The Imagination Tree #MotivationalMonday

As I have previously discussed Education does not necessarily mean the academic side of things. Today I’m going to look at Imagination. My youngest son is waiting to be assessed for Autism, there have been signs of imaginative play – and that would rule out a diagnosis (I believe) because Autism covers 3 areas of a triad, one being Imagination. He does like to dress up (and therefore imagining he is someone else) – so they will record him playing – we shall see what the results bring. I do encourage Imaginative play and a great way to do this is with small world play. It is easier to learn when you are doing something you enjoy/want/is related to things that you like, so if you can create your own small world play it is even better. This is where the Imagination Tree steps in – winning  the MADBlog for  Best Craft I was lucky enough to meet Anna from The Imagination Tree and she shared with me her business card.

The Imagination Tree

Of course this isn’t the usual business card – but then what else would you expect from an award winning craft blog. She told me to go and make something with it and then go share it.

The Imagination Tree Business card

I’ve been wanting to join in with Mammasaurus‘ how does your garden grow linky for AGES but sadly to say that our garden needs a lot of work is an absolute understatement. The pictures would be just mud and gravel, as we try and find time to remove trees and just keep on top of the weeds – not making for an interesting read or great photos.

Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?
But when I emptied my bag from The Imagination Tree I just knew that a garden could be created!
Pretend Garden flowers for Imaginative Play
I must admit that this creative attempt was mine, and mine alone (ok I’m not that good but I had fun). I made my flowers and then found a nice tray (I always recycle them and 9 times out of 10 they end up  in my craft cupboard waiting for a use, as I get through so many of them).
Craft flowers for small world play
After I had made and arranged my flowers I thought that they would like nice with some grass. I had already found the purple “nest” paper from Easter ready for a Halloween craft I have in mind – and decided that would be just perfect – and the purple made the flowers look even more girlie (something lacking in my house).
Pretend garden with flowers and purple grass

Then I collected up the toy Smurfs (ok I was being a bit sexiest and putting the Smurfettes in with the flowers) and set my son off to play with his new garden.

smurfs in the pretend garden

I don’t think he played with it as a garden for very long but he did have a great time discovering how to pull it all apart, squishing the paper into the playdough.

play smurfsplay flower

I have learnt that even though this is not, ideally, the learning I would have liked to take place, he was indeed still learning. It was great for his hands – which I have learnt are hypermobile – and he did a lot of squashing.

playdough dinosaur

And yes he used his imagination – “Look mommy, it’s a dinosaur!”

Well you wouldn’t expect anything less would you.

So maybe he’s not Autistic after all. Does your child have a diagnosis of Autism and signs of imaginative play?

Motivational Monday

Septembers theme is: EDUCATION – link up any back to school, lunch ideas, learning activities, Science experiments, any learning, fine motor, Adult education – anything really.

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