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The EASIEST Way to Foster Imagination

My favorite way to get my kids to use their imagination is absolutely free and doesn’t require any clean up.  Bonus: After a long tiring day, it’s fun for me too! Find out what it is after the jump! It’s so simple! 

Laying in the grass and making shapes out of the clouds is one of my favorite ways to spend the afternoon with my kids. It’s a chance for me to unwind and my kids are stoked that I’m playing with them.  Do you remember doing that as a kid?

The the last time we did this, my kids laid down in a grassy field in Central Park. The air was cool. The grass had just been mowed. While they were looking in the sky, they started to shout out what they saw. Dragons! Huge birds! Fish swimming in the sky! Suddenly, my son Owen got an idea. “Hey, Mom, look! Take a picture of that pirate ship! Look, a huge aligator! Over there! Take a picture!” So I did. I took pictures of his clouds. My son Oscar wanted pictures of his clouds too. Sometimes the clouds changed faster than I could snap a picture. When we got home, my boys were so exciting to show their dad what we saw.  To them, the images were really there! Check out the pictures I took in the slideshow below. What do you see? Is it the same thing they saw?

I’ve decided to keep the cloud pictures around for a dark rainy day. It’s a fun way to use our imaginations even when there’s not a cloud in sight. Try it!


  • Hint: It’s an animal that lives in a swamp. 1 of 10
    Hint: It's an animal that lives in a swamp.
  • Alligator! 2 of 10
    Alligator!
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  • Hint: It’s an animal that flies in the sky. 3 of 10
    Hint: It's an animal that flies in the sky.
  • Bird! 4 of 10
    Bird!
  • Hint: It’s a mythical creature. 5 of 10
    Hint: It's a mythical creature.
  • Dragon! 6 of 10
    Dragon!
  • Hint: Look for the animal face in the upper right hand corner. 7 of 10
    Hint: Look for the animal face in the upper right hand corner.
  • Duck! 8 of 10
    Duck!
  • Hint: It’s the beginning of a hit TV show. 9 of 10
    Hint: It's the beginning of a hit TV show.
  • The Simpsons! 10 of 10
    The Simpsons!
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