New Fairy Garden Kits

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop. It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love. The kids join in fromIf you want to read more…click here

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten

Favorite Waldorf Morning Circle Verses for Kindergarten on The Magic Onions Blog

The beauty of Waldorf education is that it meets the child where he is developmentally. The synergy of Waldorf teaching methods and child development is discussed wonderfully in an article by Dr Reggie Melrose called ‘Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective‘. The Morning circle is a great example of how Waldorf meets the young child whereIf you want to read more…click here

Nature Mobile :: DIY Earth Day Celebrations :: Waldorf Activities

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Earth Day, April 22nd, is an BIG day in the Sunny House. We celebrate it as if it is Mother Earth’s Birthday. Raising environmentally aware children has been an important part of our parenting and My Good Man and I are proud that our children are truly and authentically earth-conscious. They refuse, reuse and recycleIf you want to read more…click here

A Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education

DIY Perpetual Waldorf Calendar :: Discovering Waldorf Education :: www.theMagicOnions.com

We have the most beautiful perpetual circular Waldorf calendar hanging on our wall. It’s drawn by Phoebe Wahl and depicts a delightful gnome family going about their seasonal days. My children consult it often. They turn the season dial at the start of each season (March on top now on top). They write in importantIf you want to read more…click here

The Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education

Parenting through the Nine Year Change :: Discovering Waldorf Education :: www.theMagicOnions.com

As my littlest approaches nine, wonderful and great changes are staring to show. He is moving out of dreamy early childhood and into a more conscious state, where he is starting to recognize that he is different from the people and things around him. He is becoming aware of himself as an individual, separate fromIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf Education :: Creating a Waldorf Inspired Home

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I have exciting news today… I’m happy to announce that I am bringing back the Discovering Waldorf Education series. So many of you have requested its return as it gave us all such a beautiful, every-day, insight into the Waldorf way. The Discovering Waldorf series is a compilation of articles about the Waldorf way ofIf you want to read more…click here

A Waldorf Harvest Faire

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  Last weekend we attended our school’s annual Harvest Faire. As is usual with all Maple Village Waldorf School celebrations, it was an enchanting event. To be honest, I enjoyed it even more this year as it was the first year in a looooong time that I wasn’t the organizer. I could wander and browseIf you want to read more…click here

Felting Kits Galore

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Have you tried needle felting? It’s a wonderful craft, awesome because you can transform a handful of fluffy wool into a beautiful little something in 20 minutes or less. Of course, you can make your creations as intricate as you wish but if you are looking for simple and quick, needle felting can achieve thisIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Leaf Mobile

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  It’s so exciting! Autumn is here… the days are cooling down, the acorns are falling from the oak trees and all of the leaves are starting to change into their brilliant yellow, orange and red gowns. The colors of Autumn are so rich and warm, it’s hard to believe that they lead us intoIf you want to read more…click here

DIY Gnome Home in a Gourd!

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    Blessings and magic, Donni Don’t miss out on ANY new Magic Onions crafting fun… sign up for my FREE newsletter today —-> did you know that a lucky newsletter subscriber is chosen each month to receive a magical gift from me? Sign up now and this lucky subscriber could be YOU! Add yourIf you want to read more…click here

15 Nature Inspired Autumn Crafts

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Mother Autumn gives us so many gifts to craft with in the Fall. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones… her generosity is boundless. Here are some of our favorite nature-inspired Fall crafts.       1. Indian Corn Necklace 2. Leaf and beeswax Suncatcher 3. Watercolor Leaf Rubbing 4. Autumn Gnomes 5. Beeswax and Leaf BowlIf you want to read more…click here

Easy Knitting for Kids : Knitted Cat Tutorial : Discovering Waldorf

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There is something supremely satisfying for our children when they are able to make a tangible creation with their own two hands. It’s one of the things I love most about Waldorf education, this sense that kids can make whatever they want. I’ve seen the gift unfold often over the years. I have watched asIf you want to read more…click here

Bacon and Egg Pie Recipe.

