We all know how important play is in child development. More and more large companies, educators and scientifically-minded adults are realizing that a childhood sense of wonder is vital to be imaginative, creative and ultimately successful adults. This sense of wonder and creativity is enhanced by play!

I love this definition of play from the American Journal of Play:

1. intrinsically rewarding

2. Emotionally rich

3. Inspiring

4. Spiritually elevating

Outdoor Play and Travel Toys


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



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:

Fewer Toys=More Engaged Play


"If the child is protected from a lot of hustle and bustle, her natural impulse to be content with less can grow as a habit pattern for life."~Nancy Blanning. On Little Children and Simplicity.

Shopping with Integrity


"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.