My first Waldorf Sculpted Art Doll

What a fun experience! This little baby boy is a gift for my son. He’s my first attempt at a Waldorf inspired sculpted art doll. The face is made in a similar way to a more traditional Waldorf doll, but then the face is sculpted using thread and wool felting. Once the skin fabric was sewn on he really came to life! Given how enjoyable it was to work on this face, I know there will be many more to come

I will prepare tutorial to help you make one as well. Hope to have it ready soon 🙂

 

This is his little face in the process

Our Movie List

Over the past year I’ve been collecting a list of movies for the kids. It was a chore every Friday to try and find a movie we all could agree on.

Having this list as a go to has really made life easier. I can’t vouch for all these movies, there are many on the list we have not seen, but I separate those pretty clearly. Hopefully others will find this list useful 🙂

Please feel free to comment and share your favorite movies or options about the ones listed here.
I tried to verify the age appropriate and violence content of these films mostly using Common Sense Media. But for films that did not come up on their list I had to use other sources.

~Movies we love: Continue reading “Our Movie List”

Little Knit Friends -Tutorial

I’ve finally found a simple and free pattern for these little knit friends just click on the link and it will take you right to the downloadable PDF. This pattern is by Jean Greenhouse

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Once you get the hang of the pattern, they are very versatile. You could easily be adapt the pattern to make elves, gnomes, simple comfort dolls -anything. You can make them with cotton, wool or any yarn you’d like. If you use a larger bulky yarn the dolls will be bigger, a thin yarn with small needles will give you a smaller doll.

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Have fun 🙂

I’d love to see your creations, share them with us on FaceBook!

Wool Christmas Angel -Tutorial

In Kindergarten my teacher made us all these lovely Angels made from wool. It was such a magical treasure for me and defiantly something I’d love to include in my family christmas tradition now.

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Here is a link to the free tutorial on how to make them from Educator 101. There are a lot of other lovely craft ideas on her site.

Another Bunny form a Simple Knit Square -Tutorial

This knit bunny is a little more complicated than the first one Here. It looks well worth the effort though! You will need to knit some little ears for this one too.

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I found this bunny pattern on the blog Lebenslustiger.com

I can’t wait to try this one for Easter

For other toys from simple knit squares follow these links:

Simple Knit Sheep Tutorial

Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Simple Ball Tutorial

Ball from a Simple Knit Rectangle Tutorial

This knit ball is as easy to make as it is fun to play with.

A very simple ball made from a knit rectangle. It’s the perfect first project for a new knitter.

You could also make a similar ball by crocheting a rectangle and following the sewing instructions.

1) Start by knitting a rectangle that is long enough to form a square when folded in half. Leave the last row of stitches on your needle.

For this pattern I made here I cast on 20 stitches and knit 30 rows. Leave the stitches on the needle and cut a long tail. At least 10 or more inches.

The yarn I used is plane cotton, easy to find at any craft store. I like this yarn because it is natural and very affordable. Knitting this yarn is much easier with metal needles because it tends to stick to the wooden ones. 

*The next 3 steps are my personal favorite way of closing a knit seam, if you would prefer to cast off the last row and simply sew up the ball with a large needle and a long length of yarn, you may certainly do that and skip steps 2, 3 and 4.

If you would like to try my favorite way of closing a knit seam continue here with step 2:

2) Transfer all the stitches from the final row onto a new needle so that the needle is facing the opposite direction and the yarn tail is now at the end of the stitches. This allows you to use the tail to close the first end of your ball. If you want to skip this step and just tie on a new piece of yarn that will work very well too. If you choose to skip this step just move on to step 3.

3) Next use your spare needle or a slightly smaller gauge needle (here I have chosen to use a double pointed needle one size smaller) to pick up 20 stitches from the bottom row of knitting.These stitches you are picking up are the original ones you cast on at the beginning. (*You may need to adjust this number to match the actual number of stitches you originally cast on if you used more or less than 20). Be sure to pick up the stitches so that the points of both your needles end by facing the same direction. Obviously you don’t have to worry about this if you have double pointed needles.

4) Now that you have matching stitches, lay the piece flat as I have done in the next photo and loop the stitches over each other in a zipper like fashion using a crochet hook. You could use your fingers and/or a third knitting needle if you don’t have a crochet hook. Try to plan so that the last stitch ends on the side with the cast off tail, but if it doesn’t that will be fine. This is a very forgiving project. If you cast on an even number of stitches, pick up your first stitch from the side with the tail.

Using the crochet hook, go all the way through the first stitch. Next pick up a second stitch from the other needle.

Pull this new second stitch though the first one. There should now only be the second stitch (the second one) on your crochet hook.

Pick up another stitch form the first needle and pull this stitch through the second stitch. Now only the third stitch is left one the crochet hook.

Continue this way in a zipper fashion moving from one needle to the next until the seam is complete.

Using the long tail from your knitting (or a new piece if your tail is on the other side or you cast off), and pull the end through the last loop stitch on your crochet hook. Thread this tail yarn with a large sewing needle.

