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Around The Year Playsilk

$24.00

Celebrate your child’s birthday in the Waldorf and Montessori tradition with our Around The Year Playsilks!

  • Around The Year Playsilks are 35" x 35", made from heavyweight, 100% pure mulberry silk.

In Waldorf and Montessori homes and classrooms birthdays are a special occasion to honor and celebrate the child. Around The Year Playsilks are a beautiful option for parents and teachers choosing to celebrate birthdays in this lovely tradition.

Mini Around The Year Playsilks may be used as special birthday table decor. Light a candle and place it in the middle of the Mini Playsilk to add even more magic!

Here is a song to sing as your child slowly walks around the Playsilk as many times as they are old:

"The Earth goes around the Sun.
And now you're one.
The Earth goes around the Sun.
And now you're two.
(And so on, as many times as your child is turning)
It takes a whole year for the Earth to go around the Sun."

After birthdays are over, Around The Year Playsilks will be used time and time again for dress-up and open-ended play, encouraging little ones to recognize the turning of the seasons and cultivating their awareness of the Earth's natural rhythms. Families use Around The Year Playsilks to decorate nature tables and celebrate special moments in their child’s lives ‘round the year!

Make Your Own Felted Earth Globe Here!

Loved by children

Playsilks have been a staple in Montessori & Waldorf homes around the world for 30 years!

Care instructions

Hand-wash with mild shampoo or dish soap and warm water. Hang dry and iron on medium to restore shine.

Sustainably made

Our Playsilks are dyed with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes and have been safety tested for children of all ages.

100 things to do with Playsilks

Dress-up play ideas
  • Superhero cape
  • Flag
  • Princess dress
  • Princess skirt
  • Genie pants
  • Wedding veil
  • Fairy wings
  • Pirate scarf
  • Wizard Cloak
  • Belt for a sword
  • Karate headband
  • Knight tunic
  • Rapunzel hair
  • Mermaid tail
  • Chef apron
  • Wear as a favorite animal
  • Wedding gown
  • Ghost
  • Fashion designer
  • Clown
Open-ended play ideas
  • Make bubbles in water
  • Doll sling
  • Treasure pouch
  • Doll hammock
  • Dog leash
  • Sling for pretend broken arm
  • Hot lava
  • Pretend bandage
  • 'Swim' on one
  • Prop for charades
  • Puppet theater
  • Camping tent
  • Fort building
  • Fortune telling
  • Circus performance
  • Story reenactment
  • Dragon fire
  • Doll blanket
  • Yellow sun
  • Jellyfish
Learning & active play ideas
  • Tie knots
  • Braid
  • Make a Playsilk pull
  • Practice counting
  • Juggling
  • Float in the air
  • Make a parachute
  • Wrap yourself up
  • Gently float over a baby
  • Dance
  • Play peek-a-boo with a baby
  • Fly as a kite
  • Use in yoga class
  • Run in the wind
  • Bring on trips
  • Collection shells
  • Tie to swing
  • Gift to a friend
  • Sensory play
  • Tie on bike handles
Small world play ideas
  • Color matching
  • Water for a boat
  • Grass for wooden animals
  • Sky backdrop
  • Star gazing
  • Potion
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Blanket for a tea party
  • Stir in a pot like soup
  • River for canoeing
  • Sand for a beach
  • Sensory bowls
  • Camp fire
  • Moat around a castle
  • Straw or hay for wooden animals
  • Ice for skating
  • Snow for cold mountains
  • A fence for a farm
  • Playmap for learning
  • Make a rainbow
Decorative & party ideas
  • Colorful bunting
  • Tooth fairy pillow
  • Party table cloth
  • Pinata
  • Hang in windows
  • Party favors
  • Pretend cake
  • Cover a Playstand
  • Use as gift wrap
  • Hang in doorway
  • Sunshade for car windows
  • Decorate a birthday table
  • Dye white Playsilks
  • Tooth fairy gift
  • Draw or paint on one
  • Tie a Christmas tree ornament
  • Grass for an Easter basket
  • Spooky Halloween ghost
  • New Year's Ball
  • Valentine's gift

Try Playsilks in the Water!

Put your Playsilks in water to make bubbles.

A silk & wood childhood

Play is the world of the child. Through play the child learns and discovers their inner selves and the outer world around them!

Open-ended, loose parts essential toy

Children naturally engage in deep, meaningful play when provided with simple, open-ended toys, like Playsilks.