Eggshell beeswax candles DIY

I recently made some eggshell beeswax candles for our Easter lunch table. Making these sweet candles is so easy, and they make the perfect addition to a Spring nature table, or as a centrepiece for an Easter lunch. I should stress that this isn’t a craft for a young child; I made these with Frida around,…

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Celebrating Easter: Traditions for a secular family

Happy Spring Equinox! I’ve been thinking recently about Easter; this year, Frida is old enough to really have a sense of the festivals we celebrate, and I know that many the seasonal rhythms we lay down now will stay with us for years to come as they are slowly woven into the fabric of our…

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“Is she dead?” Discussing art with young children

Talking about art with young children is a wonderful thing to do. Not only does it encourage critical thinking, understanding of others and the world around us, observation, and expressing emotions and feelings, but it is simply joyful to spend time discussing something beautiful together. Time and again at the moment, I keep coming back…

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Waldorf window star tutorial 

I love making Waldorf stars. They look so beautiful when stuck to a window, and are especially magical when catching the pale winter light. They are deceptively easy to make, and are lovely decorations all year round. Below I have given step-by-step instructions to make a simple, eight-pointed Waldorf star, but there are many variations…

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In praise of good quality art materials: Stockmar and Lyra review

Art is an important part of our daily rhythm at the moment, with Frida choosing to work with her paints, pencils, crayons and modelling clay most days – sometimes more than once. She has free access to paints, water, pencils, crayons, paper, and felt tips (you can see our current set up here), and tends…

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Our homeschool space update – art, work, and practical life

As the summer starts edging towards autumn (and it really does feel like that here in London – sunny days are sandwiched between days of pouring rain, the blackberries in our garden are coming to an end, and the apples on our neighbour’s tree are ripening) my thoughts are inevitably turning to planning for the…

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