One of the many ways to have rhythm in our lives is to observe the color of the day. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, talked about the importance of rhythm in our daily life. He also believed that following daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms was important for supporting growth, development, and our life forces.
When I ran a Waldorf inspired childcare in my home, we observed the color of the day in several ways. We wore the color of the day, did art and craft projects using the color of the day, and allowed the color of the day to guide us through our daily rhythm. As a result I discovered how many benefits this had on the kids in my care, and how much easier it made each of our lives.
The Waldorf Colors of the Day
7 Reasons to Follow the Waldorf Color of the Day
1. Getting Dressed is Easier
It’s so much easier to get dressed in the morning when you wear the color of the day. When we first started I gave my daughter two options and she choose one. Today she jumps out of bed knowing what the color of the day is an excitedly picks out an outfit that has the color of the day in it.
I even wear the color of the day and it makes my decision to wear so much easier. I used to really struggle with what to wear in the morning – now it’s a no brainer. Even my mom and husband have joined the color of the day parade.
2. Kids Know What to Expect
When you follow the color of the day and have a weekly rhythm in place kids learn what to expect on any given day. When I ran a childcare out of my home we followed a daily rhythm that consisted of rotating weekly activities.
For example, everyone soon learned that we did an indoor activity following breakfast in the winter. They also learned that red day was coloring day. Because I wore red and several other kids also wore red they knew it was red day.
As I cleaned up breakfast the kids would get the crayons and paper out and start working on them only rarely needing help. Implementing the color of the day along with a daily and weekly rhythm was the absolute best thing I ever did for my in home childcare. The kids thrived, and I kept my sanity – win/win!
3. Makes Transitions a Breeze
Transitions are so much easier when the color of the day is used in the home. When you combine the color of the day with regular household rhythms children begin to know the order of their days and weeks. When they know what to expect they are prepared for daily changes and happenings and don’t collapse at every turn of the stick.
Another related benefit is that my daughter knows what to expect on each day and no longer has a melt down when we don’t go to the library the second she thinks about it. She knows we always go on green day and that’s that.
4. Kids Learn Their Colors
I never had to ‘teach’ my daughter her colors. She just picked them up naturally as we flowed from day-to-day. She knew all the basic colors (and quite a few more) by the time she was 18 months old. The other kids in my care learned them just as easily.
5. Less conflicts in the Home
Many conflicts in the home can be averted if not eliminated altogether when the color of the day and household rhythms are followed. Getting dressed in the morning becomes a joy, daily happenings and chores become common place, and no one ever fights about going to the park on green day when we always go on purple and orange day.
6. Kids are Able to Remember the Colors of the Day
It’s much easier for kids to remember that we go swimming on blue day than on Saturday. Colors are so much easier to associate with daily and weekly happenings than the odd names adults commonly use. They also begin to know that blue day follows green day much quicker than they learn that Saturday follows Friday.
When you wear the daily color it really makes it easier for kids to remember what to expect and where they are in the week. When you tell a kid on Monday that you will be going to Grandma’s on Friday they have a hard time understanding what that actually means. When you tell them on Purple day that we will be going to grandma’s on Green day they have a much better grasp of what that means.
7. Your Always Photo Ready
One day my mother noticed that we all looked like we were heading to a photo shoot in our daily color. Ever since then we often laugh out how ‘photo ready’ we all are.
The candid snapshot below was taken on a random yellow day over a year ago. I was not wearing any make-up, which is the norm for me, but we still look wonderful together in our yellow. My daughter was wearing yellow leggings with a rainbow dress with a yellow stripe right in the middle. While I had on a yellow tank with jean shorts.
We love being photo ready every day, and many of our daily candid shots are fantastic because of it.
Adding the color of the day to your daily rhythm has many benefits. It lessons conflicts in the home, makes daily and weekly happenings a breeze, and allows our children to learn, grow and thrive. Give it a try!
To learn how to make the peg dolls below see DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls for Pretend Play and Matching Games.
For more about rhythm in the home see the following articles:
- Establishing a Daily Rhythm
- Establishing Household Rhythms
- 10 Reasons to Make Rhythm a Habit
- The Importance of Rhythm
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