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My Top 10 Waldorf Toys

Nov 3, 2008

by Vanessa Bertozzi

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Natural Kids Team Teammates FaerieRebecca and waldorfmama collaborated with Etsy admin Vanessa to find some of the best healthy toys for creative play.

1. playdough.jpg 12 Month Subscription-Play Dough of the Month Club by DoSiDough

Find more play dough on Etsy.

2. gnomehomechimera.jpg Gnome Home Needle Felted Play Mat by chimera

Find more woodland-themed toys.

3. strawberrytapestry.jpg Collecting Strawberries Needle Felted Tapestry by crazymommaproduction

Find more toys with strawberries.

4. caterpillar.jpg Caterpillar in a Leaf by zuzuspetal

Find more caterpillar toys.

5. owlswaldorf.jpg Hootie Gang (Wooden Owl Toys) by mamakopp

Find more wooden toys.

6. Harvestqueen.jpg Harvest Queen by WonderwulAnnette

Find more needle felted toys.
Learn how to make a needle felted turkey on Thursday, November 6th, live in the Virtual Labs. Sellers winsomehollow & littleloveblue will be hosting the event, which is free and open to anyone to attend (you just need to be logged into Etsy to use the Virtual Labs). Join us in the Treehouse room at 7pm (Eastern time). Please help us spread the word by blogging about it!

7. blossombabies.jpg Sandro, Waldorf-inspired Toddler Doll by blossombabies

Find more Waldorf baby dolls.

8. birdsunflower.jpg Sunflower with Bird, Needle Felted Set by TheSingingBird

Find more toys with birds.

9. birdbag.jpg Purple Bird Bag Stitching Kit by lovealittle

See these blog posts with ideas for children’s kits.

10. fairy.jpg Beautiful Purple Dragonfly Fairy Doll by Unwaveringfaith

Find more fairy toys.

Search words for finding Waldorf items on Etsy:
Waldorf, Steiner, naturalkids team

Find more Gift Ideas:
Children’s Gift Guide

And, since lots of people seem to ask…
Just what *is* Waldorf?
Waldorf education was developed in Germany by a philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. He envisioned a holistic education that met the child and worked to support and nurture the child. He and Maria Montessori were contemporaries, both working in the aftermath of WWI and dealing with so many damaged German and Italian children. Steiner based the early years of his educational philosophy on the realms of fantasy and play, putting off formal learning until the age of seven, where Montessori focused on teaching children to be self-reliant and learning practical skills. The hallmarks of Waldorf toys are natural materials, minimalistic features, and open-ended playthings that inspire the imagination.

See this adorable Waldorf article by the Natural Kids Team.  So many cute customer appreciation pictures of kids with their favorite toys, it’s guaranteed to make you squeal!

Sellers, the Holiday: Kids & Toys Showcase goes on sale on Thursday, November 6th, 2008!

Felted Wool Playscape Tree Stump Home
Felted Wool Playscape Tree Stump Home
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Twelve Month Subscription to your Play Dough of the Month (4 oz. tin)
Twelve Month Subscription to your Play Dough of the Month (4 oz. tin)
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Purple Bird Bag Kit
Purple Bird Bag Kit
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It's The Hootie Gang
It's The Hootie Gang
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Acorns
Acorns
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Beautiful Purple Dragonfly Fairy, miniature Waldorf doll
Beautiful Purple Dragonfly Fairy, miniature Waldorf doll
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Playsilk Rainbow     Set of 6 (35 x 35 inches)
Playsilk Rainbow Set of 6 (35 x 35 inches)
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MILK and HONEY BABY Bunting Dolls according to waldorf pedagogy
MILK and HONEY BABY Bunting Dolls according to waldorf pedagogy
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Waldorf Inspired Toddler Doll Sandro
Waldorf Inspired Toddler Doll Sandro
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Wool fairy- birthday and holidays needle felted blessing wool fairy made of hand painted merino wool and natural merino wool
Wool fairy- birthday and holidays needle felted blessing wool fairy made of hand painted merino wool and natural merino wool
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50 comments

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 10 years ago

    wow beatuiful! Love the bird and sunflower

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 10 years ago

    Awww, I love these Waldorf toys. So precious.

  • nat1489

    nat1489 said 10 years ago

    Love Love love! A lot of my jewelry has a childlike appeal to it. New moms seem to like this piece a lot: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14496281

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 10 years ago

    love love all these.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    These are beautiful. I don't have small children any more, but I love to look at all of these creations!

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 10 years ago

    Thanks for featuring Waldorf in a top ten list!! Beautiful!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 10 years ago

    looks great! love waldorf:)

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox said 10 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring Waldorf toys. I am fortunate to know a few of these fine ladies who are very dedicated to their craft and the philosophy of creative and imaginative play. Many of these shops also sell a lot of the natural supplies needed to create these toys. I personally have bought the most gorgeous wool roving and locks from Chimera's etsy shop..and her supplies are unbelievable! I encourage others to try their hands at crafting toys, even with their children, that will spark hours of fantasy play. Go Natural Kids Team!

  • fairiesnest

    fairiesnest said 10 years ago

    Waldorf toys are so wonderful! Thanks so much for putting together this top ten!

  • mizusugi

    mizusugi said 10 years ago

    Cute and sweet!

  • woodmouse

    woodmouse said 10 years ago

    Lovely selection! I love it all!

