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We have been invited to a 1st birthday party, and I'm kind of unsure about what to get the birthday boy. I'm probably going to gift a playsilk, but I don't know what else to include. I'd prefer that the gift be not too expensive, around $15 and under if possible.<br><br>
What were your waldorfy 1yos doing and playing with?
 

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Hmm I don't know if we qualiy as "Waldorfy" (not even sure how I ended up at this forum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) but I do have a 15mo! Some of the best gifts he got (or I wish he got!):<br>
books<br>
crayons & coloring book<br>
musical instruments<br>
tickets to the zoo or children's museum<br>
sand toys<br>
brush & comb (for some reason he loves to play with his brush)<br>
wooden boat with lots of choking hazard pieces that I have to watch him like a hawk but he loves (a cross between this <a href="http://www.toyriffic.com.au/product/Vertical-Jigsaw-Puzzle-Boat.html" target="_blank">http://www.toyriffic.com.au/product/...zzle-Boat.html</a> and this <a href="http://thewoodenwagon.com/woodentoy/202/CGK23200.html" target="_blank">http://thewoodenwagon.com/woodentoy/202/CGK23200.html</a>)
 

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My son is 13 mos old. He's really into taking things out /putting back in and he does love to hide under a silk. I really enjoy watching him grab his sister's baby doll and hug it. I really have to make one for him. I made him a snuggle doll for his birthday and keep it in his crib. He occasionally grabs it, but goes after her doll more often. He also loves to throw his wool ball. Since you do some wet felting, you might do that. I wet felted a ball - about the size of a navel orange - and put a moon, sun and clouds on it. He throws it and laughs out loud. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I'm thinking of making a bigger one.
 

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I didn't even think of the ball! I don't have a ton of roving right now so I can't make a huge one. Though.. I could smoosh the wet felted eggs that I used for Easter (that didn't turn out right) and just wind and felt roving around those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hmm. If it comes out less than stellar, I'm sure my DD wouldn't mind keeping it! Thanks for the idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't even think of the ball! I don't have a ton of roving right now so I can't make a huge one. Though.. I could smoosh the wet felted eggs that I used for Easter (that didn't turn out right) and just wind and felt roving around those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hmm. If it comes out less than stellar, I'm sure my DD wouldn't mind keeping it! Thanks for the idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Or if you have some wool yarn, you could use that for the center. Just wind it into a ball and then put the roving over it. I've never tried it, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
 

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Aah! I could use failed knitting projects <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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When DD was 1, the best presents we got were beautiful books.<br><br>
I think for a young birthday party [or any, but specifically a 1 year old] buying a Waldorf book or two with name plates & the name of the kid is really a lovely gift, and one that can be used for years!
 

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I was going to suggest a wool ball with a bell in the middle. My son was gifted some small ones (for juggling) and my dd LOVES them. She also really loves egg shakers too. And a huge cardboard box for climbing in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The toys most 1 year olds "play" with aren't really toys at all. I think though that the playsilk (another one of her faves) and the ball would be more than sufficient.
 

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Tanya, I think that's my issue! When my DD1 was one, she played with pots, pans, and everything in between! Gifts are kind of difficult, kwim? She got heaps of plastic electronic toys for her birthday that played music and such and was actually <i>scared</i> of them! I have a feeling that this little boy will receive the same sort of stuff, but I'd like to get him something that he can actually explore. Hopefully this does the trick!
 
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