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November 19, 2007

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Mom

Another GREAT post on the subject of "what really matters"! I know that I am a bit prejudiced (being your Mom and all) but I think you're the best at making a silk purse out of a sow's ear!

I can't wait until tomorrow--we'll be there!

Love, Hugs, and Something-from-nothing kisses for my sweet Ivo~

Mom

shukr

the tree is really insprational. go Ivo!
will be trying those out here...

kristin

well, i have seldom been so inspired.

dang.

thank you!

Lisa @ Corporate Babysitter

Salt dough. Oh my gosh. I haven't thought about salt dough for at least 30 years. THANK YOU! I know what we're doing after school today!

Melissa

Oh such good ideas, thanks for sharing ;o)

Dawn

I'm going to have to read that post several times. There is just so much wonderful information packed into it. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

missbecky75

What a creative way to use our "box" unplugged project! Love it! And, wow, so much other fun stuff packed into one post! Thanks for the ideas!

mom

OMG - I feel a little sick because right now I kind of wish your were my kids' mother! What GREAT play enviornments you have! Wow!

What do I need to do to free my home of the CRAP - uh, er, um - lovely holiday and birthday gifts we've received over the years?

Emilie

Great ideas! I love the flannel board and the shadow puppet box.
I've found quite a few wooden toys at our local Goodwill, mostly wooden vehicles. I've also purchased things there that aren't traditionally toys, such as different sized wooden salad bowls, and little wood boxes. I'm going to have to get some more embroidery hoops...how cool!
We are also going to make our little one some tree blocks for Christmas out of some free wood we got from my dad.

Emilie

Great ideas! I love the flannel board and the shadow puppet box.
I've found quite a few wooden toys at our local Goodwill, mostly wooden vehicles. I've also purchased things there that aren't traditionally toys, such as different sized wooden salad bowls, and little wood boxes. I'm going to have to get some more embroidery hoops...how cool!
We are also going to make our little one some tree blocks for Christmas out of some free wood we got from my dad.

KateinNJ

Great ideas! Makes me want to "toss"
all the plastic gifts we've been (generously)
given in P's short 5 years!;-)

Jenny

I love these posts of yours! You have so much good information and ideas packed into this one. I was excited to find that my library has the Flannel Board Storytelling book- I can't wait for it to get to my branch in a couple of days. The shadow puppet theater was truly inspired, and I LOVE Ivo's yarn tree (what is it about yarn, I wonder- CJ loves it too). Thank you again for the great post!

Gwyn

My kids play a lot with shells - with the sea animals I made from felt, in the bath, for counting and weighing and printing in playdough. We also have a couple of big pebbles we painted that are in the tree blocks basket - they always seems to get into the action. I love these posts - have to try those hoops!

Carrie

I think it's great when people are on a tight budget because necessity is usually what sparks creativity.
Your blog is lovely!

Amy

I've just spent the last couple of days reading through your archives. (I found you through a comment somebody left on Soulemama's blog.) I've just loved reading about your life with Ivo. My little one is still quite small--just nine months, but your blog has given me ideas for things in his future.

We're going the simple, handmade/homemade route in regards to his toys. And like you, I've seen so many beautiful Waldorf-y things that I would love for him to have. Thanks for reminding me of the real intent behind all that stuff! (Although, if the grandparents want to spring for the dollhouse or kitchen I've bookmarked, I sure won't stop them!)

Anyway, thanks and I look forward to reading more!

Sarah

Thanks for all the great ideas! I have been lusting after play kitchens lately, and your links gave me some inspiration to try making one ourselves (with the help of my wood-working step-dad).
Sarah

Mom Unplugged

I just LOVE this post (I think I said that about Part 1 too). Two other great "toys" for children who are past the everything in the mouth stage are buttons (I keep a tin and throw every extra button I find or that comes with new clothes in there), and spools (with or without thread). I have a sewing box that belonged to my mother and my kids love playing in there, as did I as a child.

