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August 18th, 2013 | Natural Toys, Play, Sarah's Silks, Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Dolls, Waldorf Toys, Wooden Toys | Permalink | Comments (28)

I am often asked by parents who are waiting to transform their child’s playthings from commercial plastic toys to more natural Waldorf toys for my recommendations of the most essential Waldorf toys. This week on “Sunday with Sarah” I share five of my top picks and discuss the play value of each.

Keep in mind that if you are limited by budget some of these toys can be handmade or built oneself!

Video Highlights: 

1:00  Heavy Baby Waldorf Dolls
2:30  Play Silks (Playsilks)
4:00  Ostheimer Wooden Toys
5:16   Waldorf Play Stands (Playstands)
6:35   Wooden Play Kitchens
7:23   Waldorf Rocker Board
10:09 Upcoming Giveaway – Win a Waldorf Rocker Board!

Giveaway!

Mark your calendar and be sure to come back next Sunday (August 25, 2013) for a chance to win a Curvy Board Waldorf Rocker Board from Bella Luna Toys.

Do you or your child have a favorite Waldorf toy? What would be on your top five list? Anything you think I’ve omitted? Please share your thoughts, comments, and questions here!

 

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November 19th, 2012 | Crafts, Gratitude, Sarah's Silks | Permalink | Comments (5)

As I get ready to launch a new series here at Moon Child (stay tuned!), today I am pleased to share with you a guest post from a dear blogger friend, Helen Bird, author of the crafty blog Curly Birds with ideas on how to create an Autumn Nature Table, inspired by Waldorf traditions.

I hope it inspires you and your little ones to take a walk, gather treasures, and create your own seasonal table, a wonderful act of giving thanks to Mother Earth and her bounty.

Enjoy!

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Creating a seasonal nature table is an enchanting way to connect your child with nature and the rhythm of the year. It encourages reverence for the earth and teaches children to see beauty in everyday found objects.

A nature table can evolve through the season. New treasures—such as a stone or an acorn found on a walk—can be added day-to-day, while other items can be taken away as they wilt and fade. In this way, the table can naturally progress from one season to the next, reflecting the rhythm of the year.

Waldorf EducationA nature table can be as simple as a few nature finds lovingly placed on a tray, shelf, or window sill, or it can take up a whole table and be adorned with colorful play silks, handcrafted fairy folk and other seasonal items.

Waldorf Nature TableThe colors on the table represent the colors of the season – for autumn think warm hues of oranges, yellows, browns, and reds.

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November 8th, 2010 | Natural Toys, Sarah's Silks, Waldorf Toys | Permalink | Comments (10)

Natural Toys from Bella Luna Toys

I am delighted that six new items from Bella Luna Toys‘ collection of natural toys were chosen by the editors at Mothering magazine as among the Best Natural Toys of 2010 featured in the new November/December issue!

Which items, you ask? Well, here they are!

Waldorf Birthday Crowns

Waldorf Felt Birthday Crowns

Waldorf Birthday Crowns

These gorgeous Waldorf birthday crowns are handmade in Maine by my friend and former classroom assistant, Jes Anthonis. Jes is a mama and crafter who is starting her own Waldorf childcare program at home. Available in petal pink or green, for ages 1 to 6. Aren’t they sweet?

Fairy Dress from Sarah’s Silks

Fairy DressNew from Sarah’s Silks, a magical Fairy Dress with rainbow wings that attach to the wrists with elastic bands.

Wool Felt Crown Set

Waldorf ToysI adore this cheery, Wool Felt Crown Set set made of thick New Zealand wool with matching cuffs. It’s Fair Trade made in Nepal, and was one of my favorite finds this year!

Fairy Garland Set

Fairy CostumeThis charming Fairy Garland Set features a garland of felted vines that ties around the head, with a 100% silk veil. Can be worn as a headpiece or cape. I just love the little hanging felted bumblebees, don’t you?

Big Drum from Plan Toys

I’ve been wanting to add more kids musical instruments at Bella Luna Toys. Here are the two newest additions, which will help to develop a child’s eye-hand coordination and sense of rhythm.

Plan Toys, Big DrumThe Big Drum is our first addition from Plan Toys, a line of wonderful eco-friendly wooden toys, from which we’ll be adding many more new products in the coming weeks.

Tambourine from Plan Toys

Plan Toys Tambourine, Kids Musical Instruments…and the colorful Tambourine from Plan Toys. (Love the Bella Luna blue with moon and stars!)

Hope you’ll agree with the Mothering editors that these are among the best!

What are your favorite natural toys of 2010? Have you seen any wonderful wooden toys or Waldorf toys that you think should be added to Bella Luna’s collection of natural toys? Share your ideas here and win a $5 gift certificate to Bella Luna Toys if your suggestion is added!

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October 17th, 2010 | Dress Up Play, Sarah's Silks | Permalink | Comments (0)

mermaid costumeAfter many months of work, the new and improved Bella Luna Toys website is finally live, just in time for Halloween!

To celebrate, we are offering 10% off all kids costumes from Sarah’s Silks when you become a registered customer on the new site. Make sure you “Register” as a new customer when checking out, and then enter the promotion code “costumes10.”

Dragon Costume from Sarah's Silks

Costumes will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail for our low flat rate shipping rate of only $5.95, so order up until October 27 for delivery in time for Halloween!

Kids costumes from Sarah’s Silks are made from lustrous 100% pure silk, and are designed to nourish the senses and inspire the imagination. Great boys and girls Halloween costumes that are also fun-year round for dress up play!

Girls Halloween Costume

So check out the new site and let me know what you think! And be on the lookout for the many new Waldorf toys and wooden toys that will be added over the coming weeks in time for the holiday season.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

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September 25th, 2010 | Dress Up Play, Sarah's Silks | Permalink | Comments (1)

As many of you know, I’ve been working all summer on the new and improved Bella Luna Toys website, and it’s very close to being ready to go live.

The new site is scheduled to be launched within a week, and I am so excited to share the results with you! Not only will you find a site that’s more user-friendly, but you’ll also find the addition of many new wooden toys and playthings throughout the fall, leading up to the holidays.

In the meantime, we have the complete line of children’s costumes from Sarah’s Silks in stock for Halloween, and I have an early bird offer for you. Receive free shipping on any Sarah’s Silks costume, ordered between now and September 30! Just enter the code COSTUMES at checkout to receive FREE SHIPPING within the continental U.S.

Princess Costumes Girls

Kids Knight Costumemermaid costume

Princess, Knight, Mermaid, Dragon, Unicorn and Fairy Costumes from Sarah’s Silks are made from 100% silk, and are designed to nourish the senses and inspire the imagination. Great kids Halloween costumes that are also fun-year round for dress up play!

Use code COSTUMES at checkout. Offer expires 09/30/2010.

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