I have just received a beautiful catalog from the Magic Cabin, but don't ask me how - I have never ordered one! They have the most amazing natural toys that out beat any cheapo plastic 'made in China' toy! Not only you can order some of the most amazing imaginative play toys but you can also get plenty ideas and make them yourself! These are my favorites so far:
Waldorf Inspired Dolls - I found an easy tut here!
Unicorns and Horses - Another great tut here!
...and what about after you have made all these beautiful toys you can actually get away with buying a few wooden toys! :)
Look! Just like Mommy!!!!!! I SO LOVE THIS ONE!!!
Making your own toys is such a great idea, not only you will save $ but also will create a playroom that fosters imagination and will help you raise your kids apart from commercialism/materialism. I have donated almost all our brand name and plastic toys to make room for new natural toys such as fabric and wood. It's a challenge since we still have a few plastic toys laying around. We even have eliminated their TV out of their room and it's working greatly! :) The girls play more together, they argue less, the make up stories or show time, they read more and the best of all, they have show less interest in brand name toys like the famous Hannah Montana or the Barbie... I love it!!!!!!