Children learn through imitation
This is why Waldorf education places particular emphasis on imaginative, imitative play. Children's play is actually their work. In this way, children acquire skills and abilities that they will need in life, and in this way they deepen and process what they have experienced.
In this process, they are supported by toys that are close to everyday life. When it comes to children's toys, the play kitchen occupies a special place in this sense. Since toys made of natural materials enable the child to experience a variety of things, the Waldorfshop recommends play kitchens made of wood and matching wooden toys. In the Toys & Games category in our online shop, you will find wooden toys as well as children's kitchens and all accessories, such as vegetables and fruit made of wood.
- Shopping basket for children, linedAdam Schmidt | Shopping basket for children, lined | sturdy with removable lining | Dimensions: approx 26 x 20 cm | Weight: approx 250 gIn stockEUR 18.00 *
- Baking tin bunnyGlückskäfer | Baking tin Bunny | Motif baking tin with high-quality non-stick coating | Ideal for birthdays and Easter | 14 x 9 x 3 cmIn stockEUR 5.00 *
- Alder Wooden BowlDrewex | Wooden bowl made of alder | Ø 13,5 cm H 5 cm | Food safe oiled Ø 13,5 cm H 5 cmIn stockEUR 12.10 *
- Lamb biscuit tinGlückskäfer | Lamb Sponge Cake ShapeNot in stock, approx. 1-4 weeksEUR 5.70 *
- -22 %Children's Tableware Enamel BowlGlückskäfer | Children's Tableware Enamel BowlIn stockRRP EUR 15.30EUR 12.00 *
- Alder Wood Bowls Set of 3Drewex | Alder Wood Bowls Set of 3 | Alder Wood | Ø ca.19 cm, 16 cm, 13 cm Ø approx. 19 cm, 16 cm, 13 cmNot in stock, approx. 1-4 weeksEUR 20.00 *
- -18 %Children's Tableware Enamel PlateGlückskäfer | Children's Tableware Enamel PlateIn stockRRP EUR 13.40EUR 11.00 *
- Shop eggs, colourful in cartonERZI | Shop Eggs, colourful in box | made of woodNot in stock, approx. 1-4 weeksEUR 7.80 *
- -25 %Stainless steel graterGlückskäfer | Stainless Steel GraterIn stockRRP EUR 6.70EUR 5.00 *
- -17 %Stainless steel cutlery, 12 piecesGlückskäfer | Stainless Steel Cutlery, 12 piecesIn stockRRP EUR 32.50EUR 27.00 *
- -27 %Small cookie cutters animals, 6 pcs.Glückskäfer | Small Cookie Cutter Animals, 6-pcs| Bird, Pig, Rabbit, Butterfly, Horse, Elephant Stainless steelIn stockRRP EUR 11.60EUR 8.50 *
- Children's Tableware Enamel Cup + SaucerGlückskäfer | Children's Tableware Enamel Cup + Saucer | Set: Cup and Saucer | Material: Enamel | Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 9.5 cmIn stockEUR 23.40 *
- Shop eggs, brown in cartonERZI | Shop Eggs, brown in box | made of wood WoodenIn stockEUR 6.70 *
- Wooden spoon 18 cm round / unperforatedGlückskäfer | Wooden Spoon 18 cm round / unperforatedIn stockEUR 1.80 *
- Honey shopERZI | Honey shop | made of wood WoodenIn stockEUR 3.40 *
- Hand brushGlückskäfer | Hand Sweeper | 22 x 4 x 6 cm | Children's Household | From 3 years old Lucky beetleIn stockEUR 9.60 *
- Metal dustpanLucky beetle | metal dustpan | 24 x 17 x 2 cm | from 3 years | 24 x 17 x 2 cmIn stockEUR 7.80 *
- Wooden spoonDrewex | Wooden Spoon | Children's Spoon | Alder Wood | 14.8 x 3.5 x 1 cm Baby spoonNot in stock, approx. 1-4 weeksEUR 7.50 *
- -17 %Dough scraperGlückskäfer | Dough Scraper | Length 16 cm Length 16 cmIn stockRRP EUR 6.00EUR 5.00 *
- Cucumber shopERZI | Cucumber shop | made of wood WoodenIn stockEUR 2.80 *
- -22 %Pastry brush 14 cmGlückskäfer | Baking Brush | Children's Kitchen Accessories | Wood | 14 cmIn stockRRP EUR 4.50EUR 3.50 *
