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Imagine Childhood (+ Giveaway!!!)

Several years ago, when I was pregnant with Huxley, I was on YouTube for some reason, probably watching old Joan Jett, or Billy Idol, or Queen, or Stevie Nicks videos, you know, like you do, when I found the most amazing video ever. This little French girl has the best imagination, and I immediately knew she possessed the sort of highly creative, free, wild thinking I wanted for our pending bundle of joy.

Glenn and I work hard to encourage imaginative thinking in Huxley. We pay attention to whatever he indicates a preference or proclivity for and do all we can to foster and cultivate it. Of course, he’s just 2 years old, so his interests change by the second (books! drums! blocks! coloring! mud puddles!). That said, certain affinities seem to keep repeating themselves, and we’re on the watch for them.

On our honeymoon (we spent two weeks traveling via train between Paris, Monaco, and Rome), we watched an incredible BBC documentary about the British architect Thomas Heatherwick. We were completely smitten by him, his creations, and his story. As a child, Heatherwick’s parents paid attention to his developing interest in building things, taking him to science fairs, constructing projects with him, and otherwise doing what they could to encourage his budding affinity for building. And now, as a highly acclaimed international architect (remember that amazing metal starburst with the flaming cauldron from this summer’s Olympics? That’s my boy Thomas, all the way), it’s obvious that his parent’s encouragement in creative, imaginative thinking paid off.

Which leads me to today’s giveaway. Sarah Olmsted of the book, blog, and online shop Imagine Childhood has been a small measure sponsor for some time now. She’s clearly possessed of the sort of imagination and creativity that we’ve been helping engender in Huxley. She contacted me last week, about the possibility of a giveaway. Since I’ve long loved every product in her store, and have praised her book here in the past, I welcomed her offer.

Before I tell you what the giveaway includes, let me detail a bit about Imagine Childhood‘s store. As Sarah tells it:

… 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.

Sounds great, right? It is! I’m especially fond of the site’s posters. All of their offerings are wonderful, though, so choosing a favorite is impossible, but for one lucky small measure reader, you won’t have to choose! Sarah and Imagine Childhood are generously giving away a $75 gift certificate to the shop! To enter the contest, simply visit Imagine Childhood, and then leave a comment here telling me something you found yourself especially fond of.

I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Wednesday, February 20th, at midnight EST. Please leave a means of contacting you in your comment, via either an email address or a link back to your own blog or website. If you only leave a comment, with no contact information, I’ll be unable to reach you if your number is the one randomly selected, and that would be a real pity, so, please, let me know how to contact you in your reply.

Even if you don’t win the gift certificate, you still can win some savings, as Sarah is also extending a a 10% discount for small measure readers valid until 2/20/13. Simply enter “smallmeasure” at the time of checkout.

Thank you, Sarah and Imagine Childhood, for this generous giveaway, and thank you, small measure readers, for inspiring me and my family to be more creative and imaginative each and every day!

*All images above courtesy of Imagine Childhood. 




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

  • Jaimie says:

    Amazing! Everything is beautiful!

  • Jaimie says:

    I’m pretty much fond of everything, but the little Gardener’s Tool and Tuck Box is particularly special!

  • Sarah R. says:

    What a great giveaway! So much good stuff! I am particularly fond of all the eco art supplies, and we could use some new sidewalk chalk this spring!

  • Maria says:

    Ooooh! I love her site! All her stuff is fabulous! I love the window bird feeder and the stilts, the seed saving kits and all the gardening stuff!!!

  • KarenV says:

    Everything looks perfect for childhood, but I really NEED some of those seed saving enveleopes!

  • Megan says:

    I LOVE so many of the great things on this site. Especially the Natural Wood Castle Blocks. There is a very imaginative 3.5 year old in our life who would enjoy setting these up and using them as a setting for her adventures.

