The Steiner philosophy (also known as Waldorf) is focused on children's interests, fantasy and creative imagination. It is a much more holistic approach to learning, by encouraging social consciousness, developing flexible and agile thinking whilst providing a connection to the environment.
When learning is self-directed, children's motivation doesn't come from rewards; instead they are engaged because they find it satisfying. The Steiner philosophy promotes self-motivated learning that fosters and encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional awareness and social skills. In the early years, this is mostly done through "imaginative play."
Steiner learning resources are incredibly effective yet simple and low-tech to stimulate curiosity and creativity. These can include toys for pretend play such as wooden fruits and tea sets, weaving materials, painting and drawing materials such as watercolours & crayons, music, puppets, genderless toys with lack of expressions, natural fibres and natural timber all whilst celebrating diversity & colour.