bella luna toys, Easter, Sunday With Sarah, Wooden Toys

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!



Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Marina February 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    We love our Ostheimer toys! Thank you!!!!!

  • Reply Nanette February 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    My DD and I love the lion. She keeps saying “rawr!”.

  • Reply michelle c February 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Our favorite is the Ostheimer Dragon — Love his/her tongue sticking out!

  • Reply Angela Gilmartin February 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I always loved toys by this maker. What a lovely giveaway! For our nature table, the sheep would be my favorite as I’m an avid knitter!

  • Reply Susan February 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    My favorite Ostheimer animal is the Spitz dog.

  • Reply Mandy February 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    We love all Ostheimer wooden figures…our nativity would LOVE more animals

  • Reply Dee February 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Your Ostheimer Wooden Toys Giveaway is very generous & caring. Your toys will bring hours of fun to a child :o)

  • Reply Raymond February 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    That was a great interview. My favorite figure would be the farmer because it looks like my husband. :-)

  • Reply Lindsay February 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    The nativity (“holy family”) is the most beautiful and I’m not surprised it’s their most popular.

  • Reply Amy w February 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Oh, I love the chicks. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  • Reply tamar mckinley February 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    My favorites are all the little bunnies, especially for Easter.

  • Reply Kirstin Simon February 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I love the mermaid! And the hedgehogs are the best too :) This set is also sooo adorable!!!

  • Reply Merrilee February 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I just found the flower children on your site – how charming. I can’t decide whether they are my favorite or the trees, so versatile. Your little spring set is sweet and is making me look forward to Easter!

  • Reply Tiffany Parkin February 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    They are beautiful. So simple yet painted with such love. My daughter adores them.

  • Reply Erin February 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    We love these figures! From magical plays to beautiful scenes my six and two year old never grow tired of these. I was thrilled to see this week’s blog was this!! Thank you!

  • Reply Denise February 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I like the donkey – such a sweet expression. Thanks for the opportunity to win these beautiful figures.

  • Reply Brandy February 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    What an opportunity! All our wooden farm animals were lost and this would be great.

  • Reply Carrie Anne February 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    We are huge fans of Ostheimer. My husband is from Germany, and my 2 year old plays with wooden figures he had as a child. They are made to last and just beautiful.

  • Reply Jennifer Loew February 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Based on our storytelling of late, our current favorites are first, the unicorn and second, the reclining mermaid. We appreciate the simplicity and quality of the Ostheimer figures. They are beautiful.

  • Reply elvira February 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    simply beautiful!!!

  • Reply Michelle P February 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    What a lovely video, Sarah! We are so pleased with our Ostheimer barn!

  • Reply Viviane February 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    my children have real chickens, these chicks are a favorite of theirs, loving the lamb!!! ostheimer are beautiful in an easter basket!

  • Reply Shaivite February 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    They’re all so lovely.

  • Reply erin February 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    i just love the knights!

  • Reply Marian February 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one favorite! I love the forest animals…and I really have a soft spot for the hedgehogs (and the owl and the standing bunny :-D)

  • Reply Maggie February 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Beautiful giveaway, thank you!
    Who would have guessed that everything is still made by hand!

  • Reply Cynthia February 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Oh I just love Ostheimer what a wonderful oppertunity to see them in Germany! I don’t know that I can choose a favorite Ostheimer figure, they are each so special but I did just order the brown and white standing cow for my son’s birthday. We are doing a puppet play of Jack and the beanstalk and I am using the shepherd boy for Jack, the nesting chicken for the hen that lays the golden eggs, the farm wife for the mother and our new cow to trade for the beans. I needle felted a bean stalk and a harp then, knitted a giant I wish Ostheimer did not discontinue their giant. Thank you so much for the chance to enter the giveaway, what a perfect selection for a spring basket! Good Luck to everyone.