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  Truth be told, I’m going through a bit of a ‘blah’ stage with cooking. It seems utterly unending at this stage in the summer… breakfast runs into lunch that runs into dinner.  Tomorrow the same. And it’s sometimes quite exhausting to come up with healthy, wholesome meals that the whole family is excited about.If you want to read more…click here

Nature-Inspired Easter Crafts

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Here is a link to some of the past Easter crafts that we’ve enjoyed the most…     Click on the photo above to see the tutorials for each craft. Blessings and magic, Donni

Spring Magic Craft Box : 2015 Available NOW!

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Hi, Happy Friends… I have some exciting news for you. The Spring Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to lucky children all over the world! THEY ARE ENCHANTING! The Spring’s Magic Craft Box is delighful. It is filled to the brim with the wonder and newness of Spring! As usual, the fairies, elves andIf you want to read more…click here

In Gratutude (and Happiness)

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I’ve been listening to Ted Talks while I work. Wow!! There are some incredible people in this glorious world. I have learned SO much! Here’s something BIG… the more grateful you are, the happier you will be.     You would think it was the other way around, wouldn’t you… that you become grateful becauseIf you want to read more…click here

For the Love of Art

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my little girl is already 11. And other times, like this, it’s hard to believe that she’s ONLY 11. I marvel in awe as I watch her artistic talent and skill unfold. She is devoted to her art. She draws and paints at every opportunity… for hours and hours.If you want to read more…click here

Throwback Thursday : Our Little House on the Prairie

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Oh my… how I love looking back through the years. Look at how adorable Teddy was in 2011!     I came across these posts again… our Little House On The Prairie. and Housekeeeping. Looking at the sweet space Kitty, Teddy and I created together gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling in my belly asIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic of Boredom.

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‘Mom, I’m bored’. ‘Mom, there’s NOTHING to do’. ‘MOM, Teddy’s irritating me!’ ‘Mom, Kitty won’t play with me’. I’ve heard these sentences a hundred times this summer. The summer is long.     We dread these sentences. They make us feel bad, don’t they. They make us feel guilty, like we are not doing aIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Feature : ELEVEN

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Lexi’s fairy garden is magical. I love all the little details and I LOVE all the tell-tale signs that Lexi plays in her garden regularly. And, of course, when a child plays in her garden, so do fairies too! A  unicorn rainbow tire swing.   Fairy jump-rope.     A lucky leprechaun, painting.    If you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf : 14 Easy Ways to Bring Waldorf into your Home

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I enjoyed reading this article from Victoria Fedden on 14 easy ways to bring Waldorf into your home.   14 Easy Ways To Bring Waldorf Into Your Home     Here’s a tutorial on how to make these gorgeous Waldorf Origami Stars. If you want more information on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf PageIf you want to read more…click here

52 Weeks in Nature : Week 23

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More majestic redwoods today.   And this short video is SO worth watching…     Fifty Two weeks in nature is a series of photos each week to show what our nature looks like. For those who are participating, thank you… it’s been amazing to see how different the seasons are from place to place…If you want to read more…click here

I Chose Love Instead of Anger :: Discovering Waldorf Education

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You came to me in the night to say that you had been bitten by a mosquito. I wanted to scold you and remind you that I’d told you to keep your window shut. But I didn’t. I got out of bed and we searched your room until we found him and made him noIf you want to read more…click here

Nature in Waldorf : Discovering Waldorf Education.

Nature in Waldorf Education : Discovering Waldorf Education : www.theMagicOnions.com

I love it when I rediscover something beautiful, something that moved me years ago… and find that it moves me still, just the same. Such is how I feel about this Discovering Waldorf Education post I stumbled upon a few days ago. In fact, it was the very first article in the Discovering Waldorf series,If you want to read more…click here

Natural Toys : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni Are you interested in a Waldorf-inspired lifestyle? Sign up to receive helpful new Discovering Waldorf articles. Email Address FirstIf you want to read more…click here

Storytelling : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…   For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni Are you interested in a Waldorf-inspired lifestyle? Sign up to receive helpful new Discovering Waldorf articles. Email Address FirstIf you want to read more…click here

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook : Discovering Waldorf

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At last! A book that will lovingly hold your hand and guide you through all you are searching for with Waldorf homeschooling. This book is pure gold. Let me present The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook, written by my friend and Waldorf homeschooler extraordinaire, Donna Ashton. I’m so excited for you, Donna – congratulations! But I’m MOREIf you want to read more…click here

