Silk and Wood Childhood

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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Play!

Play!

We all know how important play is in child development. More and more large companies, educators and scientifically-minded adults are realizing that a childhood sense of wonder is vital to be imaginative, creative and ultimately successful adults. This sense of wonder and creativity is enhanced by play! I love this definition of play from the American Journal of Play: 1. intrinsically rewarding 2. Emotionally rich 3. Inspiring 4. Spiritually elevating Simple ways our family inspires free, creative play: 1. Leaving lots of free, unstructured time 2. Having few toys but be sure they are open ended and simple like blocks,...

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Latest Research Confirms the Importance of Play

Latest Research Confirms the Importance of Play

A few weekends ago, I, along with hundreds of early childhood educators, play therapists, and toy makers, attended a “Play Symposium” at Stanford University. As the flyer for the event stated, play fosters confidence, resilience, passion and delight. Since I have devoted my adult life and business to the world of play and have been re-inspired by all that I learned at this event, I am moved to share my notes with you.  The symposium included three amazing speakers, who are leaders in the field of the importance of play for young children.  Joan Almon, a former Waldorf teacher and the co-founder...

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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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