Even before I became a mom, I was very curious about the Waldorf tradition of education and child rearing. I’ve read a lot and learned a lot from the internet and books. When son #1 was born, I knew that I wanted to embrace the concepts of seasonal rhythms, creativity, exploration, and natural playthings. Although we are not hard-core Waldorf, we’ve have fun incorporating some of the concepts in our daily life. Yet, we have never had a seasonal playscape. Finally, as part of our Groundhog’s Day fun, the boys and I made a winter playscape. It has been a big hit! Our little one, in particular, can be found enjoying the little family on our window sill. He especially loved “decorating” the poor wooden doe who is now…well…abstract, shall we say.
(I used “felt” made from rcycled bottles for the ground and skating pond. The snow is pulled cotton with glitter in it. The cave, gray scarves, and the baby’s cloak are made from actual wool felt. The woman is wearing a scrap of fabric held with a “glue dot.” The trees are scraps of our Christmas tree and our Christmas garland poked into mounds of Play Doh. I actually knit the man’s red scarf from light weight 100% wool yarn. I always tell people that only knit small projects. Well, this was really small! The wooden figures, sled, and broom came from Casey’s Wood Products.)