Needle Felting Tutorial : Valentine’s Day Gnome : DIY

Needle Felting Tutorail : Valentine Gnome : www.theMagicOnions.com

First off : Good news! The Tooth Fairy came in the night to collect Kitty’s molar. Phew… 5 nights late but better late than never, don’t you think? Now for the Needle Felted Gnome tutorial I promised you… isn’t she just the cutest?   I’ve tried something a little different with this tutorial. As thereIf you want to read more…click here

Outdoor Play : Discovering Waldorf

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni Are you interested in a Waldorf-inspired lifestyle? Sign up to receive helpful new Discovering Waldorf articles. Email AddressIf you want to read more…click here

Educating the Head, the Heart and the Hands : Discovering Waldorf Education

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A series that explores the ideas and philosophies behind Waldorf Education…     For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Series from the Waldorf tab in the Navigation bar. Blessings and magic, Donni Are you interested in a Waldorf-inspired lifestyle? Sign up to receive helpful new Discovering Waldorf articles. Email AddressIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Colorful Heart Garland

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Kitty was determined to bring happy color into the Sunny House today. She made such a beautiful paper heart garland using one of her previously painted watercolor paintings, yarn and  a heart punch.     I love watching her come up with her own designs. For years, it was me who directed our crafting… nowIf you want to read more…click here

Treat Creativity With The Same Status As Literacy.

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Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status – Ken Robinson Millions have watch Ken Robinson’s thought provoking and highly entertaining Ted talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?  Have you? If you agree, let’s all do ONE thing this year to help change things. Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

Sponsor Love – Sesame Seed Designs

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I have made a pledge to support small, mom and pop, businesses whenever I can this Holiday Season. I truly find more value in something handmade or handpicked by someone I trust and respect. I hold strong values and beliefs on consumerism and know that the greatest power I have to enact change is throughIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Cone and Felt Gnome Christmas Ornament

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There is a special kind of magic that radiates from a handmade felt Christmas Ornament… it is like the effort and love that went into making it is shining forth from it’s own heart. Making ornaments has become a Christmas tradition in our home and I treasure the time I spend with my children asIf you want to read more…click here

Free Range Kids

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My Good Man and I have made a conscious decision to try to allow our children times when they are free. We feel it’s vital for their development to have periods when they are left to their own devices, left to make their own decisions and follow their own whims. We believe that they needIf you want to read more…click here

Overcoming Fear :: Discovering Waldorf

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Overcoming Fear and the Perception of Judgment within the Waldorf Community     This past year, after discovering Waldorf during Fall 2010, I finally visited my first Waldorf school. Everything up to that point that I knew about Waldorf and my experiences with it were from books and online. When I first got the invitationIf you want to read more…click here

The Autumn Nature Table : Discovering Waldorf

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Our Autumn Nature Table is always our favorite of the year. Mother Earth gives us so many autumn gifts to collect and our Nature Table looks wonderfully ‘earthy’ very quickly. Right now, ours is covered in acorns, pine cones, colorful Fall leaves and a pumpkin or two. We’ve made autumn-themed gnomes to play with andIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make an Autumn Leaf Acorn Fairy with Fall Leaves

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We had another glorious weekend camping. Each trip yields new adventures, new discoveries and new creations; like the wonderful Leaf Fairy Teddy and I made. I’m a collector. I can’t seem to go on a walk without bringing back some sort of treasure I’ve come across along the way. My children are the same. WeIf you want to read more…click here

How Can Homeschooling Fit Into My Busy Life? :: Discovering Waldorf

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Donna, from The Waldorf Connection is here to share an article on how homeschooling can fit into our busy lives.     How can homeschooling fit into my busy life? These days everyone seems busier than ever and if you have one or more young children, you can feel like a juggler with too manyIf you want to read more…click here

Autumn Magic Craft Boxes Available Now!

