Silk and Wood Childhood

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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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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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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The Story of Sarah's Silks

The Story of Sarah's Silks

Our toys are designed by Sarah in Forestville, CA. You can see her oldest son Josh hard at work making string games here. We have raised our own silk cocoons here which is a highly recommended project if you have Mulberry trees. Here is an article about how to. We have visited China, where almost all of the world's silk is cultivated and we were pleasantly surprised to find the Mulberry trees, whose leaves feed the worms, to be growing and thriving in deforested, polluted areas. These trees are helping!  And providing food for the silk worms. Hand hemmed scarves...

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