Monday, March 17, 2008
There is this awesome Etsy street team (a team of shops that have something in common) called Natural Kids. Many of the members are Moms; many do at-home schooling; many believe in the Waldorf tradition of teaching. Waldorf is a method of teaching - here is an excerpt from Wikepedia:
" Learning is interdisciplinary, integrates practical, artistic, and intellectual elements, and is coordinated with "natural rhythms of everyday life". The Waldorf approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component." Many of the shops on
Etsy that are members of Natural Kids make toys - all natural toys.
My stuffed animals fulfill the Waldorf principals (except for the
safety eyes - plastic is rather a no-no). Here are just a few -
feast your eyes! The little dolls are done by a wonderful shop
called germandolls She also makes custom, traditional waldorf dolls, like this one - if I only had a daughter.... one day I might need to get one just for me!
I just have to share some of these shops with you, because they amaze me. Let me know what you think, and I'll be featuring more soon!