Storytelling is an essential element of Waldorf early childhood programs. Nurseries and kindergarten children hear a story each day, sometimes the same story for several weeks, often a nursery rhyme, folk or fairy tale reflecting the mood of the season. Sometimes a story is told with puppets and props. Materials used for storytelling [...]Continue Reading →
Early Autumn is a great time for children and wet felting. It is still warm and delightful outside in most places.
Take a big tub of warm soapy water (I use ivory soap with kids) outside under the shade of a big tree. Have a collection of little mini bake pans – hearts, stars, circles, [...]Continue Reading →
By Suzanne Down
I remember when summers were lazy days to ride bikes freely over the land, float boats in creeks with my brothers and swim like fishes in the cold water of the Atlantic. My own children grew up in wilderness British Columbia on the large Kootenay Lake famous for its pristine glacier fed [...]Continue Reading →
Materials needed for wet on wet watercolor set up:
~ Jars to hold the paint~
Little, little baby food juice jars to hold the paint
These boards were cut from a single sheet of plywood some fourteen years ago. They measure 11×20 inches and [...]Continue Reading →
Wednesday is Our Coloring Day
When you consider Mercury what comes to mind? Liquid? Gas? Colors? Temperature? Hermes was the messenger god, consider him. Transformation? Carry the question through your day and see what arises. Moms, do you color? When was the last time you sat down for fifteen minutes and focused on your drawing? [...]Continue Reading →
Simple felt puppets made of wool roving or wool felt and a silk cloth are the basis for an easy and lovely puppet story. This month Suzanne Down brings us verses and pictures of a delicate felt butterfly to fly and a turtle that creeps along, then swims so free.
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In the earth so very deep, Sit on ground
For many years he does sleep. [...]
Five little peas in a pod pressed (make pod with hands together)
One grew, two grew (stand up one finger, then another with pinkies and palms still touching)
So did all the rest (all five up)
They grew and they grew (make growing gesture)
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Puppetry Column with Suzanne Down A Story Poem for Spring
Each month through the year, Suzanne will share with us an idea for puppet story.
I believe in story and puppetry for children that opens the heart and soul, and brings, through the listening and looking, a picture of the possibilities of goodness [...]Continue Reading →