Discovering Waldorf :: The Scientifc Nature of Play - The Magic Onions

Discovering Waldorf :: The Scientifc Nature of Play

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 hole they have dug in the sand. They will have great fun. Then, they will put another log on top of the first log to see how fast they can get their ball to run down the now-steeper ramp. They will put another log under the lower end of the plank… they will fill the hole with water… on and on. I have marveled at how much they are learning through this exploritary play.

Here is an interesting article from the The New York Times that highlights this very topic:

Scientific Inquiry Among The Pre-school Set

Scientific inquiry - Discovering Waldorf ~

For more info on Waldorf Education, please visit my Waldorf page.

Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their ‘real-life’ insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. This series is not meant to be Waldorf philosophy in its purest form, but rather a snapshot of how we can all incorporate Waldorf ideas into our lives to help nurture and encourage the magic that is in our children. If you have a topic you wish to learn more about (or want to share) on Discovering Waldorf, send me an email at

Blessings and magic,


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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