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unicorn costume Children can flap the unicorn wings with the wrist straps. The flower chain bridle is all they’ll need to ride off on their next imaginative adventure. One size fits most. Ages 3+. #1438 $59

royal princess There’s nothing like a beautifully detailed princess costume to make your child feel like real-life royalty. The pink velour fabric is trimmed with gold and rosebuds, and the inner sleeves are a lovely sheer organza. The crown, cape and hooped skirt add an elegant flourish to this exquisite costume. Choice of 3-5 or 6-8. #1434 $89

peacock fairy Inspired by the jewel tones of a peacock, this fairy dragon costume Children become the wild beasts of their imaginations. Adjustable to fit a range of sizes, add it to your dress up basket. Ages 3+. One size. #1439 $59

costume is a dress-up delight. The tulle skirt flows with every leap and spin and the stretchy bodice with covered seams makes for a comfy, long-lasting fit. Includes dress and headband. Choice of sizes 3-5 or 6-8. #1431 $49


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with these non-toxic face pencils. Your children will love drawing on each other’s faces (or yours!). Made primarily of palm oil, they are easy to apply and wash off. Fairy set colors are purple, pink, orange, brown, silver and gold. #2438 $20

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knight’s silk armor In this Silk Armor costume, your young member of King Arthur’s Round Table will have a tunic as well as a dashing cape. Available in gold and red or green and blue, it includes a ribbon that secures the two-sided tunic at the waist. Ages 4-10. Tunic is 22” long. #1873 was $39 now $35

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fuchsia fairy Your child will feel extra special in this two-toned fairy costume as they dance and tiptoe through their fairy land. The costume includes wings and a flowered headband. Choice of sizes 3-5 or 6-8. #1435 was $59 now $50

woodland fairy costume Little fairies can be as quiet as a woodland deer or as spry as a squirrel as they make their way through the yard in this impeccable fairy costume. It’s perfect for the next flower festival or a Halloween night of trick-ortreating. The velour body of the costume and shimmery skirt have a magic of their own, with a fairy wand and crown as a final touch. Choice of 3-5 or 6-8. #1028 was $59 now $40

basic face paint tin Face painting makes a great activity for a birthday party or can put the finishing touch on a Halloween costume. Because these paints wash off so easily, kids can create body art anytime without fear of having a blue face for days. Ages 3+. Germany. #1101 $19

sorcerer’s costume Whether your child is just learning transfiguration or turning mud into pie, he’ll love this magical robe. The soft velour of this wizard’s costume means the apprentice or master sorcerer will be comfortable on Halloween outings or standing over his bubbling cauldron. The pointed cap readies young wizards for any occasion. #1027 was $49 now $30

silk crown Top off your little prince or princess, king or queen with one of these reversible, colorful crowns. Elastic in back for an adjustable fit. Choice of Blue, Red or Pink. #4844 $25

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silk fairy dress This easy-to-don silk fairy costume is perfect

rainbow cape A scintillating shimmer and gossamer texture

dress-up wear. Fairies will love slipping the lavender silk dress over their heads, spreading the gossamer wings and flying off into the land of fancy. 3-6. #4402 $69

brighten any costume when tied on your fairy prince or princess. 100% silk. 32” long. #1878 $42

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rainbow veil Inspire hours of open-ended play with this rainbow veil. Pair with our fairy dress or rainbow skirt to complete the look. 100% silk. 28” long. #1884 $29

playsilk Fill the dress-up bin with these 100% pure silk scarves and see your children’s imaginations and creativity come alive. 35” square. #1874 $17 E SAL

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silk wings As children run across the lawn or ride a swing high into the air, these wings flow behind them in a wave of color. 31” long, 40” wide. Choice of Rainbow or Fairy. #1879 $38

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Add this unicorn horn headband to dress-up box and enhance games of make believe. The silk headband makes for a simple costume for a special occasion or everyday play. 3+. #1213 was $16 now $15

rainbow streamer Twirl, leap,

run and dive and watch as this silk ribbon dances with your movements. Streamer is over 8’ long. #2796 $14

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rainbow glockenspiel Children delight in the bright sounds and colors of this glockenspiel as they tap out familiar tunes with the wooden mallet. Bring the fun along with the built-in handle. 11” long. Poland. #3467 $25

pan flute Each tube is hand tuned. Just make the sound of a “P”

or “B” across the pipes and you’ll be making magical music in no time. 12” wide. Bolivia. #4327 $29

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simple auris pentatonic glockenspiel This glockenspiel has a full warm sound and was designed to be used by children from an early age. The lines are a little simpler than our Classic Auris Pentatonic Glockenspiel and the tone is a little mellower as well. It can, however, serve you well in your home or school and can be used with other instruments as well! 1+. Germany. #2763 $78

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rhythm box Start a dance or add

a beat to your children’s tunes with this drum. Inspired by the Cajun hand drumming box, this rhythm instrument is a fun way to create rhythm and explore tempo. Ages 3+. #1054 was $50 now $35

pentatonic-diatonic glockenspiel Gorgeous and

sturdy, this hardwood version of the classic glockenspiel is made in Germany. Tapping the wooden hammers across the keys produces a tinkling, clear range of tones, as lovely to hear as it is to play. Remove two of the rainbow ‘keys’ and replace them with the extra blocks to change the tones from diatonic to pentatonic. 3+. Germany. #4381 $109

pentatonic lyre The special shape

of this lyre allows the wood to produce its full range of inherent tonal qualities, creating rich overtones and a veritable rainbow of sound. Sweden. #4841 $295

choroi pentatonic recorder

Made of Pear wood, this beautiful Choroi Recorder is tuned to the pentatonic scale and is the one used in Waldorf Schools around the world. Its simple design makes it easy for little hands to change notes by covering and uncovering the holes. 7+. Sweden. #2366 $149

incan drum Each side of this

drum produces a different tone. The colorful head of the beater and the webbing are handmade. 10.25” diam. Peru. #4271 $55

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children of the forest Like

all of Elsa Beskow’s books, this tale is lushly illustrated and gently told. Children of the Forest relates the tale of a family of little people through all the seasons of the forest. The four children play with the animals who inhabit the forest, learn from the wise old owl and help their parents to prepare for the coming winter. #1279 $18

rainy day kids adventure book

Every day is a great day to be outside. Use this book to share the wonders of any season with your child. There are so many miracles sitting just beyond your window! The crafts are simple, well-illustrated and fun, allowing all ages to participate in the creation of flags, sleds, hang gliders and more. By Steph Scott and Katie Akers. Paperback, 160 pgs. Ages 3+. 8” x 5.5” #1271 $13

you belong here Remind chil-

dren that they are exactly where they’re supposed to be. This enchanting bedtime story offers the words, “The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you.” This warm message is a perfect affirmation at the end of a small child’s day. By M.H. Clark with illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault. Hardcover, 40pgs. 8.5” x 11.25”. Ages 4-8. #1205 $19

scottish folk tales With selkies and kelpies and brownies and dragons, explore the world of Scottish folk tales in this beautifully illustrated storybook. The author offers the stories in a conversational format so your child will be drawn in by the friendly voice. Get a taste of the culture of Scotland through these exciting tales. #1030 $25

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the blue forest You’ll find a gentle bedtime story for each night of the week in The Blue Forest. The stories describe enchanting events involving humans, animals and nature. Each story’s illustrations feature a different color, giving them a dreamlike quality that makes the listener feel like they’ve already entered the ethereal land of sleep. By Luke Fischer with illustrations by Stephanie Young and Tim Smith. Hardcover, 48 pgs. 7’ x 8”. Ages 6-9. #1538 $16

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ing and hilarious, this picture book follows squirrel as he determinedly waits to see what snow is like. He wakes two more animals from their winter’s nap, and the three slightly grumpy, but curious friends look for snow. The story is told primarily through truly rib-tickling illustrations and just a few words with a finale that is laugh-outloud funny. By Sebastian Meschenmoser. Hardcover, 68 pgs. (11 x 8) #1587 $11

the man made of stars Fall in love with this sweet children’s book about one curious child who discovers that there is always room for more light in the world. Every evening, when the sky is painted pink and blue and gold, the man made of stars sets off to work. But what is his secret, and where does he go when he walks out past town with his lantern twinkling? One child is determined to find out. #1204 was $19 now $15

the illustrated compendium of amazing animal facts Young

animal enthusiasts will love the illustrations in this picture book. Each animal illustration is accompanied by a few fun facts, giving younger audiences exciting tidbits without overwhelming them with too much information. Young artists and readers will be inspired to try their own drawings and supplement their knowledge after poring through this tantalizing book. #1501 $15

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seasons - rhymes in time This book can be used in so many ways. Read the lyrics and enjoy the illustrations on their own; listen to the music on the included CD and follow along, or use the sheet music towards the back to play the song yourself! Hardcover, 30 pgs. All Ages. 8.75” x 11.25”. USA. #3840 $19

early reader city & country pack This set of early readers offers illustrations to engage the sense of beauty and burnish the imaginations of children. The text is very clear, with single words up to brief sentences on each page. The set includes a range of reading levels, moving from single words to short phrases to longer sentences, all warmly illustrated. The books are printed on recycled paper with vegetable inks. #1306 was $25 now $15

geared to newly confident readers who are ready for the challenge of a chapter book. Two of the books are adapted for greater appeal to a new audience, while the Grimms tale of the dancing princesses follows the classic tale with only an slight adjustment to the ending. These are written to make excellent read-alouds or magical stories for children to on their own. Ages 6+ the snow queen chapter book #1588 $10 / wild swans chapter book #1589 $10 /the twelve dancing princesses chapter book #1590 $10

autumn poems, songs & stories Based on work in Waldorf kindergartens and written for parents and teachers of young children, Autumn is a collection of seasonal poems, stories and songs. Full of material for use at festivals and in celebrating the unique changes in nature, let this book inspire your fall days. In addition to providing material for use at festivals, you will also find many ideas for creating your morning circle, learning more Pentatonic music or sharing curative or therapeutic tales. Ages 4-9. #1384 $15

rosalind and the little deer In the classic style of Elsa Beskow,

this children’s book tells a sweet story that encourages readers to advocate for our animal friends. Rosalind is on a mission to save her friend, the deer, from the captivity of a cruel king. With persistence and a little help from a friend, Rosalind ensures a happy ending for her animal friend. #1207 $18

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early readers With characters like Sam Cat, Nat Rat, Len Bug & Jen Slug, the stories in this series are humorous tales of animals and nature, written with new readers in mind. By Shelley Davidow. Set of 6. Paperback, 15 pgs. Ages 4-6. USA. #4300 $39

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painting board + easel A painting board is the perfect surface

for wet-on-wet watercolor painting. Paired with our tabletop easel, featuring three reclining positions, your young artist can explore the wonders of watercolor more comfortably. 19.5” tall. USA. painting board + easel set #4409 $54 tabletop easel #4397 $44 painting board #3829 small was $10 now $9 / large $16

stockmar paint sets Stockmar’s wa-

tercolor paints are known for their clarity, texture and quality. Because they are very concentrated, you only need to use a small amount diluted in water. Choose either 20cc or 50cc sets. Germany. #1174 individuals 20cc $10 / 50cc $20 / sets 20cc Set of 6 $54 / 50cc Set of 6 $108

watercolor paint jars with holder Use these jars

and holders for convenient storage and use of your paints. Three jar holder is 9” long. Six jar holder is 17” long. USA. #3828 3 jar holder $20 / 6 jar holder $34

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kitty cat pencil case Keep art materials in purrfect order

with the help of this kitty. The case is long enough to hold pens or pencils and has enough body to make finding the right color simple. Just zip it closed to keep all your colors secure for your next outing or art time. This case is made of handwoven fabric. 9” x 3.5”. Fair trade. Nepal. #1074 $20

hemp watercolor paper Extra heavy artists’ paper works beautifully with our watercolor paints. 12 sheets. USA. #1177 8.5” x 11” $16 / 11” x 14” $20

eco-finger paint Made with organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts, these vibrant fingerprints are are a craft you can feel good about. Just mix a bit of the powder with water and let children create their masterpieces. Includes five 4 oz pouches. Ages 2+. #1130 $25 sunography Arrange objects on these sheets of paper or fab-

ric and place in bright sunlight to create gorgeous cyanotypes. The 100% cotton materials are light sensitive on both sides, so you can make two-sided prints. Adult assistance recommended. USA. Fabric #1140 $18 / Paper #1138 $18

snake pencil holder Decoratively holds up to 12 triangular colored pencils, like the Lyra Ferbys. Germany. #3832 $19 lyra ferby color pencils- 12 long #1169 $42 lyra ferby color pencils- 12 short #1169 $25

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soy crayon + stencil set Young children will appreciate these vibrantly

hued, easy-to-hold crayons as they explore all the ways they can use the included stencils. The unique shape of these crayons is a deliberate design aimed at developing the muscles in a child’s hands, increasing their fine motor control. The stencils can be used over the paper, like a regular stencil, or under the paper for adding textured rubbings to a drawing. Ages 3+. Includes 16 soy crayons and 8 stencils. USA. #1561 $15

window crayons Color on glass surfaces and easily clean it off. Great for taking along for a long car ride! #2574 $18

beeswax candle kit With this kit, children can give friends and loved ones their own homemade candles. With enough materials for 6 candles, it’s a wonderful craft activity for a group of kids during a party or a rainy day. Simply place a wick at the edge of the wax sheet and roll. When finished, the candles burn beautifully. Makes 6 candles. Choice of Holiday or Rainbow. USA. #1243 $25

stockmar wax crayons These beautiful crayons create brightly colored illustrations. Choice of Sticks or Blocks, 8 or 16 crayons. Blocks are 1.5” long, 1” wide. Sticks are 3.25” long. Germany. #1166 $20 - $34 candle decorating kit Almost everyone can join in the fun of creating

a decorated candle for festive occasions or gift giving. Simply cut out the decorative wax into hearts, flowers, droplets, and circles and press onto the candle with the warmth of a finger. This kit comes complete, so all you need to provide is the kitchen table! The pillar and cutters are made in the USA; the decorating wax is from Germany. #4561 $70

papermaking kit A craft that is more than 2,000 years old, this paper making kit will engage young minds. Includes pine dipping frame, shredded paper, cotton cloths and instructions. Ages 6+. 10.75” tall. Germany. #1496 $36

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transparency paper booklet Traditionally used in Europe for kite making, Transparency Paper makes beautiful projects such as window stars that glow when illuminated by light. #1181 Regular / #1182 Christmas $12

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beginner’s sewing kit Your little tailor will have all they need to learn some basic sewing skills when armed with this case. They’ll find all the materials and tools for making some felt friends, a patch, a pouch, a couple of decorations, and two brooches. They can practice using patterns and cutting fabric. They’ll get some basic sewing stitches while also learning a little applique and embroidery. Ages 8+. #1584 $30

adorable animal stitching kit The child whose skill has surpassed lacing cards will be delighted by this set of cardstock animals to stitch and embellish. Children first use the included push pin to pre-punch their sewing holes. Then they follow the instructive markings, learning basic embroidery stitches in easy-to-follow steps. The booklet is full of tips to make learning a cinch. Each animal is a small project they can use for decorating their space or for a handmade present for a friend. Includes 12 cards, instructions, blunt needle, pushpin, and six colors of thread. Ages 8+. #1586 $19

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is easy to grasp when you use a knitting board! This tool is the perfect way to teach children the mechanics of knitting without them having to maneuver knitting needles. They can easily form their loops with the pegs on the knitting board instead to create leg warmers, scarves, headbands and more! Ages 7+. Germany. #1060 $30

learn to knit - foxy mittens Find everything you need to make your own pair of fabulous, fingerless, fox mittens. The included instructions teach the basics of knitting and give directions for making mittens for wee ones to fullsized adult mitts. The kit includes bamboo knitting needles, three colors of chunky yarn, a plastic darning needle and instructions. 8+. #1572 $18

peg loom Our peg loom is a perfect first loom for children interested in trying their hand at weaving. Comes complete with everything you need to make a project, including instructions on how to set up the warp string. 5+. USA. #4771 $35

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circular loom Weave a wonderful round design and use as a wall hanging, table decoration or get inventive and make a unique top for a knitted or crocheted hat. 8.5”diameter. Includes wool yarn and cotton warp. Germany. #4770 $24

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bead weaving loom Bead weaving is a satisfying activity with several steps from start to finish. The first steps are to design your creation and string the loom. Then use the needle and beads to slowly, but surely, create your pattern with the beads! Ages 8+. 8” long. Germany. #4769 $29 gilded dragons craft kit Children will add the

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sparkle to each of these dragon pictures. Using the included tool and the pieces of foil, they can color each picture following the numbers, or they can choose the colors of foil they prefer. When they’re done, they will have shimmering dragons pictures to adorn their walls or to share with a friend. Includes 4 pictures, 15 pieces of metallic foil and a stylus. #1575 $15

ingredients and detailed instructions. Fun at a birthday party or baby shower! Enough materials to make 60 small patterns. USA. #4044 $34

needle felting starter kit Our Starter Kit for Needle Felting has everything you need to learn the craft; needles, a foam pad, wool, pattern cutters and more. With the enclosed instructions, you and your children will be able to make beautiful designs. Using the included needle holders makes the process both faster and safer. This is a wonderful introduction to a fun and rewarding craft! 7+. Germany. #3838 $39 felted balls kit Our felted balls kit is the perfect

paper bead craft kit Create modern-looking jewelry with this Victorian craft. Children can create unique beads with the included paper strips or cut their own strips for an original creation. When the beads are done, you can thread them on a string and add a fastener for a handmade piece of jewelry. The included tool makes rolling and gluing the paper beads easier. Kit includes 100 paper strips, bead making tool, glue, needle, thread, 3 fasteners. Ages 6+. Germany. #1552 $16

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introduction to wet felting with unspun wool, a fun craft project to try with your children. The kit includes everything you need to create balls by felting the wool with just water, the included soap and your hands or a washboard. Placing one of the bells inside makes the ball a soft rattle toy for a baby. It’s a creative activity for a birthday party, and the balls even serve as party favors when you’re finished. 6+. Germany. #2694 $34

drop spindle With this centuries old tool,

children can discover a new and exciting craft project. Using this drop spindle and the colorful wool, they can learn how to spin their own wool yarn. The drop spindle technique is practiced across many cultures. Although their first attempts may produce uneven yarn, their handmade fibers are sure to add character to any weaving or knitting project. Germany. 8+. #1525 was $28 now $25

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large tool box With an array of high-quality real tools, all sized perfectly for children, this toolbox is the one you need on the big job. The handles are all wooden, as is the box they come in. The box is equipped with clever catches, so it is easy for a child to keep tidy. Ages 6+. 12” x 9” x 3”. #8037 $75

small tool box With just the essentials, this children’s tool box is perfect for on-the-go jobs. The high-quality kid-sized tools are very real and quite functional. With the supervision of an adult, children can experiment with simple woodworking. All the handles and the tool box itself are made of wood, and the interior of the box makes organization easy. Ages 6+. 12” x 5” x 2” #8038 $34

kid’s pocket knife With a

rounded tip and a blade that locks securely in place, this stainless steal pocket knife is perfect for when your young carpenter is ready to try whittling. Rounded blade is sharp! Adult supervision recommended. 7” long. France. #1467 $18

crank light kit Let your light shine with this craft kit! First, children build the crank light. By rotating the crank you generate enough electricity to power the LED bulb. The easy-to-follow instructions include clear diagrams to help the builder. Ages 10+. Germany. #1372 $32

secret code kit Children can send messages about their covert operations to co-conspirators with this simple but effective coder. Using a template, they can use thousands of codes. With four included templates, the entire gang can swap messages. Kit includes 4 secret code templates and detailed instructions. Ages 8+. 5.75” sq. Germany. #1495 $14

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ing the magnetized tiles, children can create fantastic vehicles and then use the included grids to make the different parts seemingly move. It’s a bit like a puzzle, but also a game of optic illusion. The 37 different tiles let a child’s imagination explore all sorts of pretend vehicles. Ages 5+. 41 pieces, 10” sq. #1581 $25

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motion detector kit Hidden in a backpack or sports bag, this build-it-yourself alarm will alert the owner of any intruders. The kit includes an alarm beeper, switch, battery clip, wire, capacitor, resistors, collet, grommet, shrink tubing, nuts and bolts and wire end ferrules. 9-volt battery required. Ages 10+. Germany #1497 $28

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swing carousel kit Make the forest family a people-powered carousel! Like the cable car kits, this swing roundabout is worked by hand. Adults and older children will enjoy the challenge of assembling this woodcraft project, and younger children will like imagining the day at the fair for their little gnomes and fairies. Includes 3 dolls. 10+ to assemble, 6+ to play. Germany. #1554 $62

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finger car Driving this car is an educational trip. Whether you use your finger, a pencil or one of the included pegs, you will be enthralled by the motion and the challenge of controlling it. Use the included puzzle pieces to create a track for an extra challenge. Ages 5+. Czech Republic #1583 $54

cable car kit Teach kids about simple machines with this kit. Older children will enjoy assembling the model and setting up the pulley system. Younger children enjoy sending blocks up and down the line, whether that’s outside from tree to tree, or from different points in the house. English instructions included. Ages 5+, with help. Germany. #8014 $35


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dreamcatcher swing For years of play and large enough for two

or three friends, this circular swing will see hours of use. The included 8’ rope and pair of carabiners make it easy to hang from a structure or healthy tree. The steel frame and handwoven “seat” will last outside summer after summer and can support up to 500 pounds. Ages 4+. #1573 $145

sturdy stilts A truly classic toy. Youngsters love to hop up and

take their first tentative steps. It’s like learning to walk all over again! Three step positions: 12”, 18” and 24”. Oak. 60” tall. USA. #4933 $59

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treasure hunter’s kit Children will enjoy creating a trea-

sure hunt for their siblings and friends. Or they might also enjoy imagining themselves as a treasure seeker. With this kit, they can be either, making their own hunt with the included “booty” or finding treasure along the shoreline during a day at the beach. Ages 3+. Maine. #1548 $45

bamboo run bike Get your child rolling with this elegant, yet adorable balance bike. Made of bamboo and finished with wooden wheels and airless tires, this run bike looks beautiful and works like a charm. The included instructions and clever design make the minimal assembly easy. Ages 2-5. #1158 $150

walking blocks Hop on up! Like stilts, walking blocks improve children’s motor skills and balance. Ages 4+. 5.75” tall. USA. #1003 $29

bike basket Bring a doll or a snack along wooden tree swing Sit on the smooth,

sturdy seat, grasp the soft, braided rope, kick off and fly freely through the air. 12” diameter. Includes 20’ of rope. USA. #4572 $49

storybook flashlight Your child will be thrilled

by the special twist this miniature flashlight offers. On tent canvas or a night time bedroom wall, your child can flash pictures from three different reels. Make it a fun game or a quiet bedtime story. Ages 3+. #1318 $25

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for the ride with this handwoven wicker basket! It’s easy to fasten and sized perfectly for the bamboo run bike. #1159 $30

cloppity horseshoes These real horseshoes make authentic cloppity-clop sounds! These are great for all sorts of horse play. Comes with a real hoof pick with a brush, so when it’s time to come home after a day on the trail, you can clean them. Ages 4+. Wood is 2.5” thick. Germany. #4695 $59

horsie reins This set of toy reins is a fun two-child activity! One child puts the leather loop over their head to play the horse and the other child holds the reins and steers their friend through the scenery. Through taking turns, children enjoy a fun game of pretend while practicing cooperation. Ages 4+. Germany. #4694 $49

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spy eye - assorted colors Peek around corners to see who’s in the next room with the cleverly designed mirror-foiled eyepiece. The colorfully dyed wood comes in a variety of hues; we’ll choose for you. Ages 3+. 2” tall. Austria. #1405 $24

peg’s paddleboat Power-up the

motor by twisting the rubber band, set the boat in the water and watch it go. 8” long. USA. #4233 $9

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slingshot Children will enjoy testing their

marksmanship with this classic toy. They set a ping pong ball in the sling, pull back, aim and release. The wood will last longer with a little care, like oil or polish. Ages 5+. 7” long. Germany. #1406 $12

rainbow prism Place this prism on its base in a sunny window and enjoy the rainbow created by the light shining though as it is thrown across the room onto the opposite wall. Germany. #4763 $10

rainbow bilboquet Test your hand-eye coordination to hop or pop the dangling ball into the cup. This engaging toy is fun to keep in common areas to entertain children and guests during gatherings or while waiting for dinner. Ages 4+. The cup is 2.25” x 1.25”; the string is 33.5” long. Austria. #1409 $14

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leaf press Here is a wooden flower press that fits easily in a backpack or satchel, making it a great choice for young explorers on a hike. 6+. Germany. #4346 was $24 now $18

block + tackle Children will

be in awe of how this simple machine can magnify their own strength. Attach it to bunk beds, at the top of the stairs or hang it in a tree to move treasures and learn how to lift heavy objects through the power of mechanical advantage. Ages 4+ with adult supervision. #2751 $95

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marble-shell snail These delicate wooden snail figures will make anyone smile. They’re perfect for desk decor, a nature table, or the mantel. Their little necks bob around, and their marbles tumble on their backs as you roll them gently along. Their tiny size makes them especially charming. Marble colors vary. 2.25” long. Germany. #1530 $8

wooden kaleidoscope - assorted colors Vibrant

colors inside and out to appeal to a child’s sense of fun! This wooden version of a classic kaleidoscope fits easily in the hand, and a simple twist gives a new array of beads to delight the eye. These come in a pleasing array of stripes; we’ll choose for you. Ages 3+. 2.75” tall. Austria. #1408 $28

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on the farm wooden book Each “page” con-

tains whimsical pictures illustrating a range of farming activities, from planting to harvesting to milking a cow. 4” tall. Switzerland. #3992 $25

simon’s stable This stable has a manger, two stalls, and a hayloft. Ostheimer chickens sold separately. Ages 3+. 23.5” x 16.25” x 15.5”. Poland. #1454 $199

felt farmyard Furnish your farmyard with these wool felt friends. farmer & friends Includes man & woman farmers, a cow and calf, a pig, a rooster, a hen, and two chicks. Ages 3+. Germany. Cow is 3.75” tall. Germany. #1238 $174

Each barnyard denizen is hand crafted and has a touch of charming character to add to a child’s play. The set includes an ox, cow, donkey, sheep, dog, puppy, hen, chickie and duck. Wool felt. Ages 3+. Ox is 5” long. Made in fair trade in Nepal. #1285 $90

hay wagon Young farmers can

farmyard animal set With a whole barnyard of animal friends to choose from, children can imagine every part of life on the farm. Grazing cow is 3.5” long. Germany. #4796 $49 tractor Get the hay in before supper with this sturdy tractor. Spin the steering wheel to turn the front wheels. 9” long. Germany. #4908 $69

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haul the hay to the paddock with this wooden hay wagon from Fagus. This wagon is also handy when they need to gather the cut grass to make hay for winter fodder. It hitches easily to the tractor or unimog, and with another hitch on the back, one could attach another cart or hay wagon. That would be one long piece of farm equipment! 3+. Germany. #4918 $50

horse trailer Lower the rear gate and lead the horses in. Lift the top to tend to them on their journey. 11.5” long. Germany. #4907 $86

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A Perfect Home for a Fairy or Gnome little forest house The pieces of this wooden dollhouse come assembled, making a simple, though adaptable residence for the forest dwellers of your child’s imagination. The open design invites innovation, as your child outfits the home with acorn cups or lamb’s ear bedding. Ages 3+. Poland. #1194 $110

woodland gnomes Clad in warm, earthy colors with delicately painted faces, this woodland pair adds a bit of whimsy to the fairy house or nature table. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. woodland gnome #4759 $21 woodland lady gnome #4760 $21

felt mushrooms - set of 6 The

felt trees - set of 3 Little fair-

ies and forest animals will love hiding among this set of three trees made of wood and wool felt. Their leaves are the soft green of spring and their trunks are made from tree limbs, giving them a natural shape. Ages 3+. Tallest tree is approximately 11” tall. Fair trade. Nepal. #1277 $44

gnomes can play hopscotch over the mushroom tops. Or the forest children can hide among the spotted fungi. These colorful wool mushrooms are a fun addition to fairy play or when your child is building a magic block kingdom. Includes 6 mushrooms. Wool felt. Ages 3+. Approx. 2.5” tall. Made in Fair Trade in Nepal. #1280 $45

ostheimer forest animal set These woodland creatures will be right at home in the landscape of your child’s imagination. They can drink from a stream, nap on a bed of moss, or frolic and scamper through a magical forest. Set includes a fox, bear, stag, rabbit and wolf. Ages 4+. Bear is 3.25” tall. Germany. #3377 $92

dwarves - set of 3 Complete the magical kingdom with a trio of dwarves. These little wooden figures can serve as castle gardeners or keep to themselves in their woodland cottage while they go about their dwarf-ish business of moving gems and minerals to secret spots. Children can get lost in a new magic land by imagining how these fellows might spend their days. Ages 3+. Germany. 3” tall. #1515 $58

native american family set with canoe and teepee Completely posable, our Native American soft dolls can help bring to life the history of the first peoples of this continent. Sharing, through stories and play, their rich history is one way to counter stereotypes that children commonly encounter. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. #2080 $139

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fairy potion kit When children’s minds turn to mud pies and magic, they will be delighted to add this to their potion lab or fairy kitchen. The included lavender, rose and calendula flowers will add a lovely fragrance to their tinctures. Kit includes 2 glass perfume bottles, recipe cards, dried flowers, funnel, cheesecloth and a pipette. Ages 4+. Maine. #1218 $24

blossom fairy With a skirt like the unfolding petals of a new flower, the blossom fairy flutters about on delicate leaf-like wings. Fully poseable. 7.5� tall. Brazil. Additional colors available online. #4634 $40


forest family These felt figures are a great size for the treehouse or

adding to any block play. They can stand on their own two feet and are bendable for grasping ladders or rope swings. The six figures are two different sizes, adding to their pretend play roles. Ages 4+. Larger figure is 2.75” tall and smaller figure is 2.5” tall. Poland. #1197 $28

forest home All the forest folk will be delighted by this wooden dollhouse

mini fairy garden With just a few tiny tools and bits of nature, children can start their first fairy garden. This tin has itty bitty clothespins, a fairysized broom, a piece of wood for a chair or table top, glass stones, shells and scraps of moss. Ages 6+. USA. #1524 $19

mother & baby deer These

Ostheimer wooden doe & fawn are a perfect addition to the enchanted land of your child’s imagination. Germany. Ages 3+. #1518 $34

dwelling. There are four separate levels that children can access from all sides and so many features to explore. With a retractable ring swing, a rope ladder, a crow’s nest and more, the forest family can have adventures galore. Children can use treasures found in the yard to furnish the house and invite all the forest people to come inside. Ages 3+. 25.5” tall Poland. #1196 $250

fairy house kit Hidden in this wooden box are all the tools your child might need to create a fairy house. This Mainemade kit can launch your child into an entire backyard of fairy adventures as they begin to notice the items in their surroundings that might best invite the fairies to their magic space. The kit includes fairy dust, moss, feathers, acorn caps, shells and sea glass. Your child will also find fairy cards and a pencil to invite their friends to their fairyland or to leave a note for the fairies. Ages 3+. 8.75” sq. USA. #1483 $45

flower fairy Our flower fairies are smaller than unicorn Add the most elusive and mys-

tical creature to your child’s collection of wooden figures. This beautifully carved wooden unicorn will bring an air of mystery and magic to every story. Ages 4+. 5.25” tall. Germany. #3662 $20

the other fairies so they are like their little sisters. With bespeckled, long cotton dresses topped with a flower shaped collar, they remind one of a field of tiny wildflowers. Their wings are of tulle with bright little sparkles embedded in them. Bodies are poseable and made of cotton interlock stuffed with wool. Made in Brazil by a women’s cooperative. 6” tall. #4628 $25

kerchief fairy Her silken skirts billow as

she flies through the air on her wings of delicate leaves. Fully poseable. 7.5” tall. Brazil. Additional colors available online. #4640 $40

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claire’s dollhouse The simple design of this dollhouse invites chil-

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dren to use their imagination. The open plan makes the space flexible for creating different scenes. The doors swing shut, hiding away the family and their accessories, but the little door makes it easy for doll visitors to come and go. Ages 3+. 23.75” wide (with doors closed), 21.75” tall and 14.25” deep. Poland. #1446 $249

Includes desk and chair, lamp, bunk beds, night stand and bookshelf. Germany. #4182 $49

kitchen set Includes fridge,

stove, sink, table and 4 chairs and buffet. Germany. #4160 $49

bathroom

set Includes sink, washing machine, toilet, bathtub and cabinet. Germany. #4158 $49

living room set Includes sofa, floor

lamp, coffee table, fireplace, armchair and media center. Germany. #4159 $49

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dressable dollhouse family Kids love to dress and un-

dress these dollhouse dolls. With tiny little clothes that fit them perfectly, they don’t have to take baths or go to bed fully dressed. Father is 6” tall. Brazil. #4281 $94

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dollhouse family This set includes three generations.

They are completely poseable, so they can sit on the sofa or bend to sweep the floor. Father is 6” tall. Dark and medium skin tone families and individual dolls available online. Brazil. #4426 $125

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caravan Younger children will enjoy driving this through the house and

the inside is big enough to give a teddy bear or other doll friend a ride. They can even sit on top and tootle about. Older children can send their dollhouse dolls on cross-country vacations to visit a grand canyon of blocks or the giant woods of the backyard. There’s plenty of room for a dollhouse family to sleep and they can even add a table and chairs for al fresco dining. 18m+. Poland. #1149 $190

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wooden fruit set & wooden veggie set Pretend

to perpare nutritious snacks or tasty treats with wooden fruits and veggies Each set comes in a market bag. Ages 3+. Pear is 2.25” tall. Carrot is 3” long. Germany. fruit #2747 $29 / veggie #2745 $29

play clips set Clip a building

cloth to a Playstand Set or a few chairs for an instant hideaway. Includes 4 clips. Choice of Light or Dark wood. 4.5” long, USA. #2959 $29

silk rainbow canopy 100% silk. 108” long, 54” wide. #2965 $130

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cotton building cloths Create an instant fortress or a secret fairy hideaway with one or more. 72” long, 56” wide. USA. #4837 $39

scale with weights Children can explore simple math concepts with this wooden balance scale. It’s an excellent tool for homeschooling, as children can experiment with the ideas of “greater than, less than or equal to.” It’s also a great addition to a play store. The young clerk can weigh veggies and grains for their customers. This Waldorf toy comes with five weights (10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 grams) and two nicely rounded pans with plenty of room for weighing all kinds of things. 3+. Germany. #4857 $109

blackboard + chalk set Many of our cus-

tomers report that their children are delighted with their blackboards and rainbow of high-quality chalks. Perfect for home school or playing school or writing a menu for the playstand restaurant. 12 colors of chalk. Ages 3+. 11.5” wide. Germany. #2737 $30

double playstand set A Double Playstand Set is

an ideal play space for children indoors or out. It makes a space within a space where the child can find refuge and quiet from the hubbub of the day and drift into play. Includes two Playstands, four Play Clips and a Silk Rainbow Canopy. #4462 $599

playstand with awning

Create a space for imaginative play with a single Playstand or a pair. 39.5” tall (with awning, 51”). 12” deep (with awning, 31”), 39” wide. USA. #4460 $259

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cash register Including a cred-

it card swiper, this cash register makes playtime open for business. Ages 3+. 8” tall. Poland. #4922 $89

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Equip Your Chef with Hand-painted Enamelware

flowered enamel cup, bowl + plate Plate is 6.75” wide. Poland. #3891 $38

flowered enamel frying pan 4.25” diam. #3904 $19

flowered enamel creamer 3.5” tall. #3902 $20 small flowered pot 2” tall. #3922 $16

flowered enamel farmer’s pot 6.5” diameter. Poland. #3918 $19

large flowered pot 3” tall. #3920 $20

good eggs Good eggs are a necessary staple in the pantry, and these are fresh from a free range forest. Twelve wooden eggs are held in a real egg carton, ready to be served for breakfast. USA. #1160 $19

flowered tea set Tea time? Made of enameled steel with a delightful hand-painted flower pattern, the teakettle and two cups are just right for an afternoon party for two. Beautiful and functional, this will work well in a play kitchen or a real one. #3912 $54

elsa’s kitchen

Whether they’re starting their day with porridge or cooking up a fancy dinner, young chefs will find all they need in this wooden kitchen. With two burners and an oven for cooking, a sink for clean up, lower storage areas and even a place for a waste bin, this kitchen is completely outfitted gourmet cooking. Ages 3+. 21” x 20” x 13.75”. Poland. #1444 $269

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rosie’s washer On cleaning days, little ones can

put their dolls’ clothes inside this wooden washing machine, turn the knobs, and give them a spin to dizzy the dirt away. Ages 3+. 18” x 13.75” x 13.75”. Poland. #1452 $229

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ironing board & iron After a washing and drying, it’s

time to iron dolly’s clothes! This ironing board folds for easy storage and includes a holder for the iron. Ages 3+. 27.5” long. Poland. ironing board #1353 was $58 now $50 / iron #1442 was $12 now $10

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ciao bimba These sweet dolls are handmade in Bulgaria and were cre-

ated by two mothers who wanted to bring natural fiber doll companions into their own children’s lives. The clothes are vibrant and timeless, but with a touch of modern flair. Each doll has a jersey shirt, Liberty print dress or overalls, shoes, undies, and their own little friend. Ages 3+. (16” tall) girl #1562 $180 / boy #1563 $180

dolly’s bunkbed When your dolls have a sleepover or get a new sibling, this wooden bed makes a great addition to their room. The bunks each have adorable red & white polka dot bedding, and the end is adorned with a sleepy-eyed moon. Ages 3+. 22” x 19” x 15.5”. Poland. #1450 $159

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bimba darling doll The “Darling” dolls are larger and have hair made of mohair, giving it a looser, more natural look. They each have a knit shirt and a dress, bloomers and shoes made with Liberty print fabrics. Choice of blonde or Brown hair. Bulgaria. (19” tall) #1566 $230

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cherry blossom doll dress Expand your doll’s wardrobe with this vibrant ensemble. The Liberty fabric jumper goes over a red jersey shirt. The little shoes coordinate perfectly, and the pair of included bloomers are a perfect touch. Fits 19” dolls. #1565 $48

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besties dolls With modern clothes and a penchant for adventure, these dolls make good companions for slightly older children. Olivia is decked out in dance shoes, Mia is dressed for a winter romp and Emily has all she needs for a walk through the woods. Fair Trade. Ages 4+. (16” tall) #1380 $40

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ROSIE NORA

MOLLY OLIVER

SARAH

little friend Fun cotton hair and soft bodies stuffed with wool make Little Friends especially cuddly playmates. Clothing is expertly tailored. Sweaters are made of hand-knit cotton. 11” tall. Fair Trade. India. girl #4200 $45 / boy #4199 $45 doll stroller Take a beloved doll friend

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for a stroll inside or out. The frame is made of hardwood, so it will stand up to years of play. The large wheels make it easy to push through the house, along a sidewalk or across a yard. Handle is 21.5” from floor. USA. Choice of Rose, Strawberry or Green. #3625 $69

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classic waldorf doll Children love to tightly squeeze these dolls’ wool-filled bodies and style their mohair locks. Includes a dress, shirt, bloomers and booties. More styles available online. 16” tall. Brazil. girl doll #4721 $104 / boy doll #4720 $100

Classic Waldorf Dolls + Big Friend Dolls have sewn joints that make them soft, yet durable and (most importantly) eminently huggable!

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big friend waldorf dolls Big Friends feature stylish clothes, hair and other details all wrapped up in a soft cotton body stuffed with wool. Kids love to undress and dress them. 16” tall. Fair Trade. India. girl doll #4215 $70 / boy doll #4216 $70

lily’s pram With sweet polka dot

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dolly’s table and chairs Perfect for dolly’s dinner or a diminutive tea party! The wooden chairs and table are just the right size for a Waldorf doll ready to taste the fare offered from the playstand diner or their local wooden kitchen. #1445 was $109 now $90

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ciao bambini These cuddly little bundles are wonderful baby dolls. Their terry clothing and natural fiber bodies are all handmade with loving care. Children who want a baby to tend will be delighted with their sweet faces and soft boucle hair. Ages 3+. (12” tall) baby girl #1567 $90 / baby boy #1568 $90

doll sling Let babywearing

start early with this childsized doll sling. A bit of elastic on the edge keeps the doll close. Choice of Rose Dust, Papaya or Pink. 60” long. Fair trade. India. #3987 $25

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baby doll basket Cradle a little doll in padded comfort with one of these cotton doll bassinets. Each is handmade with adorable Liberty print fabric. Fits 12” dolls. Ages 3+. #1564 $60 E SAL

flowered enamel wash basin

This wide enamel wash basin is wonderful for washing a Waldorf doll, dipping a mop into, or holding wool roving as you make felted balls or other creations. 14” diameter. Poland. #3910 $60

julie’s swing Give dolly a ride in her own swing. Hardwood and pine with a hand-woven cotton seat. 20” tall, 14” wide. USA. #4221 was $79 now $59

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doctor’s valise Not feeling well? Children can use the toy instruments in this kit to figure out what ails you or tend to a doll’s wounds. 8” wide. #8035 $45


moon cradle and bedding Peaceful sleep is certain when your doll is tucked into this cradle with the moon to guard dolly dreams. The wooden cradle rocks gently on a curve reminiscent of the horn of the moon. Red cotton bedding gives a soft place for your doll to rest his or her head. 21� long. Poland. #1351 $75


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four elements blocks Uniquely shaped,

wave

each piece adds an organic feel to what is normally a very “square” activity. The mini Rainbow set is 2.25” tall; the large is 4” tall. Germany.

four elements set (all 4 sets to the left) #3755 $79 (mini) / $144 (large)

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river rock blocks Give your child new shapes

and challenges for their block play with these sets of wood river rocks. In four sizes, they can experiment with integrating them into block structures, add beautiful cairns to imagined realms or create stepping stones across a silk brook. Wood. Ages 1+. Largest stone is 4.5” wide. Choice of Moss, River or Sun. Germany. #1233 $24

rainbow blocks Children are endlessly creative with these brightly-colored blocks, using them to build houses, towers, villages and more. A net bag keeps them contained when not in play. Longest piece is 5.25” long. Smallest piece is 1.75” long. Germany. #2724 $49 (30 pcs.) $89 (60 pcs.)

interlocking blocks With these wooden building blocks, kids can build structures that lock together. They have protruding dowels on top which fit into holes in the bottoms of the blocks. This allows children to build curved walls that will hold together rather than falling down. Longest block is 3.5” long. USA. #3260 $30 (46 pcs.) $49 (92 pcs.)

elemental playcloths Foster your child’s scene building and block play with these play cloths. Children like to use them to create earth, water, or mountains for wooden figures or moats around castles. They also work wonderfully draped on seasonal tables. 100% cotton. 48” x 36”. Germany. #3277 $24

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front end loader Fagus, a company renowned for its high-quality wooden

telescoping loader Bring this wooden toy truck to your child’s next construction job. This telescoping loader comes with both a loading fork and blade and has an extendable cantilever arm. The steering makes it easy to move around the job site. Includes two peg people. 4+. Germany. #1214 $144

trucks, makes this toy loader. Kids can use it to load the Unimog or deliver materials to the Conveyor Belt on the construction site. With two handles for raising and pivoting the bucket as well as one for steering, there isn’t much this vehicle can’t do! Ages 5+. 16” long. Germany. #4900 $134

forklift If your children love to play with toy trucks, this wooden forklift from

Fagus will give them a thrill. The lift, with its included staple box, goes up and down with a turn of the lever on the side so cargo can easily be loaded or unloaded from another vehicle, such as the flatbed truck. To steer the toy truck to the next site, just use the handle on the back to turn the rear wheels. 5+. Germany. #4901 $89

excavator Digging trenches and footings is simple with this wooden excavator from Fagus. This burly toy truck features a handle on the arm and one on the rear to help children maneuver the truck through the construction site. 5+. Germany #4910 $138

fire engine Here’s a wooden fire truck

to call if a fire breaks out at the dollhouse. With an extendable ladder, it can reach the highest point of a dollhouse, block tower or fairy bower with ease. With six wooden peg people, there is adequate staff to extinguish the flames before it all goes up in smoke. The handle on top of the cab turns the front wheels. 3+. Germany. #4906 $148

tow truck This wooden toy tow truck can haul any small Fagus vehicle, like Zippie , Truckie or Speedie (sold separately) to the repair shop. Use the handle to lower the flatbed and haul up the broken-down car. Steer the wheels with the handle on the top of the cab. Includes two wooden peg people. 3+. Germany. #4909 $109

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conveyor belt A turn of the lever on the side makes the belt move. Transport it to another site with the Unimog, Tractor or Flatbed Truck. Ages 3+. 21” long. Germany. #4903 $79

dump trailer The design of the dumping mechanism is

sure to please any child interested in machines. The trailer attaches to any of the vehicles that have a hitch, such as the Tractor or Unimog, and it can be loaded with the Conveyor Belt. Ages 3+. 13” long. Germany. #4917 $89

rubberband racer A motor that doesn’t

unimog The go-anywhere hauler. A twist of the knob on top

of the cab steers the front wheels. It has a rear hitch to pull the Conveyor Belt or Dump Trailer. 9” long. Germany. #4904 $79

build your own bulldozer You and your child can explore and learn together as you build this wooden bulldozer. You can introduce your child to the best way to use some basic woodworking tools while spending quality time making a toy for them to enjoy. You will want a screwdriver and some wood glue to complete the project. 8+. #1300 was $32 now $25

mind getting wound up. 6.75” long. USA. #3462 $15

schooner Let the wind catch your sails, steering you to faroff places. The deep keel ensures a safe journey from beach to buoy and back. 11.5” long. Choice of Red or Blue. Germany. #3632 $38

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little sailboat Float one on a pond or in the bathtub, and pretend to sail the oceans wide. This is one of our most popular toys! Ages 2+. 8.75” long. Germany. #3631 $18

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shadows in the forest game The candlelight casts shadows on

this board game, and the gnomes must find one another in the shadows to keep their secrets. Children especially enjoy this cooperative game in the dark evenings of winter when the contrasting shadows and light evoke a quiet intensity. They must work together to help the gnomes reach their goal. 2-8 players. 5+. Germany. #4660 $49

paul and the moon bedtime game In this sweet children’s board game, Paul is trying to make the star ladder to the moon before the moon is fully eclipsed in the night sky. You can play cooperatively or competitively as players take turns moving around the pond, trying to match stars to the symbols on the stepping stones. Ages 3-8. #1209 was $42 now $35 NEW

jumbo chess game Share this strategic game indoors or out with this

resilient, easy-to-carry set. The wooden pieces and cotton gameboard are also kid-friendly. The large size adds novelty and makes gameplay easier to follow. Everything fits into the included tote bag for easy storage and transport. Pawns are 4.25” tall, board is 35” sq. #1574 $78

enchanted forest This colorful board game has been a

favorite for years! The king of the castle has no heir to his throne. The forest below the castle contains hidden treasures - you’ll recognize them from well-known fairy tales! As each player travels from the town to the castle, they try and learn the location of these treasures. And the player who can find 3 of the treasures that the king is seeking, becomes the new king! 6+. Czech Republic. #1829 $35

skittles You won’t strike out with this 10 pin bowling set. Pins are 5” tall. USA. #3633 $22

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rainbow dragon puzzle Share a jumbo floor puzzle featuring

a glorious dragon with your child! This 4.5’ long puzzle has a fire-breathing, though friendly-looking, dragon, stretching from the thorny tail to the bearded chin. His rainbow scales are set against bright orange wings. The large pieces will appeal to a younger child, though they might need a little extra help with this dragon-shaped puzzle. 58 pieces. Ages 5+. 54” long. #1580 $25


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wooden ring toss Share a classic game of skill with

your children! Take this game on your next picnic or just into the yard for a family game night. Each person takes a turn throwing the five rings saving the “doubler� ring for the last toss. Or, make up your own rules to suit the ages of the players. The wooden pegs and stand disassemble for easy storage. Ages 6+. #1577 $19

catching tails game Most children thrill at a game of chase. Add a

few tails, and you have a touch-free game everyone can enjoy. These tails clip to clothing, but velcro is all that attaches the tail to the clip. A tug on the tail and everyone can see who has been tagged, or untailed. The game includes 6 tails. Ages 4+. #1576 $30

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fortress castle The royal family and their retinue can stay safe behind the drawbridge and gate of this wooden castle. The turrets in the corners give their watchmen a good vantage point for monitoring the regions around the castle. The walls allow messengers to pass between the towers. The sturdy construction allows for years of play. Ages 4+. 21” tall. Poland. #1348 $184

jousting knights High upon their trusty steeds, these knights are on the lookout for foes to vanquish and kingdoms to save. They can even dismount from their horses for a duel. Ages 3+. Horse is 5” tall. Germany. sir kevin #3324 $65 sir loris #3366 $65

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ostheimer dragon Hiding in a cave tunnel or

guarding a castle gate, this dragon is ready to challenge all knights to battle. Ages 3+. 9.25” long. Germany. #3313 $40

brave knights With their shields and removable swords, these knights are always prepared to ward off intruders. Ages 3+. 6.25” tall. Choice of Sir Brian (pink) or Sir Edward (purple). Germany. sir brian #3328 $30 sir edward #3327 $30

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ping pong catapult Perfect for storming a block castle, this catapult and 12 balls are ready for action. 7.5” long. USA. #1259 $22

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A poseable royal family bedecked in the finery befitting their position. Cotton and wool. King is 6” tall. Brazil. #4162 $104

castle stronghold Raise or lower the drawknights & archer soft doll set Ready

to defend the castle at any cost with their spears, swords and arrows, these Waldorf-style knight dolls are soft and poseable. Cotton and Wool. Archer is 6” tall. Brazil. #4163 $79

bridge depending on whether the approaching party is friend or foe. This outpost offers safe harbor to either the soft or wooden castle figures. Ages 4+. 20.75” tall. Poland. #1350

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Steadfast Knights Six valiant knights ready to

guard the castle walls or patrol the surrounding woods. Each knight is carved from a piece of limb, so they are as variable as nature itself. They are armed for combat, carrying sword, halberd, shield or spear. Ages 4+. Approx. 3.5” tall. Poland. Choice of Red or Blue. #1403 $51

camelot castle block sets Your child’s imagination can build the castle keep that fits any day of play with these block sets. There are ramparts and towers, and the larger set has extra pieces to better fortify the yard. Ages 3+. Rampart blocks are 3.5” long. Choice of 16 or 35 piece sets. Poland. #1192 $60 (16 pcs.) #1191 $120 (35 pcs.)

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witch & wizard soft doll Work a little magic in the castle yard or the depths of the block forest! These flexible dolls are ready to brew a potion or stir a supernatural wind. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. witch #2809 $22 / wizard #2810 $28


ranger’s bow Whether wandering through Sherwood or Mirkwood,

your adventurer can feel prepared for Nottingham’s Sheriff or enormous spider foes. This bow has a thicker grip, making it a good choice for slightly older kids. Includes 3 arrows. Ages 4+. #4696 $45

ranger’s quiver Use this quiver with the ranger’s bow to make toting arrows through the forest easier. 15.75” long. Poland. quiver #1123 $21 set of 3 extra arrows #4691 $14

multi-helmet Double the fun with this two-in-one helmet— knight and viking. 22.5” circumference, but adjustable for smaller heads. Germany. #3620 $39

crossbow The

mechanism of this wooden toy crossbow really works when released, launching one of the two included arrows toward its intended target. It’s all in good fun, though, as each of the arrows is padded so no one gets hurt. Includes a strap so it can be slung over the shoulder when hiking out to meet the enemy. Comes with 2 bolts. Ages 3+. Poland. crossbow 17” long. #2971 $49 extra crossbow bolts #2968 $10 jumbo crossbow 23” long. #4823 $65 extra jumbo crossbow bolts #4822 $14

knight’s surcoat Your young knight will be per-

fectly prepared for feast or battle in this bold and expertly tailored cotton tunic. The crests on these can vary; we’ll choose for you. Choice of size 3-6 or 6-12. Germany. #3611 $69

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robin hood cap Pop

this cap on your head and you’ll be ready for an afternoon with your merry men. Made of genuine sueded leather. Ages 3 to adult. Germany. #2972 $55

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flipbook made for those who like to consider the mythical beasts from fantastic tales. A new way to see both the beasts and their names. Enjoy imagining just what an itzpapasonney might do and how an Aztec and Manx creature might have come to be. Have fun playing with both the languages and the newly imagined monsters. Ages 8+. 9”x 12.5”. #1553 $18

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knight’s dagger + sheath Young

adventurers will be well-armed with this wooden dagger at their hip. They’ll be ready to face giant spiders, dragons or trolls. The leather sheath keeps it at-theready, come what may. Ages 3+. 14” long. Germany. #4389 $21

knight’s sword + sheath When rescuing a damsel or gent in distress, this sturdy sword will surely have them freed in short order. Ages 3+. 19” long. Germany. #3513 $24

knight’s leather tunic An authentic suede tunic reinforced with brass studs. Laces cinch up the sides to fit a wide age range. 23” long, 16” wide. Fits ages 3-10. Germany. #2907 $89

knight’s great sword When the Jabberwock has invaded their lands, young knights will appreciate their own vorpal blade. This two-handed great sword has its own leather scabbard to make transport safer and easier. Ages 3+. 36” long. Germany. #1075 $42

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helmet Headgear is essential equipment for the well-protected knight-atarms. With brass studs and heavy canvas neck guard, our Knight’s Helmet looks authentic and ready for action at the next jousting tourney. 23” circumference. Germany. #2908 $29

knight’s shield Bold colors for bold cavaliers emblazon these shields.

The eagle symbolizes courage and strength, while the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of spirituality. The soft leather strap makes a comfortable grip as knights move from adventure to adventure. Ages 3+ 11” x 15” Choice of fleur de lis or eagle. Germany. #1201 $18

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the dragon’s hoard Experience eleven

amazing stories from the Viking Sagas, packed with warriors and battles, heroes and heroines, Berserkers, monsters, zombies and lots of magic! Hardcover, 64 pgs. Ages 8-12. #1222 $23

king arthur tales The legends of King Arthur are sure to captivate the young squire in your house. They will love learning about the adventures of these knights, a mix of myth and history. The purple prose of Roger Lancelyn Green makes these especially fun to read aloud. Hardcover, 355 pgs. Ages 6+. 6.5” x 8.25”. #1555 $18

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organic bathcape When your baby or toddler is fresh from their bath, wrap them in the goodness of organic cotton. These hooded towels are made of knit fabric so they wrap snuggly, keeping your little one warm. 30” sq. Turkey. #1395 $28

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BB-SLEN Wrap Try a beautiful woven wrap that will work for carrying

your baby from birth up to about 4 years old. The BB Slen works comfortably for the child and the parent in front, hip or back carries. See our site for more colors. Fair Trade. India. #3959 $119

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silk blanket Hand-painted silk paired with creamy soft flannel keeps baby warm and cozy. 30” wide, 40” long #2730 $69

organic cotton rattles Bright colors

and nubby crocheted texture to delight newly exploring hands and gums! Organic cotton. 5” tall. Fair Trade. India. owl #1083 was $12 now $6 / mushroom #1084 $12

lambskin comforter Downy soft and com-

pletely natural, sheepskin helps to moderate babies body temperatures as they sleep. 32”-37” long, 19” wide. Choice of Shorn or Unshorn. New Zealand. #3518 $89

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baby’s amber necklace

Generations of parents have found the curative powers of amber to alleviate teething pain. Pure Baltic amber beads, individually knotted for safety. 12.5” long. Lithuania. #3279 $22

baby’s wooden bowl + spoon set This set is a lovely gift for an infant who is starting to eat solids. It holds the perfect amount for baby’s small appetite. A natural alternative to plastic first dishes! Bowl is 4.5” diam. Choice of Moon or Heart spoon design. USA. #3602 $24

organic bib When your baby is ready to belly-up to the table, make

clean up easier with a bib that’s cute, cotton and organic. Choice of Peony or Mint Green. 10.25” x 15”. Turkey. #1387 $12

rainbow grasping toy Babies enjoy moving the beads of this toy against one another as they develop their ability to manipulate objects in their environment. Beads are 1.25” diam. Germany. #4478 $20

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horsie Horsie has floppy legs for easy toting and

a plump tummy that helps him sit up straight at a tea party, on a swing or on the back of a riding toy. Organic cotton, wool and buckwheat hulls. 22” tall. Germany. #4390 $79

baby boo silk Enchant baby with the magic of silk play with these smaller playsilks. 22” sq. #3778 $12

lowercase alphabet blocks These wooden alphabet building

animal friends wooden book Teach little ones animal names and sounds with these whimsical depictions of animals! Four wooden “pages”. 2.25” tall, 2.5” wide. Switzerland. #3994 $14

blocks are a fresh take on a classic toy. The regular shape and smaller size make them easy for the novice to handle. The letters and numbers then become familiar shapes in their own right. When your child is ready to name the letters and numbers, she’ll already recognize some from the walls of her towers and forts. 2+. USA. #4817 $39

wooden toy car A simple, wooden toy car will never get old. This enduring toy from Ostheimer is the perfect size for toddlers. It will zoom happily across floors, porches, or sidewalks. 1+. Germany. #4870 $29

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lawnmower push toy New walkers, tod-

dlers and preschoolers enjoy this wooden push toy, made in the USA of hardwood. A wooden cylinder filled with brightly colored balls turns making a gentle clackety sound that won’t trouble Mom or Dad inside or out. This is another of our perennial favorites! Ages 1-3. USA. #1104 $50

rainbow bobbins Toddlers love this vibrant threading toy. They can practice just arranging the bobbins on the pegs, and as they gain coordination, they can learn to thread a couple of the bobbins on the lacing string or even incorporate them into their building projects. Includes 6 bobbins and a threading string. Wood. Ages 1+. Each bobbin is 1.75” tall. Germany. #1235 $30

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balance board Young children love motion and learning how to use

their bodies. This “toy” gives them new ways to explore movement and enriches their development. As they rock on the board, they’ll experiment with how to stand, sit, squat or lie to find novel ways of setting the balance board in motion. All the while, they’ll be improving their vestibular and proprioceptive senses and strengthening their bodies. This open-ended toy also will find its way into other forms of play whether as a shelter for some farm animals or as a cradle for a sleepy doll. With a weight limit of 200 pounds, children and adults can all enjoy playing with balance. 33” long. Ages 18m+. #1261 $135

rolling critter The rainbow colored ball revolves as the critter rolls along the floor. 5” long. Choice of Hedgehog or Turtle. Poland. #4378

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cuddly baby elephant Your child will snuggle right up to this elephant baby. Filled with buckwheat hulls and organic wool, he offers an extra bit of sensory feedback. His plush fur is also made of organic wool making him a good buddy for every embrace. Germany. #4598 was $69 now $55

rainbow tumbler A pleasing rattle and wooden push toy, the Rainbow Tumbler attracts babies and toddlers with its brightly colored balls. The tumbler is light enough to be carried in one hand by a toddler. Crawling babies will enjoy watching it roll away as the balls make a gentle clackety sound. USA. 6m-18m #1091 $25

toddler amber necklace This mix of light and dark amber looks lovely against a toddler’s young skin. Made in Lithuania. 15” long #1591 $32

Walking, balancing + pushing!

dachshund pull toy His ears swing back and forth and his body shimmies as he’s happily pulled along. 11” long. Germany. #4843 $39

rainbow bowls Perfect for filling and pouring, stacking or rolling. Largest bowl is 3.5” diameter. Germany. #1096 was $29 now $25

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postcard holder Villagers at Camphill Village in Copake, New York craft each of these postcard holders by hand. Display snapshots, seasonal cards or small pieces of your child’s artwork in a unique and beautiful way. USA. (5” long) #3281 $12

moon crystal suncatcher When hung in a window or a

bright room, this suncatcher will scatter rainbows across the room. The smooth wooden crescent and faceted crystal are symbolic of the pure elegance of nature. 3.25” diam. Germany. #4376 $24

singing marble tree With captivating colors, this unique

toy will make young hearts sing. As you drop the marbles and they wind down the wooden rainbow, it gives off a soft song that children and adults will enjoy. Ages 3+. 18” tall. Poland. #1198 $75

sun crystal suncatcher Catch the rays of the sun and

turn them into a beautiful rainbow with our Sun Crystal Suncatcher, made to be hung in a window to catch and bend the light of the sun. 4.5” diam. Germany. #3644 $35


felted mushrooms - set of 5 In a decorative centerpiece, a nature

table, or the branches of a Christmas tree, this collection of felt mushrooms will look positively magical. The rich brown and creamy white contrast beautifully, and the varying heights make them the perfect focal point of your seasonal display. #1511 was $50 now $25

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rainbow wings spinner Choose one of these wooden spinners to dance in a window, above your nature table or a corner of a child’s room. The varying lengths balance against one another and fascinate the eye as they spin gently. Choice of small, medium or large. 22”, 30” or 33” long. Poland. #1582 $40–$64

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decorative wool cloth Add a different texture and plant-dyed color to your child’s building or dress-up games with these wool playcloths. They also enhance the textures and colors of a seasonal table. The plant-dyed shades reflect the colors of nature. Germany. (25” sq) #1199 was $12 now $10

elsaesser seasonal postcard set Water-

color artist Ruth Elsässer painted these glowing scenes of seasonal activities, perfect to share or display. Printed in Germany. Set of 12 cards #3282 $16

winged candle This natural beeswax

candle is a special sort of taper. Enjoy the changing form of this lovely candle as it burns. Made by hand from beeswax locally sourced from hard-working honeybees! Fits into any candle holder designed for standard tapers. Approx. 10”. USA. #4405 $15

fiery dragon mobiles Construct these dragon mobiles to fly over your nature table or in a corner of the room for Michaelmas. Or add them to your dragon lover’s decor. The three paper dragons are easy to assemble and featherlight, so they will swoop in the slightest breeze. The largest dragon is 15” long. #1578 $10

bedside angel Choose one of these angels to give to parents as a new baby gift or to a child wanting a companion to watch over their sleep. The soft curves of their winged forms draw the eye in quiet reflection. Choice of Blue or Pink. 3.25” tall. Ages 3+. Germany. #1404 $28

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red cap nutcracker Add this sweet wooden nut-

toddler’s wooden spoon While still lit-

cracker to your children’s stash of kitchen tools. They just place a nut inside, then turn the wooden screw until the nut cracks. While not made to crack the proverbial Krakutuk, it should handle most any nut that fits in the opening. Ages 3+ with adult supervision. Germany. 3.75” tall. #1463 $15

tle enough for a toddler to manage, this longer spoon with its larger bowl is sized for the growing appetite and skill of a growing child. A lovely maple leaf graces the handle of the spoon. USA. 5” long. #1571 $9

toddler’s wooden bowl This Maine-made

bowl is just the right size for toddlers’ hands and appetites. Finished with food-safe beeswax and jojoba oil, this bowl is a bit larger than our Baby Bowl. Toddler Spoons sold separately. USA. #3867 $20

kid’s kitchen knife Provide your child with good kitchen tools when they’re ready to help with meal preparation. This set encourages proper grip of the knife, and the included finger guard gives children extra protection. The 4” blade is genuinely sharp, so young users should be supervised. France. #1468 $44 flowered enamel pitcher Filled with juice,

enamel cup, bowl + plate set A simple, yet durable first set of dishes for your child. Enameled steel. Plate is 6.75” diameter. Individual pieces available online. Poland. #3892 $25

water or milk, this enamel pitcher stands at the ready to beautifully quench the thirst of parched throats. Sturdy and durable, the hand-painted flowers make it a handsome addition to any table. It even makes a lovely vase for flowers! 8” tall. Poland. #3917 $52

busy susan basket Make sharing a little eas-

ier with this hardworking lazy Susan. You can add it to your craft area to keep crayons and pencils together or place it on your table for a lovely way to have the salt and pepper close at hand. 12.5” diam. New Hampshire. #1550 $52

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farina grain mill Over the years, many Waldorf Kindergarten teachers have bought our Farina Grain Mill to grind grains for their baking lessons. It’s no toy; it works like magic to finely or coarsely grind wheat or other grains into flour. Children love to turn the crank and everyone will enjoy the aroma and taste of freshly ground whole grain flour, with all the important minerals, fiber and trace elements. #1078 $269


wooden calendar for all seasons Add a new ritual

for your daily routine with this charming wooden calendar. You’ll look forward to switching the day of the week every morning. There’s even an illustration to colorfully represent each of the four season. These calendars are made in a workshop that employs adults with developmental disabilities. 13.5” sq. Germany. #4764 $109

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birthday ring set Make a Birthday Ring a part of your family’s festivities. Here’s how: Place a candle and an ornament (choose from our large selection online!) in the ring and then add one each year as a remembrance of the year passed. Our Birthday Ring Set is a good way to start this tradition! Each set includes: a Birthday Ring (12 or 16 Holes), Brass Candle Holders (5 or 9) and 12 Beeswax Candles. Ornaments sold separately. 12 hole ring, 8.75” diameter. 16 hole ring, 12” diameter. USA. 12 hole set #2648 $39 / 16 hole set #2646 $48

woodland ornament set Make a forest display for a seasonal table or birthday celebration with this assembled set of woodland creatures. It’s also a nice set for celebrating Earth Day! The set includes a fox, squirrel, toadstool, bunny and tree birthday ring ornaments. Combine with candles and other ornaments for a sylvan festival. Germany. #1011 $29

ghostly tales Add some Victorian chills to your spooky storytimes with set of 12 beeswax candles These Beeswax Candles are hand-dipped

by the villagers at the Camphill Village in New York. With the addition of a brass candle holder, they’ll fit perfectly with our birthday rings. Choice of red or natural. USA. (5.5” tall) #2643 $16

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this collection of spine-tinglers. From creaking staircases to flickering candles to passing ghosts, the stories have all the elements for timeless ghost stories. Share them around a campfire or curled up on the couch on a dark and stormy night. Illustrated by Bill Bragg. Hardcover, 175 pgs. (9.25” x 7.75”) #1585 $23

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spiral spinner suncatcher Hang in a window and with a little breeze, this suncatcher will throw rainbows all across the room. The Swarovski crystal is suspended in the twisting form of a wooden spiral, making a lovely decoration that heightens awareness of the interconnectedness of all the elements. Germany. 13.5” long. #1505 w  as $26 now $20

play & go storage mat: Spread it out and have a play space. When playtime is over, the drawstring gathers everything into a tidy bundle, ready to be tucked on a shelf, in a closet or in the corner until the next time. Made of durable canvas. Choice of Blue ZigZag or Green Diamonds. Belgium. #1423 was $49 now $35

haster clan cooperative game In this short cooperative board game, players try to gather food before winter comes. On their turn, players move above ground to gather or underground to store. Children can easily see that they must work together to have the most food saved for the short, cold days of the year. Ages 4-8. #1212 was $25 now $20

Craft creative wool Follow along with stepby-step instructions in this craft book to create all sorts of woolen projects, from knitted dolls to felted animals. The diagrams and photographs are a great way to introduce children and other beginners to spinning, crocheting, knitting and felting. #1061 was $20 now $18

100% wool felt - 3 sheets

The vibrant and varied colors of our 100% Pure Wool Felt make it excellent for a variety of projects! Each piece measures 8” by 12” with cut measurements varying slightly. Each pack has three sheets of a single color. Germany. #3459 was $9 now $7

animal paint & finish set This is a fantastic craft project to introduce children to the art of wood carving. They’ll use the blank canvases these Ostheimer animals provide. With the ready-made forms, children can carve in details like fur, feathers or a sweet smile. They can then paint their animals in any way their heart desires. The kit includes a horse, cow, cat, dog, hen and rooster. Ages 3+. Germany. #3288 was $48 now $40

mosaic block puzzle Children can explore colors and patterns

or test their logic skills with this mosaic block puzzle. Follow the included patterns or experiment with your own! This open-ended toy offers a wide variety of ways to play. Includes 25 pieces. Ages 2+. 5” sq. Switzerland. #1223 was $40 now $50

soft sweetie bear This organic cotton and wool towel doll is a perfect first teddy bear. A baby toy that’s easy to grasp, it’s also a safe doll for a teething baby. 0+. Fair Trade India. #2515 was $15 now $13


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Books baking bread with children Af-

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dinghy Explore the coast or approach a mightier ship with this single sail dinghy. Ages 3+. 8.74” long. Germany. #1190

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ter we’ve grown and gathered and ground the grain, it’s time to make the bread. Share the wonder of turning a little flour and water into a delicious, sustaining treat with your children. This book has everything you need to create beautiful bread with children of all ages. Stories and poems are interspersed with the recipes and instructions, further enlivening the experience for children and adults alike. The really adventurous can also follow the instructions for building their own bread oven. #1069 was $30 now $25

felt so good Explore the world of

wooden camera Budding photographers will never put it down! 3+. USA. #1048 was

wool with Norwegian designer Tone Rorseth. You can learn how to work with roving, felt and upcycled wool. She shows you how to use and felt wool for clothing, accessories and decoration. With more than 70 projects to choose from, everyone will find a way to have fun creating with wool. #1417 was $20 now $15

$26 now $16

mama gnome Another friendly

face to find in the forests of a child’s imagination! Brazil. #4735 was $21

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show me a story Children who

Four At-large Members of the Senate Executive Committee (3-yr term) tural craft kits for making totem poles, piñatas, masks and jewelry.

We update this list weekly through December 31, so please keep checking back. If you’ve taken on or completed one of these projects, please email [email protected] and let us know – that way, we can thank you and direct other people to projects that still need their help!

Please note that we do not sponsor most of the holiday projects on this list. Rather, we put them out to the Big Sunday community and hope someone sees it who wants to help. And every year, it’s incredible how many people do! Then again, this list gets forwarded, posted, copied, printed, and tweeted all over the place. Feel free to pass it along, too.

Thanks, as always, for your great generosity of time, talent, spirit and stuff. At Big Sunday, we’re always amazed and moved by how generous so many people can be. Oh, and one more thing – if you enjoy helping at the holidays, please remember that Big Sunday has all kinds of great ways to give back throughout the year. We’d love your help. Feel free to check us out at www.bigsunday.org or contact [email protected] to see how you can get involved.

If you’d like to be a sponsor, too – it’s not too late, and many thanks! – please contact [email protected].

You can sort theHOLIDAYlist by clicking one of the categories below or via keyword in the Project Listings! 

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Volunteer with Renegade Racing at the Catalina Triathlon

Renegade Racing
Organization Address: 22600-C Lambert Street, Suite 910 Lake Forest, CA 92630
Day(s): November 1 to November 2
Contact: January et
Email:[email protected]

Volunteers Needed for Catalina Triathlon!Join Renegade Racing to support & cheer on the participants of the Catalina Triathlon, Duathlon & 5K in beautiful Avalon on Catalina Island, Ca. Volunteers receive a t-shirt, food, and community service credit! Volunteer dates: Packet pick up – Friday, Novemberember 1, 2019 Race Day – Saturday, Novemberember 2, 2019 View volunteer opportunities and register individually: https://vmodcui.active.com/responsive/eventGroups/1632504/jobs?_ga=2.120234312.1341135054.1570569241-34130653.1570041215 Volunteer Groups: For groups of 10+, please email [email protected] if you would like to create a group. You can also just direct volunteers to sign up individually above and comment they are with your group. In your email provide the name of the event, name of your group, 1-2 assignments your group would like to fill, and a number of volunteers you will provide. Questions? Email January et at [email protected]

https://www.renegaderaceseries.com/volunteer

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: EVENT PREP, HEALTH

Help Out at the Craftsman Exhibition with Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage
Organization Address: 651 S. Saint John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105, US
Event / Drop-off Address: Various locations in Pasadena Pasadena, CA 91105
Day(s): November 1 to November 3
Time(s): 9:30am to 4:30pm
Contact: Kristen Norton
Email:[email protected]
Phone:626-441-6333

Pasadena Heritage is currently recruiting volunteers to assist during Craftsman Weekend, Novemberember 1st-3rd. Volunteer at the Craftsman Exhibition held at the Pasadena Convention Center or during the Sunday House Tour on the 3rd and enjoy seeing all five historic homes on the Sunday House Tour for FREE! Tickets are usually $45! Volunteer shifts are only 3 hours in length and there are still morning and afternoon shifts available. To sign up, please visit their website (http://pasadenaheritage.org/volunteer) and fill out the online sign up form found under "Current Special Event Volunteer Opportunities." For more information, please call Kristen Norton, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, at 626-441-6333 or email [email protected]

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3192301.jsp

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: ARTS/CRAFTS, EVENT PREP, FAMILIES

Volunteer with LGBTQ Center of Long Beach this Holiday Season #1

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Organization Address: The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach2017 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814
Event / Drop-off Address: The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach 2017 E. 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814
Day(s): November 1
Time(s): 6pm to 7pm
Phone:(562) 434-4455

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs, and services. They envision fully affirming communities where all LGBTQ people live in health, wellness, safety and prosperity. Attend their Volunteer Informational to learn about The Center’s mission, programs, and services, available volunteer positions and the roles, responsibilities and expectations for each position, minimum volunteer requirements, steps for completing an application, and moving forward in the volunteer selection process. To learn more and register please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-informational-11152019-tickets-75962741605?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

https://www.centerlb.org/

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: ABUSE, ADULTS, YOUTH

Hop in and Care for Rescued Bunnies #1

Rabbit Rescue
Organization Address: 7640 Rosecrans Avenue, Paramount CA 90723
Event / Drop-off Address: 7640 Rosecrans Avenue, Paramount CA 90723
Day(s): November 1
Time(s): 9am to 3pm
Contact: Natalie Mathis
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(562) 862-8844

Rabbit Rescue is a non-profit no-kill rabbit shelter staffed and run entirely by volunteers. Their goals include the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abandoned rabbits, as well as public education regarding proper rabbit care and the importance of spay/neuter in battling the escalating overpopulation problem. Volunteers will care for their rescue bunnies by feeding, watering, and exercising them, as well as cleaning their pens, bagging hay, and more. Please dress casually in clothing you won't mind getting dirty since you will be helping take bunnies out for playtime, clean their cages/pens, and bag hay, vegetables and feed. Volunteers must be ages 18 and older. All volunteers must bring a completed volunteer waiver form that you can find at rabbitrescue.com or fill one onsite at their adoption center. For more information and to register please click here: https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C3l00000fBRyJEAW

https://www.rabbitrescue.com/volunteer.html

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: ANIMALS

Serve Breakfast to the Homeless with St. Francis Center

St. Francis Center
Organization Address: 1835 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Event / Drop-off Address: 1835 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Day(s): November 1
Time(s): 7am to 9:30 am
Contact: Danielle Rayner
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(213) 747-5347

Serve Breakfast to the HomelessSince 1972, St. Francis Center has provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Much more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry, they offer a unique range of services to sustain and empower those in need. Welcoming all with joy, dignity and compassion, they dedicate every day to Serving Hope in their community Event Description: This Breakfast program is part of their Homeless Well-Being Program. Their homeless and near-homeless brothers and sisters are welcome to join them for breakfast Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 am and Mondays from 7:15 - 8:15 AM! They serve between 200 and 300 men and women each day. Help serve a hot breakfast meal in the morning before school or work for their guests experiencing homelessness. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers will help staff with set-up for serve, and clean-up after breakfast. Breakfast service tasks include serving coffee, working in the kitchen, cleaning tables, resetting tables, and offering a smile. Requirements: Wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Time Commitment: Volunteers are needed from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Age Restrictions: They are happy to host volunteers ages 8+ (parent/guardian supervision required for volunteers ages 8-13). Please remember to fill out a minor volunteer waiver form if minors (under 18) are attending projects link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NFq6bGhCNiLwqZ58WlWfeRvuVHYFiwqT/view Click here to sign up: https://www.stfranciscenterla.org/volunteers/

https://www.stfranciscenterla.org/

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, EVENT PREP, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY

Donate Needed Thanksgiving Food Items to Big Sunday’s Thanksgiving Stuffing Event

Big Sunday
Organization Address: 6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Event / Drop-off Address: 6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Day(s): November 1 - November 27
Time(s): 9am to 5pm
Contact: Beenish Dhanani
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(323) 549-9944

Did you know that each month, all year, Big Sunday hosts a food drive? It's called the End of the Month Club and it helps hungry and grateful people at nonprofits and schools throughout Los Angeles. In Novemberember, we are collecting thousands of Thanksgiving Food Items (nonperishable items, please) for dozens of local nonprofit organizations that assist hungry individuals and families. Sorting coincides with their 8th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event from 9 am -12 pm. Food can be delivered starting November 1 through November 27. Coming to the Thanksgiving Stuffing? Awesome! Please feel free to bring your donations with you on November 27. Can’t shop? No prob! Big Sunday also accepts money so we can shop for you! (Visit http://bigsunday.org/get-involved/donate-now/ and indicate your donation is for the Thanksgiving Stuffing Event.) For more info, contact [email protected] All donations will benefit dozens of nonprofit organizations serving clients in need. http://bigsunday.org/get-involved/donate-now/

www.bigsunday.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, SHOPPING

Give the Gift of a Thanksgiving Feast in a Bag

LA Family Housing
Organization Address: 7843 Lankershim BlvdNorth Hollywood Ca 91605
Event / Drop-off Address: 7843 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood Ca 91605
Day(s): November 1 to November 18
Time(s): 8am to 5pm
Contact: Terry Lotka
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(818) 255-2729

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family traditions. Because of supporters like you, LA Family Housing (LAFH) is able to provide more than 1,500 people experiencing homelessness with thanksgiving bags. Give the gift of tradition and empower individuals and families experiencing homelessness to host their own Thanksgiving feast. Donate Thanksgiving sides (stuffing, canned goods, mashed potato mix, etc) and a $20 gift card to buy a turkey, a greeting card, and place the items in a reusable bag. Please drop off bags by Monday, Novemberember 18th. For more information on what to include in your Thanksgiving bags or to schedule a drop-off contact [email protected] or call (818) 255-2789.

http://www.lafh.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY

Uplift the Spirits of the Clients of Union Station Homeless Services

Union Station Homeless Services
Organization Address: 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd. APT 21, Pasadena, CA, 91104
Event / Drop-off Address: 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105.
Day(s): November 1 to November 18
Time(s): 8:30am to 5pm
Contact: Natalie Hammond
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(626) 240-0720

For 47 years, Union Station Homeless Services has hosted Dinner in the Park on Thanksgiving Day! This uplifting community event provides thousands of holiday meals and hope for all who attend, including homeless men, women, children, seniors, very low-income families, and those with no place to go during the holidays. The impact of the event in the community is large because of your help! From the turkey to the potatoes and gravy, the majority of food served at this event is donated by generous community members, and every little bit helps! They would gladly accept any donation you are available to provide. For idea of items to donate please check our their wish list at: https://www.unionstationhs.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DIP-2019-Wishlist_10.7.pdfTo schedule a donation delivery, please email their In-Kind Donations Manager, David Sensente at [email protected] All food donations need to be dropped off at their Adult Center by Novemberember 18th: 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105. You may also shop items on their Amazon Wish List: http://a.co/7jQqA05 and items will get automatically delivered to their location!

http://www.unionstationhs.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY

Help Bring Warmth and Comfort this Holiday Season

LA Family Housing
Organization Address: 7843 Lankershim BlvdNorth Hollywood Ca 91605
Event / Drop-off Address: 7843 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood Ca 91605
Day(s): November 1 to November 25
Time(s): 8am to 5pm
Contact: Terry Lotka
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(818) 255-2729

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. The holiday season is a chilly time for many but you can help keep the warmth alive by donating blankets! This year help provide warmth on a cold night by donating new twin sheets, fleece blankets, and pillows with pillowcases. All donations need to be dropped off by Thursday, Novemberember 25th. To schedule drop-offs or for more information please contact: [email protected] or (818)255-2789

http://www.lafh.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY

Donate Thanksgiving Food at Alexandria House

Alexandria House
Organization Address: 426 S. Alexandria Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Event / Drop-off Address: 426 S. Alexandria Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Day(s): November 1 to November 28
Contact: Anh Le
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(213) 381-2649

Alexandria House, a wonderful transitional shelter for women and children, is asking for food donations for Thanksgiving. Your donations are transformed into beautiful food baskets given to their large community of past and current residents and neighborhood families who are at-risk women, youths, and families. Donation items they're asking for are traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkeys, yams, cranberry sauce, pies, etc. Please drop the donations off at their office located at 426 S. Alexandria Ave. (yellow house) by Monday 11/25. They couldn't do this without your support, THANK YOU! For more details, please contact Anh Le at [email protected] or (213) 381-2649.

http://alexandriahouse.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, POVERTY, WOMEN, YOUTH

Host a Thanksgiving-themed Fundraiser/Collection for LA Family Housing

LA Family Housing
Organization Address: 7817 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605
Event / Drop-off Address: 7843 Lankershim BlvdNorth Hollywood Ca 91605
Day(s): November 1 to November 28
Contact: Terry Lotka
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(818) 255-2729

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. The holiday season is a chilly time for many but you can help keep the warmth alive by hosting a collection or fundraiser for the individuals and families at LAFH. Raise awareness and much needed supplies to help people experiencing homelessness celebrate the holidays. To schedule drop-offs or for more information please contact: [email protected] or (818) 255-2789

http://www.lafh.org

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY

Donate to PATH’s Jingle Ball

PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Organization Address: 340 N Madison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Event / Drop-off Address: 340 N Madison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Day(s): November 1 to November 28
Contact: Lucy Nguyen
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(503) 840-5281

PATH’s mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. A donation of a Jingle Bag will help support their clients in their new home during a time that can be isolating for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. They are asking for donations of: A reusable grocery bag filled with: Hot cocoa mix/festive treat mixes, Holiday themes home décor or Decemberorations, and Nonperishable food

https://www.epath.org/

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, Hanukkah, ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATION, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, VETERANS

Help PATH Prep Thanksgiving Meals

PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Organization Address: 340 N Madison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Event / Drop-off Address: 340 N Madison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Day(s): November 1 to November 28
Contact: Lucy Nguyen
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(503) 840-5281

PATH’s mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Support their recently housed neighbors with their first thanksgiving meal in their new home by assembling grocery bags filled with non-perishable food items and a grocery gift card. Your donation of Turkey Boxes will help their clients who are housed feel supported during the holidays. A Turkey Box donation will include, Boxed stuffing mix, Cranberry sauce, Pie crust mix or dessert mix, Canned vegetables, Mashed potato mix, and a $20 grocery store gift card.

https://www.epath.org/

Categories:ThanksgivingKeywords: DONATION, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, VETERANS

Share the Holiday Spirit at Illumination Foundation’s Toy Drive

Illumination Foundation
Organization Address: 1091 N. Batavia St., Orange, CA 92867 between 9 AM - 5 pm.
Event / Drop-off Address: 1091 N. Batavia St., Orange, CA 92867 between 9 AM - 5 pm.
Day(s): November 1 to December 6
Time(s): 9am to 5pm
Contact: Amanda Stinson Delgado
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(949) 273-0555

Participate in Illumination Foundation's Holiday Toy Drive by hosting a toy drive with your friends, family, co-workers, community members, and club! Help them bring smiles to hundreds of homeless children and teens this holiday season! They are looking for new/unwrapped toys for children 6 months and up.Donations will be collected through Friday, Decemberember 6th, 2019. Please drop off at their corporate office: 1091 N. Batavia St., Orange, CA 92867 between 9 AM - 5 pm. Appropriate donations include: gift cards, toys, stuffed animals, games, sports equipment, cosmetics, movie/sports tickets.They also have an Amazon Wishlist to donate directly to our organization: http://a.co/cbxO52g For more information Please Contact: Amanda Stinson Delgado - [email protected]

http://www.ifhomeless.org

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & HanukkahKeywords: FAMILIES, GIFTS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, TOYS, YOUTH

Provide Gifts for Homeless Youth of My Friend’s Place

My Friend's Place
Organization Address: 5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Event / Drop-off Address: 5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Day(s): November 1 to December 7
Time(s): 9am to 5pm
Contact: Daniel Lee
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(323) 472-4579

My Friends Place is a great drop-in resource center in Hollywood offering comprehensive health, education and therapeutic services each year to 1,400 homeless youth and their children. This holiday season, My Friends Place would like to deliver gifts to 250 homeless youth during their Decemberember 13th Holiday Party. They are in need of the following items: $10 gift cards (grocery stores, Target, CVS, etc.); $10 fast food gift cards (Subway, Jack In The Box, El Pollo Loco, etc.); new scarves and gloves; new hoodies (all adult sizes); new sleeping bags; new headphones/earbuds. If you are unable to do a drop off, please consider giving through their Amazon Wishlist! www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/AICMXW1D8492. To coordinate a donation drop off or for more info on hosting a Gift Drive or Giving Tree, please contact Daniel Lee, Development Assistant, at 323-472-4579 or [email protected] If you can help, please provide all donations by Decemberember 7!

http://myfriendsplace.org

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, HanukkahKeywords: ABUSE, CLOTHES, DONATIONS, GIFTS, HOMELESSNESS, YOUTH

Give Back to Seniors this Holiday Season

Culver City Senior Center - Disability Services
Organization Address: 4095 Overland Ave Culver City, CA 90232
Event / Drop-off Address: 4095 Overland Ave Culver City, CA 90232
Day(s): November 1 to December 16
Time(s): 9am to 5pm
Contact: Asia Yates
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(310) 253-6729

Looking for a cool way to share the spirit of giving this holiday season? Culver City Senior Citizens Association is asking volunteers to donate stockings or holiday gift bags filled with five gender-neutral toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, shampoo/conditioner and deodorant. These much-appreciated gifts will be distributed during the Decemberember Socialites dance for adults with developmental disabilities on December 15 where Santa will make a special appearance! The organization aims to provide 120 guests gifts, so come together with family, friends or co-workers to put a smile on the faces of these seniors this holiday season. Donations of toiletries are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off by Monday December 16 at the Center M-F, 9am to 4 pm or on weekends, 12pm to 4pm. Contact Asia for more details (310) 253 - 6729. If you would like to provide a monetary donation to support programming year round please make out a check to the Culver City Senior Citizens Association (CCSCA) and specify that the donation is for DISABILITY SERVICES. Checks can be sent to the Culver City Senior Center - ATTN Disability Services 4095 Overland Ave Culver City, CA 90232.

https://www.culvercity.org/live/community-neighborhood/adult-senior-services/disability-services/ddd-socialites

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, HanukkahKeywords: DISABLED, DONATIONS, GIFTS, SENIORS

Adopt A Family Holiday Kit with LA Family Housing

LA Family Housing
Organization Address: 7817 Lankershim Blvd , North Hollywood, CA 91605
Event / Drop-off Address: 7817 Lankershim Blvd , North Hollywood, CA 91605
Day(s): November 1 to December 16

LA Family Housing serves over 6,000 homeless people every year. Empower parents to create holiday memories and magic for their children by donating a reusable shopping bag filled with festive Decemberorations, household goods, and two $20.00 gift cards. Drop off by Monday, Decemberember 16th. Click here for holiday kit checklist: https://lafh.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=457218

https://lafh.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=457218

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, HanukkahKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, FOOD, HOLIDAY MEALS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS

Donate Toys to Underserved Youth at Crete Academy

Crete Academy
Organization Address: 6103 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Event / Drop-off Address: 6103 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Day(s): November 1 to December 19
Contact: Linda Harris
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(323) 791-1600

Crete Academy serves students in one of the lowest income zip codes in LA and homeless students. This year they are hosting "Adopt a Child for Christmas" and they need your help! Donations of Christmas presents are needed for their students K-12. Donors that shop for a child can obtain their student wishlist by filling out the donor form on their website. All gifts are to be purchased, wrapped and delivered to the school no later than 12/16/19. If you cannot get a gift please consider a monetary donation for them to purchase a Christmas gift for you! Check out their page for more information: https://www.creteacademy.org/copy-of-donate To donate please contact Linda Harris at [email protected]

https://www.creteacademy.org/

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & HanukkahKeywords: DONATIONS, POVERTY, TOYS GIFTS, YOUTH

Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays with Families Forward Learning Center

Families Forward Learning Center
Organization Address: 980 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Event / Drop-off Address: 980 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Day(s): November 1 to December 20
Time(s): 8am to 5pm
Contact: Sarah Kimbrough
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(626) 792-2687 x121

Looking to make the holidays brighter for a family in need? Consider adopting a family from Families Forward Learning Center! Adopt-A-Family is their annual event to find donors who can sponsor a low-income family facing isolation during the holidays. Many of the families they serve cannot afford the weight of purchasing gifts and a meal for the holidays, so they are looking for donors who would be willing to support a family during the holiday season! You choose the size of the family or families you would like to adopt, purchase and wrap the gifts and come drop the gifts off at their location. You will receive a thank you card, photo of the family/families you adopted, and a tax receipt for your donation. You can also order gifts online and have them sent there if you are too far away to come drop off! You can adopt as part of a group, with your company, or as an individual. This is a great opportunity for groups of friends, organizations or sports teams to come together! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Kimbrough - [email protected] or (626) 792-2687 x121 If you are ready to adopt, please fill out this form: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=911805613

http://www.familiesforwardlc.org

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & HanukkahKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILIES, GIFTS, HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, TOYS

“Adopt” a Foster Child for the Holidays!

Aviva Family and Children's Services
Organization Address: 7120 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Event / Drop-off Address: 7120 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Day(s): November 1 to December 23
Time(s): 9am to 4:30pm
Contact: Azucena Navarrete
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(323) 876-0550

The Aviva Family and Children’s Services provides mental health and social services to over 7,000 children, youth and families each year.  This year spread the Holiday spirit by “Adopting” a Foster Family/Child for the Holidays! Impact the life of a family that is unable to provide for themselves and their children during the holidays by donating gifts! Families typically ask for warm clothing, a few toys for their children, food gift cards, and household necessities such as pots and pans, blankets, microwaves, etc. But of course, as the adopter you may contribute what you feel is appropriate to give. All gifts must be new, unopened, unwrapped and dropped off by Friday, Novemberember 29th. To sponsor a child or families please contact Azucena Navarrete at [email protected] or call (323) 876-0550 ext 1122. You can also make a donation by going to their Amazon Wish List here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1LV8CGQQ14KYO?ref_=wl_share 

http://www.avivacenter.org

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & Hanukkah, HanukkahKeywords: CLOTHING, FAMILIES, GIFTS, TOYS, YOUTH

Spread Joy and Adopt a Family from A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home
Organization Address: 2830 S. Central Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90011
Event / Drop-off Address: 2830 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011
Day(s): November 1 to December 31
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(323) 232-7653

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of a local family in need this holiday season? Consider adopting a family! Adoption includes providing gifts and the opportunity to meet with your adopted family in Decemberember on the APCH campus. Previous sponsors will tell you what a fulfilling, heartwarming experience this is. That's why spots fill up fast - so, don't delay! To learn more about the Adopt-a-Family program please email us at adopt a [email protected] To sign up please check out the form found on their Donate page: https://apch.org/get-involved/donate/

https://apch.org

Categories:Christmas, Christmas & HanukkahKeywords: DONATIONS, FAMILY, GIFTS, TOYS, YOUTH

Lend a Hand with AHEAD With Horse’s Saturday Volunteer Program

AHEAD With Horses
Organization Address: 10157 Johanna Ave, Shadow Hills, CA 91040
Event / Drop-off Address: 10157 Johanna Ave, Shadow Hills, CA 91040
Day(s): November 1 to December 31
Time(s): 8:45 AM
Contact: Michelle Newman
Email:ahead with [email protected]
Phone:(818) 767-6373

AHEAD with Horses is having a short orientation every Saturday morning at 8:45am in Shadow Hills. Volunteers must be at least 12 to volunteer. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to sign some paperwork. Closed-toe shoes (should be comfortable because there is a lot of walking), a shirt with sleeves (T-shirts are fine; No tank tops) and long pants are required. If you're planning to stay for the entire day (till approx. 2 - 2:30pm) then please bring water and a sack lunch/snack. Other days and times available for volunteering will be given at the orientation. They normally have volunteers assist the instructor with the children and horses, which includes, leading horses and spotting, which is walking alongside the horse to ensure child’s safety and position changes on the horse. Other activities might include: grooming horses, cleaning tack, gardening (raking, weeding, etc.), mailings, etc. Please contact the office if you are interested in these days or check their Facebook page (AHEAD With Horses Inc). If you have any other questions or need directions Please Call 818 - 767 - 6373.

http://aheadwithhorsesla.org/

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: ANIMALS, DISABLED, HEALTH

Become a Letter Screener for Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude
Organization Address: 21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Event / Drop-off Address: 21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Day(s): November 1 to December 31
Email:[email protected]
Phone:(262) 674-7281

Operation Gratitude receives 1 million+ letters each year from Americans who want to express their gratitude for their heroes’ service. As letters flood into their facility from across the country, their trained volunteer Letter Screeners individually read and approve each note. You must live close enough to The FOB in Chatsworth, CA to take their Letter Screener class, and to pick up and drop off the letters. Each Letter Screener will attend an approximately 25-minute instruction that will teach you how to screen and categorize the letters. Please contact them to set up an appointment by emailing [email protected] They will make every effort to accommodate your schedule. They organize group classes a few times a year. They can also provide group or one-on-one training during the normal operating hours (M-F, 9 -4), or they can set up an appointment to meet off-site at your and their convenience.

https://www.operationgratitude.com/

Categories:Other Ways to HelpKeywords: FAMILIES, VETERANS, YOUTH

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Family Times Magazine Feb/March 2019

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Visit us online at www.MCYFL.us Bring: Birth certificate, All games played at proof of address (utility bill, Jervey Gantt Park lease, deed, etc.) and student’s report card GET REGISTERED! CHEERLEADING FOOTBALL March 30 March 2 Return cheerleaders:  9 AM – 12PM See website for times Return football players $60 due at sign-up  1– 3 PM April 6 Open football sign-ups $12   7 – 9 AM Open Cheer Sign-ups for PW March 9 at s 5 due ign -up (PW Division - 3rd and 4th 9 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 3 PM graders) Open football sign-ups SIGN-UP at JERVEY GANTT PARK 9:30 AM (Be on Time!) Lottery Drawing for JR and SR  (JR Division - 5th and 6th graders. SR Division - 7th and 2200 SE 36th Avenue 8th graders) Ocala, FL 34471 Marion County Youth Football League has been a part of this community since 1970.  We believe in providing a safe and positive environment, where kids can learn to play the great game of football – a sport that teaches discipline, mental toughness and team work. MCYFL adopted the "Heads Up" training philosophy and requires ALL coaches to be background screened and certified in the "Heads Up" program.  As the game evolves, we are committed to leading the way to make youth football safer and more enjoyable for players, coaches and parents! www.mcyfl.us     @OfficialMCYFL   @MCYFL70 [email protected] familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 3

www.familytimesmag.com Volume 12, Issue 2 Ocala’s Family Magazine Since 2003 feb/mar 2019 Publisher/Editor Kelli Fuqua Hart 8 Celebrating Courage. Celebrating Black History The conversation starts at home [email protected] Layout and Design 12 Just One Child and a Guardian ad Litem More than just an advocate 16 Kay Atwell senior designer [email protected] How to Baby Proof Your Home Sales & Marketing Room by room safety tips Christine Aicher business developer 20 Higher Earning An app where dollars make sense [email protected] Jenifer Mahannah business developer 28 Eat Your Peas Turning food fights into food fun! [email protected] Cindy Renée Moon 32 Education: A Choice Decision Our annual Private School Resource Guide public relations coordinator [email protected] DEPARTMENTS Digital Marketing Manager 22 Class is in Session with Dr. Heidi Maier | 24 Come Out & Play Ocala | 38 Good Chris Wims Times Event Calendar | 43 The Spotlight: Marion County Public Library | 44 Uplifting Photography Ocala with Manal Fakhoury | 46 Tattle: Products Worth Telling On Chris Redd Photography Contributors PROMOTIONAL FEATURES Kevin Christian Manal Fakhoury Kim Muse City of Ocala 6 Spin City Laundry If you’ve been doing your own laundry, you’ve been doing laundry all wrong Diana Gisonni Mari O’Donnell Marcia Hilty Cindy Hudson Jessica Parsons Child Safety Store 18 Moonlights Up My Life Moonlight Memories is forever changing the way we do slumber parties Dr. Heidi Maier Doubra Wariebi Taylor McMahon Denise Yearian Advertising Inquiries 37 Respect for our Children At Queen of Peace Children’s House, your child matters [email protected] 352.693.1212 Spin City on the Laundry Published by Kelli LLC Celebrating COURAGE. If you’ve been doing cover Celebrating your own laundry, you’ve been doing [email protected] BLACK HISTORY. Email Fun ways to spark conversation laundry all wrong Family Times Magazine, Feb/Mar 2019, is a Eat Your Peas! Turning food fights into food fun bi-monthly family publication. All editorial content, artwork, EDUCATION: layout, and design are sole property of Kelli LLC. Nothing A Choice Decision Our annual Private may be reprinted in whole or part without permission. School Resource Guide Family Times Magazine assumes no liability for Photography by products, services, or statements by its advertisers. Chris Redd Photography 4 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

FROM THE Publisher RE-LIVING WITH LILLI R ecently, my daughter and I started watching what I call, “classic” movies from the 1980s – basically any movie with Tom Hanks, John Candy or Dan Aykroyd. I’m kind of (totally) over the modern movies being offered on Netflix, Amazon or Vudu. My daughter is 12 years old and I feel like we can’t watch anything without me having to explain away some raunchy scene or filthy language – and that’s just the PG-13 movies. It all started when I stumbled upon The Burbs – a 1989 mystery/thriller about a “suspiciously odd family” who moves in to a suburb occupied by otherwise normal, civilized families. I remembered loving that movie but not having seen it in years – decades, in fact. I sold my pre-teen on sitting down, sans phone, long enough to enjoy a film reminiscent of her momma’s childhood. Her commentary was the best part of the evening – mocking the cast’s attire, the quality of the film and the cheeseball special effects, but she actually (surprisingly) enjoyed it, much like I enjoy vintage tees, vinyl on the turntable and nostalgic typography. I was tickled by her bewilderment of the romantic scenes in The Great Outdoors, where a young Buck would walk to a payphone to call his summer crush. Oh, the questions! “He has to walk to a phone, Mom?” “In the rain?!” “What if the phone he’s calling is busy or she’s not around?” She just could not image. Watching Splash – another Tom Hanks great – she was really hung up on the scene where Daryl Hannah is deciding on a name and Hanks says, “Madison? Madison isn’t a name.” “Yes it is, Mom! I have a lot of friends named Madison,” says a perplexed middle schooler. Of course she does – in 2019. She was in awe of the fact this movie, about some misplaced mermaid, would be the birth of a name she just assumed dated back to the New Testament. Fun fact: Virtually non-existent before 1984, the name Madison became the second most popular girl name in the U.S. in 2001. Who knew vegging out on the sofa, watching old (almost forgotten) flicks with my daughter would be so eye-opening – for us both? Tongue-in- cheek writing sparked priceless conversation that somewhat bridged the gap between this Gen X momma and her little Gen Z. Sappy electronic keyboard music during awkward kissing scenes became a springboard for talks about “courting” and first loves – actual love, not what she sees on the Internet. To her it’s just Gizmo, Miyagi and a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man but, to me, it’s memories as timeless as any of these grainy old films. familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 5

S P E C I A L P R O M O T I O N A L F E A T U R E our o w n la u ndry, u ’ve be en do ing y ro ng. If yo ing laun d r y a ll w ’ve be en do you written by KELLI FUQUA HART, Publisher photography by CHRIS REDD PHOTOGRAPHY N ETFLIX. AMAZON. UBER. We live in the midst of a society that psychologists are calling the “Convenience Revolution,” and the businesses who are leading the pack get it. People, especially parents, are turning to companies You bag up all that dreaded laundry and drop it off at one of Spin City Laundry’s 13 locations on your way to work, the gym or back home after school drop-off. One of Spin City’s customer service attendants will carefully wash, dry and fold your clothes and have it bagged up nicely in a Spin City and services that make life easier. They want to shop from Laundry brand bag for you to easily pick up that same day. the couch. They want to have products they need delivered The hours you would have spent doing this same daunting directly to them. They want to somehow avoid the workload of task are spent focusing on your new start-up, trying a new making dinner, cleaning house and doing laundry, but they recipe, tackling other home-related projects, reading a good do need it done. Spin City Laundry heard the cry for help and book or any number of other things you enjoy. offers an exceptional service that accommodates everyone Perhaps your house is full of little athletes who hop from from the busy CEO to the overwhelmed stay-at-home mom. sport to sport all week long. After a long summer soccer Imagine you’ve just returned home from a week-long practice or basketball tournament, moms and dads know family snow skiing vacation. Your family of five’s luggage is the laundry basket can start to smell nauseating. But when bursting at the seams and what’s inside are layers of winter you’ve got projects to be done and homework to accomplish, wonder work... for you. All those long johns and stinky there’s just no time to do daily loads of laundry, and running socks, damp shirts and dirty gloves need to be washed, folded and stored away until next year. It’s the dreaded part these small loads can really add to the utility bill. Again, the of vacationing we all hate, but all face. This is where Spin City solution is Spin City Laundry’s Wash, Dry and Fold service. Laundry steps in. As soon as Bobby peels off his stinky football garments, they 6 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

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C E L E B R A T I N G C O U R A G E CELEBRATING BLACK BECAUSE TODAY’S FAMILIES are all influenced and shaped by the triumphs of black Americans HISTORY before them, we encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of this rich history and the victories we all owe to it. Here is a collection of things that can spark some amazing, educational conversation! Compiled by KELLI FUQUA HART, M.A Because of Them We Can® launches first Black History and Excellence Subscription box for kids B ECAUSE OF THEM WE CAN ®, a platform that creates and curates content highlighting and amplifying Black history and excellence, announces the launch of their first interactive monthly subscription box, just for kids. Each month kids can use the contents of the box to transform into a trailblazer and leader, or learn about an organization or movement and their cultural impact with items like branded apparel, educational activities, props and more. The box will be available for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Excited parents, aunts, uncles and friends can sign up at botwcbox.com. Subscriptions are $39.99 a month with free shipping! In 2013, award-winning content creator Eunique Jones Gibson launched the “Because of Them We Can” campaign during Black History month to counter the images and stories in the media that painted Black people in a negative light. By featuring photos of kids dressed as African American figures like Janelle Monae, Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks and more, the campaign aimed to change the narrative and boost the self-esteem of children. Since then, BOTWC has evolved into a platform, community and now, a subscription box that allows kids to deepen their connection to history makers past and present in a fun and engaging way. “For the last five years, we’ve traveled across the country, engaging with thousands of children, visiting elementary classrooms and educating young people on trailblazers they never heard about or knew

DID YOU KNOW? looked like them,” says Jones Gibson. “These engagements helped us realize black history was only being taught during Black History Month, if at all, and when it was, the subjects were typically relegated to slaves or the Each year, ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and same cast of historical figures. After receiving requests from educators History) chooses a theme for Black History Month. The 2019 theme for innovative tools and seeing young is Black Migrations. According to www.asalh.org, “Black people expand their aspirations after exposing them to a broader range Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African of history makers, it was clear that descent to new destinations and subsequently to new we needed to create something that would engage children on a national social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, scale with consistent content curated this theme focuses especially just for them.” Because of Them We Can® on the twentieth century continues to explore and implement through today.” For more creative ways to refute stereotypes information on ASALH, visit and connect the dots between the past, present and future. their website, noted above. 9 BOOKS TO RAISE CHILDREN’S AWARENESS OF CIVIL RIGHTS The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s in the U.S. is important for children to learn about. It is known for protests, marches and other forms of resistance in the name of gaining equality. Many lessons from that time still resonate today, especially as people find ways to make their voices heard around issues they believe in. ages 5 to 8 written by Cindy Hudson A GE-APPROPRIATE BOOKS about The Civil Rights Movement and people who struggled to establish equal rights can spark your child’s interest in learning more, even as they figure out what civil rights mean to them and the people around them. Here’s a list of nine titles in two age groups that shed light on important people and issues from civil rights movements that span different periods and places in history. Pick them up for read-aloud time or to recommend to independent readers. Cindy Hudson writes about books, reading and family literacy at MotherDaughterBookClub.com. PEACEFUL FIGHTS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS by Rob Sanders WE SHALL OVERCOME: What does it mean to protest? The Story of a Song Why do people march, carry by Debbie Levy signs, stick on bumper stickers This book tells how a song with origins in or speak out against something? slavery captured the yearning for freedom from This book looks at the many oppression, and how it came to be associated forms peaceful protest can take, with racial justice not just in the U.S., but also allowing parents and children to around the world. The back of the book features talk about why people may want a timeline of key events in the song’s evolution. to join a movement. familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 9

MARTIN’S BIG WORDS: WHEN THUNDER COMES: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Poems for by Doreen Rappaport Civil Rights Leaders Using excerpts of words from Dr. King’s by J. Patrick Lewis speeches, Rappaport paints a portrait of a little This book of poems highlights boy who was taught that he was “as good as 17 people from around the world anyone,” and who grew up to inspire a movement who sought to break race, class towards racial equality. A timeline at the back and sexual equality barriers. lists important dates in his life. Included are well-known figures, such as Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Ma ndela, a nd lesser- k now n activ ists like Dennis James Banks, who cofounded THE YOUNGEST MARCHER: the American The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, I n d i a n Movement. A Young Civil Rights Activist Biog raph ies by Cynthia Levinson in the back Hendricks was only nine in 1963, when Dr. Martin add det a i l s Luther King Jr. called on children to march against to the l ives unjust laws. She was the youngest person to be of feat u red arrested during the protest, and she spent a week leaders. in jail. Hendricks’ story can inspire children to believe their actions can make a difference. ages 9 to 12 THROUGH MY EYES THINGS TOO HUGE by Ruby Bridges TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY Ruby Bridges was the first black by Susan Vaught student to enroll at an all-white public school in New Orleans. A biracial girl in Oxford, Mississippi, Many people know her story uncovers the segregated history of from the picture book and the town she lives in, seeing vast television movie depicting it. differences between the past and Here, Ruby tells what happened present. She also solves a mystery from her own six-year-old perspective. Photographs about her grandmother and and sidebars shed light on the wider story of what the riots that occurred when the first black student happened around her. enrolled at Ole Miss. BROWN GIRL DREAMING LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell by Jacqueline Woodson This documentary novel tells the This memoir in free verse recounts story of Mildred Jeter and Richard Woodson’s childhood in the Deep Loving, who were forbidden to South as well as Brooklyn, New marry across racial lines or live York. Her words offer a glimpse as a married couple in Virginia into The Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s. They sued the and lingering prejudices after state and ultimately won when the demise of Jim Crow laws. She their case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Historical gains the courage to find her own voice after seeing documents and quotes from officials underscore the other black women fight for change. larger struggle for civil rights taking place at the time. 10 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

GET INVOLVED! This February, your Marion County Public Libraries are hosting their annual AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN 1 2 3 4 for the 28th year! These programs offer notable names in black history heritage-rich literature, 1. The next time you pick up that XBOX controller, think of Gerald film, music and art. Readers, Lawson, engineer and inventor, who paved the way for today’s video performers and listeners of games. Lawson is credited for designing the first programmable ROM all ages are welcome. cartridge-based video game console. 2. Every child in Florida should know and love Lonnie G. Johnson. HEADQUARTERS-OCALA Johnson worked as an engineer for NASA but, by mistake, invented the Sunday | Feb. 10 | 2 p.m. infamous Super Soaker. Talk about a lucrative oopsie! FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 3. Did you know insects can hear, cockroaches can learn by trial and error Tuesday | Feb. 12 | 4 p.m. and honeybees can see color? Zoologist Charles Turner was the first person to prove it! Now go, train some bugs! REDDICK PUBLIC LIBRARY 4. The next time you’re staring at the clock in math class, wishing for the Tuesday | Feb. 19 | 4 p.m. bell to ring, you’ll know Benjamin Banneker was the creator of the FREEDOM PUBLIC LIBRARY clock – who, by the way, loved math! Tuesday | Feb. 26 | 4 p.m. 5. Although it is not true George Washington Carver invented peanut (poetry focus) butter, his interest in plants led him to create over 300 peanut products to include cooking oil, axle grease and printer ink! You can thank Mr. Carver the next time you print out your homework. HISTORICAL SPOTLIGHT: 6. With a name like Crum, it would make sense the guy invented the potato COMMUNITY OF SANTOS chip! George Crum created this delicious snack while working as a chef. Sadly, he never patented his invention. Luckily for us, tons of companies BELLEVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY mass produced his salty treat and thank goodness! Thursday | Feb. 21 | 3:30 p.m. 7. Not completely sure how they work, but we do know Kenneth Dunkley’s The Santos Historical 3-DVG glasses make watching our favorite superhero in the theater even cooler. Committee, Inc. commemorates the once vibrant African- 8. Who doesn’t love an online video with adorable kittens or chubby babies? Lisa Gelobter is the mastermind behind Shockwave –  “a technology that American community destroyed formed the beginning of web animation,” according to www.thinkgrow.org. by the Cross-Florida Barge Canal project. Descendants of former residents share the story through memories and historical records. For more information on this or any local public library, please visit www.marioncountyfl.org 5 6 7 8 familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 11

JUST ONE CHILD... and a Guardian ad Litem written by MARI O’DONNELL | contributing writers/edits by DIANA GISONNI, KIM MUSE & MARCIA HILTY Guardian ad Litem I N 2018 MARI O’DONNELL WAS NAMED The 5th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Volunteer of the Year. Circuit Director Marcia Hilty states, “During the past 3 years, Mari O’Donnell has been a super hero for the volunteers are children on 12 dependency cases. Her experience as an educator in the public school system is invaluable for the children she serves. Mari’s heart is always open and she never turns away a case or project. She is compelled to improve court advocates, ‘her’ children’s lives and, by so doing, makes this community stronger.” “I am just one of 150 Volunteer Guardians ad Litem advocating for 483 but they are so much children in Marion County,” states Mari O’Donnell. “I have served fourteen children, most with successful outcomes. In return, I have received many hugs and a few colds. I have connected with the child that usually doesn’t connect more to the children with people. I have played a role in boosting their self-esteem and self-worth. I am the one they turn to for guidance and I take my role very seriously. Most of for whom they all I have recognized and responded to the needs of a child. We all can make a difference – just one child at a time!” GAL volunteers are court advocates, but they are so much more to the advocate. children for whom they advocate. A GAL volunteer is the friend that is only a 12 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

WHY ARE GUARDIANS Important? phone call away, they are mentors, they are teachers, and many times the only stable adult in the child’s life. GAL volunteers are the eyes and the ears of the court providing first-hand accounts of the child’s situation at critical points in the case through reports to the judge. The GAL gives the child a voice inside the Studies have shown that children courtroom where decisions about their future are being made. with a volunteer Guardian ad Litem: Unlike other dependency stakeholders with caseloads of many children, the GAL volunteer serves 2 children at a time on average. This enables GAL • Move fewer times within volunteers to get to know their children, visit their homes and schools, and the foster care system. develop a relationship with each child. Having a first-hand understanding of the child enhances the GAL team’s advocacy because the case can be seen from the • Spend less time child’s perspective and advocacy built around the child’s unique needs. in out-of-home care. MARI’S STORY I changed careers at age fifty, giving up my advertising design • Are more likely to be adopted. business to teach middle school. I was introduced to teenagers and as a new hire • Receive more services to assist I was given three classes of students that were Level 2-0 in math. Too many of these children had a lot more problems than low math scores. I spent a lot of time with their healing process. in the guidance office reading a ‘CUME’ (acCUMulative Education file) to try to understand ‘what a child was all about.’ What I didn’t find in the CUME folder or from a counsellor was often easily revealed by the child. Many of the students had an appropriate label or designated letters that indicated that they came with an IEP (individual education plan). Those that didn’t have an IEP bore an invisible label which was far more problematic — a myriad of family dysfunction: an incarcerated parent(s), divorce, poverty, homelessness, truancy and/or were in the foster care system. I came to see that often an unlabeled child with issues was screaming, “HELP ME!” JUST ONE CHILD An eighth grade girl came to my graphic design class exploding from every pore of her being. It was very obvious that she had bigger issues than I, as her graphic design teacher, could help with. Her mother had committed suicide after her baby brother drowned, she was adopted by aunt who died of cancer, and was now in foster care. She was an emotional train wreck. For that semester, she came to me with all her messes. Her grades and behavior improved. When the semester was over I talked the (big-hearted) First Sergeant into letting her in the Junior ROTC class. She excelled — her visits and messes became less frequent and she was happy and thriving. A month before 8th grade graduation she was notified of a placement change to another county. She was devastated. I made phone calls, talked to guidance, and the principal, but to no avail. I even called DCF to see if I could talk to her case worker and was told I had no legal familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 13

authority to do anything. I had no way of helping her. The next thing I knew, POOF! She was gone. Her story and the story of many other children in the foster care system led me to the Guardian ad Litem program. As soon as I retired from teaching, I signed up. I joined a passionate group of people from all walks of life that have one thing in common: to be there for the child when they need the help the most. WE NEED MORE Volunteers!!! There are over 800 children in Marion County removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. The first problem is what puts a child in the dependency court system in the first place. The second problem is once the child is in the system, are the services adequate to handle the individual needs of the child? Here are some of the facts: • Children are traumatized by entry into foster care. • There aren’t enough foster homes and even fewer for teenagers. • Psychological counseling is backlogged • Changes in school causes children to get behind • Children that get behind become overwhelmed and act out If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, become a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer. Visit our website – www.guardianadlitem.org 14 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

Come plan a great summer! FREE! Sunday, March 24 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocala Civic Theatre Gather information and register your kids for summer activities offered by local organizations and businesses Outdoor Event, Food Trucks, Games & More! SPONSORED BY: Art College of Central Florida APPLETON MUSEUM of 352-236-2274 • OcalaCivicTheatre.com • Located in the Appleton Cultural Center • 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470 March 9 Admission: $2 Ages 12 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. under:F REE FREE March 10 parking! Southeastern Livestock Pavilion 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala 9 a.m.-4 p.m. marioncountyfl.org/springfestival See, Learn and Play in the Kids Gardening Zone! Fun Bats Live c t i v ities! pollinators! Bees a Mask Bugs making Cool displays! Worm Root farm Face view Build a rocket painting with 4-H! familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 15

Room-By-Room Safety Tips How To BABY PROOF YOUR HOME provided by The Experts at CHILD SAFETY STORE T WO CHILDREN die each day from poisoning, death in children ages one to four. The saddest of statistics according to the www.nichd.nih.gov. In that same is, most of these deaths and injuries could have been 24-hours, over 300 U.S. children under the age of prevented had the caregivers taken the time to thoroughly 19 will be admitted to the hospital because of poisoning. baby-proof their homes. That same number applies to children who will suffer In an effort to save lives and educate parents, the from burns – younger children most often suffering Child Safety Store has provided Family Times Magazine from hot liquids or steam and older children from direct a comprehensive list of things we can all do to better contact with fire. According to the same site, roughly protect our children. If you are expecting, have a newborn 8,000 children visit the ER, daily, due to injuries from or know someone who would benefit from this feature, falls. Drowning and suffocation greatly affects infants please take a moment to read (and share) this list and put and toddlers – drowning being the most common cause of into motion all of these directives. IT IS RECOMMENDED the majority of your childproofing be Check your rooms, one by one, with a critical eye, asking done at one time. This ensures it is completed before a new yourself if something could present a hazard. If so, how capability results in a preventable injury. serious an injury might it result in? Can it be corrected or is All lower drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and another course of action required to prevent an injury? bathrooms should be latched before he ever learns he can • Could it be broken by a child? open them. Accessible electrical outlets (both dormant and • Would it tip over if he climbed on it? in-use) protected, vertical cords raised, pool fence installed, • Would it fall over if pushed or pulled on it? stairway gates in place, sharp corners protected, etc. Other items can be added as the need becomes apparent – door • Could he climb it and then fall off? alarms, appliance latches, medicine cabinet latches, door • How far would he fall? knob covers, deadbolt locks, etc. • If he shook it, would anything fall off and hit him on Get down on your child’s level (on hands and knees, roll the head? over on your back to get under furniture, etc.) and look • Is it possible for him to get his head stuck in or behind up. Look around each room carefully as if seeing it for the something? first time. Crawl around and try to stick your head behind furniture. Reach under furniture and feel around to see what • Would it burn him if he touched it? is there (sharp springs or staples sticking out, plastic tags, • Does it pose a strangulation or suffocation hazard? etc.) Get under tables and look up – what would your child’s • Can it be choked on? head hit if he stood up (sharp corners, manufacturer’s labels • If he pulled on a cord, would the appliance or lamp fall attached with staples sticking out, glass in the center of an from its place onto his head? end stand or coffee table, etc.) • Are corners or protruding knobs on furniture sharp Check out everything that would be within your child’s enough to cause serious injury? reach when he begins standing. An easy way to do this is to lay on your back and reach up with one arm. Whatever • Could an item within reach be dangerous or destructive in you can touch or grab from this position, so can (and will) a his hands (such as fireplace implements or glass objects)? 12-month old. Leaning up on one elbow and lifting your head Consider other types of dangers as well – doors without up as far as possible will show you what he can run into and locks that lead outside or into the garage. Could one of these bump his head on – corners of dining room tables, bottoms be left open by an older child or someone else? Door knob of drawers left open, protruding low wall ledges, etc. covers can make them difficult to open but you might need 16 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

assistance in keeping them closed. Door alarms for under ten pushed loose – both of a type that can swing open to let you dollars will give you a warning if the door is not shut within a walk through. Be careful of tripping over the bottom rail if you few seconds. have selected one of the popular metal swing open gates that Start vacuuming like you’ve never vacuumed before! Keep are pressure mounted. an eye peeled for those small items the vacuum might not pick Strollers need to be sturdy and secure from tipping or up – pins, staples, buttons, broken glass, coins, etc. If it is on collapse while the child is in it. Fold-up release type strollers the floor, kids will find it. This is his world and he will notice should have at least two devices to prevent accidental collapse. anything on the floor. Hanging heavy bags or other items on the back of light strollers Keep that hot water temperature adjusted to no more than will cause them to tip over with or without the child in place. 120°, at least for a few years. When a stroller has been in the car or sitting in the sun, check Do not set your safety standards so high you cannot live up the seat’s temperature. Use cloth covers to prevent hot vinyl or to them or make yourself paranoid without cause. If you do, metal parts from burning sensitive skin. you will risk scrapping the whole concept in frustration. Grandparents – be especially careful at their homes. Introduce your child and pet. Teach your child to respect Watch out for medication without childproof caps, ant/roach the pet and its rights (like being able to eat in peace) or keep tablets, poisons, cleaners, small pieces and breakable items. them separated, if necessary, for a while until he understands. The only layer of protection here is your constant supervision. Never allow teasing – even docile animals can be pushed Preparation of meals and holiday festivities can be distracting. too far. Do not leave infants alone with your pet. Your pet’s Make sure one individual is responsible for supervision at any reaction to a new member in the family may not be what you given moment and you are informed when that responsibility expect. Their “home ground” has been infringed upon and changes hands. Consider taking along an adjustable pressure your attention is being diverted from them. Protection of their gate or two to your parent’s home for barricading off the territory can be a strong instinct in some animals. kitchen or a formal living room. Shut doors to bathrooms and Backyard play must be supervised, totally, for a young off-limit areas for older toddlers who may be move faster than toddler, even if a “kiddie fence” is in use. Sunburn, poisonous their supervision can. plants, poisonous insects (some good to eat too!) and snakes, Children run the greatest risk of lead poisoning because small rocks, grass, dirt and just about everything else in a lead is easily incorporated into their growing bodies, where yard, within reach, could present a hazard. it disrupts the normal growth pattern of cells. Accumulation Stay within your child’s capabilities when making your of smaller amounts of lead in a child’s body may also result toy selections. Avoid the temptation of buying items intended in damage that does not become visible until the child is old for much older children. Most packaging on the market will enough to express learning disabilities. Studies have shown as indicate a minimum age the manufacturer recommends. For many as three million children may have been exposed to lead older children’s toys, be particularly alert to small detaching poisoning and many of these have been adversely affected. pieces a younger child might choke on. When in doubt (or just Young children are most often the victims of lead paint for practice) use your no-choke tester. poisoning, since they put almost anything into their mouths – Products and equipment you purchase should have the chewing on wood trim, window sills and other lead-painted seal of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. This surfaces. The single most widely exposed group appears to association independently tests children’s equipment to meet be young children, living in older residences contaminated minimum safety standards and manufacturers who belong to by lead paint. Studies have shown this group suffers subtle the organization will usually adhere to these standards. neurological damage caused by blood lead levels which were Playpens should be as safe an environment as your baby’s previously believed to be non-toxic. The potential to cause crib. Avoid hanging toys or other objects across the top once harm to small children has prompted some states to take your child is pulling up. Be careful the size of toys that are put legislative action against this problem, resulting in regulations in here. Your toddler will use them for a climb-out. Once your that force homeowners, tenants and landlords to carefully toddler has learned to climb out of a playpen, he will more examine the paint covering their dwellings. than likely never stay in it for long again. Then its effectiveness The unborn child is also susceptible.Even without direct as a secure play area will be compromised and now represents contact to environmental lead, the unborn child can be problems, in and of itself, with falls from escape attempts. poisoned. If a pregnant woman has been exposed to enough Safety gates can make very effective barriers for a child lead, her bones may store high levels of it. The metabolic until about age two. Most manufacturers do not recommend changes which occur in the body during pregnancy may cause use beyond that age because of the heights of their gates and the stored lead to be released into the blood, thus exposing the risk of falls from toddlers climbing over. Safety gates are the unborn child. Because a fetus is extremely sensitive to any ideal for stairways but should be removed (particularly at environmental toxins, the potential for damage is even greater the top) when your toddler has learned to climb over them. than that of exposing a child or an adult to the same amount At the top of a stairway, use walk-through, swing open style of lead. Of particular concern is the developing neurological gates rather than the type that have to be stepped over. If you system of the unborn child. Studies claim that permanent keep stepping over gates at the top of a stairway, eventually learning disabilities can be attributed to exposure during this you are going to trip and fall, possibly while you are carrying stage of development. your child. We recommend permanently attached gates at the For more information and products to keep your child top of stairs or have a pressure type mounted so it cannot be safe, please visit www.childsafetystore.com. familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 17

l i g h ts S P E C I A L P R O M O T I O N A L F E A T U R E M o on UP MY LIFE MOONLIGHT MEMORIES IS FOREVER CHANGING THE WAY WE DO SLUMBER PARTIES. MOMS, YOU CAN THANK US LATER. written by KELLI FUQUA HART, Publisher L photography by CHRIS REDD PHOTOGRAPHY AST YEAR, she wanted to land on the moon. I spent DIY slumber parties, was in awe. So, she decided to create a hours making papier-mâché planets out of wet, soggy local, unique company that makes birthday parties a cinch! newsprint. Lights, we called “stars,” had to be strung Last fall, Saco launched Moonlight Memories – a camping-in corner to corner. Her father fussed his way through the experience. Moms and dads provide the space and Saco does construction of a cardboard rocket ship, complete with glow- the rest. in-the-dark stars and cut-out windows. Days before her sixth Needing to make some party plans of my own, I send birthday party, we were already exhausted and barely had Saco a brief email and asked for her help. The conversation money left for a constellation cake and astronaut ice cream. was simple, pleasant and gave me all of the confidence in the As her seventh birthday approached, I started to panic. Is world in Moonlight Memories’ ability to astound my daughter that terrible? – to be that mom who dreads party planning and and a handful of her little friends. spending. I was that mom, until I overheard a conversation Prior to the big day, Saco briefly visited my home to scope about Moonlight Memories in Ocala. out the floor plan and ensure I’d have the space necessary for Owner Michelle Saco stumbled across a brilliant idea her set-up. We discussed the different party themes she offers on social media – a concept wildly popular in the UK and and settled on something whimsical and enchanting – Wild Australia. Moms could hire a company that would come to & Free. their homes, totally set up a stunning slumber party display, Moonlight Memories offers five diverse themed packages leave and come back the next day to break everything down for a variety of ages, both girls and boys. There is Wild & and carry it all away. Saco, a mother herself, and lover of Free’s boho chic, Dinosaur’s journey back in time, Donut’s 18 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

sprinkle of color and delight, Mermaid’s majestic glimmer and Pretty in Purple’s “I have always planned themed parties for my transcendence into the sweetest of dreams. Each set-up includes everything you’d girls’ birthdays and was getting tired of the need to pull off the perfect party. repetitiveness and stress from party planning. Saco arrived at my home around 2 p.m. on Saturday. She delivered six gorgeous, pastel colored tents. From mint green to pale peach, these tents are not something I wanted something different and Moonlight she’d simply ordered out of a catalog. These tents are custom made, by her husband, Memories provided just that! The donut theme and large enough to fit an adult – which makes Moonlight Memories perfect for a was perfect as my youngest loves donuts simple Mommy & Me get-together. and her birthday theme was Donut Grow Up. Next, she set up a large air mattress inside each tent This was, by far, the easiest and most stress- with its own fitted sheet, themed cushion and cozy, soft blanket. A gorgeous dream catcher was hung free party I had ever done. I didn’t spend hours on the front of each tent, atop twinkling white making decorations, as everything I needed lights. At the foot of each of the beds, Saco to make the party special was provided. The staged large white trays for snacking, games best part was Michelle and her husband came or whatever a little party goer might desire. and set everything up and returned the Additional decor was set up and my living room was transformed into a breathtaking, next day for pick up. This made the party bohemian dream – and I didn’t have to lift process even easier. I highly recommend a finger! booking Moonlight Memories for parties. My As each girl arrived, they squealed at the idea daughters and nieces had an amazing time and of having their own glamping tent. They rushed my oldest can’t wait until her birthday. I look over to investigate the set-up and joy took over each of their little faces. My daughter was thrilled – forward to booking again in the future.” so proud her friends were getting an experience like none —Rebecca Mintrone other. I was thrilled all I had to do was pick up a cake. And, my better half was thrilled by the price! “Moonlight Memories was a great experience Moonlight Memories not only makes executing a beautiful party simple, they make it extremely affordable. Their standard package, for four, is just $199. This from start to finish. Michelle was awesome to includes the initial consultation, 22+ hours of rental time, delivery, careful set-up work with and paid attention to every little of all decor and next day removal. In the event you are catering to more than four detail. This has, by far, been the most memorable guests, you can add on at $35 per bed (for two additional beds), $30 per bed (for the birthday for my daughter and our family. next two additions) and $25 per bed for any additional beds beyond that. For just With technology and social media overload over $250, Moonlight Memories made six these days it is refreshing to see something so little seven-year-olds incredibly happy and this momma’s job a literal piece seemingly basic – a sleepover – have such an of cake. organic approach and lasting impression. Moonlight Memories offer Tents for Our kids need more of this.” Two for a best friend get-together or —Jessica Makarewicz Mommy & Me slumber party. For just $150, any twosome can transform their space into a Moonlight Memory. In fact, FOR MORE INFORMATION on how you can throw Saco has started catering to brides-to- the greatest slumber party of all time with be with fun bachelorette sleepovers. Moonlight Memories, please visit them online at Her ideas are ever evolving, curated www.moonlightmemoriesocala.com or call with creativity. Michelle Saco at (352) 789-3683. You’ll wish you’d partied with Moonlight Memories sooner! familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 19

HIGHER EARNING “The person who doesn’t know where his next dollar is coming from usually doesn’t know where his last dollar went.” Well, there’s an app for that. written by KELLI FUQUA HART, Publisher product photos provided by the Makers of BUSYKID S omewhere around the age of 16, you kind of get underlying principles of earning, spending and saving shoved out into the real world, expected to now do long before we got to this place. some type of work for some type of compensation. That is where BusyKid comes in. Before now, mom made sure you had a nice, new shirt “Gregg Murset, a father of six, was looking for a for school picture day and dad made sure to pass you a solution to a common problem – how to keep track few bucks for school lunch on the way out the door. Life of his kids’ chores, pay them a weekly allowance and was good. Now, all of a sudden, you’re face to face with teach them the basic financial principles surrounding some guy named Jim who has worked his way from fry earning, saving, sharing and spending money wisely,” flipper to assistant store manager – and he’s your boss. according to www.busykid.com. “Out of this necessity, If you want to earn that minimum wage, you’re going to he developed My Job Chart, one of the very first online have to work for it. If only someone had taught us the chore and allowance apps in the U.S. Immediately 20 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

it became one of the most popular family tools to help parents teach their children about work ethic and managing money.” Let’s fast forward about seven years, when technology had made some significant advances. Just as the digital age had evolved, so did Murset’s creation. My Job Chart evolved into what we know today as BusyKid – “the PARENT first and only chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, DASHBOARD spend and invest their allowance,” according to www.busykid.com. Children ages 5 to 16 can begin learning about work ethic, responsibility, accounting, accountability and money management through the BusyKid app – which allows parents to reward their children through direct allowance deposits into an account that is co-managed. BusyKid “provides a cash-free environment where kids can learn through opportunity, repetition and parental assistance,” according to their site. So how is BusyKid any different than traditional chore charts and allowances? First, as mentioned above their is no cash involved. Parent will download the BusyKid app and create accounts for their children where they will input expected chores, days of assignment and couple it with a rate of pay. With simple clicks, your child’s account can be set up with chores and values. Both parent and child will be able to log into the app where they can track chores, log accomplishments, see balances and request/move monies. For example, Sally has completed a dozen chores listed inside her app this week, earning $25. Sally can log in to her app and move $10 of that into her BusyKid savings, donate $5 to a charity of her choice and “withdraw” the remaining $10 as cash from mom and dad. Because mom and dad’s bank account is conveniently linked to the BusyKid app, all of the earnings and withdraws are precisely accounted for. When Sally wants $10 cash to purchase something on iTunes, the money goes back into mom and dad’s account where they can monitor her money moves and ensure she gets the $10. Kids can also spend their earnings by using a BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card. The makers of BusyKid want parents to have an opportunity to start teaching their children how to manage invisible money before the day comes where they are overwhelmed with how to spend, save or invest tangible money they’ve earned. All Busy Kid activity gets communicated to mom and dad so conversations about smart spending and saving can occur. Also, BusyKid users can use their savings to purchase stocks. Imagine being eight years old with Tesla stock! BusyKid includes charts and widgets to help CHILD your child understand each stock before they purchase. Once they make their DASHBOARDS spending decision, an email is sent to mom or dad who can connect to Stockpile and redeem their child’s stock. Inside the app, everyone can be checking for up- to-date stock changes. Busykid.com offers a 30-day free trial that rolls over into a $24.95 annual fee, per family – roughly $2 a month per family. Such an affordable way to get your kids excited about chores, knowing they will earn money they have flexibility with – to save, share, spend or invest. Likewise, a BusyKid enrollment includes automatic Friday paydays, the ability to pay bonuses, chore recommendations based on age, a digital wallet and parental SMS approvals. For an additional $7.99 per child, per year, parents can opt for a BusyKid Visa® Prepaid Spend Card –  a real reloadable Visa® prepaid card that can be used to make purchases. For more information or to start your free trial today, visit www.busykid.com For questions not answered here, contact [email protected] familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 21

Class is in with Dr. Heidi Maier SUPERINTENDENT, MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS THE BEST OF THE BEST I LOVE OUR TEACHERS! Our district loves our teachers. And our community loves our teachers. So much so, they come together every year to choose five Golden Apple It’s no easy task teachers representing all of our educators plus one “rookie” teacher of the year. In this issue, let me share a bit about each of these six outstanding teachers. to be nominated, They represent thousands of votes cast to elect one teacher of the year and one rookie teacher of the year on each public school campus. The difference is a write that portfolio, rookie has three years or less experience in the classroom. This process started way back in September when our Public Education sit across that Foundation of Marion County collected written portfolios from each nominee committee review (two from each school). Ten volunteer community members read and scored these portfolios, then table then be interviewed the top scorers, followed up with in-class observations to narrow the numbers to five Golden Apple recipients and one rookie teacher of the year. repeatedly observed Believe me, it’s no easy task to be nominated, write that portfolio, sit across by complete that committee interview table then be repeatedly observed by complete strangers who interrupt your normal classroom routine. And remember, strangers... with students are there, too! Yes, students who say the darnedest things. It all comes down to a surprise caravan where dozens of us burst into students who say the classrooms by surprise, present Golden Apples and balloons, then build suspense for the Golden Apple Gala. That’s when we announced Marion darnedest things. County’s Teacher of the Year, Hollie Cunningham, from West Port High School. Here’s a brief look at this year’s Golden Apple Class and a bit about their teaching perspectives quoted directly from their submitted portfolios. I’m honored to know each of them and work alongside them helping our kids! 22 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

MC TEACHER OF THE YEAR HOLLIE CUNNINGHAM BRIAN STEPHENSON JESSICA CARTER HOLLIE CUNNINGHAM | West Port High JESSICA CARTER | Dr. NH Jones Elementary AMY OWENSBY | Hillcrest School In the classroom just five years, Hollie With 23 years of experience, A successful Naval career as a prisoner teaches Medical Skills, Health Science Jessica’s only been in Marion County escort wasn’t enough for Amy. Nor Foundations, Certified Nursing classrooms for the last three years. was being her school’s 2011 rookie Assisting, and Electrocardiograph As a third-grade leader, Jessica teacher of the year. Today, Amy teaches Technician classes to hundreds of proudly confesses she “becomes what students with special needs and helps students. As a vocational teacher, my students need.” Her classroom them develop the skills, confidence, and Hollie believes “the hand that rocks comes alive with joy, motivation, communication abilities they need to the cradle is the hand that rules the imagination, laughter, innovation, lead successful lives. She believes data world.” She’s a teacher who reaches creativity, collaboration, risk taking, is a “four letter word” that should not beyond her students. She believes she and respect. In the end, relationship be taken alone, and also says “everyone is “here to help students educate and building takes priority because that’s needs someone else to learn from.” She elevate members of their family who how she impacts students most. wants to be that person for her students. would not have the means to change EMILY COOK | Forest High KARLA CAVALIER | Shady Hill Elementary their station in life.” Emily’s taught for 20 years in Marion 2019 Rookie Teacher of the Year BRIAN STEPHENSON | Belleview High County Public Schools and this year This is Karla’s first year of teaching – ever! Teaching just three years in Marion helps students with Algebra I and Yes, she’s brand new to the art classroom County and 13 overall, Brian credit recovery courses. A previous at Shady Hill Elementary, and she’s loving leads learning in his social studies teacher for the deaf/hard of hearing, it! With creative abilities developed as classrooms with classes like European Emily now helps students who an interior designer and gymnastics History, Economics, and Divinity struggle with math just to graduate. instructor, Karla shines when it comes Classical Studies. In fact, his students Her success rate is 94%, and she to inspiring her students with visual arts excel nearly 20% higher than the shares it takes teamwork – including activities. “Never do for a child what a state average. Popularly known as parents, families, and others – to child can do for themselves” drives her “Steve-O” to many students, Brian produce student success. She also decisions in the classroom, and Karla tries strives to produce better citizens in the believes success is more than just to be real with her 637 students (yes, the community thanks to critical thinking academic and regularly convinces her entire school), helping them understand skills, personal interaction, and students to take part in community not every day is the greatest, and it’s okay inspiration beyond the academic level. events for many reasons. to have an off day every now and then. EMILY COOK AMY OWENSBY KARLA CAVALIER familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 23

ocala come out & play *HOMESCHOOL CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS | AGES 8-12 Thursdays | Now-April 25 | 1:30-3 p.m. Science instruction combined with exploration and collaboration with others. *CREATE SCIENTISTS | AGES 2-4 W/PARENT/GUARDIAN Tuesdays | Now-April 30 | 10-11 a.m. Story-time and several activities related to the science-based learning theme/topic. Everything from bubbly experiments, painting, exploring CITY OF OCALA RECREATION AND PARKS FEB/MAR 2019 outside, and even meeting our critters up-close! *SCIENCE KIDS | AGES 5-8 Register for all programs at www.ocalafl.org/recpark. Tuesdays | Now-April 30 | 3-4 p.m. Events are for all ages and are FREE unless otherwise noted. Grows science knowledge and collaborative skills through fun projects, simple experiments and books! *LEGO ROBOTICS I | AGES 8-12 Tuesdays | Now-April 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. Beginners will learn the basics of robots and FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK BEN SOLLEE LIVE program their own! Downtown Ocala | First Friday of each Downtown Ocala month | Now-May 3 | 6-9 p.m. Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. *LEGO ROBOTICS II | AGES 8-12 Thursdays | Now-April 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. CATTLE DRIVE & Friday | Feb. 22 | 5:30-9 p.m. Learn advanced topics and construct a robot while COWBOY ROUND-UP Self-guided tour of public art, a reception with building teamwork and communication skills. Downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park snacks/beverages and a concert in the park with VIP ticket holders with appetizers. Art Stroll and concert *$34/member/month. $38/non-member/month. Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Follow the cattle drive from downtown Ocala to $25/person. Concert $10/person. ECO INVADERS REPTILE Tuscawilla Park where the festivities begin. Live ROMANCE DATE NIGHT | AGES 18+ PAWS ICE CREAM SOCIAL Saturday | Feb. 2 | 6-9 p.m. entertainment, kid’s corral, authentic vendors, Letty Towles Dog Park | 2299 SE 32 Ave. Enjoy light appetizers and wine while participating Cowboy Tom, vittles, beer, waterin’ hole and more! Saturday | Feb. 23 | 10 a.m.-Noon in a guided tour of the exhibit, live reptile encounter SENSORY STREAM Ice cream social for dogs along with vendors for and take in a planetarium show. $15/person. SATURDAYS | AGES 5+ grooming and pet supplies. E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW FORT KING LECTURE SERIES: Fourth St. | Eighth Avenue Adult Activity GRIT DANIEL L. SCHAFER Center | 820 NE Eighth Ave. | Saturdays Fort King National Historic Landmark Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave. Feb. 9 | 11 a.m.-Noon 3925 E Fort King St. Friday | Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. Introduces the world of Science, Technology, Saturday | March 2 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Daniel L. Schafer, historian and author, will discuss Recreation, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to Challenge yourself against the legacy of the Fort the fascinating history of the Kingsley story and the children with or without disabilities in a fun and King soldiers. Go to GRITSTRENGTHCHALLENGE.COM research he conducted into it. inclusive environment. to register. ENGINEERING DAY | AGES 5-15 WILDLANDS JUNIOR RANGERS BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave. AGES 8-11 VOLLEYBALL CLINIC | AGES 8-16 Saturday | March 9 | 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW In partnership with the Florida Engineering Society Fort King St. | Saturdays | Feb. 9 & 23 | March 9 Fourth St. | Mondays-Thursdays | March 18- and Ocala Electric Utility, children will plan, build, & 23 | April 6 & 20 | May 4-5 | 10 a.m.-Noon April 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. test and compete in specialized challenges. Pre- Outdoor stewardship, natural resource education register by March 7. Passing, hitting, setting, blocking and serving techniques. and Florida history. Learn wilderness survival Wear tennis shoes, shorts, tee-shirts and bring knee STEAM SATURDAYS: INVASIVE skills, outdoor ethics, connectivity with nature and SPECIES SCAVENGER HUNT pads, if you have them. Register through March 13. participate in outdoor recreation. $90/person. Saturdays | Feb. 9 | 2-3 p.m. AFTER DARK IN THE PARK DISCOVERY CENTER Come early so you can enjoy the Mad Lab Exhibit 701 NE Sanchez Ave. before our program! Children must be accompanied MOVIE SERIES Fridays | 7 p.m. www.mydiscoverycenter.org. by an adult. $8.50/person includes exhibit. FENCES [PG-13] Feb. 15 | Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave. DISCOVERY BIOLOGY | AGES 8-12 STAR LAB PLANETARIUM | ALL AGES JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) [PG-13] Wednesdays | Now-April 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. Saturdays | Ongoing | 11-11:30 a.m. | 1-1:30 p.m. March 8 | Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave. For aspiring veterinarians, doctors and biologists! Take a tour of our solar system and learn about ART OUTSIDE THE LINES: Discover the variety of the living world and learn stars and constellations. $3/person/session plus DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART STROLL how the human body functions with hands-on exhibit admission of $6/person or $20/family of four. City Hall | 110 SE Watula Ave. experiments and dissections. www.ocalafl.org/recpark 352.368.5517

Special Events 2019 Discovery Center Exhibits February 701 NE Sanchez Ave. Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up ECO INVADERS Downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park January-March Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Follow the cattle drive from downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park where the KINGS, QUEENS festivities begin. Live entertainment, kid’s corral, authentic vendors, Cowboy AND CASTLES Tom, vittles, beer, waterin’ hole and more! April-June Ben Sollee and Annual Art Event SENSE-SATIONAL Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. July-September Friday | Feb. 22 | 6-9 p.m. Come and enjoy live music by Ben Sollee, a Kentucky-born cellist and composer. He OPERATION OCEANS plays the cello in a unique way, as his music ranges from folk to rhythm and blues. October-December March GRIT: Fort King Strength Challenge Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St. First Friday Saturday | March 2 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Are you strong enough to survive, do you have the GRIT, nerve and stamina to make it home in one piece? Will you defend your honor on the battlefield or Art Walk Downtown Ocala whimper back alone? Challenge yourself against the legacy of the soldiers of Fort First Friday of each month King. Vendors, food trucks and athletic challengers. Contestants must preregister. Jan. 4-May 3 and Sept. 6-Dec. 6 6-9 p.m. Engineering Day Discovery Center | 701 NE Sanchez Ave. Located within Ocala’s historic Saturday | March 9 | 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. district, First Friday Art Walk Engineers from the Florida Engineering Society are partnering with the Discovery includes monthly artist displays, Center to bring a complimentary fun family day that includes hands-on activities live entertainment, street and challenges for students ages 5-15. Pre-register at www.mydiscoverycenter.org in order to have adequate supplies on hand. performers, free art activities and extended business hours. Mass Gothic Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. Friday | March 15 | 6-9 p.m. The community hosts many events Come and enjoy live music by Mass Gothic. The husband and wife duo Noel on city property throughout the year. Heroux and Jessica Zambri have dreamed up a record packed with the tension, chaos and beauty of a fluid and cathartic two-way conversation. In a universe Stay up to date with the latest at our increasingly threatening our abilities to work hard on communication and website or at feeldowntownocala.com coexistence, their creative union isn’t just inspired but important. familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 25

After Dark Levitt Amp Ocala in the Park Music Series Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave. Movie Series* Fridays | May 31-Aug. 2 | 6-9 p.m. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an evening of live music, food trucks, vendors and art experiences as the series Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks available for a small fee. returns with free concerts. Remember to bring your chairs and blankets! *Movie titles subject to change “THE GOONIES” | PG Parade of Senior Services Scott Springs | 2825 SW 24 Ave. Kline Conference Center at the College of Central Florida Friday | Jan. 18 | 7 p.m. 3001 SW College Road Friday | March 22 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. “FENCES” | PG-13 Come out to the showcase of community services available to Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave. senior citizens and their families. Friday | Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. “JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)” | PG-13 Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave. Friday | March 8 | 7 p.m. April “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: Motown Downtown at First Friday Art Walk Downtown Ocala SUMMER VACATION” | PG Friday | April 5 | 6-9 p.m. Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave. Listen to the soulful entertainment of Motown while enjoying the Friday | April 12 | 8:15 p.m. creative and visual works at First Friday Art Walk. “BASQUIAT” | R Tuscawilla Art Park | 223 NE Fifth St. Brick City Beer and Wine Festival Friday | May 10 | 8:30 p.m. Citizens’ Circle | 160 E. Fort King St. Saturday | April 20 | 2-8 p.m. “THE PRINCESS BRIDE” | PG A full day of beer and wine sampling, music, food trucks and fun Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave. awaits you under the beautiful shady oaks. Live entertainment by Bon Friday | June 14 | 8:45 p.m. Jovi and Journey tribute band, Titans of Rock. “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” | PG Earthfest Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex | 2200 SE 36 Ave. Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Friday | July 12 | 8:45 p.m. Saturday | April 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Youth Fishing Derby and Mayor’s Spring Clean Up. Tree rappelling for “JURASSIC WORLD: kids, live entertainment, food, crafts, a kid’s zone, environmental vendors, FALLEN KINGDOM” | PG-13 sidewalk chalk art, other surprise entertainment and a tree giveaway! Webb Field | 105 NW 12 Ave. So, come with your family and take home a free sapling to help the Friday | Aug. 9 | 8:30 p.m. environment. See you at the park! “LORDS OF DOGTOWN” | PG-13 Ocala Skate Park | 517 NE Ninth St. Senior Fishing Derby Friday | Sept. 13 | 8 p.m. Tuscawilla Park | 500 NE Sanchez Ave. Monday | April 29 | 9 a.m.-Noon “COCO” | PG Hook up with us for a few hours of fishing fun for senior citizens Citizens’ Circle | 160 E. Fort King St. ages 50 and up. Friday | Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m. “HOCUS POCUS” | PG Fort King National Historic Landmark July 3925 E Fort King St. Saturday | Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. Recreation and Parks Month JULY is Recreation and Parks Month! Parks promote family “NATIONAL LAMPOON’S values and healthy living by providing spaces for exploring nature, CHRISTMAS VACATION” | PG-13 engaging in play, enjoying exercise and relieving stress. There’s so Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave. much to do, get outdoors and do it! Come Out & Play, Ocala! Friday | Dec. 13 | 7 p.m. 26

Back to School Bash Light Up Ocala E.D. Croskey Recreation Center | 1510 NW Fourth St. Downtown Ocala Saturday | July 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday | Nov. 23 | 4-9 p.m. Everything is complimentary: school physicals, immunizations Enjoy this 36th annual event with live entertainment on four (must bring current shot record), vision and hearing screenings, stages, lots of great food, crafts and other vendors, plus kid’s child IDs, backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last). There zones. There’s the fabulous tree lighting ceremony, plus what kid can pass up a chance to spend some quality time with Santa? will be vendors, clowns, games and food. We anticipate Munroe We’ll see you there! Regional kid fitness screenings and a screening of Amblyopia (lazy eye) will be performed for children ages 1-6. December October Holiday Happenings Downtown Ocala Days and times vary during most nights in December Fish Fry and Classic Cars Fundraiser Bring the entire family to festive downtown Ocala almost every night Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center | 830 NE Eighth Ave. Friday | Oct. 11 | 5-7 p.m. in December for Holiday Happenings! Enjoy a variety of youth and Enjoy a delicious fried fish meal complete with French fries, hush adult Christmas carolers, music and lights! puppies, coleslaw and a drink for only $10! Live music, giveaways and an auction. Explore classic cars and check out the programs the Santa on the Square Center has to offer. Downtown Square Tuesdays and Thursdays | Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19 | 6-8 p.m. Fort King’s Haunted Trail and A favorite family holiday program which includes a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, music and snacks. Halloween Movie – “Hocus Pocus” *PG Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St. Saturday | Oct. 26 | 6-10 p.m. A Fight for Freedom: This complimentary evening includes a haunted trail filled with The Attack on Fort King candy treats, scary tricks and fun for the whole family. The trail gets Fort King National Historic Landmark | 3925 E. Fort King St. scarier as it gets dark, so bring the little ones early. Then stay and Saturday and Sunday | Dec. 7 and 8 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. watch “Hocus Pocus” on the BIG screen. Tensions are high as the Indian Agent Wiley Thompson clashes with Osceola over the removal of Native Americans from Florida to the Indian Territory. Witness the act which was a prelude to the Second Ocala Art Festival Seminole War. Join us for historical and educational experiences. Downtown Ocala Saturday and Sunday | Oct. 26-27 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa’s Calling The Ocala Art Festival brings artists from across the United States Ocala Recreation and Parks to historic downtown Ocala. In addition to 155 professional Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday | Dec. 3, 4 and 5 | 6-9 p.m. artists’ displays, this complimentary event includes live entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be checking their list and calling from the food trucks, children’s art activities and a student art competition North Pole to delight good little girls and boys. Registration required. and performances. Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade November Saturday | Dec. 14 | 5:30 p.m. This parade has been an Ocala tradition for 60 years. The Friends of the Christmas Parade have continued to improve and fine-tune the Harvest Fest largest night-time parade in the State of Florida while giving back Tuscawilla Park | 800 NE Sanchez Ave. to the community. The parade begins at McPherson Complex on Saturday | Nov. 9 | 1-10 p.m. SE 25th Ave., travels west along Silver Springs Blvd. and ends at NE Harvest Fest will feature two stages of live music all day, a variety Eighth Ave. of food trucks and craft vendors. Friends of the Christmas Parade 352.897.0198 For more event details, call 352.368.5517 or visit WE’RE PRETTY w w w.o c a l a f l .org /r e c p a rk SOCIAL !GET UPDATES ABOUT upcoming programs and events sent to your inbox! Go to www.ocalafl.org/subscribe.aspx and sign up for eNotify | FIND US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM WE ARE LOOKING for volunteers to assist with events, coaching, tutoring, Fort King National Historic Landmark, Park Ambassadors and more! Background screenings are conducted on all volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Connie Carroll at 352.368.5504 or [email protected] The City of Ocala is providing this information as a public service and makes no representations, guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability of the information provided. The City of Ocala specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from this information. 27

Your EAT PEAS! We’ve found a way to turn food fights into food fun! written by KELLI FUQUA HART, Publisher product photos supplied by FRED AND FRIENDS® A s soon as the broccoli hits their plates, their noses Remember your mom and dad saying, “Don’t play scrunch, the corners of their mouths move south and with your food?” Well, this might just be the one rule tiny groans start to spill out from their clenched teeth. responsible for the boycott on Brussels Sprouts! Maybe There is something about veggies kids love to hate and it playing with their peas or getting silly with their squash is makes the job of a parent that much more difficult. exactly what kids need to motivate consumption? Maybe Kids will never understand why we insist on them carrots taste better when they’re stacked? Maybe sculpted eating a balanced meal and it doesn’t help most of the potatoes are more delicious than mashed? foods good for them either look or smell weird. Asparagus. Fred and Friends® offers a line of products that Artichokes. God must have a real sense of humor when it promote whimsey and fun. They take everyday, useful comes to parenting a healthy child. In doing some research on how to get kids to eat products and reinvent them in a way that makes them the “weird stuff,” I found a lot of really great ideas – comical, delightful and way, way cooler than they’ve ever disguising veggies as an appetizer, making soups and been before. Among these products are several table- dips, having kids grow or select their own produce or time must-haves when it comes to getting picky kiddos simple bargaining. I’m sure these suggestions could to eat their peas! lead to suppertime success, but I came across something We’ve put together a collection we suggest you get I believed would be even better – and I was right! your zucchini-making hands on. 28 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

2 3 1 THE TACO TRUCK TACO TRAY (1) delivers fun with its brightly colored body and playful concept. Plus, it’s helpful in keeping Junior’s tacos right side up to make enjoying them that much easier – $13. As if cucumber isn’t gross enough, now you expect Jenny to use a boring old 4 fork?! Why not give her a playful pairing of MONKEY BITES UTENSILS (2), made from soft silicone that is BPA-free? – $12 (includes spoon and fork). Now boarding all veggie eaters! Made of stainless steel and dishwasher-safe silicone, the AIRFORK ONE (3) will make landing that cauliflower a reality. We all grew up on, “Here comes the airplane,” now we can level-up on the age-old eating game – $13. Back in my day, we’d spend hours putting the hair on Wooly Willy. (Come on… most of you know what I’m talking about) Today’s kids can put the pasta hair on MS. FOOD FACE or the broccoli beard on MR. FOOD FACE (4). In fact, the more veggies you give little Jimmy, the more creative he can be! And let’s face it – eating a mushroom mustache is way cooler than just a boring ole mushroom – $13 (one ceramic activity plate). 5 We’ve got DJ DINNERTIME (5) on the ones and twos, spinning all the best beets. What kid wouldn’t go nuts over a spinning, turntable style dinner plate with interactive knobs and a combo spoon-knife-fork tone arm? Molded from 100% food-safe melamine, this plate will top the charts – $28. 6 Much like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders, the DINNER WINNER TRAY (6) makes eating a game. Parents separate food into each little section and kids have to follow the path, eating everything along the way. Some of those sections will be fruits and veggies and, the only way they can reach the end (where they will receive a tasty grand prize) is by conquering every bite – like it or not. The kids will think they are winning but moms will know better – $20. For more information on how to order these Godsend gadgets, visit www.genuinefred.com or call 1-855-739-1500. Here’s to hoping they offer rush delivery! familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 29

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Museum & Me free program for pre-k: february 5, march 5, april 2, may 7 Museum, ARTSpace and Appleton Store Hours Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday: noon–5 p.m. 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. | AppletonMuseum.org | 352-291-4455 -an equal opportunity college- familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 31

EDUCATION: A Choice Decision Choosing the right school for your child is critical – stressful – knowing this path will highly influence the student and adult they become, the friendships they form, the behaviors they pick up and maybe even the first relationship they develop. Many parents believe in private schools and their uniqueness when compared to other options. But, even if you’ve made up your mind about private school being right for Junior, how do you then decide which one of the many private schools is the right one? Denise Yearian, former educator and editor, offers 12 tips for finding the best private school fit for your family. written by DENISE YEARIAN T here are a host of reasons why 3. MAKE A LIST. Write down what you are 6. GO THE DISTANCE, IF NEEDED. A ride as far parents send their children to looking for in a school. Be specific as 30-minutes may be worth it if private schools. For some, it is about ambiance, class size, the school has an environment a smaller teacher-student ratio and teaching style, curriculum, the where your child will be happy more individualized attention. For role of art and music, homework and thrive. Look for someone to others, it is the religious grounding and where parents fit in in the carpool with or use that travel their children will receive. Since way of helping manage the school. no two schools are alike, where do time to let your child study. Prioritize your list. Some things, parents begin their search for the such as class size, a strong art 7. SCHEDULE A VISIT. Arrange to visit right academic setting? Consider program or religious affiliation, these tips: schools that meet your initial might be non-negotiable. Other criteria. This will give you a things would be nice, but not 1. GET REAL WITH RECOMMENDATIONS. Get feel for the school’s academic necessarily mandatory. input from other parents you know and developmental philosophy. and trust. At the same time realize 4. RESEARCH OPTIONS. Check out school Note, however, even schools there is no perfect school or one- websites that are potential which adhere to like-minded size-fits-all academic setting. Every candidates or call and ask for more philosophies can be tremendously school has a different flavor and information. Consider each school’s different. A school that seemed to one is not necessarily better than programs, mission, services, faculty be the perfect fit on the Internet or another, but rather one may be a and administration. What makes the better fit for your child than another. phone, may prove otherwise once school unique? What’s the teaching you have visited. The school you 2. CONSIDER YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUALITY. philosophy? Is there a vision for the weren’t initially drawn to may be Take into account his strengths, future? Is there anything the school the one. That’s why it’s important weaknesses, interests and talents. does particularly well? What about you go test it, feel it and see what it Mull over what sort of learning the curriculum – will it cater to your environment he would be most is like – in person. child’s talents and interests? comfortable in. A self-motivated 5. DON’T LET COST LIMIT YOU. Look at a 8. MEE T WITH AUTHORITIE S. W h i le learner, for example, may do well in a program where he gets to direct school, even if you don’t think visiting, spend a few minutes and carry out his own learning, you can afford it. Most academic talking with the principal or but a child in need of constant institutions offer scholarships or school administrator. Discuss direction might be more suited to a have financial aid based on need – your child’s needs and ask if the structured environment. ask about it. school can meet those needs. 32 Family Times Magazine | Feb/Mar 2019

9. MAKE OBSERVATIONS. If possible, sit in on classes and observe the teachers and students. Write down PRIVATE SCHOOL RESOURCE GUIDE obvious facts such as school and class size, ambiance as a whole and within individual classrooms, absence or presence of a dress code and general demeanor of the students and teachers. Also record the students’ reactions. Did they feel comfortable and relaxed or anxious and uptight? AMBLESIDE SCHOOL BLESSED TRINITY 10. ASK FOR REFERENCES. If you haven’t OF OCALA CATHOLIC SCHOOL already done so, get names of 507 SE Broadway St. | 694.1635 5 SE 17th St. | 622.5808 several parents whose children AmblesideOcala.com BTSchool.org attend the school who would be Ambleside seeks to provide a living The mission of Blessed Trinity is willing to talk with you. Find out education where each child is to promote Christian leadership what they do and don’t like about by living the gospel message and the school. If you can, obtain a empowered to author a full and free embracing the stewardship way of few names of parents who were life, rich in relationship to God, self, life. We strive to build Catholic moral not happy with the school and others, ideas and all of creation. character and achieve excellence enrolled their children elsewhere. Ambleside is fully accredited through as we reach into the community as All schools have success stories, Accreditation International (AI) Christ’s disciples. but no school works for every and the National Council for Private child. So find out about a child School Accreditation (NCPSA). who did not thrive there so you can GRACE get a balanced perspective. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ANGELS IN ARMS 4410 SE 3rd Ave. | 387.3090 11. GET YOUR CHILD’S TAKE. Return to the 33 SW 16th Pl. | 622.6167 schools that meet your criteria GCSOcala.com btaia.org Grace Christian School has provided and bring your child with you. Sponsored by Blessed Trinity Church, a hands-on accredited program of Have him meet the teacher and, we’ve been providing superior childcare academic excellence for over 60 years. if possible, spend time in the since 1988. We accept children from Our students receive a differentiated classroom with the other students. program that blends advanced 4 weeks to 5 years old. We provide a What was his reaction? Did he technology in our new Innovation Lab, Christian environment for children seem comfortable with the school? the arts, and an enriched curriculum The teacher? Other students? of all faiths and nationalities who in a Christ-centered environment. will grow together in a warm, caring Schedule a tour today of our school 12. FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION. You know your and developmentally appropriate with our Admissions Director. child better than anyone else. If atmosphere. VPK and Kindergarten you have done your homework, readiness programs are available. you’ll know if it’s the right school GRACEWAY ACADEMY for your child. Sometimes it’s not 2255 SE 38th St. | 629.4523 necessarily a specific program or BELLEVIEW GraceWayAcademy.org academic feature that lets parents CHRISTIAN ACADEMY At GraceWay Academy, your child will know it’s a good match – it’s that 6107 SE Agnew Rd., Belleview | 245.6151 thrive in our intimate setting where intangible feeling — that visceral their self-confidence will bloom. BCAKnights.com reaction. They know this is a place Through our Bible-based teachings, Students in K-3 through Eighth grade where their child can grow and your child will develop a biblical will acquire a biblical worldview academically succeed. worldview that will guide them while achieving academic excellence. throughout life. Your student will Our school provides a challenging develop a love of learning through What questions should you ask education leading students to Christ, the Inquiry-Based Learning teaching teaching them to follow God’s word before choosing a school? See and preparing them for professional method which is designed to engage the students in “How?” and “Why?” Denise’s must-ask list on Page 35 excellence wherever God leads them. questions that spark their curiosity

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S P E C I A L P R O M O T I O N A L F E A T U R E RESPECT for our CHILDREN qopchildrenshouse.com by DOUBRA WARIEBI, Director, Queen of Peace Children’s House LIC# C05MA0008 W HEN WAS THE LAST TIME you actively respected Experiment together. Cook, play together and visit places a child? Why should we respect a child? of interest with them. Science experiments are always To address this question, consider the fascinating to children, but you are the parent. Go with what’s definition of respect and how this concept can be applied to best for you because children fundamentally learn through children. According to Google, “Respect is a deep admiration their senses and are highly intuitive. Therefore, your lack of for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities interest will be felt, and this might make them cautious of or achievements” or “due regard for the feelings, wishes, engaging the next time you want to do something with them. rights or tradition of others.” Converse with them without using your phone. This Children have needs, wants, desires and aspirations just demonstrates that you care, that they matter more than like everyone else. They want to be productive, healthy and your gadgets, your job or social media status. While you wise. They are born good because they were made good. They develop this habit, also Celebrate their accomplishments and have rights. encourage them to celebrate as well. This does not have to If only we would pause to respect the wonderful essence involve any expense. A simple “I’m proud of you and I hope of who they are. They reflect the Kingdom of God. Therefore, you are proud of yourself” will suffice. Affirmation is effective how can we respect children even as we struggle to respect in the long run and more valuable than a temporary object. other adults? Below are some tips on how to begin respecting They will remember the affirmation but are soon to forget the children in your life. As you read this article, we hope you the presents that will need to be replaced at some point. will choose to respect children in 2019 and beyond. Treasure their childhood years so they have wonderful Read to your child regularly and intentionally. Choose childhood memories. As adults we relish fond memories of articles and books of interest to them. Reading about things great experiences we had. Children’s minds are a terrible that matter to your child encourages them to pursue their thing to waste. Interact with children in ways that will give them fond memories to relish as adults. interests and validates their curiosity. At Queen of Peace Children’s House, respect is of Explain the essence of the story thereby making reading utmost importance – respecting each other, respecting the a worthwhile activity. Explanation exposes them to new ideas environment and respecting ourselves. If you have a need, while expanding their vocabulary and experiences. ask. If you observe a child’s need, attend to it. Be grateful Support them by answering their questions as best and courteous to each other. Pray together every day; in our as you can. If you don’t have an answer, tell them so and daily declaration, we declare verbally, “I am choosing to have engage them to seek out the answer via the help of others a great day.” If you don’t understand, ask. If you don’t like the or the internet. Do it together to demonstrate to them that choice, make another. researching is a viable life skill. T her e a r e E a rl y L e a r n i n g G oa l s t o b e me t a nd Accreditation Standards to be maintained, but all of these Pray together during challenging times. Prayer teaches can be accomplished with mutual respect between adults and them that there is a higher power who helps us in finding children alike. Our school community is a family, a mini- answers and solutions to life’s challenges. If you are not world preparing children for the bigger world. However, religious, Plan together – whether what the next day’s activity preparation starts at home. We support our families by will be, the next vacation or the next family meal. This bringing the home and school setting into alignment for the empowers your child to feel in control and aware of what’s development of the little person who will one day become a going on in their daily lives. big person and make a difference in the world. familytimesmag.com | Family Times Magazine 37

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candle decorating kit Almost everyone can join in the fun of creating a decorated candle for festive occasions or gift giving. Simply cut out the decorative wax into hearts, flowers, droplets, and circles and press onto the candle with the warmth of a finger. This kit comes complete, so all you need to provide is the kitchen table! The pillar and cutters are made in the USA; the decorating wax is from Germany. #4561 $70

paint brush Natural bristles apply paint evenly and effortlessly. 9.25” long, Size 18. Germany. #1176 $15 E SAL

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crafts through the year This

beautiful compilation of three earlier books means you’ll have dozens of craft project ideas at your fingertips for crafting toys and decorations to mark the seasons. Detailed instructions, diagrams and photographs make this a valuable resource to help celebrate every day or to enrich a homeschool curriculum. #4562 $25

Ideal for adding flecks of color to wet on wet watercolor paintings. Unlike the wider brush that is used for most early Waldorf painting, this finer brush allows for adding details to flowers or faces. Germany (9” long) #1258 was $10 now $8

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painting board + easel A painting board is the perfect surface

for wet-on-wet watercolor painting. Paired with our tabletop easel, featuring three reclining positions, your young artist can explore the wonders of watercolor more comfortably. 19.5” tall. USA. painting board + easel set #4409 $54 tabletop easel #4397 $44 painting board #3829 small was $10 now $9 / large $16

watercolor paint jars with holder Use these jars

and holders for convenient storage and use of your paints. Three jar holder is 9” long. Six jar holder is 17” long. USA. 3 jar holder #3828 $20 / 6 jar holder $34

hemp watercolor paper Extra heavy artists’ paper works beautifully with our watercolor paints. 12 sheets. USA. #1177 8.5” x 11” $16 / 11” x 14” $20

eco-finger paint Made with organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts, these vibrant fingerprints are are a craft you can feel good about. Just mix a bit of the powder with water and let children create their masterpieces. Includes five 4 oz pouches. Ages 2+. #1130 $25

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stockmar paint sets Stockmar’s watercolor paints are known for their clarity, texture and quality. Because they are very concentrated, you only need to use a small amount diluted in water. Choose either 20cc or 50cc sets. Germany. #1174 individuals 20cc $10 / 50cc $20 / sets 20cc Set of 6 $54 / 50cc Set of 6 $108

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window crayons Color on glass surfaces and easily clean it off. Great for taking along for a long car ride! #2574 $18 soy crayon + stencil set Young children will appreciate these vibrantly hued, easyto-hold crayons as they explore all the ways they can use the included stencils. The unique shape of these crayons is a deliberate design aimed at developing the muscles in a child’s hands, increasing their fine motor control. The stencils can be used over the paper, like a regular stencil, or under the paper for adding textured rubbings to a drawing. Ages 3+. Includes 16 soy crayons and 8 stencils. USA. #1561 $15

kitty cat pencil case Keep art materials

in purrfect order with the help of this kitty. The case is long enough to hold pens or pencils and has enough body to make finding the right color simple. Just zip it closed to keep all your colors secure for your next outing or art time. This case is made of handwoven fabric. 9” x 3.5”. Fair trade. Nepal. #1074 $20

stockmar wax crayons These beautiful crayons create brightly colored illustrations. Choice of Sticks or Blocks, 8 or 16 crayons. Blocks are 1.5” long, 1” wide. Sticks are 3.25” long. Germany. #1166 $20 - $34

snake pencil holder Decoratively holds up to 12 triangular colored pencils, like the Lyra Ferbys. Germany. #3832 $19 lyra ferby color pencils- 12 long #1169 $42 lyra ferby color pencils- 12 short #1169 $25

dragonology coloring book

With intricate illustrations and fascinating facts, this book lets you bring vivid color to an array of incredible dragons, including the European dragon, the Frost dragon, the Chinese. the American amphithere, and many more. After learning about and coloring the dragons in this book, both experienced and apprentice dragonologists will be fully prepared for that all-important first dragon encounter. Paperback, 64 pgs. Ages 8-12. 8.5” x 11. #1373 $15

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finger car Driving this car is an education-

al trip. Whether you use your finger, a pencil or one of the included pegs, you will be enthralled by the motion and the challenge of controlling it. Use the included puzzle pieces to create a track for an extra challenge. Ages 5+. Czech Republic #1583 $54

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beginner’s sewing kit Your little tailor will have all they need to learn

knitting board Knitting for beginners is easy to grasp when you use

some basic sewing skills when armed with this case. They’ll find all the materials and tools for making some felt friends, a patch, a pouch, a couple of decorations, and two brooches. They can practice using patterns and cutting fabric. They’ll get some basic sewing stitches while also learning a little applique and embroidery. Ages 8+. #1584 $30

a knitting board! This tool is the perfect way to teach children the mechanics of knitting without them having to maneuver knitting needles. They can easily form their loops with the pegs on the knitting board instead to create leg warmers, scarves, headbands and more! Ages 7+. Germany. #1060 $30 animal fur

knitting fork + yarn kit This beginner’s knitting kit includes yarn and a knitting fork, a simple tool that makes learning the basics of working with yarn fun and easy. Even young children can learn the easy hand and finger movements, and their efforts are soon rewarded with long chains which can then be used to make ropes or embellishments for other projects. Choose from either a berry-colored yarn with variegated shades of purple and blue or rainbow yarn with vibrant hues of blue, yellow, green, fuchsia and purple. #1245 $20 E SAL

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mini skein pack Use these vivid colors to add flowers to your

forest or to make a stripy scarf. Each pack includes ten .5 oz skeins in different colors. Choice of Animal Fur or Sunrise. animal fur #1063 was $42 now $35 / sunrise #1064 was $42 now $35

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learn to knit - foxy mittens Find everything you need to make your own pair of fabulous, fingerless, fox mittens. The included instructions teach the basics of knitting and give directions for making mittens for wee ones to full-sized adult mitts. The kit includes bamboo knitting needles, three colors of chunky yarn, a plastic darning needle and instructions. 8+. #1572 $18

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peg loom Our peg loom is a perfect first loom for children interested in trying their hand at weaving. Comes complete with everything you need to make a project, including instructions on how to set up the warp string. 5+. USA. #4771 $35

circular loom Weave a wonderful round design and use as a wall hanging, table decoration or get inventive and make a unique top for a knitted or crocheted hat. 8.5”diameter. Includes wool yarn and cotton warp. Germany. #4770 $24

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adorable animal stitching kit The child whose skill has surpassed lacing cards will be delighted by this set of cardstock animals to stitch and embellish. Children first use the included push pin to pre-punch their sewing holes. Then they follow the instructive markings, learning basic embroidery stitches in easy-to-follow steps. The booklet is full of tips to make learning a cinch. Each animal is a small project they can use for decorating their space or for a handmade present for a friend. Includes 12 cards, instructions, blunt needle, pushpin, and six colors of thread. Ages 8+. #1586 $19

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paper bead craft kit Create modern-looking jewelry with this Victorian craft. Children can create unique beads with the included paper strips or cut their own strips for an original creation. When the beads are done, you can thread them on a string and add a fastener for a handmade piece of jewelry. The included tool makes rolling and gluing the paper beads easier. Kit includes 100 paper strips, bead making tool, glue, needle, thread, 3 fasteners. Ages 6+. Germany. #1552 $16

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henna kit Try the ancient Indian art of henna drawing with authentic ingredients and detailed instructions. Fun at a birthday party or baby shower! Enough materials to make 60 small patterns. USA. #4044 $34

needle felting starter kit Our Starter Kit for Needle Felting has everything you need to learn the craft; needles, a foam pad, wool, pattern cutters and more. With the enclosed instructions, you and your children will be able to make beautiful designs. Using the included needle holders makes the process both faster and safer. This is a wonderful introduction to a fun and rewarding craft! 7+. Germany. #3838 $39 felted balls kit Our felted balls kit is the perfect

introduction to wet felting with unspun wool, a fun craft project to try with your children. The kit includes everything you need to create balls by felting the wool with just water, the included soap and your hands or a washboard. Placing one of the bells inside makes the ball a soft rattle toy for a baby. It’s a creative activity for a birthday party, and the balls even serve as party favors when you’re finished. 6+. Germany. #2694 $34

bead weaving loom Bead weaving is a satisfy-

ing activity with several steps from start to finish. The first steps are to design your creation and string the loom. Then use the needle and beads to slowly, but surely, create your pattern with the beads! Ages 8+. 8” long. Germany. #4769 $29

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large tool box With an array of high-quality real tools,

all sized perfectly for children, this toolbox is the one you need on the big job. The handles are all wooden, as is the box they come in. The box is equipped with clever catches, so it is easy for a child to keep tidy. Ages 6+. 12” x 9” x 3”. #8037 $75

secret code kit Children can send messages about their covert operations to co-conspirators with this simple but effective coder. Using a template, they can use thousands of codes. With four included templates, the entire gang can swap messages. Kit includes 4 secret code templates and detailed instructions. Ages 8+. 5.75” sq. Germany. #1495 $14

kid’s pocket knife With a round-

ed tip and a blade that locks securely in place, this stainless steal pocket knife is perfect for when your young carpenter is ready to try whittling. Rounded blade is sharp! Adult supervision recommended. 7” long. France. #1467 $18

papermaking kit A craft that is more

than 2,000 years old, this paper making kit will engage young minds. Includes pine dipping frame, shredded paper, cotton cloths and instructions. Ages 6+. 10.75” tall. Germany. #1496 $36

crank light kit Let your light shine with this craft kit! First, children build the crank light. By rotating the crank you generate enough electricity to power the LED bulb. The easy-to-follow instructions include clear diagrams to help the builder. Ages 10+. Germany. #1372 $32

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small tool box With just the essentials, this children’s tool box is perfect for on-the-go jobs. The high-quality kid-sized tools are very real and quite functional. With the supervision of an adult, children can experiment with simple woodworking. All the handles and the tool box itself are made of wood, and the interior of the box makes organization easy. Ages 6+. 12” x 5” x 2” #8038 $34

motion detector kit Hidden in a backpack or sports bag,

this build-it-yourself alarm will alert the owner of any intruders. The kit includes an alarm beeper, switch, battery clip, wire, capacitor, resistors, collet, grommet, shrink tubing, nuts and bolts and wire end ferrules. 9-volt battery required. Ages 10+. Germany #1497 $28

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cable car kit Teach kids about simple machines with this kit. Older children will enjoy assembling the model and setting up the pulley system. Younger children enjoy sending blocks up and down the line, whether that’s outside from tree to tree, or from different points in the house. English instructions included. Ages 5+, with help. Germany. #8014 $35


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What Do You Do With... We can want so much for our children, but life teaches us that our greatest gifts may be the intangible tools they carry inside themselves. Each of these books uses captivating, active illustrations that give life to abstract notions through metaphorical imagery. An overarching message is that of tapping into our courage, as we might need it in situations that could be labeled either good or bad. Ages 4+. Hardcover, 44 pgs. By Kobi Yamada with illustrations by Mae Besom. what do you do with a problem? #1558 $17 / what do you do with a chance? #1559 $17 / what do you do with an idea? #1560 $17

fairy tale chapter books These retellings of classic tales are

geared to newly confident readers who are ready for the challenge of a chapter book. Two of the books are adapted for greater appeal to a new audience, while the Grimms tale of the dancing princesses follows the classic tale with only an slight adjustment to the ending. These are written to make excellent read-alouds or magical stories for children to on their own. Ages 6+ the snow queen chapter book #1588 $10 / wild swans chapter book #1589 $10 /the twelve dancing princesses chapter book #1590 $10

you belong here Remind chil-

dren that they are exactly where they’re supposed to be. This enchanting bedtime story offers the words, “The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you.” This warm message is a perfect affirmation at the end of a small child’s day. By M.H. Clark with illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault. Hardcover, 40pgs. 8.5” x 11.25”. Ages 4-8. #1205 $19

the blue forest You’ll find a gentle bedtime story for each night of the week in The Blue Forest. The stories describe enchanting events involving humans, animals and nature. Each story’s illustrations feature a different color, giving them a dreamlike quality that makes the listener feel like they’ve already entered the ethereal land of sleep. By Luke Fischer with illustrations by Stephanie Young and Tim Smith. Hardcover, 48 pgs. 7’ x 8”. Ages 6-9. #1538 $16

woody, hazel and little pip Cele-

brate the glory of autumn with this Elsa Beskow classic picture book. Young readers learn about the life of the forest in the fall through metaphor and illustration. It is a charming story of three of the children of the woods and how their good ideas go awry, Ultimately, we see that well-resolved troubles are often the most important thing. Ages 3-7. #1286 $18

early readers With characters like Sam Cat, Nat Rat, Len Bug & Jen Slug, the stories in this series are humorous tales of animals and nature, written with new readers in mind. By Shelley Davidow. Set of 6. Paperback, 15 pgs. Ages 4-6. USA. #4300 $39

the illustrated compendium of amazing animal facts Young animal enthusiasts will

love the illustrations in this picture book. Each animal illustration is accompanied by a few fun facts, giving younger audiences exciting tidbits without overwhelming them with too much information. Young artists and readers will be inspired to try their own drawings and supplement their knowledge after poring through this tantalizing book. #1501 $15

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the road home Fierce and tender, this beautifully illustrated picture book depicts the journeys of woodland animals as they seek the safety of home in a wild, unpredictable world. All are parents teaching their young the ways of survival. In the end, each pair of animals finds the comfort of home in each other, reinforcing the depth of the bond between parent and child. Hardcover 32 pgs. Ages 3-7. #1225 was $16

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rhythm box Start a dance or add

a beat to your children’s tunes with this drum. Inspired by the Cajun hand drumming box, this rhythm instrument is a fun way to create rhythm and explore tempo. Ages 3+. #1054

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pentatonic songs Filled with 46 songs written by a Waldorf

teacher, you will soon have a repertoire of sweet, simple songs to soften the edges of your routines with your children. By Elisabeth Lebret. Softcover, 38 pgs, Ages 5-7. 8.5” x 5.5”. Canada #1342 $14

pentatonic-diatonic glockenspiel Gorgeous and sturdy,

this hardwood version of the classic glockenspiel is made in Germany. Tapping the wooden hammers across the keys produces a tinkling, clear range of tones, as lovely to hear as it is to play. Remove two of the rainbow ‘keys’ and replace them with the extra blocks to change the tones from diatonic to pentatonic. 3+. Germany. #4381 $109

incan drum Each side of this drum produces a different tone. The colorful head of the beater and the webbing are handmade. 10.25” diam. Peru. #4271 $55

choroi pentatonic recorder Made of Pear wood, this beautiful Choroi Recorder is tuned to the pentatonic scale and is the one used in Waldorf Schools around the world. Its simple design makes it easy for little hands to change notes by covering and uncovering the holes. 7+. Sweden. #2366 $149

pentatonic lyre The special shape of this lyre allows the wood to produce its full range of inherent tonal qualities, creating rich overtones and a veritable rainbow of sound. Sweden. #4841 $295

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full warm sound and was designed to be used by children from an early age. The lines are a little simpler than our Classic Auris Pentatonic Glockenspiel and the tone is a little mellower as well. It can, however, serve you well in your home or school and can be used with other instruments as well! 1+. Germany. #2763 $78

seasons - rhymes in time This book can be used in so many ways. Read the lyrics and enjoy the illustrations on their own; listen to the music on the included CD and follow along, or use the sheet music towards the back to play the song yourself! Hardcover, 30 pgs. All Ages. 8.75” x 11.25”. USA. #3840 $19

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pan flute Each tube is hand tuned. Just make the sound of a “P” or “B” across the pipes and you’ll be making magical music in no time. 12” wide. Bolivia. #4327 $29

rainbow glockenspiel Children delight in the bright sounds and colors of this glockenspiel as they tap out familiar tunes with the wooden mallet. Bring the fun along with the builtin handle. 11” long. Poland. #3467 $25

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Celebrating Michaelmas!

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like me you grew up in a tradition that did not observe Michaelmas, you might be at a loss regarding its significance; you might also wonder how to bring it to your children if the Christian stories do not fit within your family’s faith. Marking the day so close to the equinox draws our attention to the changes in our world. It can be a really beautiful way to bring our children’s attention to the season’s change in the natural world and the way the shift from summer to autumn is reflected in our inner worlds. Saint Michael is an archangel in Judaic, Islamic, and Christian traditions, and Michaelmas is a festival celebrated in some Christian communities. It is also one commonly celebrated in the Waldorf community. Saint Michael is honored for fighting against the powers of darkness and hurling Lucifer from heaven. Through his strength and courage, he rallied those around him to accomplish these feats. September 29, just after the autumnal equinox, is his feast day and

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it is treated like a harvest celebration with a focus on the gathering in and storing away of all we need for the coming winter. Much like the festivals in December that mark the returning of the light, the focus of this festival is about the light each of us carries in the world. The story of St. George fighting the dragon is frequently told in Waldorf schools around this time of year. St George is a symbol of each of us rallying our courage to face our fears. He slew the dragon with the help of St. Michael, according to legend...

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fiery dragon mobiles Construct these dragon mobiles

to fly over your nature table or in a corner of the room for Michaelmas. Or add them to your dragon lover’s decor. The three paper dragons are easy to assemble and featherlight, so they will swoop in the slightest breeze. The largest dragon is 15” long. #1578 $10

rainbow dragon puzzle Share a jumbo floor puzzle featuring a glorious dragon with your child! This 4.5’ long puzzle has a fire-breathing, though friendly-looking, dragon, stretching from the thorny tail to the bearded chin. His rainbow scales are set against bright orange wings. The large pieces will appeal to a younger child, though they might need a little extra help with this dragon-shaped puzzle. 58 pieces. Ages 5+. 54” long. #1580 $25

dragon push toy This push toy slaps her leath-

er feet as your child pushes her across the floor or along a path. The toy smiles throughout every outing, tamed by new walkers and older children alike. Hardwood and leather. 20” tall including handle. Germany. #4790 $49

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gilded dragons craft kit Children will add the sparkle to each of these dragon pictures. Using the included tool and the pieces of foil, they can color each picture following the numbers, or they can choose the colors of foil they prefer. When they’re done, they will have shimmering dragons pictures to adorn their walls or to share with a friend. Includes 4 pictures, 15 pieces of metallic foil and a stylus. #1575 $15

autumn poems, songs & stories Based on work in Waldorf kindergartens and written for parents and teachers of young children, Autumn is a collection of seasonal poems, stories and songs. Full of material for use at festivals and in celebrating the unique changes in nature, let this book inspire your fall days.In addition to providing material for use at festivals, you will also find many ideas for creating your morning circle, learning more Pentatonic music or sharing curative or therapeutic tales. Ages 4-9. #1384 $15

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and challenges for their block play with these sets of wood river rocks. In four sizes, they can experiment with integrating them into block structures, add beautiful cairns to imagined realms or create stepping stones across a silk brook. Wood. Ages 1+. Largest stone is 4.5” wide. Choice of Moss, River or Sun. Germany. #1233 $24

rainbow blocks Children are endlessly creative with these brightly-colored blocks, using them to build houses, towers, villages and more. A net bag keeps them contained when not in play. Longest piece is 5.25” long. Smallest piece is 1.75” long. Germany. #2724 $49 (30 pcs.) $89 (60 pcs.)

interlocking blocks With these wooden building blocks, kids can build structures that lock together. They have protruding dowels on top which fit into holes in the bottoms of the blocks. This allows children to build curved walls that will hold together rather than falling down. Longest block is 3.5” long. USA. #3260 $30 (46 pcs.) $49 (92 pcs.) elemental playcloths Foster your child’s scene building and block play with these play cloths. Children like to use them to create earth, water, or mountains for wooden figures or moats around castles. They also work wonderfully draped on seasonal tables. 100% cotton. 48” x 36”. Germany. #3277 $24

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treasure hunter’s kit Children will enjoy creating a trea-

sure hunt for their siblings and friends. Or they might also enjoy imagining themselves as a treasure seeker. With this kit, they can be either, making their own hunt with the included “booty” or finding treasure along the shoreline during a day at the beach. Ages 3+. Maine. #1548 $45

skate swing Inspired by skateboards and snowboards, this swing lets the young adventurer really catch air. The top of the board has a non-slip surface and the handholds are adjustable. The carabiners and included rope make it a cinch to hang. Ages 5+. Weight limit 250 lbs. #1579 $79

walking blocks Hop on up! Like stilts, walking blocks improve children’s motor skills and balance. Ages 4+. 5.75” tall. USA. #1003 $29 wooden tree swing Sit on the smooth, sturdy seat, grasp the soft, braided rope, kick off and fly freely through the air. 12” diameter. Includes 20’ of rope. USA. #4572 $49

skipping rope Good, simple fun—indoors and out! A jump rope will always be a great gift! 8’ long. Austria. #4577 $19

storybook flashlight Your child will be thrilled by the spe-

cial twist this miniature flashlight offers. On tent canvas or a night time bedroom wall, your child can flash pictures from three different reels. Make it a fun game or a quiet bedtime story. Ages 3+. #1318 $25

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giant bubble kit You’ll be amazed at just how big you can make these bubbles with a little practice. This kit has everything you need to master the art of bubble-making. Tool is 19” long. Bubble solution contains .5 gallon. USA #1125 $25

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horsie reins This set of toy reins is

rainy day kids adventure book

Every day is a great day to be outside. Use this book to share the wonders of any season with your child. There are so many miracles sitting just beyond your window! The crafts are simple, well-illustrated and fun, allowing all ages to participate in the creation of flags, sleds, hang gliders and more. By Steph Scott and Katie Akers. Paperback, 160 pgs. Ages 3+. 8” x 5.5” #1271 $13

cloppity horseshoes These real horseshoes make authentic cloppity-clop sounds! These are great for all sorts of horse play. Comes with a real hoof pick with a brush, so when it’s time to come home after a day on the trail, you can clean them. Ages 4+. Wood is 2.5” thick. Germany. #4695 $59

a fun two-child activity! One child puts the leather loop over their head to play the horse and the other child holds the reins and steers their friend through the scenery. Through taking turns, children enjoy a fun game of pretend while practicing cooperation. Ages 4+. Germany. #4694 $49

mini fairy garden With just a few tiny tools and bits of nature, children can start their first fairy garden. This tin has itty bitty clothespins, a fairy-sized broom, a piece of wood for a chair or table top, glass stones, shells and scraps of moss. Ages 6+. USA. #1524 $19

fairy house kit Hidden in this wooden box are all the tools your child might need to create a fairy house. This Maine-made kit can launch your child into an entire backyard of fairy adventures as they begin to notice the items in their surroundings that might best invite the fairies to their magic space. The kit includes fairy dust, moss, feathers, acorn caps, shells and sea glass. Your child will also find fairy cards and a pencil to invite their friends to their fairyland or to leave a note for the fairies. Ages 3+. 8.75” sq. USA. #1483 $45

block + tackle Children will

be in awe of how this simple machine can magnify their own strength. Attach it to bunk beds, at the top of the stairs or hang it in a tree to move treasures and learn how to lift heavy objects through the power of mechanical advantage. Ages 4+ with adult supervision. #2751 $95

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wooden kaleidoscope assorted colors Vibrant col-

ors inside and out to appeal to a child’s sense of fun! This wooden version of a classic kaleidoscope fits easily in the hand, and a simple twist gives a new array of beads to delight the eye. These come in a pleasing array of stripes; we’ll choose for you. Ages 3+. 2.75” tall. Austria. #1408 $28

sturdy stilts A truly classic toy. Youngsters love to hop up and take their first tentative steps. It’s like learning to walk all over again! Three step positions: 12”, 18” and 24”. Oak. 60” tall. USA. #4933 $59

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ostheimer farm family Includes father, mother,

brother and sister. Ages 3+. Germany. Father is 5.75” tall. Germany. #1239 $112

simon’s stable This stable has a manger, two stalls, and a hayloft. Ostheimer chickens sold separately. Ages 3+. 23.5” x 16.25” x 15.5”. Poland. #1454 $199

sleep tight farm Sleep Tight

Farm follows a family as they ready their farm for winter. This engaging and informational children’s book paints a fascinating picture of the seasons on the farm, from spring’s new growth, summer’s heat, and fall’s bounty to winter’s well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it’s time to sleep. By Eugenie Doyle with illustrations by Becca Stadtlander. Hardcover, 36 pgs. Ages 2-6. (7.5” x 5.5”) #1542 $17

cow & calf This sweet calf and her mother cow are ready to be turned out into a spring pasture or hustled into the barn for a winter storm. Ages 3+. Germany. Cow is 3.75” tall. #1240 $52

ostheimer farm baby set Children will enjoy filling their

farmyard with a few of these animal babies. Ages 3+. Germany. Donkey is 3.25” tall. Germany. #1247 $68

and lead the horses in. Lift the top to tend to them on their journey. 11.5” long. Germany. #4907 $86

on the farm wooden book

Each “page” contains whimsical pictures illustrating a range of farming activities, from planting to harvesting to milking a cow. 4” tall. Switzerland. #3992 $25

farmyard animal set With a whole barnyard of animal friends to choose from, children can imagine every part of life on the farm. Grazing cow is 3.5” long. Germany. #4796 $49

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horse trailer Lower the rear gate

tractor Get the hay in before supper with this sturdy tractor. Spin the steering wheel to turn the front wheels. 9” long. Germany. #4908 $69

hay wagon Young farmers can haul the hay to the paddock with this wooden hay wagon from Fagus. This wagon is also handy when they need to gather the cut grass to make hay for winter fodder. It hitches easily to the tractor or unimog, and with another hitch on the back, one could attach another cart or hay wagon. That would be one long piece of farm equipment! 3+. Germany. #4918 $50

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A Perfect Home for a Fairy or Gnome

little forest house The pieces of this wooden

dollhouse come assembled, making a simple, though adaptable residence for the forest dwellers of your child’s imagination. The open design invites innovation, as your child outfits the home with acorn cups or lamb’s ear bedding. Ages 3+. Poland. #1194 $110

woodland gnomes Clad in warm, earthy colors with delicately painted faces, this woodland pair adds a bit of whimsy to the fairy house or nature table. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. woodland gnome #4759 $21 woodland lady gnome #4760 $21

felt mushrooms - set of 6 The gnomes can play hopscotch over the mushroom tops. Or the forest children can hide among the spotted fungi. These colorful wool mushrooms are a fun addition to fairy play or when your child is building a magic block kingdom. Includes 6 mushrooms. Wool felt. Ages 3+. Approx. 2.5” tall. Made in Fair Trade in Nepal. #1280 $45

animal friends wooden book Teach little ones animal names and sounds with these whimsical depictions of animals! Four wooden “pages”. 2.25” tall, 2.5” wide. Switzerland. #3994 $14 dwarves - set of 3 Complete the magical kingdom with a trio of dwarves. These little wooden figures can serve as castle gardeners or keep to themselves in their woodland cottage while they go about their dwarf-ish business of moving gems and minerals to secret spots. Children can get lost in a new magic land by imagining how these fellows might spend their days. Ages 3+. Germany. 3” tall. #1515 $58

native american family set with canoe and teepee

Completely posable, our Native American soft dolls can help bring to life the history of the first peoples of this continent. Sharing, through stories and play, their rich history is one way to counter stereotypes that children commonly encounter. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. native american Set #2080 $139 / little teepee #2078 $24 / canoe #2079 $16

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fairy potion kit When children’s minds turn to mud pies and magic, they will be delighted to add this to their potion lab or fairy kitchen. The included lavender, rose and calendula flowers will add a lovely fragrance to their tinctures. Kit includes 2 glass perfume bottles, recipe cards, dried flowers, funnel, cheesecloth and a pipette. Ages 4+. Maine. #1218 $24


forest family These felt figures are a great size for the treehouse or

adding to any block play. They can stand on their own two feet and are bendable for grasping ladders or rope swings. The six figures are two different sizes, adding to their pretend play roles. Ages 4+. Larger figure is 2.75” tall and smaller figure is 2.5” tall. Poland. #1197 $28

ostheimer forest animal set These woodland creatures will be right at home in the landscape of your child’s imagination. They can drink from a stream, nap on a bed of moss, or frolic and scamper through a magical forest. Set includes a fox, bear, stag, rabbit and wolf. Ages 4+. Bear is 3.25” tall. Germany. #3377 $92

mother & baby deer These

forest home All the forest folk will be delighted by this wooden dollhouse

dwelling. There are four separate levels that children can access from all sides and so many features to explore. With a retractable ring swing, a rope ladder, a crow’s nest and more, the forest family can have adventures galore. Children can use treasures found in the yard to furnish the house and invite all the forest people to come inside. Ages 3+. 25.5” tall Poland. #1196 $250

Ostheimer wooden doe & fawn are a perfect addition to the enchanted land of your child’s imagination. Germany. Ages 3+. #1518 $34

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leaf press Here is a wooden flower press that fits easily in a backpack or satchel, making it a great choice for young explorers on a hike. 6+. Germany. #4346 was $24 now $18

flower fairy Our flower fairies are smaller than unicorn Add the most elusive and mys-

tical creature to your child’s collection of wooden figures. This beautifully carved wooden unicorn will bring an air of mystery and magic to every story. Ages 4+. 5.25” tall. Germany. #3662 $20

the other fairies so they are like their little sisters. With bespeckled, long cotton dresses topped with a flower shaped collar, they remind one of a field of tiny wildflowers. Their wings are of tulle with bright little sparkles embedded in them. Bodies are poseable and made of cotton interlock stuffed with wool. Made in Brazil by a women’s cooperative. 6” tall. #4628 $25

kerchief fairy Her silken skirts billow as

she flies through the air on her wings of delicate leaves. Fully poseable. 7.5” tall. Brazil. Additional colors available online. #4640 $40

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claire’s dollhouse The simple design of this dollhouse invites chil-

children’s

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Includes desk and chair, lamp, bunk beds, night stand and bookshelf. Germany. #4182 $49

kitchen set Includes fridge,

stove, sink, table and 4 chairs and buffet. Germany. #4160 $49

dren to use their imagination. The open plan makes the space flexible for creating different scenes. The doors swing shut, hiding away the family and their accessories, but the little door makes it easy for doll visitors to come and go. Ages 3+. 23.75” wide (with doors closed), 21.75” tall and 14.25” deep. Poland. #1446 $249

bathroom

set Includes sink, washing machine, toilet, bathtub and cabinet. Germany. #4158 $49

living room set Includes sofa, floor

lamp, coffee table, fireplace, armchair and media center. Germany. #4159 $49

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dressable dollhouse family Kids love to dress and un-

dress these dollhouse dolls. With tiny little clothes that fit them perfectly, they don’t have to take baths or go to bed fully dressed. Father is 6” tall. Brazil. #4281 $94

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caravan Younger children will enjoy driving this through the house and the inside is big enough to give a teddy bear or other doll friend a ride. They can even sit on top and tootle about. Older children can send their dollhouse dolls on cross-country vacations to visit a grand canyon of blocks or the giant woods of the backyard. There’s plenty of room for a dollhouse family to sleep and they can even add a table and chairs for al fresco dining. 18m+. Poland. #1149 $190

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ciao bimba These sweet dolls are handmade in Bulgaria and were cre-

ated by two mothers who wanted to bring natural fiber doll companions into their own children’s lives. The clothes are vibrant and timeless, but with a touch of modern flair. Each doll has a jersey shirt, Liberty print dress or overalls, shoes, undies, and their own little friend. Ages 3+. (16” tall) girl #1562 $180 / boy #1563 $180

dolly’s bunkbed When your dolls have a sleepover or get a new sibling, this wooden bed makes a great addition to their room. The bunks each have adorable red & white polka dot bedding, and the end is adorned with a sleepy-eyed moon. Ages 3+. 22” x 19” x 15.5”. Poland. #1450 $159

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bimba darling doll The “Darling” dolls are larger and have hair made of mohair, giving it a looser, more natural look. They each have a knit shirt and a dress, bloomers and shoes made with Liberty print fabrics. Choice of blonde or Brown hair. Bulgaria. (19” tall) #1566 $230

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cherry blossom doll dress Expand your doll’s wardrobe with this vibrant ensemble. The Liberty fabric jumper goes over a red jersey shirt. The little shoes coordinate perfectly, and the pair of included bloomers are a perfect touch. Fits 19” dolls. #1565 $48

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besties dolls With modern clothes and a penchant for adventure, these dolls make good companions for slightly older children. Olivia is decked out in dance shoes, Mia is dressed for a winter romp and Emily has all she needs for a walk through the woods. Fair Trade. Ages 4+. (16” tall) #1380 $40

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little friend Fun cotton hair and soft bodies stuffed with wool make Little Friends especially cuddly playmates. Clothing is expertly tailored. Sweaters are made of hand-knit cotton. 11” tall. Fair Trade. India. girl #4200 $45 / boy #4199 $45

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friend for a stroll inside or out. The frame is made of hardwood, so it will stand up to years of play. The large wheels make it easy to push through the house, along a sidewalk or across a yard. Handle is 21.5” from floor. USA. Choice of Strawberry or Pineapple. #3625 $69

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classic waldorf doll Children love to tightly squeeze these dolls’ wool-filled bodies and style their mohair locks. Includes a dress, shirt, bloomers and booties. More styles available online. 16” tall. Brazil. girl doll #4721 $104 / boy doll #4720 $100

Classic Waldorf Dolls + Big Friend Dolls have sewn joints that make them soft, yet durable and (most importantly) eminently huggable!

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big friend waldorf dolls Big Friends feature stylish clothes, hair and other details all wrapped up in a soft cotton body stuffed with wool. Kids love to undress and dress them. 16” tall. Fair Trade. India. girl doll #4215 $70 / boy doll #4216 $70

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dolly’s table and chairs Perfect for dolly’s dinner or a diminutive tea party! The wooden chairs and table are just the right size for a Waldorf doll ready to taste the fare offered from the playstand diner or their local wooden kitchen. #1445 was $109 now $90

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ciao bambini These cuddly little bundles are wonderful baby dolls. Their terry clothing and natural fiber bodies are all handmade with loving care. Children who want a baby to tend will be delighted with their sweet faces and soft boucle hair. Ages 3+. (12” tall) baby girl #1567 $90 / baby boy #1568 $90

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sling Let babywearing start early with this child-sized doll sling. A bit of elastic on the edge keeps the doll close. Choice of Papaya or Pink. 60” long. Fair trade. India. #3987 $25

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baby doll basket Cradle a little doll in padded comfort with one of these cotton doll bassinets. Each is handmade with adorable Liberty print fabric. Fits 12” dolls. Ages 3+. #1564 $60 E SAL

flowered enamel wash basin

This wide enamel wash basin is wonderful for washing a Waldorf doll, dipping a mop into, or holding wool roving as you make felted balls or other creations. 14” diameter. Poland. #3910 $60

julie’s swing Give dolly a ride in her own swing. Hardwood and pine with a hand-woven cotton seat. 20” tall, 14” wide. USA. #4221 was $79 now $59

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doctor’s valise Not feeling well? Children can use the toy instruments in this kit to figure out what ails you or tend to a doll’s wounds. 8” wide. #8035 $45


moon cradle and bedding Peaceful sleep is certain when your doll is tucked into this cradle with the moon to guard dolly dreams. The wooden cradle rocks gently on a curve reminiscent of the horn of the moon. Red cotton bedding gives a soft place for your doll to rest his or her head. 21� long. Poland. #1351 $75


unicorn costume Children can flap the unicorn wings with the wrist straps. The flower chain bridle is all they’ll need to ride off on their next imaginative adventure. One size fits most. Ages 3+. #1438 $59

royal princess There’s nothing like a beautifully detailed princess costume to make your child feel like real-life royalty. The pink velour fabric is trimmed with gold and rosebuds, and the inner sleeves are a lovely sheer organza. The crown, cape and hooped skirt add an elegant flourish to this exquisite costume. Choice of 3-5 or 6-8. #1434 $89

peacock fairy Inspired by the jewel tones of a peacock, this fairy dragon costume Children become the wild beasts of their imaginations. Adjustable to fit a range of sizes, add it to your dress up basket. Ages 3+. One size. #1439 $59

costume is a dress-up delight. The tulle skirt flows with every leap and spin and the stretchy bodice with covered seams makes for a comfy, long-lasting fit. Includes dress and headband. Choice of sizes 3-5 or 6-8. #1431 $49


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silk wings As children run across the lawn or ride a swing high into the air, these wings flow behind them in a wave of color. 31” long, 40” wide. Choice of Rainbow or Fairy. #1879 $38

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rainbow veil Inspire hours of

open-ended play with this rainbow veil. Pair with our fairy dress or rainbow skirt to complete the look. 100% silk. 28” long. #1884 $29

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playsilk Fill the dress-up bin with these 100% pure silk scarves and see your children’s imaginations and creativity come alive. 35” square. #1874 each $17 full set was $255 now $230

rainbow streamer Twirl, leap,

run and dive and watch as this silk ribbon dances with your movements. Streamer is over 8’ long. #2796 $14

fuchsia fairy Your child will feel extra special in this two-toned fairy costume as they dance and tiptoe through their fairy land. The costume includes wings and a flowered headband. Choice of sizes 3-5 or 6-8. #1435 was $59 now $50

silk fairy dress This easy-to-don silk fairy

costume is perfect dress-up wear. Fairies will love slipping the lavender silk dress over their heads, spreading the gossamer wings and flying off into the land of fancy. 3-6. #4402 $69

basic face paint tin Face painting makes a great

activity for a birthday party or can put the finishing touch on a Halloween costume. Because these paints wash off so easily, kids can create body art anytime without fear of having a blue face for days. Ages 3+. Germany. #1101 $19

silk crown Top off your little prince or princess, king or queen with one of these reversible, colorful crowns. Elastic in back for an adjustable fit. Choice of Blue, Red or Pink. #4844 $25

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unimog The go-anywhere hauler. A twist of the knob on top

of the cab steers the front wheels. It has a rear hitch to pull the Conveyor Belt or Dump Trailer. 9” long. Germany. #4904 $79

front end loader Fagus, a company renowned for its high-quality wooden

trucks, makes this toy loader. Kids can use it to load the Unimog or deliver materials to the Conveyor Belt on the construction site. With two handles for raising and pivoting the bucket as well as one for steering, there isn’t much this vehicle can’t do! Ages 5+. 16” long. Germany. #4900 $134

conveyor belt A turn of the lever on

the side makes the belt move. Transport it to another site with the Unimog, Tractor or Flatbed Truck. Ages 3+. 21” long. Germany. #4903 $79

fire engine Here’s a wooden fire truck

tow truck This wooden toy tow truck can haul

any small Fagus vehicle, like Zippie , Truckie or Speedie (sold separately) to the repair shop. Use the handle to lower the flatbed and haul up the broken-down car. Steer the wheels with the handle on the top of the cab. Includes two wooden peg people. 3+. Germany. #4909 $109

to call if a fire breaks out at the dollhouse. With an extendable ladder, it can reach the highest point of a dollhouse, block tower or fairy bower with ease. With six wooden peg people, there is adequate staff to extinguish the flames before it all goes up in smoke. The handle on top of the cab turns the front wheels. 3+. Germany. #4906 $148

truckie car This toy truck is an excellent choice for toddlers and preschoolers who are not quite ready for the larger Fagus trucks. Because it’s made of a single piece of wood, its body is sturdy but also moves easily along on the tough-looking wheels. 1+. Germany. #3275 $25

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excavator Digging trenches and footings is simple with this wooden excavator from Fagus. This burly toy truck features a handle on the arm and one on the rear to help children maneuver the truck through the construction site. 5+. Germany #4910 $138


peg’s paddleboat Power-up the

motor by twisting the rubber band, set the boat in the water and watch it go. 8” long. USA. #4233 $9

octopus sailboat Sailing under the sign of the octopus, the young sailor might discover hidden mysteries in the far reaches of their imagination or the dark corners of their bath. Ages 3+. 7.75” long. Germany. #1426 $26

rainbow prism Place this prism on its base in a sunny window and enjoy the rainbow created by the light shining though as it is thrown across the room onto the opposite wall. Germany. #4763 $10

jaunty sailboat This little sailboat will take your child’s imagination to unexplored islands. The shape of the boat and the seagull on the sail make one dream of exploring tropical islands 6” long. Germany. #4256 $24

marble-shell snail These delicate wooden snail figures will make anyone smile. They’re perfect for desk decor, a nature table, or the mantel. Their little necks bob around, and their marbles tumble on their backs as you roll them gently along. Their tiny size makes them especially charming. Marble colors vary. 2.25” long. Germany. #1530 $8

sunography Arrange objects on these sheets of paper or fab-

ric and place in bright sunlight to create gorgeous cyanotypes. The 100% cotton materials are light sensitive on both sides, so you can make two-sided prints. Adult assistance recommended. USA. Fabric #1140 $18 / Paper #1138 $18

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swing carousel kit Make the forest family a people-powered carousel! Like the cable car kits, this swing roundabout is worked by hand. Adults and older children will enjoy the challenge of assembling this woodcraft project, and younger children will like imagining the day at the fair for their little gnomes and fairies. Includes 3 dolls. 10+ to assemble, 6+ to play. Germany. #1554 $62

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shadows on this board game, and the gnomes must find one another in the shadows to keep their secrets. Children especially enjoy this cooperative game in the dark evenings of winter when the contrasting shadows and light evoke a quiet intensity. They must work together to help the gnomes reach their goal. 2-8 players. 5+. Germany. #4660 $49

hamster clan cooperative game In this short cooperative board

game, players try to gather food before winter comes. On their turn, players move above ground to gather or underground to store. Children can easily see that they must work together to have the most food saved for the short, cold days of the year. Ages 4-8. #1212 was $25 now $20

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jumbo chess game Share this strategic game indoors or out with this

resilient, easy-to-carry set. The wooden pieces and cotton gameboard are also kid-friendly. The large size adds novelty and makes gameplay easier to follow. Everything fits into the included tote bag for easy storage and transport. Pawns are 4.25” tall, board is 35” sq. #1574 $78

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slingshot Children will enjoy testing their

marksmanship with this classic toy. They set a ping pong ball in the sling, pull back, aim and release. The wood will last longer with a little care, like oil or polish. Ages 5+. 7” long. Germany. #1406 $12

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ing the magnetized tiles, children can create fantastic vehicles and then use the included grids to make the different parts seemingly move. It’s a bit like a puzzle, but also a game of optic illusion. The 37 different tiles let a child’s imagination explore all sorts of pretend vehicles. Ages 5+. 41 pieces, 10” sq. #1581 $25

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fortress castle The royal family and

their retinue can stay safe behind the drawbridge and gate of this wooden castle. The turrets in the corners give their watchmen a good vantage point for monitoring the regions around the castle. The walls allow messengers to pass between the towers. The sturdy construction allows for years of play. Ages 4+. 21” tall. Poland. #1348 $184

st george As this Ostheimer

knight mounts his black steed, he remains ever stout and committed to conquering his foes. Horse is 5” tall. Ages 5+. Germany. #3321 $68

sir kevin

jousting knights High upon their trusty steeds, these knights are on the lookout for foes to vanquish and kingdoms to save. They can even dismount from their horses for a duel. Ages 3+. Horse is 5” tall. Germany. sir kevin #3324 $65 sir loris #3366 $65

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ostheimer dragon Hiding in a cave tunnel or

guarding a castle gate, this dragon is ready to challenge all knights to battle. Ages 3+. 9.25” long. Germany. #3313 $40

brave knights With their shields and removable swords, these knights are always prepared to ward off intruders. Ages 3+. 6.25” tall. Choice of Sir Brian (pink) or Sir Edward (purple). Germany. sir brian #3328 $30 sir edward #3327 $30

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witch & wizard soft doll Work a little magic in the castle yard or the depths of the block forest! These flexible dolls are ready to brew a potion or stir a supernatural wind. 3+. Fair Trade. Brazil. witch #2809 $22 / wizard #2810 $28

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fairy tale soft doll family A poseable royal family bedecked in the finery befitting their position. Cotton and wool. King is 6” tall. Brazil. #4162 $104

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preparing to storm a castle, there is no better equipment than this sturdy wooden siege tower. The wheels facilitate an easy approach, allowing the knights’ chargers to draw is across meadow or carpet. The attacking army can shelter behind the protective sides when surging toward the castle walls with the ram foremost. Poland. Ages 4+. #1349

castle stronghold Raise or lower the draw-

bridge depending on whether the approaching party is friend or foe. This outpost offers safe harbor to either the soft or wooden castle figures. Ages 4+. 20.75” tall. Poland. #1350

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the dragon’s hoard Experience eleven amazing stories from the Viking Sagas, packed with warriors and battles, heroes and heroines, Berserkers, monsters, zombies and lots of magic! Hardcover, 64 pgs. Ages 8-12. #1222 $23

royal ladies peg doll kit Make two royal

ladies with the materials in this kit. The illustrated instructions are easy to follow. Ages 8+. 2.5” tall peg people. USA. #1365 $19

camelot castle block sets Your child’s imagination can build the castle keep that fits any day of play with these block sets. There are ramparts and towers, and the larger set has extra pieces to better fortify the yard. Ages 3+. Rampart blocks are 3.5” long. Choice of 16 or 35 piece sets. Poland. #1192 $60 (16 pcs.) #1191 $120 (35 pcs.)

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knights peg doll kit Craft a pair of knights with this kit. Make two knights with felt capes and helms, adding a sword and shield if you wish. Ages 8+. 2.5” tall peg people. USA. #1368 $18


ranger’s bow Whether wandering through Sherwood or Mirkwood,

your adventurer can feel prepared for Nottingham’s Sheriff or enormous spider foes. This bow has a thicker grip, making it a good choice for slightly older kids. Includes 3 arrows. Ages 4+. #4696 $45

ranger’s quiver Use this quiver with the ranger’s bow to make toting arrows through the forest easier. 15.75” long. Poland. quiver #1123 $21 set of 3 extra arrows #4691 $14

multi-helmet Double the fun with this two-in-one helmet— knight and viking. 22.5” circumference, but adjustable for smaller heads. Germany. #3620 $39

crossbow The

mechanism of this wooden toy crossbow really works when released, launching one of the two included arrows toward its intended target. It’s all in good fun, though, as each of the arrows is padded so no one gets hurt. Includes a strap so it can be slung over the shoulder when hiking out to meet the enemy. Comes with 2 bolts. Ages 3+. Poland. crossbow 17” long. #2971 $49 extra crossbow bolts #2968 $10 jumbo crossbow 23” long. #4823 $65 extra jumbo crossbow bolts #4822 $14

knight’s surcoat Your young knight will be per-

fectly prepared for feast or battle in this bold and expertly tailored cotton tunic. The crests on these can vary; we’ll choose for you. Choice of size 3-6 or 6-12. Germany. #3611 $69

myth match flipbook A

robin hood cap Pop

this cap on your head and you’ll be ready for an afternoon with your merry men. Made of genuine sueded leather. Ages 3 to adult. Germany. #2972 $55

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flipbook made for those who like to consider the mythical beasts from fantastic tales. A new way to see both the beasts and their names. Enjoy imagining just what an itzpapasonney might do and how an Aztec and Manx creature might have come to be. Have fun playing with both the languages and the newly imagined monsters. Ages 8+. 9”x 12.5”. #1553 $18

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knight’s dagger + sheath Young

adventurers will be well-armed with this wooden dagger at their hip. They’ll be ready to face giant spiders, dragons or trolls. The leather sheath keeps it at-theready, come what may. Ages 3+. 14” long. Germany. #4389 $21

knight’s sword + sheath When rescuing a damsel or gent in distress, this sturdy sword will surely have them freed in short order. Ages 3+. 19” long. Germany. #3513 $24

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knight’s great sword When the Jabberwock has invaded their lands, young knights will appreciate their own vorpal blade. This two-handed great sword has its own leather scabbard to make transport safer and easier. Ages 3+. 36” long. Germany. #1075 $42

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knight’s leather tunic An authentic suede tunic reinforced with brass studs. Laces cinch up the sides to fit a wide age range. 23” long, 16” wide. Fits ages 3-10. Germany. #2907 $89

knight’s

helmet Headgear is essential equipment for the well-protected knight-atarms. With brass studs and heavy canvas neck guard, our Knight’s Helmet looks authentic and ready for action at the next jousting tourney. 23” circumference. Germany. #2908 $29 large sword + sheath One could alter the well known phrase a bit and say “speak softly and carry a big sword.” This is the sword you want to have along. The included sheath is made of a durable suede that will stand up to rugged adventures. Ages 3+. 24” long. Germany. #4882 $35

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knight’s shield Bold colors for bold cavaliers emblazon these shields. The eagle symbolizes courage and strength, while the fleur-de-lis is a symbol of spirituality. The soft leather strap makes a comfortable grip as knights move from adventure to adventure. Ages 3+ 11” x 15” Choice of fleur de lis or eagle. Germany. #1201 $18

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tales

The legends of King Arthur are sure to captivate the young squire in your house. They will love learning about the adventures of these knights, a mix of myth and history. The purple prose of Roger Lancelyn Green makes these especially fun to read aloud. Hardcover, 355 pgs. Ages 6+. 6.5” x 8.25”. #1555 $18

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wooden fruit set & wooden veggie set Pretend

to perpare nutritious snacks or tasty treats with wooden fruits and veggies Each set comes in a market bag. Ages 3+. Pear is 2.25” tall. Carrot is 3” long. Germany. fruit #2747 $29 / veggie #2745 $29

play clips set Clip a building

cloth to a Playstand Set or a few chairs for an instant hideaway. Includes 4 clips. Choice of Light or Dark wood. 4.5” long, USA. #2959 $29

silk rainbow canopy 100% silk. 108” long, 54” wide. #2965 $130

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cotton building cloths Create an instant fortress or a secret fairy hideaway with one or more. 72” long, 56” wide. USA. #4837 $39

scale with weights Children can explore simple math concepts with this wooden balance scale. It’s an excellent tool for homeschooling, as children can experiment with the ideas of “greater than, less than or equal to.” It’s also a great addition to a play store. The young clerk can weigh veggies and grains for their customers. This Waldorf toy comes with five weights (10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 grams) and two nicely rounded pans with plenty of room for weighing all kinds of things. 3+. Germany. #4857 $109

blackboard + chalk set Many of our cus-

tomers report that their children are delighted with their blackboards and rainbow of high-quality chalks. Perfect for home school or playing school or writing a menu for the playstand restaurant. 12 colors of chalk. Ages 3+. 11.5” wide. Germany. #2737 $30

double playstand set A Double Playstand Set is

an ideal play space for children indoors or out. It makes a space within a space where the child can find refuge and quiet from the hubbub of the day and drift into play. Includes two Playstands, four Play Clips and a Silk Rainbow Canopy. #4462 $599

playstand with awning

Create a space for imaginative play with a single Playstand or a pair. 39.5” tall (with awning, 51”). 12” deep (with awning, 31”), 39” wide. USA. #4460 $259

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cash register Including a cred-

it card swiper, this cash register makes playtime open for business. Ages 3+. 8” tall. Poland. #4922 $89

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Equip Your Chef with Hand-painted Enamelware

flowered enamel cup, bowl + plate Plate is 6.75” wide. Poland. #3891 $38

flowered enamel frying pan 4.25” diam. #3904 $19

flowered enamel creamer 3.5” tall. #3902 $20

large flowered pot

small flowered pot 2” tall. #3922 $16

baker’s

dozen

Wooden cookies and baking sheets add to play kitchen fun. Pop them in any toy oven; they’ll come out perfectly every time. #4167

flowered enamel farmer’s pot 6.5” diameter. Poland. #3918 $19

3” tall. #3920 $20

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good eggs Good eggs are a necessary staple in the pantry, and these are fresh from a free range forest. Twelve wooden eggs are held in a real egg carton, ready to be served for breakfast. USA. #1160 $19

drying rack & pegs

Children love a dolly wash day, and this clothes horse gives them an eco-friendly way to get all the laundry dry. The frame is sized to make it easy for children to use, and the included clothes pegs mean all the clothes can be arranged for quick drying. If your child has given their doll a bath, the top can also serve as a drying bed to let the air circulate all around. Poland. Ages 3+. #1354 $30

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elsa’s kitchen

Whether they’re starting their day with porridge or cooking up a fancy dinner, young chefs will find all they need in this wooden kitchen. With two burners and an oven for cooking, a sink for clean up, lower storage areas and even a place for a waste bin, this kitchen is completely outfitted gourmet cooking. Ages 3+. 21” x 20” x 13.75”. Poland. #1444 $269

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rosie’s washer On cleaning days, little ones can

put their dolls’ clothes inside this wooden washing machine, turn the knobs, and give them a spin to dizzy the dirt away. Ages 3+. 18” x 13.75” x 13.75”. Poland. #1452 $229

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ironing board & iron After a washing and drying, it’s

time to iron dolly’s clothes! This ironing board folds for easy storage and includes a holder for the iron. Ages 3+. 27.5” long. Poland. ironing board #1353 was $58 now $50 / iron #1442 was $12 now $10

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organic bathcape When your baby or toddler is fresh from their bath, wrap them in the goodness of organic cotton. These hooded towels are made of knit fabric so they wrap snuggly, keeping your little one warm. 30” sq. Turkey. #1395 $28

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flexia baby carrier Babylonia Flexia is the only carrier on the market that you can use from birth to age 4 without the need of inserts or complex adjustments. The carrier comes with 3 different sized panels that can be easily changed by zipping out one panel and zipping in the next size up. This allows the carrier to grow along with your child. The extra soft shoulder straps, supportive waistband and breathable organic cotton ensures that the wearer can also enjoy the pleasure of wearing. This combination carrier allows for front, back and hip carries. Choice of Dove Grey, Charcoal, or Forest Green. #1148 $159

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silk blanket Hand-painted silk paired with creamy soft flannel keeps baby warm and cozy. 30” wide, 40” long #2730 $69

lambskin comforter Downy soft and com-

pletely natural, sheepskin helps to moderate babies body temperatures as they sleep. 32”-37” long, 19” wide. Choice of Shorn or Unshorn. New Zealand. #3518 $89

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organic drool bib

Here’s an organic solution when teething brings on the waterworks. These bibs are sized to go just beneath baby’s chin, ready to soak up a little drool. The organic cotton has a sweet print to adorn your little one. Choice of Peony or Mint Green. 13.75” x 8.5”. Turkey. #1386 $10

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baby’s amber necklace

Generations of parents have found the curative powers of amber to alleviate teething pain. Pure Baltic amber beads, individually knotted for safety. 12.5” long. Lithuania. #3279 $20

baby’s wooden bowl + spoon set This set is a lovely gift for an infant who is starting to eat solids. It holds the perfect amount for baby’s small appetite. A natural alternative to plastic first dishes! Bowl is 4.5” diam. Choice of Moon or Heart design. USA. #3602 $24

organic cotton animal rattles The yarn used in these fair trade baby rattles is 100% organic cotton, and each rattle is stuffed with wool. The natural fibers and soft shapes are perfect for a new babies earliest explorations. The rounded handle is easy to grasp and the nubbiness of the crocheted fabric fascinates curious hands and mouths. Soft colors and sweet facial features will catch baby’s eye and the soft rattle sound will further captivate. Fair Trade. India. Choice of Fox, Hedgehog or Rabbit. #1083 $12

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t Viole Iris

Clover

Daffodil

Peony

ing and a plump tummy that helps him sit up straight at a tea party, on a swing or on the back of a riding toy. Organic cotton, wool and buckwheat hulls. 22” tall. Germany. #4390 $79

Poppy

horsie Horsie has floppy legs for easy tot-

rainbow grasping toy Babies enjoy moving the beads of this toy against one another as they develop their ability to manipulate objects in their environment. Beads are 1.25” diam. Germany. #4478 $20

baby boo silk Enchant baby with the magic of silk play with these smaller playsilks. 22” sq. #3778 $12 wooden toy car A simple, wooden toy car will never get old. This enduring toy from Ostheimer is the perfect size for toddlers. It will zoom happily across floors, porches, or sidewalks. 1+. Germany. #4870 $29

lowercase alphabet blocks These wooden al-

phabet building blocks are a fresh take on a classic toy. The regular shape and smaller size make them easy for the novice to handle. The letters and numbers then become familiar shapes in their own right. When your child is ready to name the letters and numbers, she’ll already recognize some from the walls of her towers and forts. 2+. USA. #4817 $39

rainbow stacker Made of alder wood and collawnmower push toy New walkers,

toddlers and preschoolers enjoy this wooden push toy, made in the USA of hardwood. A wooden cylinder filled with brightly colored balls turns making a gentle clackety sound that won’t trouble Mom or Dad inside or out. This is another of our perennial favorites! Ages 1-3. USA. #1104 $50

toddler amber necklace This mix of light and dark amber looks lovely against a toddler’s young skin. Made in Lithuania. 14.5” long #3776 $22

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ored with non-toxic stains, this classic stacking toy is great for learning color recognition and developing hand-eye coordination. 9.25” tall. Germany. #1100 $39

rolling critter The rainbow colored ball revolves as the critter rolls along the floor. 5” long. Choice of Hedgehog or Turtle. Poland. #4378 $25

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balance board Young children love motion and learning how to use their bod-

ies. This “toy” gives them new ways to explore movement and enriches their development. As they rock on the board, they’ll experiment with how to stand, sit, squat or lie to find novel ways of setting the balance board in motion. All the while, they’ll be improving their vestibular and proprioceptive senses and strengthening their bodies. This open-ended toy also will find its way into other forms of play whether as a shelter for some farm animals or as a cradle for a sleepy doll. With a weight limit of 200 pounds, children and adults can all enjoy playing with balance. 33” long. Ages 18m+. #1261 $135

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rainbow bobbins (above) Toddlers love this vibrant thread-

ing toy. They can practice just arranging the bobbins on the pegs, and as they gain coordination, they can learn to thread a couple of the bobbins on the lacing string or even incorporate them into their building projects. Includes 6 bobbins and a threading string. Wood. Ages 1+. Each bobbin is 1.75” tall. Germany. #1235 $30

ride-on hauler Toddlers can take a seat on this wooden riding toy and easily power it around the house for loads of fun. It’s low to the ground for stability and durable for years of play. Its slim size allows it to fit in any compact spot in a bedroom or playroom. 2+. 21” long. #1070 $195

Walking, balancing + pushing!

dachshund pull toy His ears swing back and forth and his body shimmies as he’s happily pulled along. 11” long. Germany. #4843 $39

push wagon Toddlers can wheel their animal friends, blocks or favorite dolls around the house all day in this little wagon. They’ll love placing a doll or plush toy in the front seat and showing them around the yard or house. There’s even a little storage space in the back for extra toys. Some assembly required. Ages 2+. 22.5” long. Poland. #1462 $129

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bedside angel Choose one of these angels to give to parents as a new baby gift or to a child wanting a companion to watch over their sleep. The soft curves of their winged forms draw the eye in quiet reflection. Choice of Blue or Pink. 3.25” tall. Ages 3+. Germany. #1404 $28

wooden calendar for all seasons

Add a new ritual for your daily routine with this charming wooden calendar. You’ll look forward to switching the day of the week every morning. There’s even an illustration to colorfully represent each of the four season. These calendars are made in a workshop that employs adults with developmental disabilities. 13.5” sq. Germany. #4764 $109


sun crystal suncatcher Catch the rays of

the sun and turn them into a beautiful rainbow with our Sun Crystal Suncatcher, made to be hung in a window to catch and bend the light of the sun. 4.5” diam. Germany. #3644 $35

moon crystal suncatcher When hung in a window or a bright room, this suncatcher will scatter rainbows across the room. The smooth wooden crescent and faceted crystal are symbolic of the pure elegance of nature. 3.25” diam. Germany. #4376 $24

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decorative wool cloth Add a different texture and pant-dyed color to your child’s building or dress-up games with these wool playcloths. They also enhance the textures and colors of a seasonal table. The plant-dyed shades reflect the colors of nature. Germany. (25” sq) #1199 w  as $12 now $10

to dance in a window, above your nature table or a corner of a child’s room. The varying lengths balance against one another and fascinate the eye as they spin gently. Choice of small, medium or large. 22”, 30” or 33” long. Poland. #1582 $40–$64

elsaesser seasonal postcard set Watercolor artist Ruth Elsässer painted these glowing scenes of seasonal activities, perfect to share or display. Printed in Germany. Set of 12 cards #3282 $16

winged candle This natural beeswax

candle is a special sort of taper. Enjoy the changing form of this lovely candle as it burns. Made by hand from beeswax locally sourced from hard-working honeybees! Fits into any candle holder designed for standard tapers. Approx. 10”. USA. #4405 $15

beeswax candle kit With this kit, children can give friends and loved ones their own homemade candles. With enough materials for 6 candles, it’s a wonderful craft activity for a group of kids during a party or a rainy day. Simply place a wick at the edge of the wax sheet and roll. When finished, the candles burn beautifully. Makes 6 candles. Choice of Holiday or Rainbow. USA. #1243 $25

postcard holder Villagers at Camphill Village in Copake, New York craft each of these postcard holders by hand. Display snapshots, seasonal cards or small pieces of your child’s artwork in a unique and beautiful way. USA. (5” long) #3281 $12

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red cap nutcracker Add this sweet wooden nut-

toddler’s wooden spoon While still lit-

cracker to your children’s stash of kitchen tools. They just place a nut inside, then turn the wooden screw until the nut cracks. While not made to crack the proverbial Krakutuk, it should handle most any nut that fits in the opening. Ages 3+ with adult supervision. Germany. 3.75” tall. #1463 $15

tle enough for a toddler to manage, this longer spoon with its larger bowl is sized for the growing appetite and skill of a growing child. A lovely maple leaf graces the handle of the spoon. USA. 5” long. #1571 $9

toddler’s wooden bowl This Maine-made

bowl is just the right size for toddlers’ hands and appetites. Finished with food-safe beeswax and jojoba oil, this bowl is a bit larger than our Baby Bowl. Toddler Spoons sold separately. USA. #3867 $20

kid’s kitchen knife Provide your child with good kitchen tools when they’re ready to help with meal preparation. This set encourages proper grip of the knife, and the included finger guard gives children extra protection. The 4” blade is genuinely sharp, so young users should be supervised. France. #1468 $44

flowered enamel pitcher Filled with juice,

water or milk, this enamel pitcher stands at the ready to beautifully quench the thirst of parched throats. Sturdy and durable, the hand-painted flowers make it a handsome addition to any table. It even makes a lovely vase for flowers! 8” tall. Poland. #3917 $52

enamel cup, bowl + plate set A simple, yet

durable first set of dishes for your child. Enameled steel. Plate is 6.75” diameter. Individual pieces available online. Poland. #3892 $25

child’s rainbow broom Sweeping up

crumbs or small toys can be fun! Broomcorn with a hickory handle. 35” long. USA. #3601 $29

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busy susan basket Make sharing a little easier with this hardworking lazy Susan. You can add it to your craft area to keep crayons and pencils together or place it on your table for a lovely way to have the salt and pepper close at hand. 12.5” diam. New Hampshire. #1550 $52

farina grain mill Over the years, many Waldorf Kindergarten teachers have bought our Farina Grain Mill to grind grains for their baking lessons. It’s no toy; it works like magic to finely or coarsely grind wheat or other grains into flour. Children love to turn the crank and everyone will enjoy the aroma and taste of freshly ground whole grain flour, with all the important minerals, fiber and trace elements. #1078 $269


halloween ornament set You can use your birthday ring on your seasonal table for any festivals of the year. This set of wooden ornaments are just the thing for a Halloween display. Mix with a few candles or some fall themed ornaments to mark the season. Germany. #1008 $34

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birthday ring set Make a Birthday Ring a part of your family’s festivities. Here’s how: Place a candle and an ornament (choose from our large selection online!) in the ring and then add one each year as a remembrance of the year passed. Our Birthday Ring Set is a good way to start this tradition! Each set includes: a Birthday Ring (12 or 16 Holes), Brass Candle Holders (5 or 9) and 12 Beeswax Candles. Ornaments sold separately. 12 hole ring, 8.75” diameter. 16 hole ring, 12” diameter. USA. 12 hole set #2648 $39 / 16 hole set #2646 $48

woodland ornament set Make a forest display for a seasonal table or birthday celebration with this assembled set of woodland creatures. It’s also a nice set for celebrating Earth Day! The set includes a fox, squirrel, toadstool, bunny and tree birthday ring ornaments. Combine with candles and other ornaments for a sylvan festival. Germany. #1011 $29

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set of 12 beeswax candles These Beeswax Candles are hand-dipped

by the villagers at the Camphill Village in New York. With the addition of a brass candle holder, they’ll fit perfectly with our birthday rings. Choice of red or natural. USA. (5.5” tall) #2643 $16

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the children’s party book Discover craft ideas and games for kids with this step-by-step guide to fun! With 240 unique ideas, you’ll find songs, games and ideas. Projects for children from 3-12. #1057 was $25 now $20

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felted mushrooms - set of 5 In a decorative centerpiece, a nature table, or the branches of a Christmas tree, this collection of felt mushrooms will look positively magical. The rich brown and creamy white contrast beautifully, and the varying heights make them the perfect focal point of your seasonal display. #1511 was $50 now $25

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cuddly baby elephant Your child will snuggle right up to this elephant baby. Filled with buckwheat hulls and organic wool, he offers an extra bit of sensory feedback. His plush fur is also made of organic wool making him a good buddy for every embrace. Germany. #4598 was $69 now $55

mosaic block puzzle Children

can explore colors and patterns or test their logic skills with this mosaic block puzzle. Includes 25 pieces. Ages 2+. 5” sq. Switzerland. #1223 was $50 now $40

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topsy turvy tops set Set these little striped wooden spherical spinning tops for a reel and you’ll be in for a real surprise! First comes an optical illusion, and then an amazing finish of end-flipping antics! 1”tall. Austria. #4539 was $20 now $15

drop spindle With this centuries old tool, children can discover a new

and exciting craft project. Using this drop spindle and the colorful wool, they can learn how to spin their own wool yarn. The drop spindle technique is practiced across many cultures. Although their first attempts may produce uneven yarn, their handmade fibers are sure to add character to any weaving or knitting project. Germany. 8+. #1525 was $28 now $25

kid’s 5-piece toolset This function-

al toolkit will equip a child for some real building and real learning. They are designed with the assumption that they will be used with adult supervision. #1414

jungle friend Choose a jungle friend to wander the wilds of your child’s

fairy playhouse kit Young dreamers can

jumbo blocks Children can

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create a secret spot for their little fairies or their peg puppets with the soft silks and rope arches in this kit. The wooden stand makes it simple for children to form a fairy a stage or fairy bower for their fantasies. With a little glue, they can use the included wool and silk to adorn the peg people according to the roles they want them to fill in their imagined realm. Choice of Rainbow or Starry. #1503 was $29 now $25

imagination or just snuggle up on their pillow. Choice of Elephant or Giraffe. Fair Trade. Nepal. elephant #1072 was $25 now $19 / giraffe #1073 was $25 now $19

create the forts of their dreams with these giant cardboard building blocks. Add some cotton building cloths for softened light or a canopy to shelter weary travelers or tired baby dolls. Ages 3+. 100 blocks. #1128

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Dress-up woodland fairy costume

Little fairies can be as quiet as a woodland deer or as spry as a squirrel as they make their way through the yard in this impeccable fairy costume. It’s perfect for the next flower festival or a Halloween night of trick-or-treating. The velour body of the costume and shimmery skirt have a magic of their own, with a fairy wand and crown as a final touch. Choice of 3-5 or 6-8. #1028

animal babies - forest & mountain Discover the diversity of life in Earth’s forests & mountains with these sturdy board books. With each page, children will be introduced to another adorable parent and baby pair. The illustrations by Julia Groves are simple and familiar, making it easy for young ones to identify animals. Ages 1-4. #1487 was $10 now $8

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knight’s silk armor In this Silk Armor costume, your young member of King Arthur’s Round Table will have a tunic as well as a dashing cape. Available in gold and red or green and blue, it includes a ribbon that secures the two-sided tunic at the waist. Ages 4-10. Tunic is 22” long. #1873 was $39 now $35

seasons of joy In paintings of needle felted wool, this artist creates all the seasons of the year. Your child will be charmed by the rollicking illustrations of children playing in snow, running through spring woods, dancing in a summer meadow or harvesting the last pumpkins of autumn. The wool paintings have a depth and color that delights the eye, and the text touches on activities that feel familiar and fun. By Claudia Marie Lenart. Hardcover, 32 pgs. Ages 3-6. 8.5” x 11” #1379 was $27 now $24

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