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    WOW! Everything on their site is incredible! I also was drawn to the posters, and then saw the ID cards which would make a nice little set for carrying around on adventures. My favorite was the ‘insect hotel’ though

  • Gini says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I have Imagine Childhood bookmarked (thanks to you) for gifts to the littles in my life. My boy is only seven months old, but we are very excited to discover his interests along with him. Right now he loves banging blocks together and shaking anything that makes a musical noise. My hubs is a musician and former luthier’s apprentice with several albums under his belt, so I was immediately attracted to the Build Your Own Guitar kit. Perhaps my sweetling won’t be interested in building or crafting, but it would so delight his daddy if he had an affinity for music-making!

  • Crystal says:

    I love all the cute little kits! My oldest would love the archeologist kit! My youngest would love the brick building kit. Such great stuff!

  • Crystal says:

    I love the archeology kit! Such awesome stuff!

  • Kelli says:

    Gardening tools, a tree swing, a treasure chest! I can’t decide! I have definitely bookmarked this sweet shop for future reference.

  • Allison H. says:

    I love all the different ways Imagine Childhood reimagines what it means to ‘play’. I hope to give something from the store to my nephews who seem to only have Toy Story and Thomas the Train toys. Thanks!

    allisonhoots (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Nerissa says:

    I love the stacking lunch box. Too pragmatic? Swings rock my world!

  • Jenn says:

    Wow – this is the first time I hear of Imagine Childhood. Beautiful! I have a certain 8 year old that would really dig F nish Th s B k! She loves to read and write stories. Well and the seed tins caught my eye too 😉

  • Shalet says:

    I love the wind car kit and the nature study kit. Oh to be a child again!

  • kelsey says:

    I love the backyard birds poster!

  • Stefanytomalin says:

    about thomas heatherwick- i’m glad you are inspired by his work!
    his upbringing was not so exceptional- EVERY child has wonderful ideas -before people start saying No Dont-
    Picasso remarked that every child is born a genius but gets thwarted along the way-
    they dont have to have the latest Lego, etc…
    we just encouraged him and his sister and let them get on with it, and took them to places and shared events we wanted to see.
    he supplied the focus and energy to follow through-
    best wishes from his Mum.

    • Oh my GOODNESS!You have no idea how very much inspired by Thomas my husband and I have been. Our 2 year-old son has really gotten interested in building lately, and we’ve taken to calling him “little Thomas Heatherwick.” I don’t know what brought you to my blog, but I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment, and for raising such a lovely, kind, inspiring son.

    • Spring says:

      I have always adored the sentiment that every child is an artist/genius before they are told “no” or otherwise discouraged. We strive to simply encourage our daughter to dance, sing, paint, build – whatever brings her joy – without judgement. A child whose passions are not stunted by criticism will grow to develop their talents, just like the brilliant Thomas (and his sister, I’m sure!).

  • Kelly says:

    I liked the seed saving envelopes for myself and the bug cage for my little girl☺ Everything at her store is great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacie says:

    Who could not want one of those precious stuffed animal bunnies, chickens, owls…love!! Thank you for sharing~

  • amelia says:

    What a lovely site – the finger paints especially caught my eye as I’ve been on the lookout for some natural paints to introduce to my 16-month-old. Thanks for a sweet giveaway!

  • Yasmin says:

    As I prepare to welcome my first baby into the world (in 8 weeks!), I found myself drawn to the growth chart, the squirrel nightlight and the natural building blocks. So much to choose from!

  • Lucinda says:

    Have been looking for some real child’s size garden tools! Great site! You can reach me at

  • Amanda says:

    I love everything, but I would love to get the book! Those baby chicks are particularly adorable, too!!

  • k a t says:

    I love the owl nightlight and think my son would too. Maybe he wouldn’t mind if I got the imagine childhood book for myself? :)

  • Grace says:

    I love window shopping at Imagine Childhood and the philosophy behind the site and book. I could especially see my little guy enjoying the little chef’s cooking set. The Wildcraft board game would be a big hit as well!
    P.S.- so sweet that Thomas Heatherwick’s mom saw this and wrote in!

  • Trisha says:

    What wouldn’t my little chickadee love? A ladybug house? Yes please! The botanic pocket press is going to be a wonderful addition to our camping trips this summer. Binoculars for looking at sea life along the coast. I’m so excited for all of the things my little girl can explore with and show her baby sister as she grows!

