Thursday, June 19, 2014

Inspire Imagination with a Flint Book

I would like to extend my gratitude to Flint Books for this sponsored post.

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Sometimes something comes along that you are just so excited to share with others because you think it is such a great product or idea. This post is like that for me. I was asked to review Flint Books for this post. I looked up their website before I said yes and right away, I was so excited for the opportunity. I've been thinking about what I wanted to say since I said yes because I want to make sure I get this just right. I want you to be as excited about this book as I am. It is that fantastic to me. 

You know that I'm a grandma of three of the most adorable kids around. Yes, I'm bias, but it is still a very true statement. I love spending time with my grandkids and if you are a regular reader, you have seen some of the activities we have done together. 

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What worries me is that there are so many things pulling at the attention of kids these days. Kids don't seem to have the time to figure out the world on their own time or to use their imagination on a regular basis. Everything is spelled out for them. In my opinion, it's really not a good thing. Kids are over scheduled and over stimulated. They have very little quiet time to just let their brains work. 

Right now you are telling me that I need to enter the 21st century and embrace all of the technology and activities. I'm not saying that technology and activities are a bad thing. However, as with everything else, they should be used in moderation. 

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I'm sure I have a view on the world that is a little different than most people. When I was raising my kids, we moved around. A LOT. They didn't have tons of toys and computers were not what they are now. We didn't have video games until they were a little older. Sometimes we lived overseas and we were only allowed two suitcases per person and that included their clothes, school books, toys and foods that we didn't want to do without while we were in that country. It really made them use their imaginations and I think it made them better people for it. 

I tell you all of this to introduce you to this fantastic book. I received it in the mail and was immediately drawn in to the colorful and detailed drawings in this book. The thing about this book is, there are no words at all. NONE. Instead, there are pages with lines for the child to write their own story. The child decides what the story will be about by looking at the picture on the page and writing it in their own words. 

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I was watching my grandkids the other day and I told the boys about the book. They are four and six and they were so excited by the idea of writing their own book! I waited until Lily was taking her nap because I really wanted to be able to get into the book with them. First, I had them just look through the book and they were so interested in the illustrations. Then, I told them that they could tell me what was going on in the story and I would write it out for them. Again, they are four and six, so they couldn't really write out what they wanted to say. 

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We went through the first three drawings together that day and they are so excited to write some more when I watch them this week. This is such a fun activity to do together and it really does stretch their imagination. They were prompting each other with ideas and there was no fighting at all! Always a plus in my book. 

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They named the main character Eric. One of the passages they wrote was, "Eric is reading books. He pretends he is in college, so he reads lots of books. He is trying to make a library and his room is a mess." This picture is of the main character, sitting in a room with books everywhere, while he reads a book. He has a puppet on his hand. 

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I really love this idea and personally, I think I will stock up on a few of the books so I can give them as gifts to young kids. If you are looking for a gift to spark the imagination of a child, this is your gift. You should stock up yourself and provide the "Flint" to spark someone's imagination. Go over and discover Flint Books for yourself. 

What are some things you do to keep your child's imagination active? Leave me a comment below. Thanks. 

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20 comments:

  1. The illustrations are AWESOME! And I love that the kids can tell their own story. How fun!

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    1. These little boys absolutely love it!

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  2. Awesome! I love the idea here. I could totally purchase a few to use for my classroom as story starters or a collaborative story book that I can keep to remember this years kids!

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    1. Oh yes. I didn't even think of that! What a great idea. The illustrations are fantastic. My grandsons just love it.

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  3. This looks like so much fun. I might have to get them for when Jack gets a little older.

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    1. The boys had so much fun with them. I'm going to give one to my nephew for Christmas.

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  4. What a great concept! I have a (just) 6 year old and he would love this! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday Linky! I'm sure lots of Moms/grandparents would like these books, Julia

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    1. I know! I love this concept too. I wish I had the talent that the illustrator has, but I don't at all.

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  5. This is such a fantastic idea! I'm an English teacher, so I'm all about helping kids learn to enjoy creative writing. This is awesome.

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    1. Isn't it? I was so excited to do this with the boys. So fun!

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  6. What a cool book idea!! I try to get my son imagining by getting him outside and exploring. :)

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    1. That is a great thing to do. Kids need more outside time and less in front of the box time.

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  7. I'd never heard of these--what fun. :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The boys are having a lot of fun with theirs. Such a great idea!

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  8. These look like they are a blast! I will be adding them to my to buy list for when the goof is just a bit older.

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    1. They are so much fun to work on with the kids. Your goof will love them. Owen is only 4 and he loves it.

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  9. What cute boys! Fun idea. Pinned. Thanks again for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight. Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you and thanks for the party too. Those boys are just wonderful. So fun to be a grandma.

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  10. What a fun idea!!! thank for sharing this! I will be checking them out :)

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    1. It really is a fun idea. A great way to interact with the kids too.

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