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The Children’s Year

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The Children’s Year, Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marye Rowling
Hawthorne Press, 1986.

Another classic title, indispensable to parents whom wish to craft for and alongside their children.

The book begins in the (northern hemisphere) Spring and details a range of appropriate-to-the-season toys and clothing items to make. Each season is followed just like this and the instructions are clear to follow as diagrams are included. Patterns can be found at the back of the book.

Such adorable projects include, making a rucksack, a baby’s sunbonnet, a toddler’s apron, a baby’s woollen pants, an Easter egg cozy, a willow whistle, a caterpillar bookmark, flowerpot bells, a knitted cat, an Advent wreath, a glove puppet, a woven pencil case and Valentine’s hearts. Over 100 projects are described in this book!

The joy of ad-libbing as a parent at home is celebrated in this book, as many projects are simple enough to whip up on the spur of the moment for or with, your child. The pleasure of handwork is celebrated and serves as a practical antidote to the rampant ‘consumer culture’ of today. It also serves to remind us of ways to be in tune with nature’s cycle by bringing order and meaning to our households and personal lives. An absolute treasure trove!

“Joy in living, a love for all existence, energy for work – such are among the life-long results of a right cultivation of feeling, the feeling for beauty and for art. The relationship of man to man, how noble, how beautiful it becomes under this influence! Again, the moral sense, which is also being formed in the child during these years through the pictures of life that are placed before him, through the authorities to whom he looks up – this moral sense becomes assured, if the child out of his own sense of beauty feels the good to be at the same time beautiful, and the bad to be at the same time ugly.”

From  ‘The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy’ by Rudolf Steiner.

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