More Easy Handmade Waldorf and RIE Toys

This year I will once again avoid the malls and make my own Christmas gifts for my son and my nieces and nephew. Here is a list of toys that I’ll be working on, some incredibly easy and some a tad trickier. If you want more ideas, please check out my previous post on Easy Handmade Waldorf and RIE Toys.

1. Sensory Basket Treasures (6 months and up) This is actually a gift that even my 2 year old will still love. Fill this basket with pine cones, large bottle caps, fabric scraps or anything else interesting. They LOVE random odd things.


2. Sunray Sensory Toy (Newborn – 1 year) – This is great because you can fill it will different textures, like mylar sheets or tulle. This one looks tricky but you can sew up any shape of fabric really easily.


3. Soft fabric balls. (Newborn and up) 


4. Felt Finger Puppets (1 1/2 and up)

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5. Sleeping Sacks for Dolls and Stuffed Animals (1 and up)


6. Cardboard Box Appliances (2 and up)


7. Blocks from Apple Branches (1 and up)


8. Play Cape (2 and up)


9. Really Cool Crayons (2 and up). Easy to make and perfect for tiny fingers.


10. Yogurt Containers! (All ages) Seriously, these have always been such a huge hit, and will continue to be for some time. Open-ended toys are perfect for cultivating creativity in your little ones.



Easy Handmade Waldorf and RIE Toys

This Christmas season I have zero intention of stepping anywhere near the malls or shopping centers. This year I will be making toys for the little ones (AND for grown-ups too!). I am still in the idea gathering phase so I thought I would share my top 10 easy handmade toys.  They may seem silly or too simple, but if your gift recipient is under the age of 2, they won’t care. In fact, they will most likely play with the box or wrapping paper, so really, we hardy need stress about quality. :) If you enjoy this post, please check out my post  More Easy Handmade Waldorf and RIE Toys.

1. Stuff in a Plastic Bottle (Infant)


2. Cut out Felt Shapes and Ribbon (1 1/2 – 3).


3. Large Fuzzy Balls in an Egg Carton (1 1/2 – 3)


4. Felt Balls (Infant and Up) Click Here for Video Demonstration


5. Buckles sewn to a board (1 – 3)


6. Puzzle Picture Glued to Popsicle Sticks (2 – 4)


7. Cloth in Baby wipe container (6 months and Up)

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8. Nature Gifts (All Ages depending on size and object)

Please read this great post on the benefits of nature toys.


9. Fabric or Felt Crown (1 1/2 and Up)

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10. Old Oatmeal Container with Hole in Lid (6 months – 2 years)


IN Addition to these really easy gifts, here are some ideas I found that I will most likely NOT get to. :)

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