  • Bake says:

    So much love for that website – if only they shipped to Europe…Will keep an eye out just in case they start to!

  • Sarah m says:

    I love the Imagine Childhood blog and have their book. I looked through their online gift guide—what an amazing* collection of items procured together! I would have to choose either the snow-shoes or the microscope–2 big items we’ve wanted to get our son in different seasons.
    Sarah M

  • Linda says:

    How fabulous! I love the posters and know to smaller someones who would as well. Thank you for sharing!

  • Beatrice says:

    How to possibly choose? The glockenspiel and castle blocks are awesome, but that convertible wagon/sled? Totally. Rad. And we sure could use it here with all this snow! I’m at

  • jenna c. says:

    How awesome is it that Heatherwick’s mother posted here!! It seems a balance of freedom and encouragement are both so important to the littles. We have bought quite a few gifts at Imagine Childhood. I too have always loved the posters, and I really appreciate how the books are categorized by age. And we love love love Hansa animals. They are so lifelike and soft.

  • Leigh says:

    Super cool website! So many great things. I dig the Garden Helper’s Insect Hotel!
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Michelle says:

    The lady bug tea set is beautiful, my daughter would love it! We don’t have a lot of money but I saved up to get my daughters gifts from here for Christmas because I want her to be imaginative and inspired, their items are perfect for this! She loves her chipmunk and pan flute!


  • Molly says:

    I like Imagine Childhood and especially like their art supplies. My kids love art and I’ve bought a few things from Imagine Childhood and found them good quality.

  • Chris B. says:

    Wow, wonderful products. As the mother of a child that loves to create and make things, so many of the items in the Activities category amaze me. The Children’s Sewing kit, awesome, the Beginners Weaving Loom, wow, and even the classic Potholder Loom. Having choices for art making that don’t involve foam is just brilliant!

  • Eleanor says:

    I love the fairies and their homes!

  • Tracey says:

    I love Imagination Childhood and especially their little faries, so cute.

  • KJ says:

    Oh, the lunch box! As a small child I was obsessed with cooking, which has certainly carried through to my adulthood, and also with machinery. That has resulted in grown up me (if I really am grown up; it seems hard to believe sometimes!) working in the millwright department in a lumber mill, and running my own locovore catering business on the side while my husband and I also home-school our two boys – all so they can be encouraged to follow their own interests through life!

  • Shanda says:

    Oooooooo. . . I do love those posters!! If I am so lucky to be picked wvakings at yahoo dot com
    Thanks for this wonderful contest.

  • Kristina says:

    Plant dyed modeling beeswax! Eco finger paint! Crayon rocks! Eco dough!

  • Adrienne says:

    So cool! Thank you for introducing that site, I have never visited! I have a six year old boy who is obsessed with sending letters at the moment, something he picked up from reading the ‘Stink’ book series, we read a few chapters every night. He just crafted and sent the President a valentine. He would love the blank postcards! I send him mail whenever possible, postcards, holiday cards I craft and just yesterday I sent him a card from work with a picture of my work place and wrote a little story of what we do at my job for him to read. He would go crazy with the blank postcards and who knows who would end up with letters!

    If it was me, I would be all over the bug house, LOVED my bug house growing up and never realized how much time was spent outside from the bug house alone!

  • Kris says:

    I love love love the chicken plush toy! And the chicks! And pretty much all of it!

  • Anna GH says:

    I LOVE the Handcrafted Wooden Train and Cart. I would play with a wee one for hours with that toy! Thanks for introducing me to this site – I adore it!
    anna gh

  • Heidi says:

    Such wonderful toys. My little girl would love to snuggle with one of those stuffed bunnies.

  • Anna says:

    So many great things and what a good resource! We’re expecting our first in June and I am especially intrigued by the options for the littlest explorers. Even though it might be a while longer before we can fully encourage imaginative play, I am already keeping my eye out for resources like this.

  • Torrey says:

    I have two young boys that would love the natural building blocks! Thanks for the chance!

