Of all the things that I do for my local homeschool community, the Imagination Fair is by far my favorite — it is such a wonderful event that it is hard to describe in words, but I’m going to try!
My most favorite thing about the Imagination Fair is the 5-Minute Talk — as a “mentor,” I find these brief conversations inspiring, exhilarating, energizing, awesome, amazing, and just downright wonderful (in the literal sense of the word). I am seeking community members (meaning homeschooling parents and grandparents, homeschool graduates, homeschool teachers, homeschool tutors, etc.) willing to volunteer to spend Saturday morning having their minds blown by the over-the-top creativity of our young exhibitors! These “mentors” sit down and have short talks with the exhibitors about their big ideas — what they created, why they created it, how they created it, what problems they encountered creating it, how they solved those problems, what they discovered while creating it, what they want to create next, and more! Find out more about “mentoring” at imaginationfair.org/mentors.
Then … (and another thing I just love about the Imagination Fair) at the end of that talk, the “mentor” gives the exhibitor a custom-designed colorful and unique “button sticker” to commemorate their chat — this goes on the exhibitor’s keepsake-quality frame-worthy Participation Certificate, creating a unique one-of-a-kind keepsake for each Exhibitor. Of course, designing, proofing, and printing all these delightfully fun “button stickers” takes time, so I ask that “mentors” sign up about 2-weeks in advance so that I can get that done! Check out past examples at imaginationfair.org/certificates.
Since the Imagination Fair is all about conversation, participants came up with the idea of Exhibit Bingo to encourage younger guests to ask questions! While it was created for younger guests, anyone can play! Visit an exhibit, ask a question, then get your answer and a stamp on your Exhibit Bingo card. When you get 5 stamps (all in a row or more creativity arranged) then you can visit the prize basket for a small prize! You can learn more about Exhibit Bingo at imaginationfair.org/bingo.
The Imagination Fair is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your outside-the-box creativity — your exhibit can be ANYTHING — and they have been!
Hats of the West • My Quilts • LARP Armory • Homemade Spot Welder • The SCIENCE Behind SLIME • ‘CLASH ROYAL’ Board Game • Lightning Minecraft Mods • Creativity In Game Design • Interest Exhibit • Creations by Me • Dr. Evil’s “Laser” Engraving • Fashion • Astronomy • Gymnastics • LEGO® Dinosaur Paddock • Toy Envy • My Explanation of the NFL • LEGO® Creations: Building beyond our sets • Metal Mayhem and Knights in Shiny Armor • Metalwork and Weaponry • Animalia Card Game • Origami Geometry • LEGO® Gears: Car Mechanics • My Art Show • Titans, Olympians and the Underworld • Becoming a Naturalist! • Sherlock Holmes and The Phantom of the Opera • How Earth was Born • Building with Nature • Russian/Spanish Fairytale • Business Sketch • Tim’s Magic • Hats of the World • Terran Astromech Droid Assembly Works • Miniature Metal Foundry • To the Pointe • Kendama Tricks • Are you smarter than a sixth-grader? • Manga-style Drawing • Crochet and Origami • Cool Tech 2.0 • Origami • Video Game Creation • Early Anglo-Saxon life • Let’s Makey-Make Music • Fairy House • Programming • Carpentry • Harry Potter inspired LEGO® Creations • Just Put One Brick on Top of the Other • Dinosaur Index and Display • My Jurassic Park Volcano • Costume Designs • Fly Tying • Big Art, Big LEGO®, Big Loom • Art and Weaponry • Historical Trivia Game • Alchemy Spell Book • Shockwave costume • Tinkering • Super Suits • Watercolor Techniques • Lover of Learning • Do you know who Araminta Ross is? • Olympians Rule! • Why is Kohl Cool? Ancient Egyptian Makeup Vs. Modern Makeup • The Pipe Cleaner Undead • Futuristic Builds • Countries and Continents • Where in the World is Home? • Book: Why Girls Are Crazy About Horses? • How to Make Carbon Dioxide • Gaming Table • Fire Sword • The Amazing Monarch • What’s Your Flavor? • The Art Factory: A Focus on Soft Pastels • What’s red & white? • Buzzies • Sacagawea • Self-Portraits • LEGO® Heavy Weapons • Lawn Mowers • Medicinal Herbs • 3D Printers • LEGO® Mixels plus Stuffed Animals • Short Stories • Handmade weapons • Card Landing • Cardboard Creations • Shifty-Eyed Owl Hat • Hobart’s Funnies, Inventive, Silly-looking tanks and vehicles used in WWII • Buttonland • Fairy exhibit • Music Production 101 • Go-Kart • Fairy Awesome Slideshow • Backyard Chickens • Art Perspectives • Fairy Gardens • Guardians of the City • 13 Planets . . . . And Counting!? • Fabulous Fashion: Creating Doll Fashions and Costumes with Fabric Scraps and Playdough • DIY Ghostbusters • Animatronic Sketches • Yarn Art • Clay — Mount Rushmore • OILS in Art • Going, Going, Gone … Flight Distance • Zip-line Zoo • Myth Busters Experiment • iMovie • My YouTube Channel • The Hawk & The Wolf, A Reimagined Viking Game • Vertical Rush • Speed Demon Race Car • Adventure Fest! • Quickest Animal in Minnesota, the White-tailed Deer • Spirograph • Steampunk Axe • Structure of a Techno Set • Ollivanders — Makers of Fine Wands • Cats • Knots • The Victorian Era • Codes • “Meet the artist” Henri Matisse • “Meet the artist” Georgia O’Keefe • Cardboard Arcade • Soap Carving • LEGO® Creations • Three Fighter Planes from WW2 • A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . . • LEGO® Mania
You can find more information and check out past exhibits at imaginationfair.org/exhibits.
The Exhibit Catalog gives our young exhibitors a wonderful place to highlight their unique talents and original ideas with a brief bio or project description and photo — plus photos and bios of our volunteer “mentors”! It’s also a good place for you to reach the local homeschool community. Creating the awesome awesomeness that is the zero-profit Imagination Fair takes cold, hard cash. I fund a good chunk out of it out of my own pocket — because I think all of its amazingness is worth every dime — but you can help keep it awesome (or even make it more awesome) by placing an ad in the Exhibit Catalog — which includes a website ad and social media exposure, too! Prices start at just $12. Learn more at imaginationfair.org/advertise.
And, when it’s all done, we all go out for pizza together! Details at imaginationfair.org/lunch (with gluten-free options).
All in all, a most perfectly wonderful Saturday!
The essential details:
Imagination Fair 2018
Saturday 9 June 2018
Exhibitor Set Up: 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Imagination Fair: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Exhibitor Clean Up: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch at Sammy Perrella’s Pizza & Restaurant: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
in the Fellowship Hall at Peace Lutheran Church
20 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Exhibitor sign up at imaginationfair.org/2018