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!
I am often asked by parents who are waiting to transform their child’s playthings from commercial plastic toys to more natural Waldorf toys for my recommendations of the most essential Waldorf toys. This week on “Sunday with Sarah” I share five of my top picks and discuss the play value of each.
Keep in mind that if you are limited by budget some of these toys can be handmade or built oneself!
1:00 Heavy Baby Waldorf Dolls
2:30 Play Silks (Playsilks)
4:00 Ostheimer Wooden Toys
5:16 Waldorf Play Stands (Playstands)
6:35 Wooden Play Kitchens
7:23 Waldorf Rocker Board
10:09 Upcoming Giveaway – Win a Waldorf Rocker Board!
Mark your calendar and be sure to come back next Sunday (August 25, 2013) for a chance to win a Curvy Board Waldorf Rocker Board from Bella Luna Toys.
Do you or your child have a favorite Waldorf toy? What would be on your top five list? Anything you think I’ve omitted? Please share your thoughts, comments, and questions here!
As I get ready to launch a new series here at Moon Child (stay tuned!), today I am pleased to share with you a guest post from a dear blogger friend, Helen Bird, author of the crafty blog Curly Birds with ideas on how to create an Autumn Nature Table, inspired by Waldorf traditions.
I hope it inspires you and your little ones to take a walk, gather treasures, and create your own seasonal table, a wonderful act of giving thanks to Mother Earth and her bounty.
Creating a seasonal nature table is an enchanting way to connect your child with nature and the rhythm of the year. It encourages reverence for the earth and teaches children to see beauty in everyday found objects.
A nature table can evolve through the season. New treasures—such as a stone or an acorn found on a walk—can be added day-to-day, while other items can be taken away as they wilt and fade. In this way, the table can naturally progress from one season to the next, reflecting the rhythm of the year.
A nature table can be as simple as a few nature finds lovingly placed on a tray, shelf, or window sill, or it can take up a whole table and be adorned with colorful play silks, handcrafted fairy folk and other seasonal items.
The colors on the table represent the colors of the season – for autumn think warm hues of oranges, yellows, browns, and reds.