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The fairies get so excited when it’s time to let you know that the Magic Craft Boxes are on their way! They dart around in quite a state as we package up the craft kits and as a little bit of fairy dust spills into each box, it true to say that you will literallyIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Mud Kitchen : Autumn Fun

Mud Kitchen Play : Waldorf Boy Play : www.theMagicOnions.com

One big truth I’ve learned in the last 10 years is that parenting is an ever changing role. What works for one child isn’t necessarily the answer for the other child. And even, what flows for one child now, isn’t necessarily the thing that’s going to flow for him in a week, a month, aIf you want to read more…click here

Why Is Art So Good For The Developing Brain : Discovering Waldorf

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Kitty spends hours drawing. She uses a pencil and eraser at first and then, when she’s happy with her work, she traces over her drawing with black pen. Her concentration is intense. And, her desire to draw is intense too. I’m so proud to see her working so hard at it. Amazed to see theIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make An Autumn Fairy From Natural Materials

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Autumn must surely be the most generous season of all. When we go out for our walks, one thing we make sure to remember is our basket to carry the multitude of treasures we find along the way. Our basket quickly fills up with pine cones, acorns and beautifully colored leaves, along with the customaryIf you want to read more…click here

The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School :: Discovering Waldorf

The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School :: Waldorf Education

Do you want to learn more about the music curriculum in a Waldorf school? Here’s a wonderful grade by grade explanation from the Association of Waldorf Music Education… The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School Kitty is learning Violin and Viola in Fourth Grade this year at our Maple Village Waldorf School. For more infoIf you want to read more…click here

Grand Opening : The Magic Onions SHOP!

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Hello, Magic Onions Friends, I am so excited to share this awesome news with you. I have been working on a secret mission for over a year… a BEAUTIFUL Magic Onions Shop! The shop is packed full of the same brand of Magic Onions magic you have come to love, wonderful eco-friendly and nature-inspired handmadeIf you want to read more…click here

Building Forts

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We have a place we have recently discovered called The Stump Pile. It is in a nearby forest. The crazy thing about this place is that it is a city dumping ground for logs and sticks… nothing else, just logs and sticks! There are huge piles of the most gorgeous logs and big heaps ofIf you want to read more…click here

Make Gnome Homes in the Woods

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When you are out in nature, it’s always a fun activity to take a moment to make a gnome home. Let the kids forage for gnome-ly things… a little stump table, stone stools, a bark house. Decorate with berries and flowers. You’ll be amazed at how much fun it is… for the kids AND forIf you want to read more…click here

Let’s Make a Tin Can Lantern

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Making a lantern is a fun way to talk about the changing seasons with your child. One way to help your children notice and experience seasonal changes is through the things you craft together. When you work together, curiosity is inevitable, questions arise, learning is easy. As autumn makes the evenings come sooner and soonerIf you want to read more…click here

Fall Crafting with Kids

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We love Fall crafting at the Sunny House. Mother Nature gives us so many gorgeous goodies to use at this time of year… acorns, Autumn leaves, pine cones. Something magical happens when you craft with natural materials… the rich textures and colors will leave you and your little ones feeling wonderfully grounded and connected toIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature-inspired creations and activities. Each week I feature a link from the week before. We have made friends with some local dragonflies and I was delighted to read this about dragonflies and glean such awesome dragonfly info to share with Kit and Teddy… If you’d likeIf you want to read more…click here

Cultivating a Waldorf Home :: Discovering Waldorf

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Cultivating a Waldorf Home by Nicole Justice-Kleeman    “Children were most relaxed and played best if the space was fairly simple but pleasing to the senses. It should be calming and lovely, but not so beautiful and complete that the children hesitate to move anything or disturb the order”. -Joan Almon, Coordinator of the U.S.If you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where share our nature inspired posts and activities. Can’t wait to see what you clever peeps have been up to this week! Each week I feature a link from the past…  I just LOVE this mud… If you ‘d like your link to be featured next week, please be sureIf you want to read more…click here

Natural Art Supplies :: Discovering Waldorf

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Wonderful Joey is back to discuss the beauty of crafting with natural craft supplies. Discovering Waldorf:  The beauty of natural art supplies by:  Joey van Oort I have to say the best part of “discovering Waldorf” for me was making the switch to natural art supplies.  I have loved art supplies since I was aIf you want to read more…click here