  • Spring says:

    The posters, oh the posters and the animals! But, I’m also loving the Bird Matching Game – I had never seen it before and my four year old is really into learning bird names and bird watching this winter. She would looooove that game :)

  • Alicia says:

    I love the seed envelopes and storage boxes. What a great idea!!!

  • Beth says:

    I love the bird matching set and the children’s sewing kit. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  • Alicia says:

    Oh, yeah, alicia.m.lavoie at gmail dot com.

  • Jessica V says:

    We also have a little builder in our life – I would love love love to be able to gift him the wooden castle blocks. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Kalin says:

    I love the Red Fox (my son’s room is Fantastic Mr. Fox themed), crystal garden kit, eco dough, and the branch blocks. The beginners weaving room is very cool as well. Thank you for sharing this site – I had not heard of it before.

  • elizabeth says:

    wow! how to choose?! we’ve been “into” terrariums at our house lately, so I’d love the terrarium! Such a cool shape!

  • Susan says:

    What a great giveaway! My little guy would love any of these wonderful creations. I can be reached at hayes8705 at

  • Allison says:

    Oh, I love the micro cubebot. And that teether – I’ve been shopping around for a wooden teether for our littlest little man.

  • Jennifer says:

    I thought to get the knitting/embroidering/sewing “suitcase” for my daughter when she’s a touch older, but if I’m really honest I really wouldn’t mind it myself!…(plus all the gardening stuff is very cool!) conifahATyahooDOTcom

  • Laura says:

    so much good stuff! the bumble bee house caught my attention as I’ve recently learned so much about the amazing things they do for us. My students and I were studying about pollinators and are planting a garden this spring at our school, with pollinators in mind. thanks!

  • Heather says:

    I love her shop and all it’s goodies! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Katrine says:

    Uhm, great site, so hard to chose! The book is obvious, but with spring closing in on us, I think the small garden tools and earth paint would be fantastic too!

  • Dawn says:

    I LOVE Imagine Childhood! I bought the book as soon as it came out and it has become my go-to baby shower gift ever since. I am not a shopper so it is rare for me to go to a shopping site and covet everything there but I do at this one. I have been planning to build a tipi for my oldest’s 2nd birthday this summer but, if I won this giveaway, I might just have to purchase the children’s tipi and call it a day. Thanks so much, Sarah and Ashley, for the giveaway and for being of like-minds with so many of your readers. Have a great day!

  • Lacy says:

    this pregnant mama would LOVE to have one of those stuffed animals waiting for the new arrival! what an awesome giveaway!

  • Penelope says:

    Wow! I would be thrilled to win this for my son! I’ve been wanting to encourage more imaginative play.

  • Elizabeth says:

    What a delicious shop.

  • erin says:

    I think if I won this it would be very hard to choose – there’s so much that we love from that shop! I think if my daughter were to choose she would pick ALL the stuffed animals!

  • Annie says:

    Whoa, what a hard thing to do. Everything at that store is amazing! Since my little artist is all about painting until he drops now, I’m really interested in the Eco-finger paint, or the veggie sidewalk chalk. Those childrens garden tools are also pretty amazing, too.

  • Selma says:

    I love everything in this shop!! I’d love to own one of those newspaper potmakers, they are so handy and last time I saw one in the shop I decided not to buy it, which I now totally regret as the planting season is on the way. Thank you for this lovely giveaway :-) You can reach me at

  • Cindy says:

    I love the bumblebee house. We live on a small urban lot, but have a garden and ducks. My four-year-old daughter really wants a bee hive, but I think we need more space with a true bee yard. This would be perfect for her — getting to observe bees without having thousands of them.

  • Ouida Lampert says:

    I love, LOVE, the plush critters – esp. the baby brown bear!

  • Kim says:

    Wow! Art supplies galore, bees, bugs, flowers, digging tools, pressing blocks
    I cannot drag myself away from the shop. Funny thing is….I no longer have kiddo’s
    at home, although, I have several grands who I would love to spoil rotten :) Thank you
    for this addicting offer. If you need to reach me…

  • jodi says:

    What a nice collection. I really like the seed saving packs, the pretty yarn, the tipi…. and more : )

  • Lee says:

    The *entire* Fairy section… how could I possibly choose a favorite?! So sweet. lee.schaefer(at)

  • Peggy says:

    Wow! Thanks for the chance, Peggy

  • Tracy says:

    Everything is great! I especially love the gardener’s tool box.

