There are many benefits to using the Waldorf colors of the day. Children, parents, caregivers, and educators all benefit when a basic daily rhythm is followed. Add the colors of the week to your daily Waldorf rhythm and weekly routine to help decrease tantrums and conflicts at home or at school, make daily transitions a breeze, and help your children learn, grow and thrive!
What is the Color of the Day?
One of the many ways to create rhythm in our lives, and the lives of our children, is to observe the Waldorf colors of the day, where each day of the week has a corresponding color associated with it.
What are the Waldorf Colors of the Day?
The Waldorf colors for the days of the week are:
- Monday = purple day
- Tuesday = red or pink day
- Wednesday = yellow day
- Thursday = orange or brown day
- Friday = green day
- Saturday = blue day
- Sunday = white day
Each day of the week has a corresponding color in Waldorf education, but every day is a rainbow day!
In other words, if you would like to follow the Waldorf colors of the day in your home or classroom, encourage your children to wear something with the color of the day in it. Because rainbow colored clothing contains each color of the day, rainbow-colored clothing can be worn any day of the week!
Waldorf Colors for the Days of the Week
7 Benefits of Using the Color of the Day
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, shared the importance of creating strong a strong daily rhythm and weekly routine. He believed that following daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms were important for supporting the growth and development of our children.
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, we did art and craft projects using the color of the day and allowed the color of the day to guide us through our daily routines and rhythms.
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. Following are 7 benefits of using the Waldorf color of the day.
1. Getting Dressed is Easier When the Waldorf colors of the week are followed
It’s so much easier to get dressed in the morning when you wear the color of the day. When we first started using the Waldorf colors of the week in our home, I gave my baby daughter two options each morning that contained the color of the day and she pointed to 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. Or, she selects an accessory with the color of the day such as a hair bow.
Personally, I find that following the color of the day makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier. I used to struggle with what to wear every single morning… now it’s a no-brainer.
Instead of seeing an overwhelming abundance of options to chose from, my options change each day to reflect the color of the day. Because my selections are limited to those with the color of the day I only have a few items to chose from each morning.
Fewer clothing options make it easy to choose what to wear. Best of all, my options rotate daily so I don’t get bored with the same old clothing choices every day and less has become more. Even my mom and husband have joined the color of the day parade!
Related: Rainbow Art Projects and Craft Ideas
2. Kids know what to expect when you follow the Waldorf colors of the day.
When you use the color of the day and have a daily routine and weekly rhythm in place children learn what to expect on any given day. When I ran home-based childcare with my husband, we followed a Waldorf daily rhythm that consisted of rotating activities that corresponded with the Waldorf colors of the day.
The children in my care soon learned that we did an indoor activity following breakfast during the colder months of the year and that we went outside before lunch. After breakfast, the children learned to get out the daily activity and start working on it as I cleaned the kitchen.
I wore the color of the day every day to make it easy for the children in my care to remember the color of the day, and they knew what activity to get out based on the color of the day. It was a miracle!
After that, I was sold on the benefits of following a Waldorf rhythm and using the Waldorf colors of the week.
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… it doesn’t get any better than that!
3. Following the Waldorf color of the day can make transitions a breeze.
Children can begin to learn the basic order of their day when you combine the Waldorf colors of the day with regular household rhythms. Maybe it’s a little less than a breeze on some days, but most days are made easier when the colors of the week are followed.
When children know what to expect they are better prepared for daily transitions and don’t collapse at every turn of the stick. They will still throw a tantrum here and there, it’s unavoidable I’m afraid. But following a solid daily rhythm can help lessen the impact.
4. Kids learn the names of colors quickly and easily when the Colors of the days of the week are used.
We never had to ‘teach’ our daughter her colors. She just picked them up naturally as we flowed from day-to-day and week to week using the Waldorf colors of the week. 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. Using the Waldorf colors of the week can lessen conflicts in the home and at school.
Many conflicts in the home can be averted if not eliminated altogether when the colors of the week and household routines are followed.
Getting dressed in the morning becomes a joy, daily happenings and chores become commonplace, and children fight much less often.
6. Young children are able to remember the color of the day much easier than the names of the days of the week.
Colors are so much easier for children to associate with daily and weekly happenings than the odd names adults commonly use. In other words, it is much easier for young children to remember that we go swimming on blue day than on Saturday.
Children also begin to know that blue day follows green day much more quickly than they learn that Saturday follows Friday.
When you wear the daily color it makes it even easier for kids to remember what to expect and where they are in the week.
If you tell your child 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 a child on Purple day that we will be going to grandmas on Green day they have a much better grasp of what that means because they can learn the color days so much faster.
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7. Your family will always be photo ready when you follow the Waldorf colors of the day.
One day my mother noticed that we all looked like we were heading to a photo shoot in our daily color. Ever since that day we often laugh out how ‘photo ready’ we are. We love being photo ready every day, and many of our daily candid shots are fantastic because of the Waldorf colors of the day.
How to Establish a Waldorf Rhythm in your Home or Classroom
- How to Establish a Daily Rhythm
- Household Rhythms: The Power of Routine in the Home
- 10 Reasons to Make Rhythm and Routine a Habit
Adding the Waldorf colors of the day to your daily rhythm has many benefits.
Using the Waldorf colors of the week can help lessons conflicts in the home, make daily and weekly happenings a breeze, and allow children to learn, grow and thrive. Give it a try today!
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…