Raising Silkworms

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My children have played with beautiful playsilks since they were little babies. Silks have been capes for knights, pretty table cloths for tea with fairies, butterfly wings. They truly are the most versatile of all playthings. Imagine how amazed my children were when I told them that the silk they play with comes from worms!If you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, where we share our nature inspired crafts and activities. Each week I feature a post from the week before. Teddy has just discovered that rocks ROCK!! He was so excited to pour over these rocks … we’ll be making our own ‘rock-o-torium’ for sure. If you would like your linkIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Fostering Multiple Intelligences

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Here is an article from Spring Garden Waldorf School detailing the Waldorf curriculum and how it fosters multiple intelligence, educating the whole child and nurturing each child’s individual gifts… Waldorf Education Fosters Multiple Intelligences Visit my Waldorf page for more information on Waldorf education. Blessings and magic, Donni

Children Prefer Simple Pleasures :: Discovering Waldorf

Simple Pleasures :: Discovering Waldorf

According to The Telegraph, the list is out for the best child-ranked Summer activities… mud-pie making, bike rides with friends, tree climbing. Children would rather build dens in the garden and have water fights than go on expensive outings to theme parks. Here’s the article… Children Prefer Simple Pleasures. Get out your hose, dust offIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired creations and activities. Each week I feature a link from the week before. We LOVED this idea… garden artwork with river rocks : If you’d like your link to have a chance of being featured next week, be sure to include a link backIf you want to read more…click here

One Family’s Waldorf Experiences :: Discovering Waldorf

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I love it when a reader shares her own family’s Waldorf experiences with us. It’s refreshing and motivating to see how others incorporate Waldorf ideas into their homes. Today, Sara shares her Waldorf journey with us. :::::: What is Waldorf for us? For those who know it from afar Waldorf might mean wooden toys, basketsIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week I feature a couple of links shared the week before. Here is such a fantastic summer activity… collect sticks, twigs and other nature bits and let your little ones build to their hearts content. I adore this photo… amazingIf you want to read more…click here

Summer Magic Craft Box… a sneak peek!

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Here’s a sneak peek at one of the magical crafts you and your kids will make with the Summer Magic Craft Box… kids make their own flower press, from start to finish! (The Summer Magic Craft Box contains all the materials and detailed instructions (written by the fairies) for 4 magical summer crafts… click hereIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired creations and activities. Each week, I feature a couple of links from the week before… Teddy and I think that raising tadpoles would be SUCH fun! – Check them out here at Taming the Goblin… Here is such a super article from a WaldorfIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature-inspired creations and experiences. Each week, I feature a link from the week before… we so enjoyed seeing all the cool things this family discovered in nature… And, look at these gorgeous open-ended gifts for a 3 year-old… If you’d like your link to be chosenIf you want to read more…click here

The Magic Of Beautiful Books :: Discovering Waldorf

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Discovering Waldorf The Magic Of Waldorf Storybooks by:  Joey van Oort We do not have a Waldorf School close by to enroll our children, however, we have chosen to live a Waldorf lifestyle at home. When my children were born my mother in law introduced us to a few of the Waldorf story books thatIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week, I feature a link from the week before… Kitty and I fell in love with this sweet Nature Table from Maaike… And, I’m definitely going to make this yummy granola from We Bloom Here… If you’d like your linkIf you want to read more…click here

6 Handmade Gifts for Dad

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Here are some beautiful handmade gift ideas for Dad on Father’s Day… 1. Awesome Dino Planter 2. Colorful Dream Catcher 3. Rainbow Photo Frame 4. Yummy Chocolate Cake 5. Felted Soap on a Rope 6. Lucky Key Catcher Blessings and magic, Donni

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table, where we share our nature inspired activities and creations. Each week, I feature a link from the week before. I think this flower-pounded banner from Buggy and Buddy is a super fun activity for the kids… Teddy especially will love this. If you would like your link to be nextIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table; a place for us to share our nature inspired adventures and creations. Each week I feature a participant from the week before. As camping season is starting for us (yay) I found this camping-with-kids link from Home Grown Montessori fabulous… If you want a chance for your link to beIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf : The Paradox of Choice

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Consider this… The Paradox of Choice Short Ted Talk by Barry Schwartz. For more information on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf Page. If you would like to see an article on a specific Waldorf topic (or would like to write one for me), please contact me with your ideas and thoughts. Blessings andIf you want to read more…click here

