basket he always has a collection of rocks, feathers, sticks aroudn the house this would be a perfect place to corral it all.
    Thanks for highlighting a great store.

  • Natalie says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the garden insect hotel, and love the idea about teaching our daughter about helpful bugs in your garden! :)

  • Julie says:

    I’d treasure a spring lyre. So beautiful!

  • Patricia says:

    Oh my goodness, they have so much that my little Granddaughter would love. But I’m guessing the tea set and paints would be right up her alley! Thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway!

  • ThulaMama says:

    Love love love the handcrafted wooden train and cart. My boys would be entertained endlessly!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Shannon says:

    The books in the Little Explorers section look especially lovely – very earthy and full of wonder. Also, that lyre! Beautiful!

  • JennM says:

    My daughter would love the balance bike!

  • Jaimie says:

    Oh man, I love looking at their site. Everything is so wonderful it’s impossible to choose just one thing, but my little 2 year old loves art right now, so I’d probably get him some of the beautiful art supplies. The mercurius blackboard chalk, the sketching pad and perhaps the coloured pencils would be awesome for him! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Shelly says:

    So many wonderful things! My son would love the moon globe.

  • steph says:

    My son has become quite the naturalist, despite the fact that his dad and I are humanities people. I would love any of the outdoor nature sets :)

  • Ellen Smith says:

    I love the puppet theater!

  • Renee A. says:

    Since I was little I have wanted the children’s puppet theater, so I would love to get that one if I win…especially since I am expecting my 4th child in the summer, so we would love to put on shows for the baby. :)

  • Emilie Ritchie says:

    My girls would love the fairy house.

    So would I :)

  • T. says:

    The “Stick-lets Small Fort Kit” looks so fun. My boys would love this!

  • TLuk says:

    The lump of coal caught my eye.

  • brittany says:

    the crayon rocks are superb! we are super duper pro-crayon in our household these days….anything to further the artistic expression and creative outlet of our toddler is a plus!

  • Tammi says:

    I love their stuff! I would like the study microscope for the kids science.

  • Sharon D. says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! The hard thing is choosing just one item, I love them all. The microscope is great, I also love the Baby Snowy Owl and the Artemis Plant Dyed Color Crayons. Like I mentioned, it is hard to choose. :)

  • Elin says:

    I love all of the art materials! I also loved the great horned owl stuffed animal! You may have just linked me to my new favorite site!

  • ellis says:

    Too many wonderful things to choose from! I think I would start with the pocket magnifying glass and bug house. The motorbike construction set also looks amazing. And those are just my picks from the stocking stuffers! Neat store.

  • Cindy B. says:

    The sewing kit. We are all about the sewing at our house. But it is all wonderful.

  • The tiny teepee is what I keep coming back to- how adorable!

  • Paula M says:

    The teepee and the Wooden Tow Truck. What a great store!

  • Artesia says:

    I have had my eye on that teepee for a while now. Fingers crossed.

  • Aude says:

    How to choose, I love everything!!
    Maybe teepees… bu no : Everything!

  • Amanda Allen says:

    Our new house has a big back yard, and the Imagiplanks set would be so awesome back there!

  • Caroline says:

    I’ve always wanted a fairy garden.

  • Rhee Juhasz says:

    The Oak Fairy House is gorgeous!

  • Laura G. says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a great place to get gifts. I love the woodland twilights!

  • Janice says:

    The plush animals are very cute. Interesting selection!

  • Yael says:

    Am I not allowed to say everything? Because seriously, I heart that store! I’ve had my eye on a lot of those lifelike plush animals for a long time, but the mini Elsa Beskow books are favorites as well!

  • Lisa says:

    Lots of cute things! My son would love the wooden dump truck !

  • Mandy says:

    Oh, everything! But I can think of 3 active boys that would LOVE the imagiplanks. I can see them building, climbing, and walking all over them. Thanks for turning us on to this site!

  • Marisa says:

    A backyard tipi?! yes, please!! I love it! When little G is bigger she would totally camp in it!

  • Love that baby snowy owl 😉

  • Angi D. says:

    Really digging the canoe pencil case! And the bike basket. :)

  • I work with kids with autism and these products would be so cool to use with them! I love the eco-paints and basic wooden toys, like the shape sorter!

  • Jenny says:

    Oh, goodness. I have been saying on repeat that we need to get an easel for our little one ASAP. Loving on that, the telescope, and the canvas pannieres. 😉

  • Emily says:

    With three boys in the house (2-11) I’m filling a cart with so many goodies for all of them! Stacking blocks, castle building…and I think I put the pretty was in for me to make something with on Xmas morning. Love love!

  • Victoria says:

    I have always wanted an Ashawagh pack! Lovely.

  • Shannon winchester says:

    I love the real life looking plush animals. I would have them all.

  • One thing that has caught my eye?? That is a hard one, because there is so much goodness on that site. I know my kids would love the tabletop theatre, the snowy owl, and the crayon rocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Gina Foresta says:

    The Ashawagh pack basket! Oh my!

  • Priya says:

    Oh my goodness where do I start? I have a fairy-entranced girl, so the sweet pea fairy house is perfect for her. And the metal construction set too – she loves to build. Thank you!!

  • Bira says:

    The handcrafted doll is striking. What a beautiful gift that would make for a little girl!

  • My boys would love the Medieval Catapult Kit!!! Thanks so much Imagine Childhood & Ashley!

  • Erin says:

    Wow! What a great resource. I love love the postcards!

