Working With Modeling Beeswax: A Tutorial
Beeswax modeling is practiced in Waldorf education from preschool up through the grades, and has become an increasingly popular artistic activity at home among Waldorf families and homeschoolers, and has even gained widespread appeal in classrooms and homes beyond the Waldorf community.
After receiving multiple phone calls at Bella Luna Toys from customers complaining that the beeswax is “too hard” and was unusable, I realized that a video tutorial was in order!
The trick with using modeling beeswax is that it needs to be warmed up first to soften it.
In the video, I demonstrate several ways to do this:
- In one’s hands
- By putting it in a bowl full of warm water
- By tucking it under your arm
Once the beeswax is warm, it becomes pliable and mold-able. The warmth and pleasant aroma of the beeswax is nourishing to a young child’s senses.
But the best thing about modeling beeswax is that it never dries out (like clay or play dough), and can be used over and over again.
So click on the link above to watch the video! If you’re new to beeswax modeling, I hope you’ll discover the joy of working with this unique medium. And if you’re a seasoned user of beeswax, I hope you’ll gain some new inspiration and insights into how and why it is used in Waldorf education.
You can the products demonstrated in the video at Bella Luna Toys:
- Stockmar Modeling Beeswax, box of 6 sticks
- Stockmar Modeling Beeswax, box of 12 sticks
- Artemis Plant-Dyed Modeling Beeswax
May you and your children enjoy this precious gift from the bees!
Have a question? Something to add? Your comments and questions are always welcome!