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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 Bethany February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I think the nativity is beautiful but my son and I both really like the horses as well!

  • Reply Danielle February 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love the bunny! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Reply Crystal February 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I really love the nativity.

  • Reply Sandra February 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for the lovely video! As for favorite animals, it’s so hard to choose. Right now my daughter’s favorite is the dolphin, but that will change in a day or two. :)

  • Reply Meghan February 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Love the hen and her baby chicks!

  • Reply Leah Killian February 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    What a sweet set! I just love these classic wooden pieces!

  • Reply Miriam February 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Love the Zoo Animals!!

  • Reply Nicole B February 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love the blue owl and of course all the nativity figures!

  • Reply Annan February 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love the sitting fox.

  • Reply Willow February 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    We love Ostheimer too. Impossible to pick a favorite though!! We all love the farm and woodland animals. At the moment, my daughter would probably say the wolves and foxes, my son the monkeys. Thank you for sharing the interview with us. What a wonderful time you must have had.

  • Reply T. February 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I don’t know my favorite. They’re all adorable. :)

  • Reply Marcelino February 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    These pieces are awesome, the sitting rabbit is my favorite. In an over-stimulated world these simple toys are treasures to a child’s imagination. Thank you!

  • Reply Julia February 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Love the farm animals most since that’s what my son loves to play with!

  • Reply Christy February 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Definitely the bunny! Very wonderful toys!

  • Reply Nicole February 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    My favorite figure is the red fox. My daughter loves the little red riding hood.

  • Reply dana February 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    We don’t have any but my children would really like them. We always admire them at local waldorf. I love the quality with each piece is made.

  • Reply Meghan February 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    My son and I love playing with our small (but growing) collection of castle figures. The muted tones are so soothing and I love holding them. I have such a hard time choosing what we will get next: farm pieces? woodland creatures? But the set I covet most is Snow White and her dwarves.

    Thanks for the video. I loved learning more about the company and the process.

  • Reply Pam Frohn February 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    The piglet is too cute!

  • Reply Francesca February 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Our favorite is the humble standing donkey. So sweet!

  • Reply Lara February 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Right now, my daughter’s favorite are the gorillas :)

  • Reply Abbi February 12, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I love the flower children on your website, I think my daughter would love them. And, how awesome is that to meet the presidents of those companies? It is so nice to know where my kiddos toys come from. Thank you!

  • Reply Kat February 12, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Sitting black and white rabbit. So cute!

  • Reply Marlo S. February 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Our favorite figure is the hedgehog! My son referred to himself as a baby hedgehog from the age of 18 months to 2 1/2 years old. :) They are now our favorite little animals.

  • Reply Emilia February 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I love the trees, i guess they make me think about spring. thx for the giveaway.

  • Reply Lynne Lund February 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    We are in love with the unicorn! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

  • Reply Steve Lund February 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

    These are wonderful, open ended toys! The foxes are beautiful.

  • Reply brianne February 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    these are such beautiful toys! i especially like all the rabbits…my little ones favorite books right now all have bunnies!

  • Reply Julia M. February 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I really like the zebra! So cute!

  • Reply Allison Krahenbuhl February 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What an amazing give away! We love the Ostheimer wooden figures so much. We started collecting them about a year ago. We give them to our three young children for every gift giving holiday. What I love most about them is that they are natural and open ended toys that encourage creativity. I love that young children can understand very easily how their toys were made because they were carved from wood and not manufactured from plastic which would be so very hard to explain to them. Thanks!

  • Reply julie February 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    love love love these figures and stable!

  • Reply Kate February 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Such beautiful toys!

  • Reply Jessica February 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Does anyone else feel that Ostheimer toys seem to glow in your hands? Thank you for including the video. It is special to see the makers.

  • Reply Bridget February 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Though our son is now almost 24, we all continue to love these little creatures. They find their way into so many places thru the year near bedsides, the dining table, the window sills, under the tree. We love them all, my personal favorites are the ponies, we have a herd of them often running through the house. And Sarah thanks, my computer skills are still very lacking, I would rather be playing with the Ostheimer with our neighbor Scarlet!

  • Reply Charity February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

    These are simply precious and beautifully crafted. It would be so difficult to name a favorite. My children would simply adore the farm animals and really any of the figures. I love to see toys like this. Thank you for always carrying such quality items!

  • Reply Lynn Gallant February 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hard to chose one as my favorite as they are all sweet,I really like the deer

  • Reply Marias February 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This Lady Leo loves the Ostheimer Lion, Male!

  • Reply Layla Martin February 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Sarah, we are Catholic. So you imagine the joy I felt when I saw Blessed Mary and baby Jesus so beautifully made by Oshtheimer. I am extremely new to waldorf learning. What attracted me was how much Catholicism is celebrated through ritual. Thank you for putting the Mother and Child on sale. I will be purchasing them soon. Blessings!

  • Reply Melissa Phinney February 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    My daughter would love the rabbits! I’ve been crossing fingers, hoping to see different family figures, such as the inuit people :) we have the ostheimer sled and need the eskimos for it! Also the husky dogs, she has st. benards right now :)

  • Reply Tonie Acosta February 14, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I just love all of these figures but my favorite are the fairyland/knight pieces especially the unicorn

  • Reply Sarah February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    We have the farm set, and my two boys (1 and 4) love the baby in his crib. He’s small, so he gets lost a lot, but we always find him. We don’t have any of these farm animals, though, so we would love to win this giveaway!

  • Reply Nancy February 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    We have so many happy memories associates with these wee creatures. I do love them all!

  • Reply Amy February 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    My little one especially likes the duckling (and Mama and Daddy ducks too!). Happy Valentine’s Day, all!

  • Reply Ginger Ivey February 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    The hen is our favorite!

  • Reply Wendy S February 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    We heart the farm animals!

  • Reply Caroline February 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love the little chicks :)

  • Reply Dan Z February 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Lovely little animal family.

  • Reply Khanh February 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    My son would love any of the zoo animals, but the male lion would probably be his favorite =)

  • Reply domestic diva February 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I like the trees and the fox.

  • Reply Jackie A February 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Ostheimer Riding Knight, Blue, with Horse and dragon is amazing, it was just so well made and special! They are my favorites, I think, so hard to choose.

  • Reply Caitlyn February 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    My favourite is the unicorn, my little boy loves elephants at the moment :)

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