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Best Waldorf Toys: A Teacher’s Top Five Picks

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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Happy August!

It’s August and I’ve decided that Moon Child needs to take a little vacation. As you may know, I’ve been hard at work on upgrading Bella Luna Toys‘ website, which is turning out to be a much bigger job than I had ever imagined. My goal is to have the new site up and running by September, but I realized that in order to meet that goal, I need to devote every free moment I have during the month of August to that end. I’m excited to share the results with you, and hope you will find that it was worth the wait! There will be many new products and I think you will find the new system to be much more user-friendly with lots of cool new features.

Once that transition has taken place, I look forward to resuming regular blog posts in the fall with the new energy and vigor that the change of season brings. I will, however, be making my first post over at Simple Homeschool this month as a guest contributor, so keep an eye out for that!

play silks, sarah's silks

Things are humming along as usual at Bella Luna Toys. I’ve been so grateful to my son Harper who has been packing and shipping all your orders this summer, as well as helping me edit photos for the new site. He’ll be holding down the fort as I head off this week to a LifeWays board retreat in California. (What will I ever do when he leaves for college in a few weeks?)

I’m looking forward to spending a week with my fellow LifeWays board members, a group of amazing, powerhouse women who have dedicated themselves to the needs of young children and their families. I’m also looking forward to gazing at the Pacific Ocean for a few days instead of my computer screen! It will be a most welcome change of scenery.

In the meantime, be sure to “friend” Bella Luna Toys on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. I’ll keep in touch with quick updates and notices of promotions there. Most importantly, please leave comments here if there are new products and features you’d like to see added to the new site! Your suggestions are invaluable to me.

Blessings on you and your children, and hoping your August is full of play!

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And the Winners Are . . .

The winner of Making a Family Home by Shannon Honeybloom (chosen at random) is Mia Cavalca who wrote:

While I am not a Waldorf-trained teacher, I have been fortunate over the 15 years I have been in the field of ECE to get to know and become friends with some amazing either Waldorf educators or ECE practitioners who grew up in a Waldorf setting. While my teaching philosophy is eclectic, I take a lot of inspiration from Rudolf Steiner’s ideas (nature, beautiful natural materials, rituals, just to name a few) and continue to read books that are somehow connected to Waldorf-inspired practice. Sharifa Oppenheimer’s book is one of my faves. I regularly follow Shannon’s blog and will add Moon Child to my list, for sure! Would LOVE to add Shannon’s book to my collection of resources and free is good right about now, as I have been without a job for nearly a year. (yay, for california’s budget cuts! not!)

Shannon Honeybloom

Making a Family Home

For those of you who didn’t win, please note that Making a Family Home is available from Moon Child‘s Bookshop listed under the category “Homemaking.”

Thank you to Shannon for the great interview, and for offering a copy of her book!

The winner of a Princess Dress from Sarah’s Silks is Hallie, who wrote (on Not Just Cute‘s blog):

I know two little girls that would just love to have the princess costume or playsilks…the imagination is endless with both!

Sarah's Silks

Princess Dress and Princess Hat from Sarah's Silks

And, finally, the winner of the pair of Play Silks from Sarah’s Silks is Barbara Houck who became a friend of both Bella Luna Toys and Sarah’s Silks on Facebook, and wrote:

Already was a fan of Bella Luna Toys on facebook, but I also just “liked” Sarah’s silks too, so hopefully that means we are also entered into the play silks giveaway!

Play Silks from Sarah's Silks

Thank you to Sarah Lee of Sarah’s Silks for generously donating the giveaway items, thank you to Amanda Morgan for partnering with me, and thanks to all of YOU who entered, visited Shannon’s and Amanda’s blogs, and left your thoughtful comments.

But wait the fun’s not over! There’s one more way to win a free play silk from  Sarah’s Silks. Become the 500th Friend of Bella Luna Toys on Facebook to win! If you become friend #500, leave a comment on our wall to claim your prize.


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