- Basket small with wooden handleAdam Schmidt | Basket small with wooden handle | Basket small Basket smallIn stockEUR 20.00 *
- Shop radishes in a bunchERZI | Shop Radish in a Bundle | made of wood WoodenIn stockEUR 3.90 *
Imaginative play in the play kitchen
Spielküchen können ein Begleiter durch die gesamte Kindheit sein. Während Babys ihre Bezugspersonen beim Tun in der Küche immer wacher beobachten, kommen die ganz Kleinen meist mit einem kleinen Herd und etwas Geschirr und Besteck in der Familienküche wunderbar aus. Auch das kann schon eine wunderschöne Kinderküche sein. Die Kinder sehen ihre Eltern in der Küche arbeiten und wie von selbst beginnen sie, diese Wahrnehmungen in ihr Spiel zu integrieren. Dazu brauchen sie zu Beginn noch nicht mal eine eigene Küche. Es wird einfach genommen, was da ist und sei es irgendein Holzspielzeug, was nun als Gemüse und Obst dient. Mit zunehmenden Alter kann eine richtige Spielküche noch einmal einen besonderen Anreiz geben, ins Spiel zu kommen und "ganz in echt" zu kochen. Ob es nun eine große Spielküche mit Herd oder eine kleine Kinderküche ist: Kinderküchen regen die Kinder zu einem fantasievollen, nachahmenden Spiel an.
There is a huge range of different brands and models of children's kitchens on the market. Most are made of plastic and are brightly coloured. Of course, the typical Ikea children's kitchen is also well-known. Here the question of sustainability arises. A robust wooden play kitchen will last for many years. Wooden toys are not only much more sustainable than plastic toys, high-quality wooden toys also offer your child the opportunity to have real sensory experiences. Whether it is the surface, the smell or the weight of the wood - wood offers so much more of an experiential basis than plastic. From a Waldorf pedagogical point of view, the colours of the kitchen and also the colours of the accessories should not be too bright and overstimulating. The play kitchen accessories usually consist of different parts of
- Play food
- cooking and baking utensils.
However, there is no need for too many or too sophisticated accessories for the children's kitchen. Many toys can be made by the children themselves. For example, vegetables and fruit or other foods can be made from scraps of wood or fabric. Part of the children's kitchen is often an integrated cupboard and an oven. Accessories that change or expand from time to time, such as cooking sets and baking sets, enable creative play. With such a children's kitchen, cooking is simply fun for the children.
In the group room of a Waldorf kindergarten, there is almost always also a doll's house. The children's kitchen is an integral part of the doll's house. In the Waldorf school, the children then find the play kitchen in the after-school club in the early years. In this way, the children's kitchen can accompany the children through the years.
Play kitchens in Waldorfshop
Waldorfshop has various play kitchen models in its range, e.g. the
We also offer a variety of accessories, a cooking set for the play kitchen at Waldorfshop.
For the little cooks, we also have matching aprons in our range, which can of course also be used in the "real" kitchen.
In addition to wooden play kitchens and accessories, Waldorfshop also offers wooden shop and shop accessories online in the toys section.
In addition to the play kitchens, Waldorfshop has a wide range of high-quality and beautiful wooden toys, e.g. figures and animals, as well as wooden building blocks and blocks. You can find sustainable and educationally valuable wooden toys in the sense of Waldorf education in the category Toys and Games.