8 The Best Waldorf Inspired Activities And Crafts For 3 Year Olds You Need To Try

Preview: Find inspiration and ideas in simple activities and crafts for 3 year olds.

In a constant search for new developmental activities I looked for a specific crafts for preschoolers. As I found many beautiful and beneficial activities, this time I focused on Waldorf inspired crafts. I personally love Waldorf philosophy because of many things, but one sticks the most:

Play is viewed as the work of the young child.

That statement is so powerful and so true that I keep it always on my mind.

Secondly, magic and fantasy play important role in teachings and activities. Together with story telling and make-belive play, child develops their imagination in a magnificent way.

If you are sharing same thoughts and passion towards kids teachings, crafts and activities, you will love this list of activities and crafts for 3 year olds.

Reveal The Artistic Magic And Get Inspired

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1.Sew using Burlap and Yarn– beginning sewing activity for preschoolers (rhythmsofplay.com)

2.Twirling Twig Mobile – teach about engineering (babbledabbledo.com)

3. Waldorf Wooden Blocks– simple to make and costs nothing, blocks that will inspire open-ended play from early age till the preschool

Related: DIY Child safe wooden beeswax sealant

4.Rainbow Peg Dolls  – super cute and easy DIY rainbow people who will become heroes of many stories and play. (theimmaginationtree.com)

waldorf inspired crafts for 3 year olds

5. Weather Stones – learn kids about weather and have fun making this beautiful toy (thecrafttrain.com)

Related:  Waldorf Winter Crafts for kids

6. Wooden Texture Stamps– all natural wooden stamps

7. DIY Waldorf square geometric puzzles – designed to encourage 3-dimensional thinking and inner flexibility (mothernatured.com)

8. Seasonal Sorting  -great activity to encourage discussion about the differences between the four seasons (buggyandbuddy.com)


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How to make simple Egg Carton Colour Sorting Game

You know that drawer full of little assorted items that don’t belong anywhere else? Lost buttons, broken wax crayons, hidden jelly beans … list can go on and on. Well, I’m not gonna tell you to declutter that drawer, but this little project will give purpose to many of those items.
Thanks to great idea from Education.com team you can make simple colour sorting game that will help your child master colour recognition.

Create an Egg Carton Color Sorter by Education.com
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How to make simple Egg Carton Colour Sorting Game

Identifying colors is a necessary skill that people use every day—for choosing which clothes to wear, reading signs, following traffic signals and describing the surrounding world.

Introduce your child to this bright new world of colors using ordinary household objects such as buttons, beads, and marbles. She can group these objects into different sections and learn to recognize their written names using a homemade egg carton sorter. This activity provides an interactive, colorful way for your preschooler to practice color recognition!

egg-carton-color-sorting game

 

What You Need:

  • – Paper egg carton (half-dozen or full dozen)
  • – Paint or markers in 6-12 different colors
  • – Writing pen
  • – Small, brightly colored trinkets such as buttons, beads, or glass stones

 

What You Do:

  1. Help your child paint the lid of the egg carton with white paint or cover it with plain paper.
  2. Have your child make a small spot of each color on the egg carton lid. Write the name of the color above it with a pen.
  3. On the inside of the carton, use paint or markers to designate a color for each as well.
  4. Ask your child to sort the trinkets according to color, placing each one in the appropriate well. Start a conversation about the different colors with your child as you sort, asking her to name the color or point to it as she sorts each trinket. Show her the word on the lid that corresponds with each color.

To store the activity for later use, simply close the carton lid with the trinkets inside. The contents will be kept sound and ready for the next color sorting exercise!

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Try out more fun science activities like this and help your kids understand important concepts through play and exploration.


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The WayZoo – free colouring book printable + sweepstake

Colouring is our number one activity. Colouring also works great when you have to think of an activity to occupy toddler while you do some housework. Probably like you, I am always in search for more fun and free colouring book pages.

The WayZoo – free colouring book printable + sweepstake

Today I wanna share with you this free printable colouring book – The WayZoo Gallery published by Wayfair.ca.

Colouring book features 10 scenes of animals having fun around the home. Our favourites are cute piggies in the kitchen and easel elephant. Funny thing with my girl is – once we are finished with colouring page, she wants to go all over again. 

Peek in to our artwork from today. Mommy had to do most of the colouring. As usual, I end up colouring with her, but it is always fun.

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As part of colouring book launch, Wayfair.ca is also offering five lucky contestants the chance to win an art supply prize pack which includes an easel, chalk, markers, and paint.

Wayfair Colouring Book
To enter sweepstake and get your FREE downloadable copy visit colouring book download page.

The winners will be selected at random on February 27, 2017 so everyone has a chance to win.

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How to make simple DIY matching game when you have no time

After a long day and so much stuff to do around the house I was just to tired to plan and prepare our next day activities.

