Discovering Waldorf – ‘I am a Child of Nature’.

I am delighted to present the first in our series, ‘Discovering Waldorf’. Waldorf philosophies and ideas have brought so much magic and meaning to our family. I am not a Waldorf expert or a Waldorf purist. I am learning more about Waldorf every day. We follow the Waldorf philosophies that work for us and welcome it’s beauty into our hearts. We have simplified our lives, declutered our inner spaces, so that we can see life more clearly, live it more fully and love it with all that we are. I am honored to share the wisdom and knowledge of other Waldorf families and hope you enjoy a little glimpse into Waldorf at work.
The wonderful Beth is our first Guest Blogger on ‘Discovering Waldorf’. She explores a concept that is both close to my heart and fundamental to Waldorf philosophies… a child’s need for connectedness to the natural world and his yearning to explore it freely. As you read the words, also read the photos and note the expressions on the faces of the children.
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A beautiful article about encouraging children to spend time in Nature :: from Discovering Waldorf on The Magic Onions blog
I am a Child of Nature.
We don’t need scientists and psychologists and environmentalists to tell us why it is important for children to spend time in nature. The children tell us everything we need to know.



The first times I went into nature, you carried me on your back.


You showed me what I can eat in the woods.

Now I make wild food.


I cook it in my sea cauldron and

on my campfires.


I clear the way through the tall grasses with my stick.


I learn to make toys out of things we find.



I can build a shelter.


When I play in the woods I add layers to my bravery


and to my confidence.


I am small but I am strong. I can carry a fallen tree.


I can climb.


I can jump from up high.

I can throw heavy rocks.


Your interest in nature is contagious.


I learn by touching, so


I love it when you let me play with sand, water, dirt, rocks, sticks and grass.


Sometimes I play with quiet absorption.


Sometimes I am boisterous and rowdy, and I get all my yells out.


When I come back I am tired and merry. I have been where I belong.


I am a child of nature. Nature is a part of me, and I am a part of it.


Take me to the woods today, Mama and Daddy. Be amazed at what I am, and what I can do.

Copyright Beth Curtin 2010

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Blessings and magic,

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18 Responses

  1. Just wonderful,so many mothers do not want their children to get mucky or dirty, or run in the grass with bare feet.Yet it is the one thing that is so important for a child to become a creative adult, with imagination. cheers Marie

  2. Gosh, those word and photos should be in a children’s book. We love nothing more that to ‘get out in it’ as we say. What a beautiful post and a great way to begin your discovering Wadorf adventure. I have never read up on it, but have seen many a things referred to about Waldorf that seem so lovely, gentle and naturally beautiful. We just live and do ur best to appreciate and covet what was naturally put here for us all. I love this post and soo look forward to Thursdays!

  3. What a wonderful beginning. Getting muddy and dirty are part of the wonder of childhood. I need to make it more of a daily priority to get out in nature. I am soooo looking forward to more posts. I know so little of Waldorf teachings, but from what I have seen through your blog it is inspiring. Again thank you.

  4. Dear Donni,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful preface and conclusion, and for giving me the opportunity to become part of your Waldorf series on Magic Onions, one of my favorite blogs. You helped me express my feelings about the importance of nature play for children. Thank you, thank you! love, Beth

  5. I love everything about this post! The pictures are adorable and the words couldn’t be more true. Now that I’m not homeschooling, and my children are not attending a Waldorf school, I’m struggling to find ways to still incorporate Waldorf principles into the fabric of our lives. Thank you for this reminder that it’s really about the simple things, like getting out and spending time in nature.

  6. As someone who is relatively new to Waldorf but thirsty for any bit of knowledge I can acquire, thank you for this series, I am looking forward to it immensly. One element that we had always incorporated into our lives (and reason why Waldorf seems to fit us so well) is the connection with nature. This is a beautiful start, and as the post states, the looks on the children’s faces, especially the photo as they are returning home says it all. How lucky they are to have such a beautiful playground to be in, and how vital it is that we ensure their access to it, both by conserving it, respecting it and by ensuring that we don’t keep them cooped up for all the health and safety/danger fears. Looking forward to learning more x

  7. the picture of the little one with the gnome hat… what can i say, so sweet. i just love having my kids out in the wilds. great collection of photographs.

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