Waldorf Art Supplies and Crafting Ideas

Waldorf Art Supplies and Crafting Ideas

Arts, crafts and handwork are key elements of the Waldorf Steiner philosophy and children are provided with the most beautiful high quality art supplies and materials. Waldorf crafts engage the head, hands, and heart of the child at the same time. At home, parents and children creating simple crafts together provides a lovely shared experience and…

Pretend play with Erzi realistic wooden play food

Erzi fruit

There is something so appealing to children about pretend play with realistic wooden play food! The cute versions of items that children recognise from their daily lives from renowned German toy brand Erzi are the perfect size for little hands and encourage hours of creative and imaginative play. In our home, our wooden play shop…

Rainy day craft ideas for children

Rainy day craft ideas for children

Fun rainy day activities to keep little ones happy are always helpful! Even as the weather is getting glorious and sunny in Switzerland, it is still useful to have some indoor children’s crafts planned just in case of bad weather or for escaping the midday sun! And in my home country of England and Teia…

Writing and reading: the two most important skills to teach a child

Writing and reading the two most important skills to teach a child

It could be argued that writing alongside reading, are probably the two most important skills to teach a child and help them prepare for the world ahead, indeed writing is a skill that as adults, we often take for granted because it is practically second nature to us, and we probably do not remember a…

The Montessori approach to music

Nienhuis Montessori Music - Bells set

The Montessori approach to music is based upon the understanding that young children learn first through their experiences and senses. By at once engaging the ear, the eye, the voice, the hand, the body, and the soul the whole of the child is actively involved in the entire musical experience. Maria Montessori once said: “Music can…

Making Grapat mandalas with children and loose parts play

Mandala three fires - Grapat

We often get asked for suggestions on how to play with Grapat mandala pieces and sets, and there is so much fun to be had here! Try some of these ideas for creative loose parts play and fun ways to make art together. What are mandalas? Making mandalas with children is a wonderful, relaxing and…

Play Ideas For Spring

Play Ideas For Spring - Teia Education & Play

With Spring upon us, there are so many fun and exciting ways to explore the seasons! We have put together a few ideas for fun Spring play and learning activities such as Spring small world play, crafts, nature play and learning, making sensory habitats, weather-themed play, decorating a nature table and introducing seasonal celebrations. To explore…

Sustainable Easter Basket Fillers

Sustainable Easter Basket Fillers - Teia Edcuation & Play Switzerland

Are you trying to avoid too much candy and chocolate this year and give something that is plastic-free, eco-friendly and will be cherished for a long time? We have a lovely selection of sustainable Easter basket fillers, including beautiful handmade wooden toys, inspiring craft supplies and wonderful books. As well as some great colourful baskets…

Must-Have Montessori Materials For Home Learning

Montessori prepared environment Must-Have Montessori Materials For Home Learning_Nienhuis Montessori PInk Tower

Maria Montessori believed that a prepared environment is vital in helping children to learn whilst becoming independent and confident. Specialist Montessori materials are wonderfully designed to help children learn the important skills they need for practical life, language, math and all areas of the curriculum. But where do you begin? What are the must-have Montessori…

Glückskäfer – The lesser known German toy brand similar to Grimm’s!

Glückskäfer toy brand Wooden sunset purple - Glückskäfer

Glückskäfer is a small, ethical German toy brand that has been renowned for their beautiful, high-quality and traditional colourful wooden toys for over 60 years. Their gorgeous toys are not only high in play value, they are also made to the highest quality and child safety standards using sustainable, environmentally friendly processes. Glückskäfer toys from the…