Nine Months More

Imagination is everything

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Hands up who is writing Christmas lists?

List for Christmas presents, Christmas food, Christmas cards – it doesn’t seem so much the season to be jolly, but the season to be list making! At our place we are going around and around in circles trying to write a list for Santa. Not for any sort of fun either. Family and friends want to know what to get my boys for Christmas. The problem is my boys swap and change their mind almost every moment. I want the Harry Potter books. No, I want Lego. Actually, I want money. PJ won the argument last week, he wanted “to be Santa.” His reasoning “this way I can get whatever I like whenever I like.”

That boy often has a way of shifting my perspective with his cheekiness and quirky take on life. I gave up my battalion defence against toys and Christmas and surrendered to that warm fuzzy feeling that Christmas isn’t about lists, it is about kids and connecting with those you love. So Dear Santa, this year my boys would like to have things that tug and pull at their imagination.

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Imagination is everything. Not just in a child’s life, in everyone’s life. Our ability to dance and escape reality, twist and turn our stories and free fall backwards into a sea of possibility. Imagination. Sometimes you need nothing, but a quiet moment gazing out of a window to spark imagination. Sometimes it is a good book that sinks you deeper and deeper into your chair with the turn of each page. Sometimes it can be a great toy. There is no wrong or right way to entertain imagination. At the moment PJ is immersed in the world of words and letters all in anticipation of starting school next year. Forever asking me how to spell things. Forever trying to write stories and draw pictures. His little imagination comes alive with the simplest of words and the giant leap that word can take him into a story.

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My boys are always building things. Cardboard boxes from the kitchen become weapons, worlds and armour. Their imagination sometimes needs very little to spin into a whole afternoon of creating and playing. Sometimes stories from books they are reading come to life, other times stories completely new spring into form in their creations. While their creations may not seem picture perfect, for them (and for me) each and every one is perfect. For each construction, twist of clay, blob of dough or carefully cut cardboard is a beacon of their imagination. There are no rules when it comes to imagination and certainly no score card. That is what makes imagination so ultimately perfect. It’s all encompassing ability to be everything and anything you want it to be. In turn, it allows you to be everything and anything you want to be.

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The ocean is calling our imagination, especially as the year tapers to its end. Endless days spent in the sun, waves crashing on the shore. No school run, no appointments, no commitments. Except the commitment to summer itself. Both my boys cannot wait to escape once Christmas is over. Cannot wait to pack their beach toys, bathers and head to the golden sand of the north coast where imagination plays best. Imagination sheds the dark grey of winter, strips down to its innocence and dances among the waves in the ocean. So many moments at the beach I put down my book and simply watch these two little boys play and create on the sand. There is something about such moments, such memories that I know I want to hold on to forever, make them linger. Imagination the reason the magic all happens.

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As each day ends and bedtime unravels the tired little feet, sore little heads and full tummies that lay to bed each night I do my best to make sure the last thing my boys end their day with – is imagination. Imagination never rests. Imagination dances through time and space fearless and unrestrained. Jumping across dimensions, like jumping through puddles. I read the stories, we talk about our day and leave beacons beside our bed to protect us at night. Night lights and toys, favourite books and special things from our day. For while my boys rest I let them in on the secret, that their imagination paints through their dreams and chalks the drawings that linger in their sleep. On the wings of the angels imagination is the one who protects our little ones as they sleep at night.

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So be kind to yourself as your write your lists and tick the boxes this Christmas. Find the extra patience you need for your children, your loved ones and for yourself. And always remember when it comes to the spirit of giving you are not simply buying a trinket or possession for someone else – you are buying them a gateway to their imagination, an escape. Imagination is everything, especially at Christmas with the ones you love.

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Is imagination everything?

Disclosure: This post was not only written in collobaration with Tiger Tribe, but it was written with my deepest gratitude to Tiger Tribe. Once upon a time when my blog was merely three weeks old they took a chance on me and offered me my very first ever sponsored post. Our collaboration and friendship has only grown in respect and strength since then. A testament to relationships being so important in life, no matter the reason.

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  • Oh my gosh! This post is just beautiful. How do you make the words dance so beautifully on the screen? Imagination is definitely EVERYTHING in this household. My four year old is so deep into her imaginary world it’s hard to pull her out sometimes and figure out what is real and what is not. We’re writing Christmas lists too and just like yours ours is a moving feast. Lol.

