So, what is a Waldorf doll? October 14, 2017 21:31
Waldorf dolls evolved from the principles of Austrian scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. In the early 20th Century he introduced his system of education (via Waldorf Steiner schools) which focused on stimulating and enriching a child's creative imagination. The Steiner ethos is to provide an “unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood”*
Waldorf dolls, with their simple and neutral features, are designed to encourage a child to imagine the dolls personality and feelings, and to easily reproduce the child’s own mood and expressions. These beautiful dolls are typically hand-crafted using only pure and natural products, such as fine wool, cotton and silk and sometimes even wood. When made of fabric, they are often stuffed with pure sheep’s wool which make them soft to touch, and warm to hold. The body and limbs are flexible and accommodating.
A true Waldorf doll is still made by hand which gives them all a charming individuality and uniqueness. They are instantly recognisable by their very simple features - sometimes having no features at all.
Waldorf dolls can last for many many years, and can even be passed down through generations. Their distinctiveness and personality being enhanced the more they are lovingly played with.
It is the manner in which a child acts with a toy, that makes it complex and alive in the child’s eyes. But when the toy imposes its complexity on the child, it cripples the child’s creative fantasy - French psychologist Régine Démarthes
*Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship