I can't remember when I was first introduced to Bella Luna Toys, but I know I was immediately enchanted with their beautiful wooden and natural toys. Before the Kid was even a glimmer in my eye, I was secretly bookmarking items on their site. As Bella Luna owner, Sarah Baldwin, says, "They are built to last; the kind of toys that can be passed on or handed down to future generations."
Even more than that, one of the things that captivates me about Bella Luna--and about "Waldorf" toys in general--is their open-endedness. The green play silk we got the Kiddo last Christmas, for example, started out as a peek-a-boo cloth. It's also been a tent, a streamer, and I'm sure it will be a cape and about a hundred other things before we pass it on to another child.
Sarah, who is also a longtime Waldorf educator, has put together a great list of her favorite toys for children, although she begins with the proviso that, "A parent needn't spend much to provide a rich array of playthings for a child. At least half the playthings in my classroom were either gathered from nature or handmade. A basket of shells, a basket of smooth river stones, and branches cut up and sanded into natural blocks were among the toys I considered essential."
Sarah's favorites from Bella Luna include:
As for me, I'm coveting this toy barn. I have a tiny toy terrier who would enjoy chasing toy chickens inside! But I think if the Kid could choose, he'd probably pick this toy broom. My boy loves to sweep these days, but the grown-up broom is just a bit to tall for him to really handle.
As you can see, I'm a bit smitten. I'm so happy to have Bella Luna as a sponsor this month!
And to get you all on your way to a pretty toy addiction, Sarah has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to a My Bit of Earth reader. To win, visit Bella Luna, then come back here and leave a comment about your favorite toy. As usual, I'll pick a winner on Wednesday.
[P.S. The winner of the PaperRamma print is Serenosaur. I'll be in touch!]