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Ostheimer Wooden Toys: Interview and a Giveaway!

As many of you know, I was in Germany last week attending the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg.

Not only was I ecstatic to discover many wonderful new wooden toys and Waldorf dolls to introduce this year at Bella Luna Toys, but I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with the presidents of several of the lines of European toys we carry, including Grimm’s Spiel & Holz, PlanToys, Käthe Kruse, HABA, and Ostheimer.

I had a long and wonderful visit with Wolfgang Schühle, the president of Ostheimer in Germany, and met Stephan Zech, the company’s current designer. I was able to share with them my love of Ostheimer figures and tell them about the joy they have brought my family over the last 20 years.

Wolfgang was able to share with me some of the history of the company, founded by Margarete Ostheimer in Stuttgart, Germany nearly 60 years ago. Fortunately, I was able to record some of my talk with Mr. Schühle and am happy to share it with you here!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Five-Piece Collection of Ostheimer Wooden Animals for Spring!

I want to share my Ostheimer love with you, so Bella Luna Toys is giving away a set of these beloved wooden figures, perfect for a child’s Easter basket!

Set Includes:

  • 1 Sheep
  • 1 Sitting Rabbit
  • 1 Picking Brown Hen
  • 1 Brown Chick
  • 1 Yellow Chick

Click on the link below for details and to enter for a chance to win:

Ostheimer Wooden Toys Giveaway

We’ll announce the winner next Sunday. Thanks for tuning in, and good luck!

Thanks to all of you for your many wonderful comments. Congratulations to Toby Rolf who won the Ostheimer Set Giveaway!

Toby wrote: “We are pretty new to the Waldorf world so I would really LOVE to have these for our daughter! She would especially like the beautiful bunny! Thank you for the opportunity!!”

I hope that this set brings many years of enjoyment and fond childhood memories for your daughter, Toby. Enjoy!



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  • Reply Lise February 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I have a terrible time naming favorites, but the next one I hope to get is the Bernese Mountain Dog, as it will help my daughter to act out some of her favorite stories. Thanks so much for the chance to win such a lovely collection!

  • Reply Danijela February 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Now days, when our children are overstimulated with electronic media, academic learning, with all kind of plastic toys which are very often toxic, we (educators) have moral responsibility to represent what child need: Harmonic surrounding and space for free playing and nice, natural toy. And Ostheimer toys are represent of good toy! Thank you Sarah for this!

  • Reply Becky, aka SimplyBurbs Mama February 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What a wonderful give away! Thanks Bella Luna Toys :-)

  • Reply Miranda Makes February 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my! What a giveaway! I’d love to include these in my daughters’ Easter baskets. Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Cindi February 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I adore the Ostheimer Sitting Rabbit in Brown!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • Reply HEATHER BRANDT February 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love the forest animals, like the bear.

  • Reply Christina Smith February 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    We adore Ostheimer wooden toys!! Love the chicken and baby chicks. My daughter has so much fun with her horse now :)

  • Reply Elizabeth E February 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I love all the fairy tale creatures! My favorite is the mermaid!

  • Reply Isabel Wende February 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your adventure and interview. What a wonderful giveaway! My littles and I would be so appreciative!

  • Reply Kristin February 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway and the wonderful interview! My favorite Ostheimer figure is the peacock, such beautiful colors!

    • Reply Sarah Baldwin February 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      My favorite Ostheimer animal is the peacock, too, Kristin! Wolfgang Schuhler told me that it takes the longest to paint.

  • Reply Megan February 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    My favorite are the tiny chicks, and oh how the little ones love them too!

  • Reply sarah February 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    There is something soothing about carved wooden toys!

  • Reply Kellie February 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    All of the toys are just so lovely.

  • Reply Emily February 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Our family loves the farm animals – especially the horses and cows!

  • Reply Faye E. Hunt February 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I love the mermaid for my daughter and the dragon for my son! Such beautiful wooden toys. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

  • Reply Yuki February 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    This is the best giveaway! I have just recently started collecting Ostheimer’s toys for my daughter that is about to turn 2. She loves them but I am pretty sure that I love them more! I would be so happy to win this sweet set!