Zen Fairy Garden :: Fairy Gardens :: 2013

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The beautiful Sas, from Daily Colours, is back to share a Zen Fairy Garden she made especially for us! It is the epitome of fairy sweetness! So wonderfully peaceful … I’m sure it’s where fairies go to relax and reconnect with their inner calm. Sas : This dreamy tabletop fairy garden is a mini versionIf you want to read more…click here

The Dragonfly Story : Helping Kids Understand Death

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We are very sad. On Saturday, a gentle giant in our small community passed away. It was sudden and unexpected. He leaves behind his beautiful wife and three young children. We held a meditation/prayer meeting at our school last night so that we could come together as a community to grieve, support each other andIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we come together to share our nature inspired posts, creations and experiences. Each week,  I feature a couple of participants from the week before. I loved seeing these sweet children from Nature and Play and all the amazing life they discovered in a pond! And, after seeing this deliciousIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Waldorf Homeschool Tips

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Welcome to our Discovering Waldorf Series, where everyday families share their Waldorf thoughts and experiences. Sheila is a Waldorf homeschooling mom of two boys, Grade 1 and Grade 5. She shares her wonderfully honest experiences and tips on how to come to Waldorf Homeschooling with an older child… it’s never too late!   Waldorf HomeschoolIf you want to read more…click here

Our New Fairy Garden :: Fairy Gardens :: 2013

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Kitty’s been playing in our new Fairy Garden… Do you want more Fairy Garden inspiration? Here are our important Fairy Garden links… Enter the Fairy Garden Contest here. Here’s a link to the Fair Garden Page for more Fairy Garden inspiration. Here’s a link to purchase the cutest Fairy Garden Kit ever. And, here’s myIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we share our nature inspired posts and creations. Each week I feature a link from the week before… when I saw this post from Handwork Homeschool, I knew I just had to share it… isn’t it wonderful… Elizabeth knitted her children a little farm! I am particularly in loveIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we link up to share our nature-inspired posts and creations. First of all… have you seen this amazing raffle for our Maple Village School fundraiser? Buy a ticket for $5 and you can win these AMAZING handmade treasures… Have a look HERE for more info… and please help usIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table where we all link up to share our nature inspired posts and creations. Each week I feature a link or two from the week before… I must be in a rainbow mood! I loved this Rainbow Party idea from Happy Whimsical Hearts… And something about this poem and these beautifulIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Gardens :: 2013 :: Kitty’s Personal Fairy Garden

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We had a magical weekend making Fairy Gardens. Kitty decided she wanted her own, personal, Fairy Garden… one that she could move around if she wanted to. We set off for our nearest thrift shop in search of the perfect container. When she saw an old silver soup tureen, she declared that she’d found it!If you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table – where we all link up to share our nature inspired posts and creations. Each week, I feature a link or two from the week before… aren’t these feathers GORGEOUS!! The nature-loving family from Montana Solar Creations found them on a recent hike in search of shed antlers… no antlersIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Health Benefits to Playing in the Dirt

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This article (by Susan Wyatt / Kings) aught to make you feel better the next time your 6 year old comes in with grimy fingernails and dirt all over his face :-) PLAYING IN THE DIRT MAY MAKE YOU SMARTER   For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page. Discovering Waldorf isIf you want to read more…click here

Fairy Garden Contest :: 2013

Fairy Garden Contest 2013 on The Magic Onions

It is with great excitement that I present the 5th Annual Fairy Garden Contest! Get out your tiny rakes and trowels… find some moss and magic… and make a Fairy Garden! Click this link to see the AWESOME prizes for the 2013 Fairy Garden Contest! CONTEST RULES: 1. Make a Fairy Garden. 2. Write aIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Fluffy Yarn Easter Nest : Tutorial

No Knit Yarn Nest Tutorial : Spring Crafting on The Magic Onions : www.theMagicOnions.com

Kitty was enchanted with the little yellow yarn chick Teddy made yesterday (here’s a link to see it). What can I make? She asked. Well, I replied, What would you like to make? Um… a soft little brown nest with three speckled robins eggs in it, she decided… I smiled. It was just like KittyIf you want to read more…click here

