The Chalkboard - Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Blog

The holidays are upon us. During this glorious time of year, how do we show our children that the holidays are not just about getting but about giving as well? Here are our top tips and recommendations for getting through this holiday season with a sense of peace, goodwill, and gifts you and your children will both love.

Comfort and Joy

Show your children, and remind yourself, what the holidays are really about. Remember the motto “comfort and joy?” Try to manifest those sentiments. Giving to someone else, connecting and giving thanks are what make the holidays special.

Try implementing a Good Deeds Jar:

  • Items needed: jar, pieces of paper, pen and plenty of heart
  • Write a week’s worth of good deeds on individual pieces of paper and put in a jar
  • Each morning, draw out one of the deeds and participate in whatever the deed is. Examples of “good deeds” might be:
    • Bake cookies for a neighbor
    • Make a meal for needy community members (try Family Promise in Beverly)
    • Write a note/draw a picture for a friend, mail them a card!
    • Tell each member of your family one thing you appreciate about them
    • Make dinner for a friend and drop it off at their house
    • Offer to do a chore for a neighbor
    • Bake brownies for your local fire/police department and drop them off with a thank-you card
    • Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in a long time just to say hello
    • Offer to shovel a neighbor’s walkway on the first snowstorm of the year

For Under the Tree, A Gift Guide, By Age

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Ages 3-5:

It’s all about the imagination! Encourage your children to exercise their creative problem solving skills by selecting toys that are simple and multi-functional. Toys that can be imagined into many things provide an endless opportunity for fun, discovery and learning.

Wooden animals
Crowns velvet
Wool animals
Felted balls
Tin or aluminum cups, saucers and bowls
Wooden apples and eggs
Toy trucks
Stacking measuring cups
Wooden stacking rainbows
Felted animals
Silk sets
Vegetable chopping knife
Pouring sets
Clay and cutters
String games (Klutz Cat’s Cradle books, and others)
Balls of any kind
Hopper ball (sit on and bounce)

Ages 5-7:

Creativity and purposeful work. With newfound and improved fine-motor skills, practicing dexterity, coordination and focus through play is the best gift you can provide a growing child.

Rocker board
Wooden jigsaw puzzles
Wooden peg doll set
Puppet play set
Fairy craft set
Paint, paintbrushes
Rocks, geodes, crystals
Beeswax candle making kit
Beeswax crayons
Play canopy
Bubble wands
Wooden dollhouse
Dustpan and broom
Wash basin, rack, clothespins and sponges
Fun math games, such as “Shut the Box”
Rivers, Rails and Roads game
Sit n Spin
Small trampoline
Yo Yo
Jump Rope
Pick up Sticks
Connect Four

Ages 7-8:

At this age, children are ready to concentrate more on steps, processes and results. Independent and collaborative games are a perfect gift. Games that help children explore math and simple words are excellent choices.

Finger string games
Knitting needles and yarn
Double dutch jump rope
Backyard teepee
Rocks, geodes, crystals
Gardening gloves and tools
Paint, paintbrushes
Candle carousel/chimes
Microscope and items to view
Photo album
Film camera
Clay and sculpting implements
Climbing rope or ladder
Baking and cooking items: apron, cupcake cups, measuring spoons and cups, and so on
Klutz paper airplane book
Shrinky Dinks book
Rock tumbling kit
Spirograph Design set
Horseshoe set
Fun math games, such as Snap it Up! Cards
Games to encourage spatial awareness such as Blokus
Moon Shoes
Chinese Jump Rope
Quiddler word game
Equate math game
There’s a Moose in the House card game
Deck of cards

Ages 9-10:

At this age, collaborative games continue to be important. Items that require even more independence, with more challenging elements, are good choices. Children are noticing more in the world around them, and are becoming more aware of the passage of time. Games that reinforce math and word exploration can be fun and educational.

Music and CD player
Narrative CD’s
Make your own plane or boat
Tinker toys
Tangram puzzles
Pastels and newsprint
Picnic basket
Wooden toy crossbow
Kids weaving loom
Enchanted Forest board game
Diorama kit
Film camera
Stone and sculpting implements
Block and tackle kit
Carpentry set
Tool chest and basic tools
Ping Pong table
Sketchbook and colored pencils
Analog clock
Hula Hoop
Diabolo set
Old fashioned wooden games, such as Game of Graces (hoop rolling)
Word games such as Banagrams and Scrabble

Ages 11-12:

Children are becoming very aware of their environment. Activities that keep children moving and exploring are important. Kits and items to help explore the earth, including the study of geology, agriculture and botany are great choices.

3D puzzles
Charcoal and paper
Felting kits
Hand sewing animal kit
Sewing and knitting kit
Marbling kit for paper or fabric
Natural face paint
Wooden star candle holder
Waldorf spirit wear!
Pulley system kit
Water wheel kit
Fishing equipment
Camera obscura
Archery set
Wood burning set (with supervision)
Origami kit
Klutz twirled paper book
Tool chest and basic tools
Magnet sets
Special photos, framed
Cooking, clay, or art classes
Rock climbing experience
Geode exploration set
Badmitton set
Diablo set
Games from ancient cultures such as Senet, Mehen, Go
Battleship Game
Settlers of Catan game
Animals such as fish, hermit crab, and so on

Ages 13+

At this age children are quite interested in the world around them, and exploring the skies and the earth are great activities, so anything that can encourage these activities is great. Children are quite independent so tools and kits are excellent choices.

Ping Pong Table
Solar Energy exploration kit
Hammock Set
Camping Gear
Instrument of any kind, especially drums
Microscope and scientific equipment

Enchanted Caravan Store

You can find many of these gifts and more at the Enchanted Caravan School Store located at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St. Beverly, MA.

School Store hours:  Mon – Friday, 8:15 to 9:15 am and Tuesday, Wed., Thurs., 2 – 3 pm.


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