SUNDAY WITH SARAH

August 17th, 2014 | Art, Sunday With Sarah | Permalink | Comments (3)

 

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.

Stockmar Modeling Beeswax

Stockmar Modeling Beeswax

You can the products demonstrated in the video at Bella Luna Toys:

May you and your children enjoy this precious gift from the bees!

Sarah

 

 

Have a question? Something to add? Your comments and questions are always welcome!

Please feel free to share photos of your family’s beeswax creations with me on Facebook or Instagram, and I may post them here!

Add comment
  • Bookmark and Share
August 10th, 2014 | Nature, Outdoor Play, Sunday With Sarah | Permalink | Comments (1)

 

How to Build Fairy Houses

After a long summer break, I’m back with another “Sunday With Sarah” for you. I’ve missed you!

This week, I invited my friend Liza Gardner Walsh, author of The Fairy House Handbook  to join me to talk about the history of fairy houses in Maine, and I invited a couple of young friends along to demonstrate.

Building fairy houses is a wonderful outdoor activity that will deepen your child’s connection to nature and engage his or her imagination.

As Liza points out in the video, there are a couple of important rules to remember when building your fairy house:

  • Do not destroy or kill plants, trees or other living things to create your fairy house. Use only bark from fallen trees, or pick flowers (but not the roots).
  • Use only objects from nature that will naturally decompose and go back into the earth. Use no manmade items.

You can find the following books by Liza Gardner Walsh at Bella Luna Toys:

May many fairies inhabit your child’s creations!

Sarah

 

 

Where have your children built fairy houses? In the woods, on the beach, or in a park? Your comments and questions are always welcome!

If your children are experienced fairy house builders, or are inspired by this video, please share photos of their creations with me on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Add comment
  • Bookmark and Share
April 6th, 2014 | Easter, Natural Toys, Sunday With Sarah | Permalink | Comments (7)

 

10 Ideas for a Natural, Organic Child’s Easter Basket

Happy Spring, Friends!

Since Easter is only a few weeks away, this week I share some ideas on creating an all-natural Easter basket for children filled with eco-friendly, reusable treasures that will continue to be enjoyed year-round.

Click above to view this week’s video and discover many alternatives to a basket filled with sweets and candy.

All products mentioned in this video can be found at Bella Luna Toys under the category Seasonal Toys.

Here are the specific products mentioned in the video:

  1. Swing Bolga Basket
  2. Grow-Your-Own Easter Grass Kit
  3. Play Silks
  4. eco-eggs® Natural Egg Dying Kit
  5. Kid’s Ukrainian Easter Eggs Kit
  6. Felted Spring Eggs Kit
  7. Felted Chicks Kit
  8. Ostheimer Wooden Toy Figures
  9. Beeswax Candles
  10. Rabbit and Bird in Tree Wooden Puzzle

Have other ideas for special Easter basket additions? Please share them here!

Add comment
  • Bookmark and Share
March 23rd, 2014 | Family, Sunday With Sarah, TV and Media, Waldorf Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

 

This week I answer a question from a viewer.

Angela S. wrote:

What do you do when your spouse isn’t on the same page when it comes to turning off the TV?

My husband is huge into video games and sci-fi movies and TV shows. He loves technology and has made a point that it’s important for children to know how to use technology because it is so prevalent in today’s society and will be for years to come. He has told me that he’s heard from a teacher that those kids [who haven't been exposed to technology] are always behind.

Also, what would be the best thing to do when someone offers to watch our son for us? They are doing us a favor and we feel a bit rude telling them that they can’t have the tv on the whole time. Our son has also come to really love a certain TV show and will beg to watch it and get really upset [if he can't]. He’s almost 20 months old.

I feel like it’s still possible to kick the habit, but how do I get others on the same page? And how do I keep him interested in other things? He also has no patience for being read to.

Click on the video link above to hear my response to Angela.

What is your feeling about young children and screen time? Have you pulled the plug? Thinking about it? Or do you feel that screen time in moderation is not a bad thing? Would love to hear your thoughts and questions!

 

 

Add comment
  • Bookmark and Share
November 10th, 2013 | bella luna toys, Natural Toys, String Games, Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

 

In this week’s video, I discuss the benefits of string games such as Cat’s Cradle for children’s learning, and why a simple finger string is my favorite stocking stuffer or party favor for children 5 and up.

Did you play Cat’s Cradle or other string games as a child? Does your child play? What are your favorite string games?

 

Add comment
  • Bookmark and Share

children kids waldorf education families blogs child




Receive blog updates by e-mail
My Shop
waldorf wooden toys child development play imagination
My Book
waldorf wooden toys child development play imagination
Blog Archive
2014 (10)
August (2)
May (1)
April (3)
March (3)
2013 (23)
2012 (9)
2011 (11)
2010 (48)
Loving
Subscribe by e-mail
Recommended Reading
Pinterest
Facebook Fans
Twitter Updates
children waldorf toys creative play