All Around Child-Inside the Classrooms

Recently, I posted about All Around Child, a Reggio-Inspired preschool in Overland Park, KS. I loved the school so much that there was no way I could have condensed my thoughts and pictures down to one post. We are about to explore the magic inside the classrooms and you will see why… I quickly learned […]

Teaching Children How to “Make Their World”

Elizabeth des Roches is a Wild Waldorf Mama & a Vintage Crafts Explorer. Just over 3 years ago – she & her husband decided to sell their house in Toronto after buying a beautiful old house in the French countryside. They packed up her books & materials, his tools & their 2 youngest kids decided […]

Leaf Sewing!

What you will need: Leaves, hole punch, child’ plastic needles and yarn. This one of my favorite fall activities!  There are two ways to do this! Hole Punched Leaves  Using a hole punch – make holes around the edge of the leaf. Or let the children make the holes.  Magnolia leaves are very strong! Let […]

The Noodle Shop

I loved the felt noodle idea so much!  I put out pieces of felt and let the children cut noodles.  They loved it!  Noodle Shop is open!

Five Great Weaving Projects

I have found five weaving projects on other blogs that I have put on my 2012 to do list for my kindergartners. 1.  Branch Weaving From A Sense of Wonder This is such rocking idea! 2. Mesh Weaving From Let the Children Play I am in love with this piece.  This so happening in January! […]

Finger Knitting and Sewing Like Elves!

One of the components of my “Elves and the Shoemaker” unit is teaching the children to finger knit and sew.   Finger knitting is always a favorite.  The boys love it as much as the girls.   Click here for a video on how to finger knit.  Because a long piece of yarn will end up so […]

Weaving Like Elves

As a part of my Little Elves and the Shoemaker unit, I always introduce several hand working projects.  One of my favorite things to do is weaving.  It is simple and the children love the process.  I found this grapevine “ribbon” at Michael’s for $5 and their holiday ribbon was 50% off.  Perfect! Weaving is […]

Hand "work"

When a child exercises muscles in the hand,  she/he is actually forming the brain. Handwork, in the traditional sense, are activities such as sewing, darning, mending, embroidery, weaving and knitting.   One of my Waldorf mentors told me that handwork is deeply related to the development of morality.   Just watch a five year old sew!  It […]

Easy Peasy Santa

Children love to have little people in their play to retell the stories of the season.  What fun to have Santa! It is quite easy to make simple little folks based on seasonal impulses with wooden bases, wool roving, and wool felt.  I do not use patterns to make my wooden base dolls.  Here I […]

Sewing Little Elves

This week my class began sewing little elves.  We have been learning the tale of  “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”  This is a wonderful tale about the spirit of giving.  It also offers a great opening to discuss wants and needs. I used a traditional pattern for gnomes and altered it a bit for the […]

Weaving Curriculum in Switzerland Kindergarten

The classroom I visited in Switzerland was a multi-age classroom.  There was a completion project before going on to first grade – a circular weaving made into a turtle.  This circular weaving was the shell of a felt turtle. I noticed that the teacher provided several opportunities for weaving and circular weaving.  I loved this […]

Hand Sewing Like the Pilgrims

MATERIALS:  To sew with kindergarteners all you need are blunt tipped needles (found in the needlepoint section), burlap fabric, yarn and a marker to write the first initial of the student on the burlap. I used a paint pen to write the letter in white on the dark brown burlap.  I double threaded the needles […]