5) Now sew a running stitch through the stitches on the end of your ball. Simply run the needle over and under the stitches all the way around the tub. Once you get back to where your sewing began, pull tight (be careful not to pull so tight that you break the yarn).

6) Once the end is pulled as tight as the yarn will let you, stitch up the opening in a criss cross fashion and tie a knot inside the ball.

Cut the end of the yarn, be sure to leave the knot and the yarn tail inside the ball.

 

7) Stuff the ball and use remaining yarn on needle or thread more if you have less than 10 inches.

8) Sew up the last seem just as you did in step 5

9) To be sure that your knot and tail are hidden, tie a knot very close to the knitting and then run the needle through the inside of ball a little. Pull this stitch through tight so the knot pulls through too. Now cut the end close to the knitting so that the tail disappears into the ball.

10) Congratulation. You are done and have a lovely new toy to show for it. Thank you for reading this tutorial. If you have any trouble or feedback please leave a comment and I will get back to you soon.

Enjoy!

For other toys from simple knit squares follow these links:

Simple Knit Sheep Tutorial

Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Another Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Bunny from a Simple Kitted Square

This project is the one I always use when teaching people how to knit. It is so simple and fast. All you need to do is knit a square 🙂 Then with just a few stitches and a little stuffing you will have a very snuggly and cute bunny.

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Here is a link to the website I got this tutorial from, but it is not in English! Luckily, the image is the tutorial.

I would work in all knitting making about a 3 to 4 inch square. The size and amount to stitches to cast on will depend on how thick your yarn is. The thicker the yarn, the larger your square will need to be. If you are a good knitter and can work with very fine yarn, you can probably make quite a tiny one!

For other toys from simple knit squares follow these links:

Simple Knit Sheep Tutorial

Another Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Simple Ball Tutorial

Simple sheep from a knitted square Tutorial

Another great animal to make with a simple knit square. My daughter is not a very fast knitter, so we are still working on simple projects.

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Here is a link to the Sheep Tutorial By Just So and Sew

For other toys from simple knit squares follow these links:

Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Another Simple Knit Bunny Tutorial

Simple Ball Tutorial

Free Knit Bunny and Bear Patterns

These little animals by Small Means are so wonderful to make. Plus they are free 🙂

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The first one took a little extra work for me, because I had to remember how to read a knitting pattern! But her directions were easy to follow and the little guys turned out great. My kids wanted Kittens at the end, so I had to modify the ears and add tails… but they turned out great.

This link takes to directly to a free PDF file where you can print the directions.

Enjoy!

Jump Rope Songs

Jump Rope Songs

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe.
Three, four, shut the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

1, 2, buckle my shoe.
3, 4, knock at the door.
5, 6, pick up sticks.
7, 8, lay them straight.
9, 10, a big fat hen.
11, 12, dig and delve.
13, 14, maids a courting.
15, 16, maids in the kitchen.
17, 18, maids in waiting.
19, 20, my plate is empty.

Apples, Peaches,
Pears and Plums

Apples, peaches,
pears and plums,

Jump out when your birthday comes,

Is it January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Bluebells 
Bluebells,
cockle shells,
eevy ivy over!

My mother sent me to the store

And this is what she sent me for:

Salt,
Vinegar,
Peppers!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

(Keep counting to see which child can skip the longest)

California Oranges

California oranges,
50 cents a pack,

California oranges,
tap me on the back!

(new jumper comes in and tags the first, who leaves, then repeat the song)

Cinderella 
Cinderella dressed in yella,

Went upstairs to see her fella, 

Made a mistake and kissed a snake,

How many doctors did it take? 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

(Count jumps out loud until jumper stops jumping)

High, Low, Medium,
Slow
 High, low, medium,
slow,
Jolly ol’ pepper and away we go!

(Turn the rope according to the words: “High” – the skipping rope is a foot off the ground; “Low” – the skipper bends down to skip; “Medium” – normal skipping; “Slow” – slow skipping; “Pepper” – really fast skipping)

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake,
blueberry pie,

Who’s gonna be my lucky guy?

A-B-C-D…

(Repeat the letters of the alphabet until the skipper gets caught in the rope. If she gets caught on T, then, your “lucky guy’s” name will start with T)

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear,
Teddy Bear,

Turn around
(skipper turns around)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground (skipper touches the ground)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Tie your shoe (skipper hits his shoe)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
How old are you?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
(Continue counting out loud. The skipper jumps out when his age is called)

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch the ground.

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, tie your shoes,
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, that will do!

Teddy bear, Teddy bear go upstairs,
Teddy Bear, Teddy bear, say your prayers,

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn out the light,
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, say good-night! 

Vote, Vote, Vote for Dear

Vote, vote, vote for dear _____
(insert name of jumper)

Who’s that knocking at your door?

Well if it’s ______ let her in
(1st jumper calls out a name and the new person jumps in)

Then we’ll sock her in the chin

And we won’t vote for _____ any more
(name of 1st jumper)

Two, four, shut the door, jump out
(1st jumper gets out)

(Repeat with name of person left jumping.)