I have seen many cool looking toys on etsy saying they are Waldorf inspired, I really don't know much about Waldorf (or Montessori, who's name seems to be mentioned a lot next to Waldorf), but I am feeling discouraged by the PRICES of all these toys. I know that toys are not at the heart of the Waldorf way but my kids need something to play with after I've eliminated most of our plastic toys and such. I am wanting toys right now especially because winter is coming close- summer time we are outside all the time, winter we still go outside but not as much, more time inside means kids need something to play with! It seems like I have to spend a fortune to buy one wooden or wool toy. I'm not rich, and there is no way a poor person could afford to have any of these toys at all! So, what do you suggest a mama do who has no clue how to make things herself? Sorry this wasnt meant to be a rant :) I know the makers of these toys have to make money too. Does anyone know of any cheap but quality toy sites?
And, can someone give me the basic run down of the Montessori and Waldorf teachings? And any others that you think are great?
Oh and what is up with all the fantasy characters that I keep seeing for Waldorf? I thought it was supposed to be the child's imagination, not an already invented by someone else fantasy character? That's about the exent of Waldorf that I know- open ended play, right?