For over 20 years, playsilks have been a staple in Waldorf classrooms, homes and here at Bella Luna Toys. We are beyond excited to announce our very own exclusive collection of Sarah's Silks. The lustrous colors and their names were inspired by an idyllic summer day, exploring the islands of Midcoast Maine, the long-time home of Bella Luna Toys.
Imagine filling baskets with fiddleheads and rosehips, hunting for nautical treasures in tidewater pools, and watching vibrant sunsets where the sea and forest meet. Come along with us on a nature-inspired adventure with the Northern Coast Playsilks collection.
Playsilks are a timeless open-ended toy. They can be enjoyed by curious toddlers, playful preschoolers, creative school-aged children and well beyond. The simplicity of a playsilk is where it's magic lies - for the simplest things can be turned into anything with a bit of imagination.
The first thing about Waldorf toys is they should be nourishing to the senses - a playsilk is the perfect example of this. The soft, cool feeling of running one through your hands, the edges that can tickle, the lustrous colors and shimmer. They are not only captivating to children's senses but to their imaginations as well.
In most Waldorf classrooms, you will find a basket of playsilks. Many parents often seem confused at first by how a simple square of fabric can be a toy. These silks require seeing beyond what is right in front of you, a hallmark of open-ended toys. They require children to think creatively and expansively. Today we would like to share with you 50 ways to play with play silks to spark your imagination and help you dive into playsilk play.
50 Ways To Play With Playsilks
1. Make a watering hole for animals to visit
2. Play the floor is lava and use playsilks to get from one place to another
3. Tie one between two chair legs to make a hammock for a baby doll
4. Add a few to big pot of water and make "soup"
5. Tie one to the end of a stick to make a flag
6. Drape one on your shoulders to make a superhero cape
7. Tie one around one shoulder to become a sling for a doll
8. Tie one around the waist to become a pirate's belt
9. Pretend to sail a boat across a blue silk
10. Use as a blanket for a doll
11. Drape them over chairs or tables to make a fort
12. Hang one in front of a window to make a shadow puppet theater
13. Use as a bandage while playing doctor
14. Tie on a stick to form a little collection pouch
15. Dance with them!
16. Use red to make a campfire and roast marshmallows
17. Use green to make a grassy field
18. Make a moat around a castle you've built
19. Bring one outside and toss it up into the wind; see how it floats and flies
20. Ball them up and practice juggling
21. Braid them together to make a long Rapunzel braid
22. Use one as a veil on your head
23. Play color matching with a rainbow playsilk
24. Throw a birthday party for a stuffed animal. Wrap gifts in playsilks
25. Use yellow to make the sun
26. Spell out words by forming the silk to make letters
27. Form them into a balance beam to walk at different angles
28. Use as a tablecloth for a tea party
29. Play peek-a-boo with a baby
30. Teach children to braid by tying three together and let them practice
31. Tie to a stuffed animal to make them a parachute
32. Create a nature play scene, using different color silks as different landscapes
33. Create a house out of blocks and drape a silk overtop to make it a tent
34. Practice tying knots and making bows
35. Tie around the waist to make a fairy skirt
36. Tie two together at the shoulders to make a knights tunic
37. Practice form drawing by making the forms with a silk
38. Display them in seasonal colors on a nature table
39. Make a colorful bunting by tying them together in triangle shapes
40. Tie several to a tree limb to make a colorful veil to run through
41. Make a nest
42. See what shapes you can make
43. Create a sling for a pretend broken arm
44. Make a jumping game. Start with the playsilk rolled up into a tight line, then spread the silk wider and wider to see how wide you can get your jumps
45. Make faces out of household objects and use silks as the hair
46. Hang from a door frame to make streamers
47. Play in the bathtub - make bubbles and watch how they move through the water
48. Make a leash for a stuffed animal
49. Use as a headscarf to pretend to be a little old lady
50. Design outfits for dolls