  • Reply Toby February 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    We are pretty new to the Waldorf world so I would really LOVE to have these for our daughter! She would especially like the beautiful bunny! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  • Reply Rebekah February 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    What a great giveaway. I think my current favorite would be a horse.

  • Reply Stephanie E. February 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    The ponies would be well loved in our house, particularly the haflinger. Love!

  • Reply Carrie February 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Oh, I have to pick a favorite. I think it is the dolphin. I love the expression and position of it.

  • Reply Carolyn February 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I like the dolphin

  • Reply Elicia February 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I love the flower children figurines the best! What a cool video!

  • Reply Leah February 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Such a wonderful interview! : ) We so love everything created by Ostheimer especially their Riding Knight (Blue) with Horse. Beautiful! : ) Thanks so very much for this truly wonderful giveaway! : )

  • Reply Kristi Herrington February 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    For the Chinese New Year we are loving the little snake :)

  • Reply Jessica R February 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Love the trees. They make everything so bright and cheery.

  • Reply Susan February 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I love the trees :)

  • Reply Kim February 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    There is something so beautiful in their simplicity. I love them all, but the farm animals are often a favorite in our home.

  • Reply Maxanyamom February 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! Thank you! I have long admired this particular line of wooden figures, especially the farm animals who would feel right at home playing on the knitted farm blanket! I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite, but love the Burmese Mountain Dog. Also, love the cows and the pigs!

  • Reply Catherine February 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Love those little lambs! Thank you!

  • Reply Erin February 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I adore the donkey (we have that donkey and the smaller one that looks up to the larger one – so precious!) If I had to choose a new figure, I’d choose the brown and white cow because we have a bull but no cow. :)

    Thank you!

  • Reply Heather February 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite is the duck :)

  • Reply amy February 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love the elephant, but the kangaroo with the baby is pretty wonderful too!

  • Reply Jillian February 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    My favourite is the little robin redbreast.

  • Reply lace February 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    so lovely! I love the reclining mermaid and the knight and horse.

  • Reply karla February 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I love the sweet little bunny! So cute and perfect for an Easter basket!

  • Reply Kerry February 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    What a great set for Easter! :-)

  • Reply Julie February 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway just in time for Easter!

  • Reply Robyn February 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Such beautiful toys. We especially love the Nativity figures. My 6 year old wants the angel with star.

  • Reply Lyna J February 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I think my daughter would love the Kangaroo with Baby! I love it! =)

  • Reply Kristine Rohm February 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    My husband and I love collecting and giving these to our daughter at every celebration – Christmas, Easter, birthday, etc. Our most recent purchase was the baby in cradle which she will receive when baby #2 is born :) so sweet!

  • Reply Terri Sue February 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It would be the Farm Animals Duckling. We had a house duck we lost last summer. This little guy reminds me when she was just a duckling.

  • Reply elisa gsullivan February 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I loved the horse and rider that was framed so nicely between the two of you in the interview. I love the pieces you already carry, but would love to see this piece too since it is so interactive. I know my son would love putting the man on and off the beautiful horse and galloping around. we have a few horses on our wooden farm, but the people can’t actually sit on them for a ride. Ok, maybe, I”D like playing with it too, if you must know! :) sounds like an awesome trip to Germany!

  • Reply sarah February 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    They are all wonderful. I would have to say the mermaid is my favorite.

  • Reply Sandra M. February 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, my favorite is a goat kid! Thank you so much for this lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Esther February 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for the great video and giveaway! We love your website and the toys you sell. My daughter loves horses and so she loves the horse figures. Hens are also some of her favorite animals.

  • Reply Ellen February 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    We love the brown and white pony with reins, but they are all lovely!

  • Reply Nikole February 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing the Nuremberg Fair with us! Fun interview.
    I loved hearing how the founder began with farm animals and the nativity figures. I look forward to giving our son his first Ostheimer figures for his 2nd birthday around Easter time! I love wool, so I especially love the Ostheimer sheep. :) Thank you.

  • Reply Jessie U. February 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I absolutely adore the Ostheimer Dragon, unicorn, and all of the fantasy characters!

  • Reply Liana February 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    My favorite is the piglet [so darling!] and my 2 year old sons’s favorite is the bear. :)

  • Reply kimberly February 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I would love these for my little ones. Beautiful!

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