Rolly-Polly - The Magic Onions


K and T have just learnt the Rolly-Polly song at their waldorf school… “Rolly-Polly, Rolly-Polly, ever so slowly, ever so slowly…” It is T’s best song in all the world. We have to sing it constantly while he does the hand movements. He thinks he is very VERY clever that he can do them! 
Being thus interested in Rolly-Pollys, we have been looking out for them in our garden. There is great excitement when we find one… and then we have to sing the Rolly-Polly song, AGAIN.
K has taken on the challenge of finding the BIGGEST one… we found this one on Sunday… he’s by far the biggest we’ve seen… Look, he’s the size of K’s finger nail!
T likes to roll them around and K spends the whole time reminding him, in her adorably patronising big-sister voice, to “be gentle, he’s a living creature.”

Speaking of balls, I have been working on some for my Etsy shop. They turned out really well. They were needle felted first and then wet felted. They jingle when they are thrown as they have a little bell inside. My favorite is the moon one, it has the sun in a blue sky on the other side.

I have put them away in a secret place as I will not be able to keep them away from T if he sees them… He is a ball man for sure and I do feel mean!

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. I think K definitely found the biggest one! Love the balls. I made so many of those for Finn when he was a baby. :)

  2. What is a rolly polly?

  3. such cute balls. Can you share with us how to make a ball that is not lumpy, like mine is when I wet felt them?

  4. Love the rolly polly singing and seeking! Beautiful balls too. My babe, 19 months, also loves, loves balls.

  5. Rolly Pollies are a favorite with my son as well…he’s always picking them up and carrying them around. That sounds like a cute song.
    Those balls turned out great!

  6. That IS a big rolly polly. My girls love them too. The balls are adorable, I think the moon is my favorite too.

  7. I remember playing with roly polys as a child :) Take a trip over to my blog, I have posted a picture of my green elf! I think that we may have long lost relatives.

  8. I love your felted balls. It inspires me to try some one of these days.

  9. Kayla loves roly polys. I am just amazed at how they roll into a perfect little ball…

  10. I love, love, love your felted balls – they are so cute.

    My kids search the yard for those little roly polys – they look under every pot! I’ll have to learn that song. :)

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