Familiar with that story?

It happens to me all the time. And with a toddler hanging on my leg from time she wakes up, there is no way I can prepare anything. So what did I do again? I pulled out my list of easy and simple DIY kids activities.

I am not ashamed of 5 minute prep activities.   You wanna know why?  Because the simplest DIY matching game ever is actually a great developmental game full of benefits.

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Simple DIY Matching Game

I am not joking when I tell you it is the simplest game ever, you have all you need around house and you just have to gather it.

wooden and felt toys

Now, grab some toys which are different by shape, find big cardboard or paper and marker. I just grabbed two construction papers and picked few toys that are laying there after todays play.

Arrange toys on a cardboard or paper and trace them with marker. If you are afraid marker will leave traces on toys, use pencil first and then bold shapes with marker. Actually, I did it that way because there is no way to wash off marker from wooden or felt toys.

trace toys shape matching game



Invite your toddler to match toys to its shape on a cardboard. It is fun and amusing. My daughter did it over and over again.

match toys to its shapes

When they loose attention you can make another one with different toys. You can also make it easier or harder, depending on your child’s age and developmental milestones. Like using big or small toys, slightly similar shapes or totally different etc.

I am really in love in this simple idea. When I saw version of it on Instagram I knew I have to make it and share it with you. Sure it is the simplest game ever that saved our day.

Have fun and share with your friends!


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101 Things For Kids To Do An A Rainy Day – Book Review

You think the boredom is the worst thing is can happen on a long rainy day? You my be right. But there is no reason to be desperate. Book 101 Things For Kids To On a Rainy Day   will give you more than hundred kids activities ideas. Games, crafts, science experiments, magic tricks, recipes … it is all there. Even the most bored children will find it resourceful. And you will be peaceful seeing them playing rather than staring at the screen. Isn’t every parent nowadays wants for their children?

101 Things For Kids To Do An A Rainy Day – Book Review

Few months ago I wrote a review for a book 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside and can tell you that we have had really nice outdoor play during summer and fall. Book gave me so much fun ideas to do with my kid. Now I am very happy to share with you my thoughts about 101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day, from same author, Dawn Isaac. We already had few activities that we have tried so far and there is more on my ‘to-do’ list, like making bath paints, shoe box doll house, DIY puzzles, I spy, indoor snowball fight and so on. As my toddler grows we will have more and more ideas to explore.

101 Things For Kids To On a Rainy Day  is resourceful to kids and to teachers. Activities are suitable for children age 3 to 12 and up, divided in to 15 categories, on over 200 color pages, filled with amusing illustrations and simple schemes. From one-on-one games, party games, crafts, artistic project, to quiet play, food recipes, science experiments and magic tricks.

List of categories:

– Perfect for presents
– Great games
– Quick projects
– Good four younger children ( 3-7)
– Good for older children (7+)
– Best for cooks
– Best for scientist
– Best for tricksters
– Wonders from yarn
– Best for gardeners
– No-mess activities
– Best for glamour
– Best for artists
– Homemade toys and games
– Bigger projects

Among all of those ideas I am pretty sure that the most bored kids will find something interesting to entertain themselves in a rainy day. Book is written in a humorous tone and addressed to children. I find it very funny how some of the ideas are presented to trick friends. Like the ones with magic tricks. Have to admit even I didn’t know trick how to change water color using red cabbage. The one I disliked the most is tutorial how to make a severe finger box. I am not fan of such a brutal kids play but I guess every little boy will sooner or latter come up with something like that.

If you ask me I will always choose outside play whenever is possible. But there are  rainy/windy/cold days when the best thing is to stay and play inside.  I remember me being a kid, those days I had to stay in house were really, really long for me. I remember playing grown ups by setting up a store, or a school, or dress up using grandmas clothes. Seeing some of those similar projects in this book, like setting up a cafe, spa, running library or creating an indoor camp made me very happy and reminded me of all those nice childhood memories.

Author in this book gave the ideas and guidelines of what to play and everything else is up to the children. This kind of play requires imagination and lots of creativeness. Children are their own directors and actors with these ideas so game can go all day long.

I love variety of activities this book provides and how much involvement it requires from kids. I was thrilled seeing activities for little cooks with  simple, but healthy recipes. It is never to early for healthy habits. And let’s face it, kids will more likely eat healthy treats if they were involved in process of creation. Everything is so much more fun through play.

If you think this book is only for children, you are wrong. Every teacher or educator will find it very resourceful for their groups and these activities will encourage creative play.

And if you are a parent, you will be thrilled to see your children finally totally involved in play rather than sitting on a couch. Book 101 Things for Kids to Do on a Rainy Day might be a game changer for your family. More play and games that can actually be turned on to be family games, which lead to more quality time spent together, more laugh and happiness for whole family.