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With school holidays finally here, families are relaxing or getting ready for a trip away and those still working appreciate the lighter traffic and general ‘quietness’ that comes with holidays. Autumn brings a breathing out for all of us and we look towards those activities we’ve been wanting to learn or do but haven’t had the time. Finally we get the chance to find a great book to read or a new jigsaw for the table for everyone to help with, time for games and laughter, for creating with crafts of all sorts, drawing and painting, days full of imaginative play or time to gently enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our shop with a cuppa and handmade organic delights.
We have been restocking our shelves since Christmas and most of our new stock has arrived – here’s a glimpse for you
Have your seen our beautiful 2 Storey Dolls Houses from Poland
or our quality beechwood Marble Runs
Both these products are two of our very favourite items at The Honeyclock. Our Doll houses have all the access required for inspiring great imaginative play, ‘playing families’: eating dinner, going to bed, climbing the stairs, and walking in the surrounding gardens while someone waves from the upstairs balcony. The long arms of our marble runs guide balls or a tinkling bell disk down in a mesmerising rhythmic descent. A fascinating and engaging toy, this run folds away easily, ready to be brought back out again and again for fresh new play.
How do you celebrate Christmas in your family? When you become parents, you get an opportunity to think about this in a different way. What traditions from your own childhood do you carry forward? Are there things you want to do differently? It dawns on you that you are creating your children’s memories – and the urge to make Christmas special and meaningful burns brightly.
Getting together with family – sharing food and gifts and time together – feature in most people’s picture. Can we call this ‘honey time’? Time that is sweet and fluid and oh so nourishing.
But it’s not all sweetness and light, is it? It can turn out to be a very stressful time of the year. Getting together with family often opens old wounds and there are so many things happening at this time of year that it can get a bit much: the school year finishes, summer holidays need to be prepared for, office parties, neighbourhood gatherings, Christmas cards to send, baking and gift buying… It can be a time of contradictions.
Here at The Honeyclock, we wish for you some sweet honey time. Relaxed, stress-free, uncomplicated. Some time to connect with your dear ones and nourish yourself. We wish for you a lovely break!
And, if you’re still not quite ready for Christmas or stocked up on your Dr Hauschka or cleaning needs for the three weeks we will be closed, pop in to The Honeyclock this week and see us! Our latest newsletter gives you a brief overview of our shop and some of what we have to offer you this Christmas…
Come and see The Honeyclock at Silver Tree Steiner School’s Spring Fair & Open Day tomorrow from 10 – 3. We have just packed up some of the shop and will be bringing a large selection of our books, wooden people and wheeled toys, puzzles and games, dolls, a selection of our Sphagni range and bath milks and a sprinkling of Christmas goodies for early birds including our beautiful advent calendars.
Experience Silver Tree’s beautiful school, set in bush surroundings, visit open classrooms and chat about Waldorf education. Enjoy community stalls with high quality crafts, books, clothing & gifts, garden art & photography exhibits. Storytelling & entertainment. Enjoy home made food, cafe-style coffee, tea & cake.
See you there!
‘We need to be careful with children’s environments – including the colours, sounds and toys which surround them – so as not to hinder healthy development.
Similarly, we should pay great attention to the quality of the materials of children’s toys. In sympathy with the developing form of the child’s inner organs, play materials from the organic realm are particularly appropriate. The variety of their shapes, the quality of their surfaces, their natural density and weight are unmatched. Natural materials greatly extend the range of experience and enhance children’s sensitivity… even the simplest objects provide children with food for the imagination.
In addition to the things which we find ready-made in nature, we can add those objects which have been formed by the human hand through craft work. Bearing in mind the importance of the child’s unfolding imagination, we should try to make such toys as simple and as beautiful as possible.‘ (from Toymaking with Children by Freya Jaffke)
We have a wonderful selection of natural toys to enrich children’s imagination and play and are currently adding them to our web site, have a look and feel free to share them –
for older children Games & Puzzles