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Green Your Halloween with Natural Costumes

Join me on my first television appearance as the owner of Bella Luna Toys!

In this segment for the evening news magazine “207” in Portland, Maine, I share ideas for alternative costumes for Halloween. Instead of spending money on a mass-produced costume that will be worn once and end up in a landfill, consider instead making or buying a quality handmade costume that will last for years, and be enjoyed year-round for fun dress-up play.

Halloween can be frightening for preschoolers, so rather than monsters, goblins, and ghouls, here are some ideas for classic fantasy characters from literature and fairy tales that will engage a young child’s imagination.

And remember that dress-up play has many developmental benefits (the subject of my next blog post), and is not just for Halloween. A dress-up corner or basket of costumes should be part of every preschool classroom and every child’s play room.

Here are the costumes and products featured on the show:

Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and NATURAL Halloween!





What will your child be for Halloween this year? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Sunday With Sarah LIVE

Sarah Baldwin, M.S.Ed., Waldorf teacher, author, and owner of Bella Luna Toys, answers viewers’ questions on:

  • Boys and Gun Play
  • Waldorf Education
  • Learning to Read
  • Resources for Puppet Plays
  • Parenting

and more in this one-hour Facebook Live event (recorded July 31, 2016).

Note: The Sarah’s Silks giveaway mentioned in the video has ended.

0:00    Welcome and Introduction

0:45     Be sure to Like Bella Luna Toys on Facebook. Then hover on the “Liked” button and choose “See First” to be sure not to miss my posts.

3:24     Boys and Gun Play

14:56   Is a Waldorf school appropriate for a child on the autism spectrum?

18:32   What is the difference between Waldorf education and Montessori education?

25:48   How do I respond to a four-year-old who is showing an interest in letters and reading?

31:19    How can I incorporate Waldorf elements, like “rhythm,” into my Montessori classroom?

35:05   How should I go about introducing Waldorf homeschooling to my 6-year-old and 4-year-old?

38:31   What ages does Waldorf education cover? What about homeschooling through middle school and high school?

43:34   What toys would you recommend for a 6-month old girl?

48:47   What components would you feel are essential in a 3-year-old’s home and school environment?

51:58    What resources would you recommend for puppet plays for 3- to 6-year-olds?

57:14    Thank you so much for joining me for this first live event! I’d welcome your feedback and hope you’ll join me again!

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Summer in Maine with Sarah’s Silks

Summer in Maine is a short, but sweet season that we Mainers look forward to all winter long. It’s a season to celebrate!

Our friends at Sarah’s Silks have created beautiful dress-ups and silk playthings for children to celebrate summer. Ideal for warm summer days, pure silk is nourishing to a child’s senses: lightweight and cool to the touch.

May you and your children enjoy these last, sweet weeks of summer!






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