  • Hollie says:

    Wow! What a wonderful shop, I pretty much fell in love with everything, but I am particularly fond of the fairie section.

  • Rebecca Hill says:

    Another beautiful post. Love all the natural toys!
    My contact info is

  • kat says:

    Oooo! I love this company.
    I think I would go for the swing kit and maybe the terrarium kit too, I don’t know, it’s a tough decision!

  • Rhonda says:

    Oh the birds of prey and wildlife posters most definitely! They would be perfect in my sons bedroom. We just finished reading “My Side of The Mountain” trilogy and my son is in love with birds of prey especially peregrine falcons.

  • Lena says:

    We ordered wooden daggers there for my two little men for Christmas. We love Imagine Childhood blog and store! I would have a hard time deciding, but it would be between sweet stuffed bunny and microscope….probably microscope would win. Thanks for a chance!

  • Julie says:

    I love Imagine a Childhood. The books, Coyotes Guide to Connecting to Nature and 365 Starry Nights have kept me inspired this winter. But of course the real thing of beauty in the Pannier Bike Basket. Just enough room for my field guides, food and an adventure.

  • Alexandra says:

    I love the wide selection on the site – my seven year old is very into rocks and fossils – so the pocket guide to rocks and Mineral guide caught my eye especially.

  • Erica L says:

    We love Hansa animals :) So beautiful. But we are in the market for a tipi for a soon-to-be 5 yr old that we love :)

  • Laura Greeno says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a great site to shop for gifts. I really liked the classic wooden airplane.

  • Patricia says:

    Imagine Childhood is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE shop – the stuffed animals are the best! My granddaughter has the otter and the book (also from the shop) “Fergus Finds a Friend” – the almost lifesized otter is now named Fergus and shares her big girls bed with other Imagine Childhood animals.
    I would supplement Ellie’s pile of friends with a new arctic hare or the fox. Be still my heart,

  • Anne says:

    There is a lot I love, but I’ve fallen in love with the Fairy House Kit and must have it for my daughters!

  • Betsy Archer says:

    I love the shadow puppet theater!

  • Missy says:

    Oh, those darling bunnies… it makes me want a real one!

  • Audrey says:

    Oh my…..well, I really would like the Imagine Childhood book first. Then I’d want the crayon rocks, some branch blocks and then some fairy furniture. Too, too fun!!!

  • Madeline says:

    What a lovely site to find! I love the knight dress up set and sword… What fun!

  • Sarah says:

    I love Imagine Childhood! I have my eye on some of those beautiful stuffed animals for my girls’ Easter Baskets. I love their branch blocks and I’ve been wanting to get James Harriots’ Animal Tales for awhile now. It’s all just so lovely and perfect.

  • Candi says:

    I have girls! I so crave introducing them to some of the skills of old, but have struggled with how. It’s not such a common thing to do these days! I love the sewing kit as well as the knitting tutorial set. This site is fab! Love all the eco green stuff :)

  • Nicole H. says:

    Such a cool little online store! I love lots of things… but especially these: “Finish This Book” by Keri Smith, the enamel herb planters and all the wooden toys.

  • Edie says:

    All of the stuffed animals are amazing. Thanks for the chance.

  • JamieK says:

    The bird call and the paper pot maker would be put to good use by me!!

  • Lisa says:

    Perhaps it’s because I’m a little tired of winter, but the child-sized gardening tools made me excited to get out and digging with my little one.

  • kimpeck says:

    i love her site & her philosophy ~ the book is divine! My favorite is the Finish This Book, as my kids love to explore with this kind of medium. They have so much fun making their own books, stories & pictures. What a great giveaway!

  • kate-v says:

    She has a lovely store. Art Lab for Kids, Nature’s Art Box, Balance Blocks and Japanese Silk Paper caught my attention most.

