Waldorf Games Handbook for the Early Years
Games to Play and Sing with Children Aged 3–7
142 Action, Finger, Circle, Clapping, Beanbag, Chasing, Water, Tumbling, Story, and Singing Games
Waldorf Games Handbook for the Early Years is a handy guide to playing games with young children. This classic game book offers a handy resource for parents, teachers, forest school educators, and play leaders. The games are tried and tested and draw on worldwide Steiner and Waldorf-inspired education, in which the “work” of children is their play. Child development is explored and how this is aided by a rich treasury of games—action, finger, circle, clapping, beanbag, chasing, water, tumbling, story, and singing games. Includes both traditional favorites and new games created to engage with challenging behavior.
Each game is clearly and simply described, with diagrams and drawings showing how to play. The games weave rhythms, movement, songs, stories, and pictures and invite children into worlds of vibrant wonder.
These games help children feel at ease in their bodies, build relationships and enjoy playing.
“Reminds us of the beauty and power of living song and movement. Nourishes children and adults alike as they share the music together.” —Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood
“What a delightful collection! The wide range of games are described so clearly that it’s easy to fund something to play with a lucky child or group of children. And then you’ll want to play something else, juts because it so much fun to play and sing.” —Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author, You are Your Child’s First Teacher
“Provides parents, nursery caregivers, and teachers with a valuable resource of enjoyable games for preparing children for life.” —Sally Goddard Blythe, author, The Well-Balanced Child
“A child must learn to live within a house of her own making, To tour worlds she has never seen, without her home forsaking. But what bridges realms within, without others have no name? The answer is a shared delight, and is a child’s game.” —Jaimen McMillan, Spacial Dynamics® Institute
C O N T E N T S:
Why Singing, Movement, and Play Matter - Sally Goddard Blythe
Foreword - Jane Miller
Moving from Me to We - Jaimen McMillan
Movement and Learning - Valerie Baadh Garrett
About Playing these Games - Joan Carr Shimmer
Introduction - Kim John Payne
Chapter 1: Age 3–6
Chapter 2: Age 6–7
Chapter 3: Water Games, Snow Games and Indoor/Rainy-Day Games
Chapter 4: Mixed-Age Games
Running through the Rope
Creating Your Own Rhymes