Sarah's Silks

Waldorf Toys ~ Shop Local

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 I love to visit towns and browse in the shops, don't you?  This holiday season I plan to buy locally as much as possible. The experience of seeing and touching items is important to me. It is also nice to get out into the world and visit with a shop keeper and possibly meet up with some friends. Small shops need our support. They provide a valuable opportunity for us, to see their carefully chosen collections. To help support them, it makes sense to spend locally!

Outdoor Play and Travel Toys

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For summer travel, beach trips, and even restaurant visits it is nice to take along a toy or two that pack small and can be used in many creative ways.

Some of our lightweight  favorites to pack and play with in hotels, friends houses and public places are:

Playsilks at the beach

Make Your Own Rainbow Dollhouse or Tipi

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A little dollhouse or tipi is a wonderful gift! This one is easy to make yourself and can be taken down to store when not in use.

We use ours on our nature table and change the silks to go with the seasons.

You will need:

Gratitude

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Josh (string game and cotton cloth maker), Sarah (multi-tasker, designer), Morgan (product tester), Noah (scholar), Mike (operations manager), Talulah (puppy)

This has been a summer of change for us, and bittersweet.

Our son Noah has gone to college in Walla Walla, WA. And do we ever miss him. Before he left we all wrapped up in a giant starry night scape for a rare family photo.

Colors of the Day

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 Steiner talked about rhythm of our days and weeks as being important for growth and developement. He also beilieved that color corresponds with our "feeling" life.

A lovely way to have  rhythm in our lives is to observe and perhaps implement a "color of the day" as is done in Waldorf early childhood settings.

The days go like this:

Monday is purple.

Tuesday is red.

String Games~DIY

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We love doing string figures!  Strings are easy to carry around in a pocket or a purse. They impress and often engage grandparents and friends who remember doing them in their childhoods. Doing activities like string figures and origami has been shown to grow neural pathways in the brain.

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Shopping with Integrity

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"By choosing what we spend our money on we actually effect what gets made."

~ my son Noah, recent Waldorf graduate, who took an economics class this semester.

It is true that one way to make our lives more meaningful is to shop with integrity. We can feel good about the things we buy and who we buy them from by making careful and thoughtful choices about the items and foods we bring into our homes.

The Glow

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You're never Too Old To Enjoy Playsilks! Stylist:Katie

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Playsilks play in mysterious ways...we know this is true. One minute the kids are playing with them, the next minute we find ourselves playing and imagining all the things each silk might do. You can imagine how happy we are when we learn that we're not the only "older" kids playing with silks.

My friend, Carol, told me for years how her daughter, Katie, enjoys playsilks. I decided it was time to get to the heart of the matter and talk with Katie myself.