wooden beads – and the magic of colours

first of all, let me tell you that this won’t be a pinterst page with about 100 ideas to what you can craft with wooden beads. you can check the pinterest boards yourself and will find lots and lots of ideas.from making pot-saucer to light/lamp holders to keychains and so on and so on.

in the beginning i like to mention that working with wooden beads is not recommended for children under the age of 3 years, simply because the danger of them taking those into their mouth is bigger and can be life-endangering. if you wanna work with your 2 year olds and wooden beads, just make sure, you’re doing it together with them and don’t leave them with the beads….wood can taste really interesting and yummie. and even though my girls are 3,5 years and usually don’t take stuff in their mouth anymore, i don’t like them to play and craft with them when i’m not around, ’cause even they can have a dreamy moment where those end in their mouths as candy or whatsoever.

last year i bought a few wooden beads(coloured and plain ones) in a craft store nearby. we didn’t really use them though to do something together. i used some for a few outdoor crafts i did while we were camping in scandinavia.you can read about them here in a guest post i wrote for my friend saskia (its in german).

after we’ve visited some of the girls same aged friends this year, who had made wooden bead neclaces and braclets, (one of these friends is a boyand i think boys also enjoy crafting with beads) the girls were all fascinated by them and i knew it was time for them to make their own. so last sunday i looked for the leftovers of wooden beads from last year and the girls made their first neclace. i was fascinated of how long they worked on it.their endurance.how they automatically wetted the yarn when the yarn didn’t really want to go through the beads anymore. i never showed them nor did they see someone else doing it.those natural instinctive actions that help them to solve a problem.its in them and if we let them find out themselfes, they find a way.if not, they’ll ask us anyway.the concentration they had, the calm and the will of finishing it.it was a joy to watch them.and i mean there were several times when the neclace, they were working on, dropped to the ground and a lot of beads jumped on the terrace.they were eager to start all over again and to complete their own first wooden bead piece.they proudly worn the neclace all afternoon long and danced and showed them around to whoever came by.

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and because they had so much fun with the beads and because there were only a few left, i ordered new ones.big and smaller beads.those coloured wooden beads ain’t cheap and you gotta invest some money, but its worth to have a stock of them at home.and if some wooden bead art pieces are not from big interest anymore, you’ll still have the beads for another little project. i got my “grimm’s” wooden beads from my favourite onlineshop lilalaemmchen. you can also order them directly from “grimm’s” or from another german onlinshop echtkind

when we received the new wooden beads, i was so fascinated of their colours and i knew it would be a big surprise for the girls when i pick them up from forest kindergarden.when we entered the house and the girls saw the big glass jars filled with so so many colourful beads, they were ready and promptly sat at the table.this time it was interesting to watch that one of my daughters only used the big beads (where its obviously easier to get them through the yarn), where as her sister took the bigger beads for the first three ones and then went over and only used the smaller ones.i’m sure that has to do with the desire of creating something different and to make clear that they are different and have their very own and unique things.for me as a mother it was also interesting to see that difference from their personality perspective.oh my.it just fitted so well.but the one who may have used the “easier” way by using the bigger beads, had a longer endurance to make different ones.you see.the pedagogical/educational skills are a lot just by making a neclace.with that endurance they learn.with finding solutions to get the beads through the yarn (wetting it).with fine motoric skills they are training.with talking and learning about colours.with counting them.with finding out that it takes a shorter time to finish a neclace with big beads instead of small ones.

 

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lately we have talked a lot about the transition of summer to autumn. the girls have found first autumnal signs in the woods while exploring in forest kindergarden.its a topic there too.and we have this huge big old oak-tree standing across our house.we see it from our kitchen window when we eat together.it has been a good steady symbol the past 2 years to watch the seasons.and we were talking about how its so green now in the summer.and that soon, the leaves will start turning into a different colour.maybe yellow or reddish or brownish.we will see. so with those conversations about the seasons we also talked about colours that mark the season and we were looking for those colourshades in the bead collection.i was sorting them and one of the girls catched fire with that acitivity and made more.we used those seasonal wooden bead strings for their little knapsacks.they automatically matched the yellow bead string to the yellow backpack and the purple/blueish one to the blue knapsack.

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as you see and hear, we didn’t create too may different things. i had to save some ideas for later right? 😉 and pinterest has become a good source for me to look for crafting ideas such as making a wooden bead candle holder or creating some rootchildren with wooden beads and felting and seasonal nature finds for fall and winter.if you have some fun and beautiful wooden bead crafting inspirations, please share them here with us.

and in case you want to know the sources of the girls dresses. they both are linen. the ocean linen dress as well as the pine green cap is from redcreekkids  the grey dress is from aswegrow

4 thoughts on “wooden beads – and the magic of colours

  1. Rebecca S

    Hello dear Esther,
    I always love your perspective on things, on your Insta posts and your longer format blog post. I always find them soothing and insightful to read. I of course love the way you dress your girls, and I love linen so much. I live in a cold climate during the winter like yours, and I would love it if you could comment on how you incorporate linen into your girls wardrobe during the cold months. Growing up it always seemed forbidden to use this fiber in the cold season but I seem to remember you doing that last winter. Any tips appreciated. Love, rebecca

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    1. esther

      dear rebecca.thank you so much for kind words and encouragment here.as for the linen.yes, i did incorporate them mainly in autumn or on milder winter days.the girls would often wear a wool/silk legging and wool/silk or wool/cotton top (e.g. from cosilana). and then i would add another warmer woolsweater on top and put the linensuit over.the linen material is not warming itself i find or made for cold days, thats why good woollayers with the onion-principle is necessary.so yes, i guess i used the linen suits like suits or overalls on top of the normal garment……its obvious that i’m a linen lover too i guess 😉
      plus the girls loved their linen suits or “working suits” as they called them.
      warm greetings to you, esther*

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  2. Lucy

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your post, and in the end I checked out the children’s clothes, because I thought of ordering one. I was quite surprised about the price though, approx. $100 for one piece of children’s summer clothes is quite a lot if one has to buy it, don’t you think? That’s about the maximum I would be able to spend on a dress for myself. Therefore, I would like to know whether you can tell me: are there any sales/good deals/discounts sometimes, or is there even an outlet in Southern Germany? Thanks in advance! Lucy

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    1. esther

      hi lucy.katie from redcreekkids makes all those really high quality linen pieces herself.no big fabrique or crew standing behind her.so yes,aber dress costs about 70€ or 100 canadian dollars.just last week she had a super sale on for new and used products.i wish i could have told you before.sometimes she has sale’s…All the best to you and thank you for asking 😉🙂esther*

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