  • Megan says:

    I had actually been looking for a small set of tree seeds to tuck in stockings last St Nicholas Day – I didn’t look hard enough. Those would be perfect!

  • Jessica says:

    I love imagine childhood! I love the make your own guitar kit! My 3yr old loves making things & music and his dad has done that kind of stuff before – it would be such a great project for them both! Thanks for the giveaway jessicafarwell(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Kendra says:

    I really love all the canvas play tents. It gives children there own special place outdoors to come in from the sun.

  • Helen says:

    Oh yes, please! Amazing store, inspiring blog. I had the fortune of being one of the family nature walk features years ago. I love what she does!

  • Becca says:

    lovely shop! I love the wood tree house and tree blocks. And a dozen other things as well! Thank you for the giveaway!


  • Liz says:

    First I LOVE that there’s a section totally dedicated to fairies — yay! I’m personally fond of the tree house style dollhouse. Thanks!

  • Kyrie Smith says:

    I *love* the mushroom poster! We live on the wet west coast, so we see many mushrooms. I’d love to put that poster in my kitchen!

  • Shana says:

    The skipper sailing boat would be a great addition to our kids’ boat collection, that includes a wooden sail boat their dad got from Germany, and a wooden sailboat and wooden kyack we got from Imagine Childhood!

  • Rachael says:

    It’s so hard to choose what I like the most! I ADORE the shadow puppet theater and the canvas play tents though…

  • Kim says:

    I love this shop and have bought many things from there……I would like to get some shadow puppets…..maybe even the theatre!

  • Sharon says:

    Oh where to start. I think my little man would love the pocket magnifying glass, or the dominoes, or the My first bird book and bird feeder. It really could be hard to pick just a few things from this wonderful store.

  • lynn says:

    One of my favorite things from the Imagine Childhood shop is the Classic Bike Basket. We need 4, one for each of us to carry our nature treasures we find our long family bike rides this summer :) (Going to take advantage of the 10 percent off right now. Thanks!)

  • Jennet says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! There are so many things I know my little one and I would love, like the Wild Cards, window crayons, child’s sewing kit, and paper bird cutouts!

  • dre says:

    those plush toys are fantastic!

  • Sharon M. says:

    One of my favorites is the Classic Wooden Tree Swing! I really love their site! ♥

  • Jessica says:

    Oh, I just LOVE their site and all of their beautiful things!

    to contact:

  • Angelina says:

    Would really love to have any of the plush animals as my kids love to play zoo.
    luvheartangel (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Jennifer says:

    I think the wind car kit would be great fun!

  • Sarah O says:

    LOVE their branch building blocks – so fun!

  • lace says:

    Everything there is amazing! Just saw the toad house they sell and it reminded me of the toad houses I used to make as a kid. I’d pull up grass and weeds and sticks and construct a little domed house for the toads to live in. I’d then go toad hunting and find one to stick inside the house. Great memories.

  • Lisa says:

    So many fun things! The seed saving kit, the wooden stilts all of the bird related books and games. I could go on and on and on…..

  • Becky L says:

    Thanks for a sweet spring giveaway! I love the kids gardening supplies. And everything else too – its such a fabulous site! Thanks –

  • Julia says:

    My son is almost three and I am amazed at his boundless imagination. Inspiring for adults I think!

  • jennifer says:

    Oh thank you for reminding me of her lovely site and shop!

    As my little one loves birds and is just old enough to start matching, I would love to get the bird matching set for her.


  • Marcela :: Naturally Fun Days says:

    I’ve been in love with Imagine Childhood for a long time. I’ve bought few things from them, and I also love their blog and photography and stories… it’s my inspiration when I have a little extra time online. Their store’s site is amazing. I could get anything from them and love it. We’ve been eyeing their tipee, for many months… But I’m also in love with their posters. Anything is really fun.

  • JennP says:

    Oh so many things! The block sets are a definate favourite!

  • Jenn J says:

    Oh my goodness! The ‘little chef’s cooking set’ is so adorable. My kids are always wanting to help in the kitchen and it would be fun to have some items that are just their size.

