Saturday, August 6, 2011

Inspiring Waldorf / Steiner natural playscapes

Recently I shared some images of inspiring Waldorf / Steiner preschool indoor learning environments here.

Today let's head outside and take a look at what is happening in Steiner preschools playgrounds.

Celebrating Nature

A deep connection with nature is central to a Steiner approach to childhood. In Steiner early childhood education outdoor free-play in a natural environment is an essential component of the curriculum – the ‘breathing out’ after indoor time.


It comes as no surprise then that Steiner playgrounds value natural elements to entice the imagination and create spaces of wonder and awe.

How about these toadstool stumps to add a touch of magic and whimsy?

Image via MamaMoontime
 Or stumps for a table and chairs:

Image via Moonbeams and Applesauce
And more stumps:


Image via Moonbeams and Applesauce
 A simple ring of stones to form a digging patch:

Image via Moonbeams and Applesauce
Sigh.  What child wouldn't want to play and explore here:
Image via Mumbulla School
  I love the organic dome shape of the climbing frame:

Gleneaon Steiner School Sydney via Frances Jones
 
Gleneaon Steiner School Sydney via Frances Jones
 
Image via Five Lucky Ducks
Interested in adding natural elements to your outdoor area?  You might like to have a look at my Inspiring Natural Playscapes Series. 

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