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Creative Play for Your Toddler: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 2 - 4s Paperback – August 5, 2008

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About the Author

Christopher Clouder is Head of Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, UK and Ireland and Director of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education. He is also co-founder and facilitator of the Alliance for Childhood. Janni Nicol is the Early Childhood Representative of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, early childhood consultant, puppeteer and storyteller. Along with Christopher Clouder she wrote Creative Play for your Baby for Gaia. Location: Cambridge
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gaia (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856752860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856752862
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By FroggyMama on May 6, 2010
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I found this book in our local library, and after a week of reading it over and over I realized we needed to own it ourselves. I can't say exactly what it is about this book that calls to me - it is really a basic introduction to Waldorf principles and a collection of projects that is sizable, but not as many as other toy-crafting books. But for some reason it speaks to me in a way other texts haven't. The text throughout is beautifully and intelligently written, and contains some wonderful wisdom about childhood and play. The projects, I think, will be wonderful springboards to my creativity and beautiful heirloom toys for my son and future children to enjoy. So while there are other books about toy-making and Waldorf principles that are much more involved, I think this simple book will be one I refer to most, simply to be enlightened and refreshed.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Delpy Maryline on August 26, 2008
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For those of you who like me have built up a Waldorf education/craft books library over the years, this book doesn't bring anything new as you will find most of the creative projects it contains in various other Steiner books ie. Floris craft books series, All Year round, etc. However it is well written, with good advice and ideas and it gathers under one cover, the toy projects you can undertake specifically with your toddler. I still like it very much and it has definitely found its place with my other books.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KT on March 9, 2011
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This book has enough concrete instructions (for toy projects) and philosophical context to instantly change my parenting. That might be because it connected to things I already believe (peaceful environment, importance of allowing room for imagination) but that the conventional living room full of bright, blinking, beeping, plastic toys overshadows/obliterates, in the absence of a lot of conscious effort. I purchased the book months ago and last week after my 17-month old started having meltdowns when we took away the iPad/iPhone (and learned how to play Angry Birds), I called a moratorium on all electronic toys. This book provides a clear vision of an alternative early childhood. I started with the first project, stuffed rabbits, and found that a secondary benefit is how the book connects me to my own imagination, which helps me to think of how the world might look through his eyes. I have been watching him play more, seeing what he can do, and begun creating these adorable and open-ended play toys for him. It's amazing...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By pgh_mama on June 19, 2013
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i really wanted to like this book, but i just haven't used it at all. it's all about making simple toys for your children, which in itself is not bad. but the ideas for toys were nothing that i couldn't come up with on my own, and many were unneccessarily time consuming and could not really involve the kids in making (meaning spending hours of my extremely limited me-time making a stuffed animal for my child).
i've gotten better ideas from other books - such as putting up a "clothesline" with clothespins at your child's height and giving them squares of leftover/excess fabric. sorry for going off topic, but i wanted to share that idea because my daughter loves it!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Alsup on April 28, 2011
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I read through this book and looked at all the projects and they're really nice. I'm a busy mom, and I can't find the time to make these projects for my son. I was looking more for ideas in this book that I could either make with my son or buy and play with my son. A lot of the projects were also intimidating because I don't know how to knit/crochet/sew and a lot of the projects seemed to require those things. It's a very lovely book, but probably not something for someone like me. Very nicely written.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Evans on April 7, 2013
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Most of this book is about dolls and toys you can sew/knit/craft for your child to play with. My kids already have too many toys, and I don't have time or inclination to make new ones. I didn't find any interesting or new ideas for projects in this book for my KIDS to do.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mama on March 26, 2010
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There are many great projects in this book. Few are conducive to being done with the toddler present, but everything that I have made has been well enjoyed. While I have advanced crafting skills, I believe that many of the projects could be done with only basic knowledge of sewing, building, etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Aaron Sheehan on September 6, 2013
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A few minutes of Googling would have saved the one-star critics some grief. Steiner Waldorf toys are, by definition, handmade from all natural materials. No, the projects in this book are not meant to be completed by your child. You make them and your child plays with them, just like it says in the product description. If you're not somewhat interested in Waldorf principles, and somewhat crafty, this is not the book for you.

But if you want to provide your child with aesthetically pleasing open-ended playthings, without spending a fortune, this is a wonderful resource. Most of the projects can be completed in an hour or less, and can be modified, with a little imagination, to suit the materials you have at hand. Best of all, each chapter includes an overview of the qualities these toys are meant to encourage. The summary of interaction is particularly powerful and integral to Waldorf methods.
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