  • Abby says:

    Oh those crayon rocks are beautiful! I can imagine them poured into a cute wooden bowl on my son’s desk right now!

    Please enter me in your contest.

  • Michelle says:

    The owls, we love the owls!!

  • Amelia says:

    I’m right there with you on Elsa Beskow (her books are just the sweetest). I also love the Woodland twilights. Thanks for a lovely giveaway and happy, happy holidays to you and your family!

  • Angela says:

    I love the shape sorter and the plush animals. Love imagine childhood!

  • Ryan Place says:

    So hard to choose! The little wooden canoe and play camp stove would suit my little one just fine! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Kate says:

    One of everything please. We could use a new pair of snowshoes and the mountain man tent would be great in our backyard!

  • Rachel says:

    The lifelike plush animals are incredible. We have given them as gifts in the past, but don’t own any ourselves!

  • Bree says:

    The wooden tic tac toe set would be so fun in the treehouse!

  • Debra says:

    Thank you, Ashley, for your blog and for offering this giveaway. I love the yard dice and the skittles; I played skittles as a young teenager-we played on a floor stand!

  • Karen says:

    Wow, how to pick from so many awesome things. I would love the drawing desk for my 7 year old artist grandson. He would love that. Thanks for some great birthday suggestions for all my grands.

  • Jennifer H says:

    I have had my eye on Bird Bingo for some time now…everything is lovely!!!

  • Kem says:

    I love their posters, especially the fungi one.

  • Ashley says:

    Oh my goodness… It is all wonderful, but especially the Art Activity Packs and Children’s Sewing Kit. Love.

  • andrea says:

    how to choose! I love the fort making kit but the handcrafted wooden construction set and any of the lifelike plush animals, my two year old would squeal!

  • sarah says:

    wow the teepee! the gear. and double ooh la la on the press !

  • Wendy S. says:

    I love owls and want one of the stuffed toy owls for myself and then would have to pass it on to my nephew who would love it.

  • Leigh says:

    So many cool things. A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers caught my eye. What wonderful educational materials!

  • Megan says:

    Wow! I love the wooden chess set. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without hearing about them! Whether I win or not I will definitely be buying from them in the future. What a well curated online shop. I love it.

  • Jennifer says:

    The seed bombs!! I love this idea! I also like the portable plant press

  • katie says:

    all those lovely naturally derived art making materials are sure beautiful.

  • Kristin says:

    That microscope looks WAY fun–not just for my child–I’d be enjoying that as well!

  • Patsy says:

    Posters and paints

  • Candice L. Brake says:

    Many wonderful items but what really catches my eye are the Stick-lets. Oh to be a child again and have help with fort making. They are definitely something that I will get for the grandkids.

  • Cindy says:

    I was looking over the website with my nine year old – and he was really interested in the rocks. Rocks? Really? Who knew??!!

  • Heather says:

    I love the teepees and keepsake bags with prints! Thanks Ashley!

  • Amanda says:

    So many beautiful things. The woodland ceramic owl lamp has me charmed!

  • Jessica says:

    Oh Ashley, I spend way too much time browsing the virtual shelves of this store! So many beautiful things! I particularly like the botanical posters, especially since they are in English, French and German – perfect for our tri-lingual family. Thanks!

  • Lisa says:

    Oh my, what a lovely shop! Love the Christmas garden sprinkles and the Coal! Also the crayon rocks. Too many good things to pick just one!

  • Allegra says:

    I love the yellow boat set!

  • Meredith W. says:

    My boys would get a kick out of that insect hotel.

  • Joyce says:

    Oh I would love to buy The Little Christmas Tree. SO cute. Thanks for offering this.

  • Lindsey S. says:

    Snowy owl and crayon rocks! I love the rocks!!

  • hilary says:

    oooh, so many things! but the glockenspiel would be delightful.

  • Lauren says:

    Everything on there is amazing! My little guy would love the “Eco dough” and the “handy dad” book looks like really cool projects the family could do together throughout the years.

  • Trina-Lea says:

    I love, love, love this online shop!
    So many beautifully made products…and all under one roof(so to speak!)
    With 4 sweet grandchildren to spoil the only difficultly I can foresee is choosing which of the lovely items to procure.
    Two items that caught my eye are the felting and natural dye kits…

  • Paris says:

    I love all the unique blocks! I think I might need a set of the Constructures Wood Blocks for myself–I mean my son! :-)

  • erin says:

    I think it’s impossible to pick one favourite thing (although my daughter would pick one of their stuffed animals, for sure)!

  • stephanie says:

    the enamel splatter ware tea for three set!! so cute.

  • Beverly says:

    It would be hard to pick just one or two as everything is wonderful. I like the keepsake bags and the countryman’s whistle. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Michelle says:

    For me it’s all about the beautiful art supplies. My boy is inspired to make beautiful things when he has beautiful materials to work with. I think he is getting the watercolor post cards.

  • Laura says:

    The tepee is such a dream! Great shop!

  • Patty says:

    I love the garlands, especially the colorful flags. So many cute things!

  • The European motor bike would be a hit with my “all boy” 4 year old!

  • jessica says:

    My son would love the felt knight costume and sword!

  • Christelle says:

    I love the pack basket!

  • jade baker says:

    LOVE THEM! The Stick-lets Fort kit would get a lot of use around here!

  • jade baker says:

    Stick Fort kit! It’s awesome!!

  • Audrey says:

    Honestly? I’ve always wanted a copy of their book, Imagine Childhood. I adore the company and appreciate the chance to enter a giveaway!

  • Barbara says:

    I like the little bakers cook set