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What Makes Handmade Toys So Special

Sustainable handmade wooden toys - Teia Education Switzerland

Many of the carefully chosen brands at Teia Education offer handmade and sustainable (wooden) toys. I have taken a look at what makes these handmade toys – and the brands behind them – truly special. Handmade is unique Each handmade toy is unique, crafted in ways that work with the natural beauty of the material […]

What is Waldorf?

What is Waldorf - Teia Education Switzerland

Waldorf is so often confused with Montessori but it is quite different! Waldorf education is based on the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, social reformer and the founder of Anthroposophy. The name Waldorf comes from the school Steiner established for the children of employees of the Waldorf-Astoria company in Germany in 1919.  […]

Teia Education New Brands 2020 – Part 2

Giant playsilk: rainbow 90 x 275 cm - Sarah's Silks

Teia Education has added some more wonderful brands to their collection, five companies producing some of the very best pretend play toys and creative materials that are green, sustainable and Waldorf-inspired to ignite your child’s imagination. As always at Teia Education, they are all beautifully crafted with the highest safety and eco credentials so they […]

Green toys for a sustainable future

Green toys for a sustainable future_Teia Eduaction Switzerland

Our buying choices have a huge impact on our planet. Most people are aware that green toys are sustainable and help preserve our environment. Unfortunately, the often cheap plastic toys you see everywhere that so quickly end up polluting our landfills are still a huge problem.   Encouragingly, we are currently seeing a change in […]

Choosing safe and durable toys for your children

Natural rattle - Grapat

How do I choose safe and durable toys for my children? Toy safety is of paramount importance to parents. When my children were small this question occupied me a lot and I spent many hours searching for safe, durable toys that were toxin-free and BPA-free; toys that I could feel confident about giving to my […]

Montessori At Home

Montessori - Practical Life - Care of environment - Teia Education Switzerland

There are many aspects of the Montessori method that you can incorporate into your home to promote independence and confidence in your child. A little preparation is key but these changes and activities will grow with your child! 1. Have a place for everything Create an organised environment that is accessible for your child so […]

The importance of educational toys

Nest bowls - Grapat

What are educational toys and what is their importance? Educational toys are carefully designed to help children learn new skills while playing. They are a great way to help instil a lifelong love of learning in your child, covering many different areas and opening up a whole world of fun learning! Traditional educational toys have […]

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education?

Glückskäfer Spielzeug - Teia Education

What is the difference between Montessori and Waldorf education? This is a question people often ask, perhaps because there are similarities between the two pedagogies. Both are very holistic methods that focus on educating the whole child. Both the Montessori and Waldorf methods of education place great importance on character development and the nurturing of […]

Teia Education New Brands 2020

Natural Earth Paint_Teia Education

Teia Education has carefully chosen some fabulous new high-quality eco friendly toys and crafts brands for 2020 – SINA Spielzeug, Le Toy Van, Flockmen, Crayon Rocks, Waytoplay, Natural Earth Paint and Glückskäfer. I have taken a look at some of the amazing credentials behind these brands. SINA Spielzeug SINA Spielzeug creates wooden toys designed to encourage […]

Spring-inspired play and learning

Spring offers so many natural wonders and opportunities to make seasonal observances with children. During this difficult time it is even more important to connect with nature in any small way we can, to slow down and appreciate the changes happening around us – the bees, butterflies and birds, the trees blossoming and the flowers […]