Silk and Wood Childhood

Waldorf Valentine Envelope-Make Your Own!

Waldorf Valentine Envelope-Make Your Own!

Part 1: Making the water color paper Materials:Watercolor paper (8x10 or larger)Watercolor paint (we used liquid water colors)Sponge (for cleanup)Pain- brushesSmall containers for water and paintsShallow pan to soak the watercolor paper Water Start by soaking a sheet of watercolor paper in a shallow pan or dish for at least 15 minutes. While that paper is soaking, set out sponges on a water safe surface (kitchen table works great!).  Set out paintbrushes, and place paint into small containers. Pull the watercolor paper out of the water and let any excess water drip back into the pan for a few seconds. Lay...

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Magical Playsilks with a Señorita Twist!

Magical Playsilks with a Señorita Twist!

What do you like about playsilks?  We would love to hear about how your kids play with silks and pretend.

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Green Halloween!

Green Halloween!

This Halloween why not chose dressup items your kids will use year round? Playsilks, fairy dresses, wings, crowns, garlands and many more of our items can be combined to create lovely fun costumes. Natural, soft, beautiful silk instead of itchy one time use costumes-eco-friendly and green as silk is an earth friendly fiber.  Some fun ideas from our Facebook fans: a silk queen, a blue and green peacock, a pumpkin princess, a super fish, a rainbow unicorn, Grandfather Twilight, sea goddess, rapunzel, and a pirate in a tutu. Leave a comment of an idea you or your child could make...

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Children's Work is Play!

Children's Work is Play!

Free play, imaginative pretending and having parents who leave time and space for their kids to have freedom to explore are in my experience some of the most important ingredients for enriching childhoods. I've been so impressed with Mrs. Ewing's children, her mothering and ideas about play. So I asked her if I could share some of her ideas and her kids play here on the blog. Here is what she has to say: The toys are kept near where she works so the kids play close to her. They are open ended and beautiful. This is her daughter playing midwife unicorn,...

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Making Playsilks: From Caterpillars to Cloth

Making Playsilks: From Caterpillars to Cloth

Did you ever wonder where the silk for playsilks comes from?  We did!  So, we spent some time finding out. First we took a trip to China to chronicle the process from the Mulberry trees to the hemmed playsilks; then we came home and raised some of our own silkworms in our living room and in our son’s third grade class at our local waldorf school. The trip to China involved quite a bit of travelling around in order to see the farmers, the silkworm raising, the spinning, weaving and finally the hand hemming of our playsilks.  It was an...

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