Children at Play

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Children at Play is an insightful exploration into the world of children's play and its tremendous significance in the shaping of each child's humanity. A mother and proponent of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf system of education, author Heidi Britz-Crecelius offers practical suggestions and an up-to-date list of resources for today's families.

Imaginative play is more vital for a child's future than many parents and educators realize. The more they are allowed to be absorbed in their play, the more fully and effectively they will later take their place in the community of adults.

Drawing on her experiences as a mother and as a proponent of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf system of education, author Heidi Britz-Crecelius emphasizes the different qualities of play that may extend through more than one phase of childhood. She focuses on natural materials and recommends specific games, toys, and art supplies that further the mobility of the mind and the powers of expression without the burden that premature schooling can place on children.

In Children at Play, the author also reminds us that the human being, though bound by laws of space and time and tied to the earth, stems from eternity and belongs to a much larger community; the child's innermost being is directly related to the all-embracing world of spirit.

Foreword by Joan Almon

  • Preface
  • Space and Time
  • The Cosmos
  • The Four Elements
  • Plants and Animals
  • The Human World
  • Dolls and the Self
  • Primal Memories
  • Children at Play--Everywhere and at all Times
  • And Now?
  • Notes
  • Resources for the Kindergarten and Home
  • Suggested Reading


Weight12 oz
Dimensions5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 in






March 1996





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