Silk and Wood Childhood

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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Outdoor Play and Travel Toys

Outdoor Play and Travel Toys

For summer travel, beach trips, and even restaurant visits it is nice to take along a toy or two that pack small and can be used in many creative ways. Some of our lightweight  favorites to pack and play with in hotels, friends houses and public places are: Playsilks at the beach String games while waiting in line. Scapes for group games. Skytails and Parachutes for active play. Here I am in the park telling a puppet story with a sea scape and playsilk made into a simple knot doll. What are your favorite travel toys? Have you built forts with playsilks...

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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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Chinese New Year Animal Zodiac Story

Chinese New Year Animal Zodiac Story

Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race. The first twelve animals across the fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiac named after them. All the animals lined up along the river bank. The rat and the cat, who were good friends, were worried because they were poor swimmers. Being clever they asked the strong ox if he would carry them across the river. 'Of course' said...

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