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Little Sparrow Natural Toy Shop & Craft Classes

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by Julie Mundy (subscribe)
Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog:
Published August 25th 2014
Natural toys which will be loved for ever
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Little Sparrow Toy Store Delight!

Sick of plastic? Me too. Especially where kids toys are concerned. If that's you as well, Little Sparrow is just the toy shop for you. Popping into the newly relocated shop is like wandering into Aladdin's Cave - full of gorgeous, high quality toys (at reasonable prices) you wish you had when you were a kid - wooden puzzles, huggable handmade knitted cuddly-toys, books, paints, craft kits, balls, finger-puppets, games, teddies, rattles, even my own favourite, cuisinair rods. The knitted cuddly toys are totally gorgeous and very unique - think rhinocerouses (or is that rhinocerii?), moles, chooks, zebras, koalas - you name it, they can knit it! They even have an entire knitted farmyard animals set - eat your heart out, Old MacDonald!

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Knitted cuddliness at Little Sparrow

Owner Shelly and her friendly knitting-legend assistant Pilgrim have stocked (or should I say, 'curated'?) Little Sparrow using Steiner education as their inspiration. Most of the toys are locally sourced or produced to be environmentally friendly. Many of them are made from natural products such as recycled wood and Australian wools, and there are lots of toys which are handmade.

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Natural beeswax candles at Little Sparrow

Putting their money where their mouth is, Little Sparrow also runs private lessons and workshops in toy making, doll-making, crochet, machine-sewing and knitting (they have a dedicated habedashery room at the back), starting at $50 per session. Shelly runs full day workshops in how to make irresistible traditional Waldorf Dolls, but they are also happy to book private lessons on request.Check out their website or call the shop for details of their next classes.

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Waldorf Dolls by Shelley - but they could be by you too if you take a class!

The toys in the shop are mostly suitable for younger children - say up to 10, though older kids and crafty teenagers may enjoy some of the craft classes. If you can't make it into the store, they also have online orders, but it's worth the visit to Balaclava just so you have an easy excuse to check out the nearby cafes while you are there!!!

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Hard carved and painted wooden puzzle toys at Little Sparrow
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Why? Because these toys will last, and bring out the child in you - as well as keep your child delighted!
When: 7 days a week (not public holidays); 10-5pm M-Sat; 10-3pm Sun
Phone: 03 9041 0103
Where: 259 Carlisle Street, Balaclava (near Westbury Street)
Cost: Classes start at $50 each
Your Comment
The knitted animals are very cute.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2175 days ago
What an interesting shop, I must check it out
by EricaL (score: 3|1679) 2175 days ago
Hi There,
I wanted to learn how to make waldorf dolls and was wondering if you new of anywhere in sydney that would give lessons.
by peter (score: 0|2) 950 days ago
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