Posts from the “seasons” Category

Celebrate Spring with The Root Children, a Charming Tale Starring Mother Earth

Posted on April 5, 2013

It’s an exciting time in Michigan when the first beacons of spring emerge!  Arriving early is risky business, with the ever-present threat of a late snow, but that doesn’t deter our most resilient species from sending up their beautiful blooms.  Enjoy searching for signs of spring on a nature walk with the children, and consider introducing them to The Story of the Root Children where they’ll discover the secret identities of the flowers!

The Story of the Root Children, a charming tale of spring at Palumba, specializing in natural toys and home goods, Steiner books, and non-toxic arts and crafts.

“Under the ground, deep in the earth among the roots of the trees, the little root-children were fast asleep all winter long…They were dreaming of the sunshine in which they had played all through the summer. And what wonderful dreams they were!” Thus begins the story, available as a board book or in  regular hardcover.

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Gardening Books at Palumba — A Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar

Posted on April 1, 2013

With the use of a biodynamic calendar, it is easy to plan gardening tasks.  The calendar indicates the best days for planting, cultivation, harvest and partaking of plants and trees according to whether we eat their roots, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Helpful hints for working with honey bees and making milk-based products such as keifer and cheese are included.  The calendar features a handy, pull out chart, and offers pointers about the weather which I find to be remarkably accurate. Different aspects of the zodiac influence the four elements and the four parts of the plant. Earth-root constellations include Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, Water-leaf constellations include Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Warmth-flower constellations are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Lastly, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are light-flower…

More Spring Craft Ideas — Origami Bunnies

Posted on March 25, 2013

Origami kite bunnies made with kite paper from Palumba, specializing in natural, non-toxic toys, crafts, books, and home goods.

We made this fun spring craft with Palumba kite paper and some help from YouTube! (see http://.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo9pQmOYkZw?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360

Our kite paper makes gorgeous origami pieces, like the darling bunnies we made with the help of YouTube!  Find more inspiration in our favorite paper arts books, Crafts Through the Year (featuring beautiful paper window stars and dozens of fun projects for the whole year round) and Origami Card Craft (featuring 30 clever cards and envelopes to fold).  These make wonderful gifts too!

Spring Craft Feature — Sew a Felt Easter Basket!

Posted on March 18, 2013

Leslie created this amazing project to delight you and your children!  Use our natural wool felt to make your own, and find more inspiring seasonal crafts, stories, and recipes in The Children’s Year:  Seasonal Crafts and Clothes.    Felt Pieces Needed: one basket side – 17″x 4 1/4″ one basket handle – 19″x 1″ one basket base- 5 1/2″ diameter circle three colored stripes- 17″x 1″ For the sewing portion of this project, we recommend you use a top-stitch sewing needle and thread in your machine.  If hand sewing, a pearl cotton embroidery floss will work well. 1. Cut pieces for basket.  We used a zig-zag blade on the rotary cutter to add a fun touch. 2. Cut holes in the basket side with…

A Homemade Alternative to Plastic — Make Easter Grass from Kite Paper

Posted on March 11, 2013

Ah, springtime!  The arrival of spring brings new colors, new sounds, and new life sprouting up all around.  For many, spring is heralded by Easter and the anticipation of cherished traditions and celebrations.  This year we added another fun and easy craft to the Easter time line-up.  Grass made from kite paper is a beautiful alternative to the standard green plastic filler, and is also fun in gift boxes. -Grace

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