Game & Sport
"Our limbs are to a great extent spiritual, and it is they that wear out our body when they move. And the body is dependent on developing in itself that to which the human being is actually predisposed from birth. If the limbs move too little, or if they do not move appropriately, then they do not wear out the body enough." Rudolf Steiner
Movement is part of the human being, movement and motor skills are an important basis for many other aspects of human development. The further developmental steps of the child are built on the motor development of the child. It is therefore also decisive for the cognitive development of the child. For this reason, in addition to classic wooden toys, we also have many toys in our large selection at Waldorfshop that are suitable for movement games.
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The motor development of the child
The development of the child's movements already begins during pregnancy. Most movements after birth are based on the child's reflexes, which are essential for survival. Over time, the child takes hold of its movements in an increasingly conscious and guided way.
Walking - Talking - Thinking
The development of movement helps the child to grasp its environment. Through motor development, the child is able to grasp itself and space. One of the most important developmental steps in the first 3 years of a person's life is the development of the upright gait. This frees the hands and fine motor skills can be developed. Building on this, the other milestones of the first 3 years can then be grasped: learning to speak and think. The time it takes each child to climb these milestones is very individual; however, the order is not!
As the child gets older, he or she takes up the basic forms of sporting movement:
These basic forms are then found in a wide variety of movement games and sporting skills:
Skills and competences that children can develop through play & sport
Follow-up and action skills
Gross motor skills
Fine motor skills
Sport and play in Waldorf education
In addition to eurythmy, the Waldorf kindergarten offers a wide range of other movement activities for the children. The main task in the first seven years is to provide space and opportunity for the lower senses, the so-called will senses of the children, to develop healthily. These senses are
Sense of touch
Sense of life
Sense of movement
sense of balance
Therefore, in the Waldorf kindergarten, a lot of emphasis is placed on the round dance, movement games and finger games.
In our online shop you will find in the category Play & Sport different skipping ropes in different lengths and with different handles, throwing rings and balls for throwing games, a roller board for balance exercises as well as slacklines with accessories for balancing.
In the first classes at the Waldorf School, the sports lessons are not so much about training, fitness or the like, but about the pupils experiencing the joy of movement in imaginative play.
This is where rounds, movement games, dances, games of catch and games of skill such as stilt walking, ball throwing, balancing and rope skipping take place.
At Waldorfshop, we have rubber mitts, stilts, kites, everything to do with "horse play", hula hoops, boomerangs, frisbee and rubber throwing discs as well as diving rings.
As the children get older, team games such as football, fireball, catching games etc., competitions and everything to do with the circus become more and more interesting.
We also have an educationally valuable selection of toys for out doors and indoors on offer online: a gymnastic band, bow and arrow, ring toss games, diabolos, rola bolas, juggling balls, spears and much more.