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Waldorf birthday presents for a five year old

Ruby's fifth birthday

Ruby is five!

And such a delight. She truly is. Fairies follow her, while flowers call her name.

Ruby immerses herself in her play so fully, creating whole new worlds {often rearranging the furniture and all manner of nick-nacks in the making!}

So for her fifth birthday ~ in keeping with our gift giving philosophy ~ we gifted her…

Ruby's gift

Something she wants

We wanted to encourage Ruby’s imaginative play, so thought this sweet little letterbox would be just the thing!

She has delighted in it since. Little letters have been sent back and forth {I am not entirely sure where they are going, but she is happy!}

We’ve popped it on her bedroom wall, just near the doorway. And it is such a sweet little sight.

Ruby opening her gifts

Something she needs

Ruby has been working on her skipping at her Waldorf kindergarten, so we thought she might like to continue at home. So we picked up this cute little skipping rope with bear handles.

It is a little long yet, so we might need to shorten it somehow, but a good length if her dad and I swing it for her to jump.

birthday morning gift opening

Something to wear

We went a bit boring this time on the ‘something to wear’ but she was in need of new socks and knickers! And so that is what she got *smile*

Something to read

I was lucky to purchase a secondhand copy of The Story of the Butterfly Children from the Australian Waldorf Steiner Buy Sell Swap Group {such a great group for finding well priced secondhand Waldorf bits and bobs!}

I knew Ruby would love this sweet and magical tale. And it is so nice to look forward to Spring when in the midst of Winter.

Ruby had such a lovely birthday, and we enjoyed celebrating her

For more inspiration, you can see Teddy’s 2nd birthday gifts here, as well as Max’ 6th birthday party here.

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Blessings, Kelly








A birthday girl


Birthdays really are events full of joy.

I love preparing for our family birthdays. And so do the kids. They pour over the birthday cake book choosing which cake they would like their dad to make them. They daydream about what kind of party they will have (if it is a party year) and who they will invite. We tend to follow the guide of inviting as many guests as years they are turning. So my daughter who turned 4 was allowed to choose 4 friends to help her celebrate.


And I love the ritual of a birthday-eve. After the children have gone to bed I hang the birthday bunting, I carefully place their playsilk wrapped gifts (so pretty and saves on wrapping paper!), their birthday crown, and arrange the birthday ring with the number they are turning and some other little decorations.

These are the first things they look for in the morning. And are part of the birthday ritual! They know they need to wait until everyone is awake before the gifts can be unwrapped, and sometimes that wait can take awhile! My big boy is usually the first awake and it actually surprises me how patient he can be.

blowing bubblesbunting

We love to watch their excitement as they unwrap their gifts. I think that is a gift in itself, to the giver *smile*

We still follow our gift giving philosophy. And it is serving us well.

We try to be careful about what we bring into our home. Books and toys are to be beautiful and loved. We prefer toys made from natural materials that can inspire imaginative play. And we love plants and homemade goodies too! And our lovely friends know us well, the birthday girl happily unwrapped a hand-knitted milo vest, a lavender plant (for her fairy garden) and a beautiful wand made by her friend. Gifts to be treasured!

presentwand gift

And this year was my daughter’s first ‘proper’ birthday party. She chose to have a fairy party, so the children made fairy wands, blew bubbles and played in the backyard. We kept it fairly simple (although I always tend to over cater!) and pass the parcel was the only organised game. They jumped on the trampoline, played in the cubby house, dug in the sandpit and otherwise just ran around (fueled by some party food).

afternoon teatea cup biscuits

My daughter had such a lovely time, it almost makes me reconsider having parties every second year! And I’m not even entirely sure why we do it this way? Perhaps because that is how my mum did it? Parties can be expensive extravaganzas these days, but truly, keeping it simple was lovely!

wand making

Do you have birthday parties each year?

Warmly, Kelly