Spring is coming,
Spring is coming!
Birdies, build your nests…
Spring is upon us!
For our little family, it is time to once again spend our days outside in the fresh green grass, soaking up the fragrant rebirth of our neighborhood! What a joy!
Tiny buds wake up and show their faces…
Birds sing us “Good Morning” once again…
The insect world is buzzing; the streams laugh and sing as they travel freely over the rocks…
These days are meant to savored outside with our loved ones!
Yet, indoor play and meaningful tasks are still a part of a daily rhythm, and there is much to discover within the home.
Read on for an inspirational look at creating indoor play spaces for young children!
Take care to set a lovely snack table to enjoy nourishing food together. We feature an ever changing “mini seasonal table” at ours for conversation and beauty.
Scour thrift stores for lovely tablecloths, placemats, doilies, and cloth napkins…this is where I often find the most beautiful and intricately crafted embroidered table settings!
Free and natural, a tree branch hanging above your space will ‘bring the trees down’ to your child. I enjoy decorating our branches seasonally, as well!
Create a space where a child’s developmental phases are honored and celebrated. In lieu of written words, label toy baskets with hand drawn illustrations. This gently guides a child in the understanding that everything has a special place, in a way that they can fully comprehend.
A soft and warm space to sit will help a child engage in lengthy and imaginative play…if you have a plaything that is mostly stationary (such as a large dollhouse,) place natural and inviting rugs around it to encourage children to scoot in, get comfortable, and stay awhile!
Children love hiding and discovering secret spaces…do you remember these places when you were a child? Under a bed sheet? Inside the low branches of a bush or tree? Waldorf playstands are beautiful and so very open ended. Unfortunately, they are expensive, heavy, and take up a lot of room. Fairy tents are lovely and joyous…and over priced! Why not repurpose a gauze bed canopy?
We found our circular canopy at IKEA for a mere $18.00. Using a tapestry needle and quilter’s thread, I strung dried flowers, pinecones, acorns, leaves, and seed pods to the top inside and outside of the canopy. Devoid of factory ornamentation and bright colors, this gave the tent a more natural feel; decorated with familiar objects and all the more inviting for imaginative play!
I have found that the power of a creative idea is a force that continually unfolds itself. Start with a single project, and see where your mind takes you!
Rebecca Smith is a stay at home mom from Bethlehem, PA who spends her days singing, crafting, happily homemaking, studying to be an early childhood Waldorf teacher, and scouring the internet and second hand stores for forgotten treasures! She blogs her findings and other musings at Bending Birches.
Photography by Michele Kalb
Special thanks to The Waldorf School of Philadelphia