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.