Using Devana’s classroom as a model, I have compiled a visual list of toys that I want to begin making and collecting for Christian. Together these toys show a range of classic Waldorf playthings. I want the whole kit, cat, and caboodle – call me an over-achiever; that’s how I roll.
1. Play stands – This one I can do soon. I’ve got a pattern for the stands and I can trace and make some of those over-sized wooden clips. (I had two, but gave them to my sister already…) Already have a nice collection of silks. Play silks are essential for Waldorf-style play and I know Bella used hers for everything for many years.
2. Wooden Blocks – cut from tree trunk and tree branch sections. It is also nice to have whole branches and branch crooks to build small play treehouses.
3. Pinecones and Seashells – should be easy, right?
4. Wooden Figures – animals, people, houses, trees, and the like. While some, like the trees and houses will be easy to make, this might be the one area where I’ll need to invest a little money and buy a piece at a time.
5. Kitchen, Ironing Board, and Table and Chairs – Can you believe that Devana and her husband made that adorable play kitchen? That might be a bit of a reach for me, but I’m willing to give it a go – this summer – and perhaps with some help from Christian’s Grampi. The small table and chairs are from Ikea.
6. Play Capes and Costumes – again, those capes hanging on the wall were all made by Devana. Costume accessories are in a basket underneath. I can definitely make those. I like how they are hanging so visibly and in reach of little children’s hands.
7. Dolls and Accessories – a baby buggy, a sling, a bed, clothes etc. I have a good handle on this part. Just need to reassure the hubby that doll play is for boys too – and that he can get GI Joes for him when he is (much) older.
8. Knit Balls and Animals – No problem with this one either. I just finished crocheting a woolen soaker and I’ve started knitting a vest. Next I’ll begin on the balls and animals. Most of the patterns are in a book I have called A First Book of Knitting. FYI: Devana’s daughter made that rainbow ball when she was in second grade.
9. Nature Table – this is something that will build up over time. In a traditional Waldorf classroom there is always a seasonal nature table, which is actually a charming woodland scene created with silks, natural objects, and handmade fairies, gnomes, or other magical creatures.