"...all children want to do is learn,which they try to do through their greatest learning tool,play."
-Joseph Chilton Pearce
With waldorf, children playing are left to imagine whatever they desire. The simplest things become so much more in the blink of an eye. K has quite the imagination on her. It's so much fun to watch her play.
The other day just some simple square cuts of cloth transformed before her eyes making her a beautiful and happy robin.
The play cloths are a staple of her play,used every day and yet everyday they are transformed into something new.
Some of her other favorite toys are acorns,shells,pinecones and river rocks. I couldn't even begin to tell you how many different things each one of those has become in her play.
"What children touch and what touches them is important. In a waldorf early childhood program,toys are made of natural materials,such as wool,cotton,wood and silk. Each of these has something unique to teach children about the world around them."
-Barbara J. Patterson 'Beyond the Rainbow Bridge'
Waldorf isn't about the expensive (but,very nice!) toys,it's about finding joy in the simplest pieces of nature.
A wonderful mama posted recently some of her reasons for choosing waldorf.You can find it here:
It really is a great read!