"Waldorf" toys fall right in line with toys suggested by Play Therapists 9/10 times, which is why I LOVE them. Yes, they're often aesthetically pleasing and never annoying to the ears, but I love them because they're open ended and always inspire imagination.
New to Waldorf education or doing an overhaul in your playroom? Here are the essentials to start with!
Grimms Rainbow Stacker: These can be used for ANYTHING! Tunnels, caves, ramps, roads, rainbow, circles, mazes, pattern making... Grimms Rainbow Stacker is #1 on my list.
Sarahs Silks: these beautifully crafted silks feature whimsical pprints and colors to inspire creativity in the young child. They can be used as ropes, satchels, slings, crowns, capes, dresses, blankets, or the foundation for creating a beautiful, magical play world. Sign up for Play Silks in the mail and get a new one mailed directly to your child for $15 a month.
Waldorf Play Stand: Children thrive in framed spaces and nooks. It blocks out external stimuli and llows them to enter the play realm further. A play stand can be a readink nook, library, store, home, fort, castle, post office, school, or simply a place to play with miniatures undistracted. The child leads and decides what the play stand will be each day.
Felt Food: Plastic food is cold and dead in the hand. Felt food warms and feels enlivened to the child during play because its made of materials that were once alive. The felt was once connected to a living creature and remains alive to the child. Papoose Toys and Etsy are wonderful shops for beatuful, handmade felt food and toys.
Pikler Triangle: This is a wonderful tool for active toddlers to explore and move freely. Toddlers are developing spatial awareness and gross motor play assists in developing that area of the brain and creating a sense of grounding.
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