When I first discovered Waldorf education one of my favorite parts was the emphasis on crafting with natural materials. I took on projects with gusto and happily passed that love on to my children. Now I am happy to have wonderful knitting and crafting companions who don’t complain at all when I suggest a trip to the yarn shop. The books below helped make that happen.
The Children’s Year by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling was one of the first Waldorf books I bought. I loved that it had so many sweet crafts to do and that they were sorted by season. I first descended upon the knitting projects (mostly in the Winter section) but the kids and I had a great time with many of the other crafts in the book. Almost all of them (except for many the woodworking projects) are kid-friendly and easily done with children of kindergarten age and older (some are will even work for younger children.)
The Nature Corner was another book that inspired my craftiness. Full of beautiful ways to make your seasonal nature table richer and more beautiful, The Nature Corner is very inspiring. Though nature displays in this book are lovely, I hope that no one finds them limiting, as I did on occasion. I believe a nature display does not need to be perfect and polished. Items found on a nature walk are just as lovely for this kind of display as the beautiful dolls and figures that have been labored over. A combination of both makes the loveliest nature display.
If you’ve never made a Waldorf doll for any of the children in your life, I highly recommend it, and Making Waldorf Dolls is the book to use. I love that this book includes not just the more intricate, beautiful dolls, but also the simple knot dolls, as well. There is nothing quite like a handmade doll. I’ve made one for two of my children and they are treasured. Making a doll is easier than you’d think and with this book you’ll be guided step-by-step.
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Have fun and get crafting!