  • Reply Tracy Shringarpure February 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    How on earth can I possibly pick one favorite animal? My daughter absolutely loves her rooster and the pig. My son loves his Bernese mountain dog. My favorite… The sitting orange cat.

  • Reply Nicole Justice Kleemann February 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    We love all the farm animals. Right now we’re loving the brown and white pony :)

  • Reply Katherine February 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    The sheep is my favorite of the animals pictured. It looks gentle and reminds me of some lyrics in a lullaby I sing to my children: “Be always like the lamb so mild, a kind and sweet and gentle child. . .”

  • Reply Monica Schryver February 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, Sarah! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful set of toys! My daughters bought each other Ostheimer animals for Christmas. Lily bought Piper the yellow tabby cat (which she decided to keep for herself:)), and Piper bought Lily the poodle (one of my favorites). It’s hard to choose because they all have such great character. I think my second favorite is the mole. Thanks again for the chance to win!

  • Reply Montessorimama February 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    We live in the middle of the woods so we love the deer, the bunnies and the squirrels. Thank you for a great give-away!

  • Reply Becca February 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! International Toy Fair, that sounds so fun! Awesome giveaway. Thank you!


  • Reply Katie R February 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    These are so lovely! I’ve had my eye on them for quite a while. I am absolutely charmed by the bunny, however. My two year old would LOVE it!

  • Reply Cristina February 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve been eyeing these toys for a long time, but have never purchased any of them due to finances. We would love to win this set! Our favorite figure is the bear :)

  • Reply Veronica R. February 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    We love the bunnies.

  • Reply Brianna February 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    My favorite is the peacock (On my wishlist), my daughter’s favorite is her horse. We recently donated all of the remaining plastic toys to a local charity and we would love to add this beautiful set to our small but growing collection of wooden animals. Thank-you for the opportunity and for sharing your interview! I hope you’ll have new goodies in stock after your trip :)

  • Reply Maggie February 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for the interview. Definitely the rabbit is my favorite! Looks so cute and calm!

  • Reply Meredith February 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I love the fox and the hedgehog!

  • Reply Sidonie February 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    How lucky you were to go to the International Toy Fair and in Germany!
    Were you able to visit the Ostheimer factory?
    Our favorites are the farm animals, my son the horse my daughter the cow.
    I love all of them 😉

    • Reply Sarah Baldwin February 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I was not able to visit the Ostheimer factory on this trip, but I am hoping to return to Germany in the summer to visit Ostheimer’s workshop, as well as some of our other European toy makers.

  • Reply Kristina February 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

    The pond is just wonderful….beautifully made and open-ended!!

    • Reply Kristina February 11, 2013 at 12:48 am


  • Reply Heather February 11, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I appreciate the simplicity and quality of the Ostheimer figures. They are beautiful. Thank you so much for the chance to enter the giveaway!

  • Reply Wendy February 11, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Oh, my, what a lovely, generous giveaway! Thank you. I think the nativity would be a favorite with lots of extra animals living there. These little Spring friends are so sweet! Happiness to the winner.

  • Reply Julia Janzen February 11, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Such lovely toys! My two dear ones would love these.

  • Reply Amanda McClary February 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Thank you so much for the lovely video and giveaway. It’s so hard to choose just one favorite – they are all adorable! I guess I would have to say the kangaroo!

  • Reply Hannah February 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Oh how can I choose? To be honest, it changes with the seasons :) Right now, I love the gestures of both the Zebra and the Dolphin, but also adore all birds. So lovely, and my children are drawn to them more than any other toy!

  • Reply ruth February 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for sharing the interview with us….and for the chance to win the animals. The sheep is especially adorable, and so perfect for springtime!

  • Reply lynn February 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Thank you for sharing the interview. How delightful it must have been to meet the people who bring our children such joy through quality play things.

  • Reply lynn February 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Our favorite figure is the sitting fox. It makes us think of the Tomten and the Fox book.

  • Reply Susan February 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I sure love those knights. :)

  • 1 2 3 4

    Leave a Reply