  • Julie says:

    Do the truffles count? I’m certainly fond of those on the blog!

  • Leah says:

    My four children would be travel to 7th heaven with a gift like this! Please pick us!!

  • cyndi says:

    I think that this company and their products are brilliant! I especially love the fairies department.
    Thanks for sharing quality products for the whole family!

  • Mary Ann Cauthen says:

    Oh my Goodness!! Just beautiful items & such a generous give-away! My grandson would love much of this, but I think especially he would love the large white rabbit (looks so real), the bug house, & the Nature Art Box. Such beauty & quality! I greatly enjoy your blog also & your Pie book. Thanks. Mary Ann Cauthen

  • Cricket says:

    My littles would flip for the study microscope and the crystal garden! Such amazing goodies there!

  • Laura says:

    Wow! So many things interested me. All the child size gardening tools, the window bird feeder, the wooden bowling pins….

  • Courtney Filiss says:

    What a wonderful site! Like you said, it’s hard to pick, there are some many great products! I especially like the Earth Friendly Tree House Set, my little builder would love that! I also really love any of the the fairy fare for my little girl…such beautiful toys! Thank you for the chance to win and the discount! :)

  • Erin Barr says:

    As a new momma of an 8 month old, I feel myself constantly challenged with finding the kind of toys I want to expose my little man to. This site is chock-full of things for now and later! I especially loved the book about how to encourage artistic, meaningful play (it’s never too early for our little sponges!) . But really in all actual honesty, there isn’t anything on this site that wouldn’t be an amazing treat. Mushrooms, telescopes, eco-paints oh my! How would one choose? Thanks so much for a wonderful blog that brings these great finds to us all!

  • Karen says:

    Fabulous stuff here! Love all of the art supplies, especially the double sided deluxe easel…our 4-year old would love it!

  • Susan says:

    I love the drawing desk and the easel.

  • Nasly says:

    I was particularly drawn to the timberworks wooden construction set. Thanks for both the inspiration and chance to win. Naslyyadid at gmail dot com

  • oukay says:

    The spring lyre was beautiful! Also the mushroom growing kits.

  • chantelle says:

    Oooo how I love imagine childhood. We’ve been longing for one of the bird feeders, some of the gardening accoutrements. They’d perfectly compliments my four small, busy, children.

  • Patty says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! I’ve been eyeing the tipi but the bike basket really has my ye these days. An excellent Easter gift! Thank you!


  • Robyn Mathers says:

    I would love to buy the little Wren bird for my daughter named Wren.

  • Laura says:

    Wow – so many wonderful things! Make your own ukelele kit and child gardening tools are definitely on my list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Angie says:

    Thank you, thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful shop!!! How to pick just one thing I fancied?! Hmmm…I’m going with the rideable wooden construction kits. I can just imagine the fun mischief my 2 monkeys would enjoy getting into with one of them! : )

  • Melanie says:

    I LOVE her stuff! Such beauty and imagination! I, too, homeschool/unschool (mostly) and enjoy following my children’s whims or obsessions, however rapidly they may cycle. Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Julie says:

    There are lots of great things, but the two that caught my attention fastest were the butterfly poster (we go to the Houston butterfly museum regularly) and the construction set (my husband has an old set that’s missing pieces).

  • Christine says:

    Lots of amazing things! Would love the telescope or the tepee. We can always use more pond nets around here! The list goes on…… Just started your book, Keeping Chickens, this morning and went straight to the computer to see if you were on Facebook. So glad you are and looking forward to your posts. :)

  • Valerie says:

    Wow! I adore her fairy collection! I’d love to buy the fairy house kit for my niece!

  • Rhee says:

    Such a wonderful shop! I would love to buy the natural wood treehouse

  • Min says:

    Anything fairy! My daughter would love it… :)

  • kriss says:

    I love the little garden tools!! My little peanut would be right along side her daddy and I as we get ready to get the veggies planted.. I love it all!!

  • Catherine says:

    I love the Classic Glass Cloche Jars.

