If there was ever an object that is a direct tie to the world of magic, it’s a wand. Simple or ornate, it makes no difference; the purpose is the same: to transform the world of imagination into reality, to make tangible objects out of dreams and wishes.
- Sarah Olmsted, Imagine Childhood: 25 Projects That Spark Curiosity and Adventure.
When my publisher (Roost Books) reached out and asked if I would be interested in taking a sneak peek at Sarah Olmsted’s new book, Imagine Childhood: 25 Projects That Spark Curiosity and Adventure, I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of Sarah’s shop and blog for many years now, and was eager to see what she had to share in her book.
After spending time perusing the beautiful photos and whimsical projects, we decided to try our hand at creating homemade magic wands.
It was a rainy day, so we did not venture out for a walk to collect fresh materials, which would be ideal. Yet, we were delighted to tap into our collection of sticks, flowers, leaves, and shells, that we have gathered over the years. I put together a simple tray full of enticing materials and invited them create their very own magic wands.
One of the first questions they asked was, “What will the magic wands do?” My response was, “whatever you want them to do.” Then they asked, “but what kind of magic will they have?” To that question I answered, “whatever power you give them.” At that point I saw eyebrows raised and their hands starting to get busy making magic…
One aspect of Sarah’s book that is so appealing is that she provides a lot of little doses of inspiration, while leaving the end results open-ended. This provides children with the opportunity to let the experience carry them wherever their hearts, minds, or interests may lead.
The girls both decided to make a book of spells that they would cast with their newly created wands. My youngest daughter’s consisted of being an older sister, flying like a bird and being invisible; while my oldest daughter envisioned turning grey skies to blue.
It was a great experience and I really enjoyed seeing the girls tap into their imaginations to engage in some creative writing.
We decided to keep the wands out in our family room for a bit—because we can all use a little dose of magic every now and then…
Sarah and Roost Books have graciously offered one Playful Learning reader the opportunity to win their very own copy of Imagine Childhood: 25 Projects That Spark Curiosity and Adventure.
Congratulations to Laura who wrote, “What fun! Would love the book.”
Make sure to visit the other lovely stops on the Imagine Childhood Blog Tour…