Waldorf / Reggio

Tropical Felted Fruit & Pattern

Tropical Felted Fruit & Pattern

There was a stretch of time when the rain would not let up. Too much time had passed since we had been to the beach. The kids surprised me with all their pretend play during the rainy time. They played kitchen/store for hours at a […]

Springtime “Eggs in the Nest” Craft for Kids

Springtime “Eggs in the Nest” Craft for Kids

“Eggs in the Nest” is a wonderful craft during Springtime and around Easter. I asked the kids to gather twigs and leaves to make their nests. This itself was a fun treasure hunt. While they did that, I prepared some yarn to wrap the twigs […]

My Child Won’t Paint: The Ritual of Art

My Child Won’t Paint: The Ritual of Art

Art, and the freedom of expression that this medium provides, is too profound to lose because a child needs help finding their voice in their art. In the same way that children need us to model pretend play, or help them put together a puzzle or read to them before they can read; we need to actively show them how to incorporate creative art in their play so they can see more possibilities in their own expression.

Branches Christmas Tree

Branches Christmas Tree

While clearing our land in Hawaii for planting and putting up a house, we cut down a few small guava trees. Guava wood is incredibly dense and beautiful. I used this to make my stick tree.

18 Nature Inspired Gifts to Make With & For Children

18 Nature Inspired Gifts to Make With & For Children

Trying to steer the holidays away from getting lots of plastic toys can be difficult. Placing emphasis on giving gifts that are thoughtfully created by hand can help change the focus of the season.

Animal Architects

Animal Architects

Most kids I know are very curious about animals. They want to know what animals eat, where they live, what sounds they make. This beautiful book takes that interest a bit further and tells you how certain animals make their homes. Animal Architects: Amazing Animals […]

Flower Block: Open Ended Play

Flower Block: Open Ended Play

This past December I saw a post on The Artful Parent about a toy that encourage open ended play. It was simply a wooden block with holes drilled into it and some large flowers that fit into the holes.  It was described as the most […]

13 year old’s TED talk about Hack-School

13 year old’s TED talk about Hack-School

We have been considering unschooling our kids when their school days come.  Unschooling is world’s different from Homeschooling.  This 13 year old describes how he does “Hack-Schooling”, which is a similar concept to unschooling. His talk is such an inspiration.  We want to help our […]

Reggio-inspired Bird Tree

Reggio-inspired Bird Tree

We had so many dead branches to cut from the underside of our mesquite tree this fall.  The branches were perfectly dry, like something you might buy at a craft store. We bunched some together to create a reggio-inspired bird tree. The kids painted some […]