Making the Children's Year

Seasonal Waldorf Crafts with Children

Making the Children's Year
Marije Rowling By (author)
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Hawthorn Press

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7.9 X 9.8 in
192 pg

CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Crafts for Children


Making the Children’s Year is a family resource for seasonal crafts with children. Drawing on the creative ethos of Steiner Waldorf education, this is a full-colour second edition of The Children’s Year, which has been a much-loved favourite for thirty years and which has never been out of print.

(Re)Making the Children’s Year

Marije Rowling has revised and rewritten the book she originally co-wrote with two friends, bringing new inspiration and ideas to a modern readership. She brings to it the eye of an artist, a parent, a grandparent and a professional. Packed with all kinds of crafts, from papercrafting to building dens, she brings the seasons into the home. From beginners to experienced crafters, this book is a gift for parents and adults seeking to make toys that will inspire children and provide an alternative to throwaway culture.

Making the Children’s Year reminds us that making things by hand brings inner and outer rewards, and encourages joy in creating and in acknowledging the rhythms of the year.


“For young children there is a sense of magic as they encounter these images, drawings and activities. Older ones will find creative projects suited to their skills and enjoyment. For adults also it offers a wide choice of craft, from tissue paper lanterns, a bee house and the old gnome, a May flower crown and lavender bags. The book aims to encourage everyone’s creative expressions.” Judy Large, author of Festivals, Family and Food, from the Foreword

“I love the sense of the seasons this book provides alongside a wealth of crafting ideas.” Saffia Farr, Juno Magazine issue 52

Author Bio

Marije Rowling was an art teacher in Holland before she came to study in England. A wife and mother, Marije has spent her time as a homemaker, crafter, artist, and teacher, weaving the Waldorf thread into a very rich tapestry.