Editor's Pick: 10 Must Haves In A Waldorf Home
Right, let's get straight to it. We've heard about it in parenting groups, while researching preschools, and it's all over online (thanks, internet that reads the minds!).Waldorf education. So, what is the Waldorf curriculum?
Waldorf education, also know as Steiner education, is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, revolving around developing students' skills in a holistic manner. In the early childhood stage, students are immersed into practical life skills, experiential education and imaginative play. The curriculum believes that free play, artistic work, circle time and practical task help the child naturally imitate life around them.
Read more on the Waldorf curriculum here
Interested in creating a Waldorf environment at home? We bring to you some interesting must-haves in a Waldorf home:
1. WALL MOUNTED KRAFT PAPER WALL SCROLL
A simple, functional and creative Wall Scroll, easy to assemble and use. A very unique and modern way for kids to draw, paint & study, and for the family to plan the day!
2. BIRCH FARM ANIMALS
12 farm animal figures — cow, horse, donkey, sheep, rabbit, rooster, hen, duck, cat, dog, goat and pig - to help hone fine motor skills, sensory skills, problem solving skills and more.
3. NURSERY BOOKSHELF
While traditional bookcases may work well for adults, they rarely work for children who need to see the front of the book to remember the title they are searching for. This front-facing angled low bookshelf Display your books with covers out to encourage reading and literacy in children. Younger children can easily choose what books they want to hear, and as they grow it will be simpler for them to choose what they want to read.
4. EVERGREEN JUNGLE - 8 TREES
The evergreen jungle helps children to improve social and emotional skills, improve imagination and creativity, encourage pretend play, develops motor skills, and thinking and problem solving skills
5. WOODEN RAINBOW STACKER
The Rainbow Stacker is one of the most versatile toys that you can get for your child. It improves fine-motor skills and problem-solving capability, stimulates creativity and imagination, supports colour and shape recognition, improves hand–eye coordination and promotes independent play
6. CLASSIC BALL SLIDER
What is more fun for a baby than seeing colourful balls slide? When baby sees the coloured balls sliding from the top, learning cause and effect, and it is extremely captivating.
Seven stones, Lagori, Pitthu, one of the traditional games of India that evokes nostalgia even today in a new avatar, helps children learn aim and precision.
8. DIY WALL ART - LEATHER PAINTING KIT (KALAMKARI)
Made in collaboration with Leather Puppetry artisans from from Andhra Pradesh, this Kit encourages non-digital and tactile play and stimulates creative thinking and imaginative play while sharing the rich cultural heritage of India.
9. BABY ACTIVITY PLAY GYM
Promoting sensory development and activating gross motor skills such as reaching, grabbing finger dexterity, and hand-eye coordination, these baby gyms are perfect for a baby shower, newborn baby gift, housewarming gift or any other occasion.
10. AROUND TOWN BUILDING BLOCKS
Unleash the imagination and creativity of your little one with these Build my city blocks. The blocks are printed with patterns that will help build different buildings, structures and develop the skills of your child!
These Waldorf inspired items are sure to help your home become a Waldorf inspired home.