I found some curlers like I remember as a little girl. They are the ones with essentially a pipecleaner surrounded by a block of foam and covered with a fabric sheath.
I picked them up on clearance...and of course HAD to try them in my DD's hair.
She has such baby fine hair though, so the curls looked great, for about the first 15 minutes, then started falling fall just under their own weight. Gotta remember to use a setting lotion of some kind next time...but here's the first pic after removing them!