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A good book if you're a crafty parent
on 9 December 2011
I found this book in the library and decided to give it a go. It is based on the Steiner Waldorf method which, frankly, I didn't know much about, so I found the introduction of the book very helpful. There, the authors explain the theory behind it and compare it with other theories such as Montessori. The following chapters are titled
Each chapter begins with an introduction which is followed by step by step instructions for toys that support this part of your child. The photos are very nice and the instructions clear and simple.
Personally, I am not the "crafty parent" and never liked soft dolls myself as a child, so the idea of knitting rabbits or making a felt horse doesn't appeal to me. Some ideas I really liked though, such as the doll sling or the swing for toys- I could see my toddler loving these and didn't have this idea before. Making "moving pictures" also seems a good idea and quite simple to make, and making a raft boat could be nice in the spring/summer.
All in all, not all the ideas appeal to me and I haven't looked enough into the Waldorf Steiner method to say if I like it or not, but I think one could enjoy this book without even really using this method. Have a look at your local library if they have this book and decide for yourself if it deserves a place on your book shelf! Definitely a good book to get some new ideas from.