Make A Needle Felted Easter Egg :: Felting Tutorial

Tutorial Needle Felted Easter Eggs

I have been hard at work needle felting Easter Eggs for Kitty and Teddy’s egg hunt on Easter Morning. It is our Easter tradition that the children each make an Easter nest out of grass and twigs on the day before Easter Sunday. It is into these nests that the Easter Bunny leaves them aIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Pretty Silver Easter Nest

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What a pretty little nest we made using wooden eggs, a vine nest and some silver spray paint.   Outdoors, on a piece of cardboard, we set out our little wooden eggs (found online at  Casey’s Wood). We shook the can of silver spray paint well and sprayed our eggs liberally. As you can see,If you want to read more…click here

Wool Easter Eggs

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I’m not a fan of the little hollow plastic Easter eggs everyone seems to go mad for. In fact I can’t stand them! They are all… um… plastic! Yuck! They are usually garish colors and hard and cold to the touch…  not warm and fuzzy like all things Easter are supposed to be. And theIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf – Getting Started With Waldorf Homeschooling

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Donn Ashton from The Waldorf Connection is here to answer our questions on getting started with Waldorf Homeschooling. Getting Started with Waldorf Homeschooling. If you have decided to homeschool using Waldorf-inspired methods, you may be at a common cross roads- Where do I start? Checking online resources and blogs of others can leave you feelingIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Why Kids Need Nature with Richard Louv

Why Kids Need Nature - Discovering Waldorf ~ www.theMagicOnions.com

There is a special radiance that shines from my children when we are playing, free, in Nature. Their eyes sparkle, their cheeks flush… they smile. It’s beautiful! Here’s a great article from the wonderful Richard Louv on kids and Nature. WHY KIDS NEED NATURE For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page.If you want to read more…click here

The Gift of Unscheduled Time

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It is amazing what happens when we allow our children regular, free and unscheduled time… time to ‘just be’. We live in an over-scheduled era and we have a tendency to over-schedule our children’s lives too… soccer, scouts, art classes, piano lessons, playdates and… the list goes on forever. We mean well, of course. WeIf you want to read more…click here

Easter at Fairyfolk

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Hi Magic Friends, Did you know that Easter is early this year… March 31st… exactly 4 weeks from today! If you’re looking for special Easter goodies, look no further than my sweet shop, Fairyfolk :-) Here are a few of the gorgeous felted treasures you’ll find there : 1. Easter Bunnies in Felted Easter EggsIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

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Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: Propositions of Play

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I know we talk about the importance of play a lot here on Discovering Waldorf and here it is again.  I thought this article had a very interesting take on the benefits of play throughout the ages. I particularly loved these two sentences … “Play, then, is about process, not product.  It has no goalIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Make a Beeswax Luminary

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Happy Valentine’s Day my beautiful friends! I hope your day if filled with love and happiness and special kisses. This morning, Kitty and Teddy went off to school, each with a basket of valentines for their classmates. Kitty had made little heart shaped mice for each of her friends. Teddy… his Valentine’s will be receivingIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Making Peg Dolls by Margaret Bloom :: Review and Giveaway!

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There are a few things we ALWAYS have on hand for spontaneous crafting … one of them is peg dolls. If I see them in the craft store ~ I’m sure to grab a bunch. We have the large 3 inch kind, the medium 2 inch ones and, of course, the tiny 1 inch guys.If you want to read more…click here

Heart Mobile for Valentine

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We made a pretty mobile for Valentine’s Day using a lovely watercolor painting we had previously painted, a heart punch and my moose cookie cutter. Teddy used my heart punch to cut a bunch of hearts from his pretty watercolor painting. Then, we punched small holes in each heart and used a needle and someIf you want to read more…click here

Friday’s Nature Table

Welcome to Friday’s Nature Table. I want to thank you all for the wonderfully inspiring links you share here each week. Everyone is welcome to share what they have been up to in nature, with nature, for nature and even, with nature in mind Kitty, Teddy and I go through your links each week andIf you want to read more…click here

Discovering Waldorf :: The Scientifc Nature of Play

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Waldorf Early Education (Pre K to Kindergarten) focuses on play based learning… children learn through structured and unstructured play, storytelling, verses and circle-time. I have often watched my Kindergartener and his friends at play… they will position a wood plank on a log and roll a Liquid Amber seed down their ramp into a holeIf you want to read more…click here