  • oritdotandolls

    oritdotandolls said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring here so many beautiful "fruits" of waldorf education

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 10 years ago

    I love all of these creations! Thank you for explaining what "Waldorf Inspired" means. Now I know why I'm drawn to them. The harvest doll and felted tapestry are TDF and I love the childrens toys!!!

  • sugarraindrops

    sugarraindrops said 10 years ago

    All of your creations are beautiful. I love the caterpillar in a leaf! ♥

  • buzzhandmade

    buzzhandmade said 10 years ago

    yay team! thanks for the nice feature.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 10 years ago

    very inspiring and fun!

  • woolcomesalive

    woolcomesalive said 10 years ago

    wonderful!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 10 years ago

    these are all so beautiful, i can't decide which ones i love the most! well done!!!

  • DoSiDough

    DoSiDough said 10 years ago

    Beautifully done. Thank you for including me! :)

  • lovealittle

    lovealittle said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring my stitching kit. This is just so encouraging. A lovely top ten :)

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this article! I have bought so many beautiful gifts from many of the people listed here and I highly recommend the whole team! Yay Naturalkids! ♥

  • haddy2dogs

    haddy2dogs said 10 years ago

    Awesome! It is a treat to see my friends here. I have many toys from these folks and the school I work at ordered almost all it's toy stock from Etsy Naturalkids team. I can recomend these shops for quality and customer service.

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 10 years ago

    I love this article!! It's so wonderful to see these beautiful waldorf toys featured and such an inspiring and loving group of craftspeople! My children love their waldorf toys more than anything. It always thrills me that such simple items can open their world of play so wide. Woo Hoo for Waldorf!

  • mamakopp

    mamakopp said 10 years ago

    Oh MY! My mouth hanging open! This is wonderful! Thank you for showing The Hootie Gang. Everything is so beautiful!!!! Harvest Queen has won my heart!

  • babus

    babus said 10 years ago

    soft, sweet, inspiring, and gentle toys. The strawberry-gathering tapestry is dreamy. I'm proud to be in this team. thanks for this article.

  • chimera

    chimera said 10 years ago

    Wow! I'm so happy to see Waldorf toys featured! Naturalkids members are just such sweet wonderful people! Thanks so much for sharing all these beautiful creations, and for including my felted play mats!

  • ClairesArtfulThings

    ClairesArtfulThings said 10 years ago

    how precious! i love the little mushrooms and gnomes!!! Thanks for sharing, I would never have thought to look for these, and what a loss that would be!

  • wyattsmagicwagon

    wyattsmagicwagon said 10 years ago

    love them all!! Thank you for showcasing Waldorf toys!!!!

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival said 10 years ago

    Oh, you all must check out naturechild.etsy.com - she as some of the most AMAZING little critters and her mobiles are to die for- I cried when mine came in the mail it is so beautiful!!

  • Nushkie

    Nushkie said 10 years ago

    Beautiful article! Thank you for including me by way of my quote. This is a great team and I'm so proud to be a member of it!!!!!!!

  • KraftyKatinaBoutique

    KraftyKatinaBoutique said 10 years ago

    Wonderful Storque! Thanks for the post!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 10 years ago

    I love the acorns.

  • LittleAdorables

    LittleAdorables said 10 years ago

    Adorable! Adorable! Adorable! :o)

  • Unwaveringfaith

    Unwaveringfaith said 10 years ago

    Oh, how wonderful!! I love this article, thank you for featuring the Natural Kids Team!! :0)

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 10 years ago

    awesome compilation - so many wonderfully soft toys full of imagination!

  • Jamisson

    Jamisson said 10 years ago

    So good to finally know what Waldorff is. I should have known, I went to Montessori school:}

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 10 years ago

    oh so fun and cute they all are!

  • hulderhale

    hulderhale said 10 years ago

    Oh! I was so happy when I read the headline of this article ^-^ I went to Waldorf school when I was little, and I miss it so much! I still go to christmas-markeds to get these kinds of toys:)

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    These are all so amazing!!! Great work guys! Loooove all the neat felted things...the caterpillar kids are adorable...

  • tangledhangers

    tangledhangers said 10 years ago

    THESE ARE ALL GREAT !!! ; *) BUT, YOU SHOULD ALSO CHECK~OUT THE AMAZING WALDORF~DOLLS THAT *FreedomRainbow* CREATES !! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5924511 THEY ARE SOO SWEET !!! ; *)

  • mommychick

    mommychick said 10 years ago

    This is such a wonderful group of artists! I can't wait to join Natural Kids team when my shop reaches 3 months!

  • MadEarth

    MadEarth said 10 years ago

    As a former teacher, I LOVE the feature of Waldorf toys! This selection brought out the best of my imagination! What a treat!!

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  • Grooveycrafts

    Grooveycrafts said 10 years ago

    These are gorgeous shops and items, I've never come across Waldorf so I've learned something new :)

  • Owlishly

    Owlishly said 10 years ago

    I love Waldorf toys, and I even let my kids play with mine ;) But really, out of all the toys that have come in and out of our home, the Waldorf inspired ones are the ones that last and are played with and loved the most.

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 10 years ago

    Lovely waldorf items! The owls and Caterpillars are sweet!

  • isiki

    isiki said 10 years ago

    The felted tree house is so inspiring!!!

  • woolcrazy

    woolcrazy said 10 years ago

    It's great to see all these wonderful toys together at this site.

  • Intres

    Intres said 10 years ago

    They are a fantastic and imaginative artists.

  • formydarling

    formydarling said 10 years ago

    Thanks a lot for putting together this top ten. I love the caterpillars and everything else!

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