Category Archives: Unplugged imagination

My name is Julie, and I’m an adult … really

Accepting adulthood was a process for me. My path to adulthood was unusual. In many ways, I grew up more quickly than my peers. High school teachers were quick to compliment my maturity and good grades. Outwardly, I seemed to … Continue reading

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Plug in now and then, researchers say, but not for too long

I am an advocate of the unplugged imagination. What do I mean when I say that? The unplugged imagination is daydreaming and play that doesn’t depend on toys or games requiring cords or charged batteries. Promoting unplugged play encourages role … Continue reading

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From the mouths (and minds) of children

Last weekend, I was visiting my parents on the same day my nieces were visiting them. Sarah marched over to me and said, “So. For the next book, Milana says to include Cloud Men, Cloud Kingdom …” She began rattling … Continue reading

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Imagining adulthood

As a child, I imagined plenty of adventures and scenarios. Some days I’d hop on my bed, tie the bonnet I got at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home under my chin, plant a chair (or in my imagination’s eye, a … Continue reading

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Texas fourth-grader suspended for having an imagination and book

Kermit Elementary School fourth-grader Aiden Steward was suspended recently after he brought a ring to school and pretended it was the “one ring to rule them all” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary Middle Earth. I wish this news was as fictional … Continue reading

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Fun (and free!) children’s activity resources for parents, teachers

The F-word comes to mind when I brainstorm activities for kids that relate to SARAH & KATY AND THE IMAGINATION BLANKETS. If you’re thinking of a four-letter F-word that is inappropriate at school, you’re on the wrong blog. The one … Continue reading

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Norman: The man with the big, red imagination

I said farewell to a friend this week. I call him “friend” even though I never met him. (To be honest, I didn’t know what he looked like before yesterday. I had never bothered to search Google for his face.) … Continue reading

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