Earth Day provides us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and reflect on ways we can honor the earth. Waldorf education acknowledges the value of toys, fabrics, activities, and art supplies that are made of sustainable and/or biodegradable materials. (ie. wood, wool, silks, natural dyes, and beeswax) But, does that mean when we enter Waldorf we should throw away all the plastic, paraffin wax, and acrylic/synthetic materials? No, not at all. Not only is replacing all those items very pricey, but it is not necessarily the most sustainable practice. After all, reduce is only part of the solution...we can also reuse and recycle. Below you'll find a video Melisa put together to open a dialogue around using items that may not be traditionally Waldorf (but would be a great opportunity to reuse what you may already have at home).
*Scroll to the bottom for a fun Earth Day activity!
Spring is a beautiful time of year and offers equally beautiful festivals to celebrate with your children. In the video and podcast below, Melisa shares a bit of anthroposophical background on some of these festivals as well as tips for celebrating. Below you will also find links to items mentioned in the video/podcast and tips for creating natural egg-dying colors. As always, enjoy this time celebrating with your family!
To create the dying liquid: add color source (cabbage, onion skins, beets, or turmeric) and water to a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Strain the dye and add vinegar to the strained liquid.
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