Thursday, July 29, 2010

silk and muslin scarves


I have recently added a new addition to our playroom (ie. our tiny little living room)- a basket filled with silk and muslin scarves. North has just started to develop an interest in costumes and imaginary play, and I was seriously considering getting him a gorgeous set of rainbow silk scarves for his upcoming second birthday when it dawned on me- there are tons of cheap and colourful scarves at the op shop!! I marched to the closest one and proceeded to buy a variety of colours at around $3 each (they sell for $16-$20 each in most online Steiner/Waldorf stores).

In the past week these scarves have already become-

Earth, water and fire for animals and trucks and planes to walk, swim and fly in.
Pirates hats
Ghost costumes
Butterfly wings
Pilot scarves
Kites
Streamers that assist in dance parties
Aprons
Blankets for friends, family, dolls and animals
Hiding places for toys that want to play hide-and-seek
...

The possibilities are endless and this little boy is absolutely loving them!

Is there anything thrift shops can't provide?

xo

20 comments:

Sunshine Mama said...

Oh that's funny, I've recently been thinking how I would LOVE to buy my kids some pretty silks for them to play with, but it's so expensive. Thanks so much for the great idea! Can't wait to see what I can find!
Stephanie xx

Cam said...

If there is, I haven't found it!

(about the thrift stores providing)

~peace~

Lola Nova said...

Hooray for thrifty finds!
I had a suitcase full of scarves from my grandmother, they are still very much in play at our house!

Sandrine said...

I think I never grown out of playing with scarves :)Lucky you to find those in your op shop...mine seem to always have the synthetic not so great ones...

Ooty said...

those scarves looks great! I love it when she's playing dressing up =D so co cute!

Bianca said...

I love this idea. Much of the waldorf inspired parenting really rings true with me, even though we don't have babies yet. I'm not looking forward to introducing and enforcing the concept amongst my family though when the time does come -although, they're all great with kids their philosophy on parenting is well...I don't know that they’ve thought about it enough to be considered to have a philosophy in so far as conscious parenting goes. -how did you go introducing your preferred methods amongst family and friends?

Tricia said...

Great idea! I've been tempted by those silk play scarves as well. NOt any more. Thanks! I might drag out the muslin wraps I have in storage. Thanks for the inspirateion :-) x t

Chicken Willow said...

Great idea, what kid doesn't like role playing!

Catherine Lowe said...

Oww what a gorgeous idea, and dont forget, doors to a cubby! I made one with River using old sarongs last night -oh my oh my the fun he had with a piece of material was UNBELIEVABLE! hehee

Gill@OurParklife said...

Fabulous post....Yes, we used to put these out for the kids in the classroom all the time and the different play ideas the kids came up with for them was just AMAZING....But i had forgotten all about them so thanks for reminding me - i might even visit the local op shop today!

ecoMILF said...

** The photo is actually one I took at our local Steiner playgroup meeting. I haven't taken my camera out to take a photo of our home collection yet... but I will soon!**

Our collection has a lot bolder colours and I haven't been picky about synthetic silk and fibers- as long as they're somewhat soft or sheer or silky they're fine with us.

xo m.

Mel @ Little Ted Canvas said...

Brilliant! All the toys & expensive costumes money can buy can not compare to the imagination, lovely!

Amy said...

What a great idea! It's always the simplest things that bring the most joy (and variety!).
xx

Jess said...

I have been meaning to do this for Izzy for ages! I didnt even think of Op shops.. I will be off on my search tomorrow!

Gina said...

You know, I really haven't done much in the way of dress-ups with my boys. They don't seem that interested, but perhaps I should be kind of kicking it off? I don't know, does North come up with the ideas or do you, or is it a combo? We do other stuff together like draw and paint, but hmmm, scarves, might have to rummage for some and see what happens.

MultipleMum said...

Great idea! Simple. Don't kids just love the opportunity to work things out for themselves?!

Thanks for your comment on my blog today!

Kylie said...

We have a few in rotation here and a really big on that is everything from a magic carpe to a picnic blanket. Enjoy - just found an opshop today that I never knew existed - off to check it out on Saturday.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

My sister has about 10 different colored organza scarves in a small wooden tissue box and her boys love to pull them out one by one like a magician. they get used for everything. my kids love playing with when we are over there.

Op shops do have everything don't they! Our dress up box is made up mostly from op shop finds.

Ann said...

Hi, just dropped by to say hello and to say thanks for looking at my blog.
I just love your blog and thanks for the great ideas - I will be passing this tip on. - silk scarves - a great find for any child.

nerines said...

What a beaut find! and terrific idea!:)

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