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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wind Wands

After our Father's Day painting experience Hazel seems to have a fear of wind. In particular of things blowing away. If we are outdoors and get a paper anything (napkin today) she asks me to put it in my purse right away so it will not blow away. Turning to the Waldorf Education Philosophy, I turned to my copy of Creative Play for Your Toddler: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 2-4s by Christopher Clouder and Janni Nicol.




The cover actually shows a child playing with a wind wand. Since Steiner believed we learn through all of our senses and children need to be stimulated through their senses, this is a perfect toy to play with wind and learn a bit more about it. It can be used either inside or outside, though outside will be better for getting Hazel use to the wind.

Today, I finally got around to make a wind wand for Hazel. I have been meaning to for quite awhile, but it took a bit to find all the supplies. First it took me awhile to find something to make the circle. The book called for cane, which is not easy to find in the usual craft stores. I got lucky however and found a cane type circle/wreath the perfect size without rough spots (this was one of the problems I kept having) at the Dollar Tree. Today I picked up the different ribbons for $1 a spool at Michaels. I decided to go with a rainbow theme and bought one of each color I could find in the $1 bin.
Now I have to wait until Hazel wakes up to see if she likes it. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be beautiful, so maybe we can try it outside then.

My next projects: a tote bag for Hazel to carry around Ducky and possibly her sippy cup;
a chair cover for Steve's office chair--one of the cats has scratched it horribly;
new bags that will be washable for shopping--the ones I bought are getting old and yucky--they also say you wash them regularly especially if you put meats and produce in them, so I want ones that are easily machine washed. I found some decorator fabric today at Joanns for $2 / yard and I bought 5 yards, so there are three bags.

Well, enjoy your day!

Please let me know what you are up to.

Carrie