Our school’s Imagination Fair is one of my kids’ favorite events of the year. I love it too. One of the best things about this gathering is that it is not a competition. I also love that there are no rules and guidelines. My kids spend their days following rules and competing against others, whether it is in school or in sports. For the Imagination Fair, kids simply create, demonstrate, or show off something that interests them and then have a great time walking around and checking out everyone else’s projects.
Sugar cube castles towered over posters about magnets, and jars full of home-grown crystals stood next to Lego creations. There were plastic sharks wired to foam board, a cardboard reproduction of the Olympics half-pipe and a poster about money of the world. You could pet a bunny or “test your knowledge” to win a sucker. My four-year old especially loved the circut table, where one boy had inventions that spun and beeped when you made electrical connections.
I’m thinking of putting an “Imagination Fair” together this summer, in my back yard, for the neighborhood kids. What better way to let kids be kids?