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    So much colour! So much creation. Love it.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • I love Tiger Tribe. These guys were born with Imagination in their blood!

  • LydiaCLee

    How cute is that clay???!!

  • LydiaCLee

    Promise to see you Thursday – see what I did there? Boomtish!

  • What a wonderful way to look at gift giving! I still need to make my Christmas list but you’ve just made it so much easier. #TeamIBOT

  • I write lists in my mind as I can never find any paper or a working pen!! You are nothing without imagination.

  • Yes I write lists and brainstorm gifts that really bless the person or will be useful. The beauty of Christmas is imagination. Imagining the first Christmas all those years ago when Jesus was born to the magical aura Santa and his sleigh bring to my girls. It truly is a beautiful time of year. Now to invest imagination throughout the year not just at Christmas time. That’s a challenge. Another lovely post Josefa. X

  • Beautiful post Josefa. And I just love Tiger Tribe. They’re one of my favourite brands for children. I want to win this!!! x

  • I normally have a number of lists on the go at this time of year but the silly season seems to have started early this year and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. Looking forward to finding the time later in the week, to get more organised.

  • There’s some wonderful toys these days aren’t there?

  • Some wonderful toys there! I don’t have a child but will enter for my friend’s 3yr old!

  • When my girls were younger, I used to love the kind of gifts that inspired them to create and explore so I love the products you’ve featured above. Now that they are older, I try to give them “the gift of memories” so this year I’ve bought tickets to take them to the Lion King … can’t wait! As you can imagine (no pun intended .. haha!) I love writing lists and I’ve just uploaded to my blog a FREE Christmas Planner with over 29 pages of lists and worksheets to help people have an organised and stress free Christmas!

  • I love seeing kids use their imagination. And I love what you have said that there is no wrong way to do so. I need to remember that, because one of my children imagines so differently from the others.

  • I am in a bit of a list flurry, whilst at the same time trying to stay chilled about everything too! I have my 6 year olds birthday party just before Christmas and my partner and I are getting hitched in January. We may also be moving countries in the New Year…Lots to remember but also lots of great stuff to enjoy.

  • I couldn’t survive without lists. I have so many going at this time of the year but it is the only way I can cope. And yes, without imagination our days would be very flat.

  • Mel

    Imagination is amazing in kids. I just wish that mine was as creative. It’s a shame that we become so rigid as we get older.
    I’m definitely a list person too – shopping list, to do lists…… I’m not very good without them!

  • My goodness I live by lists, without them I’m not sure anything would get done around here! All my 3 have just started playing imaginary games together outside and in the pool, it makes my soul smile!

  • Dionne

    I have lists everywhere! The one I struggle with is the list of presents I’ve brought! With my kids now able to read the lists I’m torn between relying on my memory (not a good idea) and making sure the prezzie list is hidden!

  • i have lists for lists! google keep is my new friend its like having post it notes on my phone. ones i dont wash!
    Yes imaginary play is so important and my two year old is just getting into it now. there is lots of imagination inspiring gifts on her santa list 🙂

  • marypreston

    Christmas lists are a must. They calm me as I work through them. I also have Christmas wish lists – for us all.

    Without imagination we would still be sitting in caves & grunting our way through life. With imagination we can soar.

  • Andrea

    Seeing my children use their imagination is one of the best parts of parenting. The unique way they look at the world – priceless!
    Tiger Tribe have a unique way of looking at the world too – favourite activities with a twist, LOVE IT!

  • Imagination is so important to nurture and encourage. I think as adults we get pulled away and get too stuck in the world of actuality and practicalities. I think the one the gems of being a parent is discovering imagination again through our kids. It’s so fun.
    I am a list writer although I don’t have too many Xmas ones happening yet. I’m one of those types who buys stuff all through the year for Xmas so I don’t have a huge rush or heaps of pressure as the silly season narrows in. I love Tiger Tribe products! The best! xx

  • Kristy Middleton

    Those beach toys are amazing. I need to write lists to keep track of presents I’ve bought to make sure I’m not rebuying something I’ve already bought.

