Silk and Wood Childhood — DIY

Nature Tables and Seasonal Playsilks

Nature Tables and Seasonal Playsilks

A nature table or seasonal table can a beautiful addition to your home.  Keep it simple and interactive.  The important aspect is that the child is able to connect with the objects and the scene depicted on the table.  Generally, the scene should be related to the current season or an upcoming festival or holiday.  The nature table is often the focal point of a Waldorf kindergarten classroom with the scene on the table directly related to the week's activities.  How to set up a nature table in your home: 1. Find a simple table, shelf or piano top 2....

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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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Creative Play with Playsilks

Creative Play with Playsilks

Many times when my kids were small we would find ourselves in a park, hotel, restaurant or airplane when suddenly they would need a simple prop for pretending. Our dear friend Torii most often requested a baby. I got good at wrapping up a playsilk in such a way that she could cradle it, love it and imagine it was her real baby. My sons more often wanted an animal, or a throwing toy. We learned to tie silks into little animals for floor play and shooting stars to throw in hotel rooms. This summer, as you travel, consider packing...

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DIY Silk Collage Easter Eggs and Garlands

DIY Silk Collage Easter Eggs and Garlands

Materials and supplies:Mod Podge, freezer paper, colored silk scraps, white silk, paint brush, tape, water jar, rag Step 1Cut or tear two pieces of white silk to 9 x12”  or any size so long as the two are the same size. You may also work with one colored silk and one white silk. Sarah’s Silks has rainbow silks  (seen above) which are wonderful to work with. And we sell scrap bags that contain enough to make 2 small projects.Also prepare strips by tearing the silk into long strands and cutting one or two strips into confetti.  Good scissors making the...

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Rubber Stamping on Playsilks

Rubber Stamping on Playsilks

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