Silk and Wood Childhood

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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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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Waldorf Toys ~ Shop Local

Waldorf Toys ~ Shop Local

I love to visit towns and browse in the shops, don't you?  This holiday season I plan to buy locally as much as possible. The experience of seeing and touching items is important to me. It is also nice to get out into the world and visit with a shop keeper and possibly meet up with some friends. Small shops need our support. They provide a valuable opportunity for us, to see their carefully chosen collections. To help support them, it makes sense to spend locally! These photos were taken at Circle of Hands in Sebastopol,CA. One of my wonderful...

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