  • I could see myself just sitting next to the dishwasher (since the fridge is not magnetic) and playing with those magnets and my son. They are just so vintage cute! I have two people left on my list, and one of them is my 9 year old foster sister-inlaw. I make lists, thinking of possibilities; the things I could buy her that would make her face light up, and know we care and love her just the way she is …

  • Grace

    We love our Tiger Tribe toys! The colours and shapes always intrigue my boys and the magnets make them easy to play with in a cafe or church.

  • Hugzilla

    Wow, they are so cool. My boys would love those robot ones!

  • Hugzilla

    Oh, and I’m in total Christmas denial as evidenced by the fact that I forgot to even mention it in my last post.

  • Melissa Puli

    I always cut out what I would like from catalogues – that way there is no confusion!

  • TeganMC

    Imagination is everything because it’s what we fall back on when the real world gets too hard. Imagination allows our kids to see the beauty in life where we see the darkness. It’s through my sons imagination that I’ve learned to love the little things.

  • sapna

    My son is definitely writing his christmas list and also on behalf of his younger brother .

    I feel imagination is everything in a child’s life. It gives them vision to create things, they see dreams and them fulfill them in real life with hard work and persistence…

  • My daughter loves toys that promote imaginative play, like dolls and doll houses – she loves to make them talk to each other. She also loves pretend play such as kitchens, cash registers etc, so her Christmas list includes a few additions in each category. Encouraging her imagination is so much fun as well as rewarding to see her grow and develop as a result.

  • Syarifah Syazrah

    Yes!! Because without imagination, everything would be so boring

  • Monique

    We will be writing our list tomorrow- my 3.5 year old son Hugo has 2 things he would like to put on, and thinks that all he needs to ask Santa for. Very lovely he is not being greedy but I’d love to put just a few more bits and pieces under the tree- he would love the Tiger Tribe goodies as he’s got a great imagination and loves to make up stories with his toys. He also loves to construct and create- I think we would love the little robot set!

  • Krystal Ambrose

    Imagination takes Christmas delight from special to extraordinary.

  • Alannah

    My little niece would ABSOLUTLEY love these, Definently get her imagination going

  • Kate

    Wow I just discovered your blog and it’s lovely!

  • Mia

    I’ve only recently discovered Tiger Tribe through a darling doll that was given to my daughter. Your blog is lovely, and your comment “imagination the reason the magic happens” really rings true to me about what Chritmas with a young pigeon pair, & gift giving truly means. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer Butler

    I need to print this and put it away with the christmas decorations to be reminded every year. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  • Emily Burn

    I adore watching my two immerse themselves in imaginative play, it is such a wonderful place to be…like reading a really really good book as an adult!

  • Kylie Thomas

    I love this post on why Imagination is important. As an Early Childhood Teacher and more importantly a Mum and Aunty I have learnt that Imagination is also a skill that is learnt and the types of toys and activities we choose play a major role in fostering imagination skills. When I make my Christmas lists I always think about the gift and what types of play it might encourage or discourage. This year I have already wrapped under the tree six of the Casagami Solar Houses for my 2.5 year old, nieces, nephews (aged up to 15 years old). I think it is the ultimate little imagination vehicle that drives a huge ECO message for all ages. I would love to win this prize for my son as he loves sensory play with sand and clay and I love watching him create and talk about what he is making. It provides such an insight into his world.

  • Jodie Dobson

    Im a list writer from way back, I write lists for everything, also my daughter is only 2 so I’m writing her list for her. Imagination I believe is key in making Christmas so magical!

  • Melinda Williams

    Imagination IS everything! One of my favourite past times is spying on my kids when they are playing together and using their wild imaginations. I believe that it is incredibly important to nurture and encourage imaginative play.

  • The Tiger Tribe giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all those you entered. Congratulations to Kylie Thomas – you are our winner xx

    • Kylie Thomas

      Hi Josefa, I’m so happy and thankful that I won this giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic post about Imagination it is so inspiring and extremely well written. You have given my son and his cousins and friends an opportunity to expand their imagination by providing us with these fantastic Tiger Tribe products. I look forward to watching the ‘imagination’ building play that will be taking place because of these great resources. I wish you and your family a happy safe Christmas and thank you again for running a great giveaway. Love Kylie Thomas xox

      • Oh yay!!! Please check your email Kylie and get back to me as soon as possible xx

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