Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea

Posted under Songs and Music

24Oct
waldorf verses for morning tea

Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea   I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all. I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a…

Six Fun Things to Do with Rainbow Silks

Posted under Play activities

28Aug
rainbow silks

Ideas on how to use a Rainbow Dip-dyed cloth    Avril (below) was a presenter for a rainbow dip dyeing workshop. Look at the lovely rainbow silk cloths she dyed with her group. Later in the week, we had a group discussion to share some ideas on how we could use these cloths with children in imaginative play.     One…

Why I love Waldorf Kindergartens

Posted under ABC's, Storytelling

25May
waldorf kindergartens

(Ned’s 6 year old birthday celebration) “Long have I searched for you, you wicked creature”   Why I LOVE Waldorf Kindergartens   Ned and I were in the bath last week after Jack had gone to bed, and he started telling me the exciting news that he played the ‘Woodcutter’ that day at kindergarten. Without further ado, he said in…

Rumpelfeltskin Handmade Steiner Toys

Posted under Shops I love

25Nov
handmade steiner toys

Introducing Rumpelfeltskin by Alison Terry You know there is almost nothing better than finding and supporting those who make things by hand. I do LOVE to find those hidden treasures- felters, knitters, potters, painters, writers, curators of gorgeous goods, and gardeners. These people, often women and many times “stay-at-home” (what is that?) mamas who make their work around their children,…

Teaching painting to children: watercolour fun

Posted under Drawing and Painting

5Aug
teaching painting to children

Project #5:  Teaching Painting to Children Watercolour fun! and Colour Experimentation Time: Unlimited! Difficulty: Easy (While this craft is easy, I know from experience that lots of mamas aren’t a big fan of messy painting.  If you’d like to learn a very helpful way of setting up the activity of teaching painting to children, so that children become self-managing, careful…

Winter songs: My Lantern, My Lantern

Posted under Songs and Music, Winter

21Jun
winter songs

Winter songs: My Lantern, My Lantern (author unknown)   I love winter songs, especially sweet simple winter songs that can be sung in a round with small children during Lantern walks or candlelit spiral celebrations.  This song is one that we sang at my son’s Winter kindergarten festival.  How lovely it was to sing this lovely melody over and over…

The Autumn Star Fairies Song for children

Posted under Songs and Music

21Apr
star apple puppet show

The Autumn Star Fairies Song on Youtube There are some songs for children that just capture your attention and melt your heart.  This song, The Autumn Star Fairies, is one of those!  I just love it. Ned’s teachers at school sing this song, and he has been singing it at home for weeks. I’m so pleased that they were happy…

The Treehouse Craft Shop

Posted under Craft Suppliers

1Apr
treehouse shop large

If you are ever in the vicinity of Brisbane and looking for a lovely craft shop to visit, then do stop by The Treehouse. The Treehouse Craft Shop  is located on the premises of Samford Valley Steiner School but the shop is open to the public. We’d love you to visit us. It’s a gorgeous space filled with handmade toys,…

Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys for Imaginative Play, and Handmade fairy wings made by Dave and Sharon Denning

Posted under Toys and Toy shops

19May
steiner wooden play stand

Steiner Wooden Play Stand Toys Today, I’d like to introduce you to a local business run by my friend, Sharon and her husband Dave.    Sharon and Dave make delightful Steiner wooden play stands for children, often seen in Waldorf kindergartens. Children can use playstands in all kinds of play- to make cubbies, shop windows, walls for ‘homes’ or ‘home…

Jacaranda Tree circle or transition game for home, playgroup or kindergarten

Posted under Games

22Nov

Something new!  Oh, what fun!! MamaMoontime readers often ask me for audio and video footage of games, songs and stories I share. Now, I can do it! This is my favourite Jacaranda song.  Every year, when the jacaranda trees bloom in these parts, this song jumps right back into my head. I dare say I’ll probably be singing it in…

Waldorf doll making theory by Jennifer McCormack

Posted under Dolls

26Aug
doll by jen

The Secret of the Doll: BEAUTY, TRUTH and GOODNESS by guest writer, Jennifer McCormack.   BEAUTY Waldorf dolls were inspired by the teachings of Dr Rudolf Steiner and by the doll-sculpting techniques of Kathe Krusse. They were originally very simple dolls possessing the barest essence of humanness in their features, for this allowed the child the freedom to connect to…

Little Chips Handcrafts and the Q’ewar handmade doll project

Posted under Craft Suppliers

11Aug

A few weeks ago, I met Annie from Little Chips Handcrafts. Annie’s display featured the most lovely dolls with delicate knitted clothes and I was intrigued to know a little bit about where they had come from.  Annie shared her story with me, and I like it so much I want to share it with you too!   Little Chips…