Today I thought I would share the toys in our home. This is in no way meant to be a list of recommendations -simply sharing what is in our home.
this gets a lot of use. various gnomes & animals & fairies live /visit here : )
Shells, nuts, pebbles
these are used as money, food, all sorts of things. Often used with playsilks to form various scenes
The dollies pram, seen here with 'everyone's' baby : )
The Rainbow stacker
This still gets a lot of play & is often used to build things with.
these are used often with the playsilks. A blue may be layed out as the sea, a green for the land, then the homes are placed on just so.
Wooden / knitted / felt / glass / plastic (!) animals
The Rabbit Family
Assorted home made dogs, felt balls & beanbags
Much used in conjunction with playsilks & animals.
Basket containing Playsilks & Dolly Slings
Wooden Pull-Along Trolley
complete with tiger, who is enjoying his ride : )
Ride - on Ladybird
Much loved & well used. This toy is usually now used by a child holding a plate as a 'steering wheel' instead of holding the handle bar : )
Here it is filled with sunflower seeds. The contents change periodically. The Wooden hedgehogs like to play in here : )
Finally, or much loved dolls:
Lark & Baby Angela joining in our before bed candletime, with a rather tired out Miss Rose
If you wish to be inspired to take a different path with your children's toys (as I was recently) Toymaking with Children is a classic book to read on the topic.
The book contains several essays on the value & importance of play and the nature of appropriate play from a Waldorf perspective. Outdoor play, playing with dolls & 'tidy up time' is discussed.
The author gives full instructions for *lots* of toys -dolls, knitted toys, wooden toys, playstands etc etc.
This is a wonderfully inspiring little book!