Your "Unplugged Project is very clever! What a fabulous idea! What are the rods made from? I'll have to check out some of those videos.

Sorry for the long comment, but this was a great post and an awesome "Box" project. I hope you'll join in again next week for "Thankful." Happy Thanksgiving!

Yanina

I wish my mother in law will understand! That my two boys don't need a thousand toys with batteries. I enjoyed reading your blog very much. yanina

libby jane

woo hoo!
Thank you for another great post! A lot of good, original ideas. I get tired of suggestions to save money by buying a used car, (we're just way beyond that point in thriftland) but you have lots of good original ideas here! I've been waiting to get nice coathooks for the kids, and I love this idea with the clothespin rack.
thanks for another great post!
libby jane

Andrée

this whole post is so pertinent to having an unplugged christmas. I'd love to see the play kitchen if you make it. I am imagining it, that's for sure. I could even make the clothespin clothes hanger. Excellent stuff here.

Jess

I love you Amanda! All great ideas for me to store away for the future. These two posts about Waldorf and utilzing the ideas within the philosophy for educational, age appropriate, imaginiative play are definitely ones you should recycle every once in awhile.

I think Ella is about a year younger than Ivo so her play is still more immature. She is just starting to get the hang of actually playing with toys. Her newest favorite way to spend her time is to sit outside with a mixing bowl half full of water and to scoop in dirt and grass and make "soup". She is always disappointed when the dogs don't want to partake of it! Hee hee. She also loves dry bean and dry rice play. A few bowls, cups and spoons and the dry goods make a very good time for her. I've also found that she is fascinated with precut quilt pieces, especially small triangles. She likes to arrange them into patterns, stuff them into socks and doll clothes and things, etc. Completely cheap, easy to clean up and resusable.

jessamyn

thank you. thank you. thank you...again for sharing these wonderful links and for your ingenuity and freedom with creating with Ivo. I so need this inspiration and all of these resources right now. I am having difficulty knowing how to kind of "switch over" more or less from what we have played with and how we have played in the past...to engaging more in this open ended play. Maybe I'll have to write you an email on that one! I appreciatte the resources and this post...it is getting bookmarked for sure! It motivates me and helps me stay true to my gut feelings during this time where my kids will be getting quite a lot from all the people who love them so dearly. it is hard, isn't it? my mind has been going crazy about all of that.
off subject a bit...just wanted to thank you for your kind comments today! i am so glad that you visit!

Lizz

Rock it Mama!

This time of year it's really special to see the creativity and desire for giving to our children in non-monetary ways.

We have made much homemade fun over the years with 5 kiddos. Tee-pees, balance beams, play kitchens, painted cardboard barns, tree blocks, stilts, dress-ups, dolls, puppets, stuffed toys, wood animals...

My favorite are always the found objects. Gem stones, seedpods, shells, logs, stumps and branches, sand, flowers, nests...

And when I purchase I like to support the family businesses.

Great post!

greenemother

Wow! Again, such great ideas! Something that Em really likes, especially when she's having quiet moments during the day or even to kind of quiet her down, are index cards or cardboard squares with simple pictures that you cut out and stick on that show pictures for example: a hat, a dog, a chair etc. They can even be pictures of their own items.(I have heard of making little books with their own things in the picture) She loves looking at them, talking to them, collecting them all up and putting them back in the basket etc.. It's a great way to show their world through a different lens.

Jo

This is a great post and one that really strikes a chord with me. As a Mama of a 2 year old boy we chose to be involved in our local Waldorf School for playgroup and love it. We have similar play things and I love to alter them with the seasons too, just to vary things a little. Hand knitted animals are lovely, as are simple bean bags - 2 squares of fabric sewn together and filled with beans make all sorts of pillows and mattresses and are great for balancing on your head, arm.... Simple threading beads on a string is also wonderful as is using pebbles for play food.

The one thing I notice between the children who have these things to surround them is their creativity and their ability to make things out of whatever is at hand. A wonderful beginning for our little ones.

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