  • chandra says:

    the potholder loom would be so fun w/my kids

  • ~JackieVB says:

    So many things to love – but I’m really drawn to the bunnies – so realistic. And I love all the little faerie world things.
    jackievb at verizon dot net

  • Jessica deB says:

    I am so in love with everything! So hard to choose. There are many practical items for the garden and sooo many fun items for Q! Love the Art Lab. the Construction Blocks, the Bird Matching Game and We could always use more inspiration for bursting into song from the Singing in the Kitchen CD. Love it!!! Thanks, Ashley for introducing me to this wonderful store!

  • Danno says:

    Great Website with great stuff! Stuck on the Garden Helpers Insect Hotel and those great posters but theres too much more to really decide. Thanks for sharing such a great website with us!

  • Corinne says:

    What a neat shop! Not just for kids, that’s for sure!

  • Cari says:

    I love everything about their site. Can’t wait to check out their book…not sure why I haven’t managed to get my hands on it yet! :-)

  • Stephanie O says:

    I love the crayon rocks
    Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  • Lexy says:

    this is an amazing shop. thanks for the chance to win.

  • tree says:

    i love the Garden Helper’s Insect Hotel!! i can’t really pick a favorite though. i love everything!! Such a fun store to browse through!! Thank you for the chance!

  • Bethany says:

    I love the natural wooden blocks, especially. They come in such organic shapes and sizes – great for building creativity in little ones. I’m a landscape architect now, and I think much of that is thanks to my parents for letting me be creative and inquisitive all during those early years. Thanks for the opportunity! I’m going to add several of these items to my baby registry.

  • Crystal says:

    Such a delightful little shop! There are so many wonderful things from which to choose. If I was forced to pick just one, it would be the Hand Crafted Wooden Marionette Kits. Those make me smile.

  • Lauren says:

    I don’t think I can pick one favorite… so many good things there. Among the favorites would be the great books and posters to add to our schoolroom. Thanks for the giveaway! laurenreedy at gmail dot com

  • Sarah Miller-Kramer says:

    I adore the Fairy Garden Kit, but everything is amazing!

  • Shelby says:

    I love the life like stuffed animals (for my daughter) and the gardeners tool box (for my son) if I had to choose. The whole site is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kristin says:

    Everything on the site is so beautiful. I’ve purchased a few of their stuffed animals and have my eye on those seed packages. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Meg says:

    surfing the imagine childhood site was such nice distraction from the laundry,
    my favorites would be
    *weaving loom & potholder loom*sunography*telescopes*sewing kit
    …oh so much fun – thanks for the chance!

  • Lucy says:

    The organic cotton backpack (which we already own) is my favorite item.

  • Flavia says:

    I adore their website!! My favourite would have to be the telescope but love everything in their store! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Vanessa says:

    Great, imaginative site! I think most things could be used to fit the combination Waldorf/Montessori approach I love so much! Love the natural materials and the connections between meaningful “work” which is really “play” to a little one!

  • Vanessa says:

    Great site! Love the natural materials that fit the combination Montessori/Waldorf philosophy we hodge podge together in our home!

  • Stacey E says:

    So many great things! I am partial to almost everything in the Outdoor Play section, hard to decide!

  • Rachel Tayse says:

    My girl and I would love a lap loom!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    This post is later than I had hoped; my husband and I went on a lovely excursion for some langerous days of trolling the beaches and gardens in Mendocino. Before we left however, I did think about the children’s site after taking a long look. My impression of the site’s offerings is the delightful selection of items for children. When I perused through the books listed to my surprise is. “The First Bird Book, ” by Sharon Lovejoy. She had invited me to become a member of Garden Writers of America in the mid 90’s when she owned Heart’s Ease, a remarkably innovative shoppe in the quaint California coastal town of Cambria. I was at that time an active member of California Garden Clubs. So, I emailed her and we reconnected! I also shared your wonderful wonderful site with her which she immediately checked out. I think she may follow you!

    Also, I adored the tiny handmade fairies. Little soft toys such as these can be a a favorite for little girls and their small hands.

    Really so many of the items are ideal. I certainly will be going back to the site to purchase gifts for my nieces and nephews from time-to-time. Thank you for all your sharing!!!