BASECAMP

Imagination is Calling

The Story

Our home was regularly invaded by myriads of creatures, large and small, and was filled with jumbles of hobbies. Our favourite vacations were family camping trips – no radios, no tv, no technology. They were the best.

Those simple times are the memories we treasure the most. Curiosity and discovery led to the greatest adventures – real or imagined – and those adventures helped us build confidence, life skills, creativity, and assisted in our growth into (reasonably) stable adults.

The photos on our website are real moments captured in our childhood or taken by us personally later in life. We want to share some of these memories in the hope that they will help others experience the joy that comes from a playful mind.

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning

Diane Ackerman

The Projects

You’ll find a huge range of projects on this site. We are grateful to our parents for encouraging our home to be invaded by myriads of creatures large and small, our jumble of hobbies, the many hours preparing for camping trips, and attentively enduring our plays.

It’s those simple joys that we remember and treasure the most. These adventures helped us build confidence, practical skills, creativity, and develop into (reasonably) stable adults.

Play makes kids happy.

Play is the highest form of research

Albert Einstein

The Science

Ever notice that the most intelligent creatures on earth are the ones that play?

Creative play refers to spontaneous, unstructured play that’s inspired by a child’s interests, curiosity and imagination. It’s also vital to their emotional, social, intellectual and physical development.

It includes gardening, cooking, sewing, building, exploring, and so much more. The possibilities for play are endless! We hope this website will help spark new adventures for the young and young-at-heart.

After all, playing never grows old.

who can you spot? scavenger hunts & field guides
This is a fun way to learn what animals are living near you. You …
Creamy edible snow cones
Simple, easy, and surprisingly delicious! Supplies Container for collecting snow About 8-10 cups of …
ice sun catchers
These are so easy, fast, and fun with endless possibilities! You can make them …
Why creative play?
Creative Play is unstructured, free play. It stimulates curiosity, imagination, and is vital for …
recipes & instructions
We will keep adding to this alphabetical list as time goes by. For tips …
horses for all
"When riding a horse, we borrow freedom." Helen Thomson For two shy girls, interacting …
maple syrup taffy
This is a timeless winter tradition. We have such fond memories of doing this …
backyard camping
Who says you have to go far for an adventure?! Your backyard may seem …
outdoor education
This was an awesome class… …that brought a bunch of kids together where we …
Baking bannock
Bannock has been a staple food of many peoples for hundreds of years. Some …
snow camping
Believe it or not, sleeping inside a properly built quinzee is warm and comfortable! …
Dinosaur movie night
Cardboard, tape, spray paint, imagination – and a little glow-in-the-dark paint. It was more …
Please note, most of the photos on this website are from our childhood, or captured by us personally. We wanted to share real life experiences with you, but respectfully ask that photos are not downloaded or copied from our website.

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