Magic Wands & Books of Spells with Imagine Childhood (+ a giveaway)

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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.

Magic Wands + Books of Spells with Imagine Childhood

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…

Mariah
Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.
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34 Comments

  1. Susan said on November 15, 2012 #

    I love those magic wands!! What a creative idea!  I think if I don’t win, this book just might end up under the tree this year anyway. THanks for the chance!

  2. Katie said on November 15, 2012 #

    Sounds like a wonderful book. And those wands are so pretty, they deserve to be on display just as they are!

  3. Liz ~ A Natural Nester said on November 15, 2012 #

    Oh, my girls would be over the moon with this project! I would love a copy of the Imagine Childhood book!

  4. Elizabeth Beattie said on November 15, 2012 #

    How fun! I love this so much!!

  5. Monique B said on November 15, 2012 #

    This book has been on my wishlist since it came out. I’d love to win a copy!

  6. Julianne said on November 15, 2012 #

    Sounds like a great book! My kids are in need of some imagination boosters :)

  7. laura said on November 15, 2012 #

    What fun! Would love the book.

    • mariah said on November 21, 2012 #

      Congratulations Laura, you won!

  8. Lise said on November 15, 2012 #

    Your girls’ wands came out beautifully! Thanks so much for the chance to win; this book looks very appealing.

  9. crazyestonian said on November 15, 2012 #

    My daughter is really into fairies and has made many wands but it never occurred to us to make a spell book!

  10. Andy said on November 15, 2012 #

    This looks like an activity that would fit my sons request for a writing activity that isn’t boring or too long:) Look forward to trying it today!

  11. Libby said on November 15, 2012 #

    What a fun book – we’d love a magic wand in our house!

  12. Laura said on November 15, 2012 #

    I love the idea of the magic wands – so sweet & magical. The book sounds amazing – I would love to win a copy.

  13. Angelina said on November 15, 2012 #

    Truly inspirational! Always looking for ways to spark imagination and creativity in a child.

  14. sara @ making life said on November 15, 2012 #

    This book looks wonderful!  Thnaks for the chance to win!

  15. ~ joey ~ said on November 15, 2012 #

    I have had my eye on Sarah’s book for a while, so I would love to win a copy! In the meantime I’m going to share your blogpost with the kids, they would love this project! I especially like the crystal wrapped on the tip! ;o)
    ~ joey ~

  16. Sarah M said on November 15, 2012 #

    I absolutely LOVE the Imagine Childhood blog. I would love to peruse & use her book, too!
    Sarah M

  17. JJ said on November 15, 2012 #

    Love those wands!

  18. dolores urato said on November 15, 2012 #

    Oh my goodness………..I’m already in love with this book. Not only for children but for adults. We can all do with keeping the light of a child burning bight in all of us. It is always the simple things in life that give us so much JOY. I would love a copy of this book…..but whoever gets the book I wish you JOY………….fondly …… dolores

  19. Stephanie Poore said on November 15, 2012 #

    Even my two year old is enjoying playing with magic wands. . .we’ll definitely be making our own very soon! Thanks for the idea!

  20. Amy Pertl-Clark said on November 15, 2012 #

    LOVE the wands!

  21. Natalie said on November 15, 2012 #

    What a beautiful book – love the magic wands!

  22. lacey mcnary said on November 15, 2012 #

    this would be fun for both the 5 and 3 year old! and me:)

  23. Pria said on November 15, 2012 #

    Love to win this.

  24. Mariah said on November 16, 2012 #

    I love the magic wands. Thanks for sharing! I would love a copy of this book – thanks for the opportunity.

  25. Katie said on November 16, 2012 #

    I’ve loved magic since I was a little girl, so these wands just bring back great memories!

  26. Rochelle said on November 16, 2012 #

    We homeschool our kids and I’m always lloking for creative writing projects for my girls. This looks like a wonderful project for us to do.

  27. susan said on November 16, 2012 #

    sounds like such a fun book!  I would love to win a copy of it.

  28. Kathleen said on November 16, 2012 #

    I think I may have just found a use for the bamboo we’ve just cut down!

  29. Amy Stewart said on November 16, 2012 #

    I was just looking for a wand for my son’s friend’s birthday. I’m going to do this for her instead! Plus maybe give her a kit to make another in hre own unique way. Thanks for the idea.

  30. Kelli Van Noppen said on November 17, 2012 #

    This is just what I have been needing for my third grade class!

  31. Amy E said on November 17, 2012 #

    Looks like a fun activity! 

  32. Meagan Mormile said on November 18, 2012 #

    My daughter and I would have so much fun with this book!

  33. Carmen said on November 19, 2012 #

    Sounds like a wonderful book!

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