The first two years, young children will often play side by side, interacting with each other only for short intervals, and they start engaging in play more around the age of two and a half or three. So early playgroups are often less about children playing together and more about being around other children, and they are a good way for parents to socialize and have an outing.

Playgroups are often a good place to meet parents with similar interests and to get ideas for enriching home life. Some areas have Waldorf playgroups, Waldorf Parent and Child or Parent and Baby sessions where one can experience and find support for creating a gentle, rich environment for children to play in, and learn crafts and songs.

See  WECAN in Links  to find one in your area.

Parent and Child Group Handbook - A Steiner/Waldorf Approach

in Books on Waldorf/Steiner education


The Vital Role of Play in Childhood - Joan Almon

The importance of play - Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Creating an inviting environment for play - Rahima Baldwin Dancy

Creating a Steiner playgroup - Kim Billington

SUPPORTING SELF-DIRECTED PLAY in Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education - Renate Long-Breipohl

Parenting before TV - Winn

La récréation by Mai-Thu

Child playing in the sand 1894 by Pierre Bonnard