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On an icy cold day in Dublin, a visit to an art gallery to take in some culture and enjoy a sneaky cup of hot chocolate is an ideal day out. With a two and four year old in tow this may seem like an ambitious outing, but not when said art gallery is IMMA during the Pictiúr exhibition. Pictiúr is a travelling exhibition of Irish children’s book illustrations and, needless to say, as the Theatre & Programming manager at Imaginosity and picture book FIEND I was beyond excited to view the work of my favourite illustrators under the same roof. I knew two little bookworms who would be just as interested in Pictiúr so off we trotted up the long avenue in Kilmainham which leads to The Irish Museum of Modern Art and a treasure trove of child friendly visual delights!

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The exhibition features many well-known illustrators and straight away Megan and Erica (and the grown-ups!) were engaged in an impromptu guessing game, connecting familiar images with the books that sit on the shelves at home. I was personally most interested in seeing the work of my all-time favourite Oliver Jeffers (Lost & Found) and Imaginosity friends Chris Judge (The Lonely Beast), Tatyana Feeney (Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket) and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick (I’m a Tiger Too). There were also gorgeous prints by Michael Emberley (Miss Brooks Loves Books) and Anita Jerman (Guess How Much I Love You) among others.

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It’s that time of year again when Imaginosity is deciding which charity partner we will support over the Christmas period. As a charity ourselves, we recognise how important support is from other organisations. In recent years we have supported Barnardos and Focus Ireland by hosting a “Giving Tree” in reception where staff and visitors can drop of age appropriate presents.  This year we have decided to help Crosscare in their urgent appeal for food. This is a stark reminder how even in the 21st century there are families in Ireland who struggle to put food on the table.

The discussion between the Imaginosity staff about which charity we would support this Christmas got me thinking about when is the right time to introduce the idea of charity and giving to young children. Christmas seems to be the perfect time to teach children about giving, but how easy is it to introduce the idea of charity to a child? And do you give them the choice of which charity to donate to?

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Meet Lego Bot!  He is a fantastically imaginative military-style combat vehicle reminiscent of The A-Team, hosting two serious-looking Lego men who look like they mean business! Lego Bot is Imaginosity’s newest exhibit piece having been built for and donated by the brilliant Sam Clancy, age 6, from Co Wexford.  Sam’s dad contacted us recently to tell us about Sam’s 2-day building extravaganza, which resulted in Lego Bot. Sam’s dad explained that Sam would love to donate Lego Bot to Imaginosity.  We were delighted to accept such a great piece of imaginative construction!

Thank you Sam!

Unfortunately, as we have limited space at Imaginosity, we cannot accept anymore Lego structures into the building. However, if Sam’s ingenuity has sparked a similar interest in the little people in your house, we would be delighted to receive a photo of their Lego creation via our Facebook page.  It can be our ‘virtual exhibition wing’, until we raise enough money through our fundraising efforts for a dream extension to our building (in our dreams)!

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