Beeswax modeling is an intersection of storytelling, art and imagination
Waldorf Education has a strong focus on the arts for all grades and ages not just as a separate subject but as a powerful vehicle for teaching in every subject. Artistic experience weaves through the Waldorf curriculum all the way from the nursery to 8th grade – watercolor painting, drawing, baking, puppetry, handcrafting, storytelling and beeswax modeling are some of the creative wonders of a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Beeswax modeling is taught through 3rd grade when students begin the transition to clay modeling.
Beeswax also happens to be a wonderful portable activity. Your children will delight as they hold it and mould it in their hands during a car journey, during quiet time, while you tell a story, or while waiting at the doctor’s office. Give your child a small piece of beeswax and watch as the beautiful forms emerge!
Benefits of Beeswax Modeling
- Helps create a delightful time of closeness for parent and child
- Enhances a child’s experience of the curriculum
- Can help improve focus in the classroom – a little bit of beeswax to fiddle with!
- Working with the hands trains observation and awareness
- Beeswax gives qualities of warmth, color and fragrance and suits the light and airy nature of the child
- Modeling is a rich sensory experience and has a vitalizing effect on the child
- Beeswax modeling can be a soothing pastime
Tips for Beeswax Modeling
- Work with one color of beeswax at a time
- Give your child a small piece of wax about the size of a quarter
- Let your child hold the piece of wax in the palm of his hand
- Encourage your child to be patient while the beeswax warms and softens
- While the beeswax is warming tell a story; see what shape naturally arises through your storytelling
- Start simply and be patient, beeswax modeling takes time – no need to rush
- Have fun and marvel at your creations – sandcastles, bears, gnomes, whatever is your pleasure!
Beeswax with us at Clover Market, Chestnut Hill – Sunday, September 14th and Sunday, October 19th