Toddlers are little explorers who learn by doing. Play gives them that great learning opportunity. It nurtures their thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills. Therefore, choosing which toys are right for your child can be a daunting task. So when you are out toy shopping for your kid, know which toys would be best suited for your child’s development needs. Today, it has become popular among many parents to buy their young ones Waldorf dolls. What are Waldorf Dolls and why you should get them for your children?
First Things First: Waldorf dolls, what they are?
Aligned with the Waldorf education philosophy of learning by cultivating a child's imagination and creativity, Waldorf dolls are made of soft natural material and are usually handmade. The appearance of this type of doll is intentionally simple to allow children to develop their imagination through play. It enables a child associate the expressions he prefers with his face. For example, one can imagine the color of the eyes and the shape of the nose and lips.
FUELING CREATIVITY: Some of the best features of this rag doll:
simple appearance helps strengthen imagination and creativity
soft, approachable, and easy to cuddle & love
ideal size for small children to carry
gentle textures in the hair, clothes, and body
premium box packaging tops off this perfect special gift.
What is special about Waldorf Dolls?
1. Ensures Your Children's Safety
Every year hundreds of thousands of children get injured playing with the toys their friends and family have bought for them. Although there are manufacturer standards, your child's toys need to be further inspected by you for safety. To make sure a toy is appropriate for your young child, you must know what to look for.
With Waldorf dolls, your child is safe. Every detail of this toy ensures to provide ease and comfort. Waldorf dolls are gentle on the senses. They are made of natural materials, have soft features, and are beautiful and soft to touch.
2. Noticeable Simple but Strong and Static Face
The doll's appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow the child playing with it to develop the imagination and creative play. For instance, it has either no facial features, or a simple neutral expression. The legs and arms are soft and if flexible allow natural postures. They are ideally entirely natural. Further the soft dolls are pleasing to touch and comfortable to snuggle. In these ways, the dolls nourish the senses while allowing imaginative play.
3. Age-Appropriate Toy – Waldorf dolls are for All Ages
Children can begin to play with dolls as infants by introducing a Waldorf Doll, which is perfect for little ones up to the age of two. These dolls have a formed head covered with cotton knit skin and hand-sewn simple facial features. Babies love to look at faces and these dolls serve as a wonderful first companion. These dolls are usually crafted from a soft cotton body with simple hands and feet sewn into the four corners. These materials are safe for a child to play with, self-soothe and even gum them when it is teething time.
A Waldorf doll is more huggable, and squeezable - ideal for toddlers. The body is pillow-like and squishy, making it easy for a young child to hold and grasp. These weighted dolls are filled with organic, scented millet and are designed not only to have weight like a real baby, but also to provide a calming and therapeutic effect when held on a lap.
Children over age 4 can be introduced to a classic Waldorf Doll. The trademark long hair on the girl dolls is usually made of mohair or boucle, and can be braided. It has flexible arms and legs, allowing the doll to be dressed in different changes of clothing and to be posed in different ways. This is also the age when playing “house” usually begins, and children of this age love to dress and change clothes on these dolls, feeding them, having tea parties with them, and so forth.
Over the age of three there are lots more options available. It is around the age of 3 or 4 and above that children really start to get into role play games and will start playing house, giving their dolls tea parties or taking them on magical adventures. So by this age, there's a lot more ways your child can play with a Waldorf doll.
4. Affordable and Environment-Friendly
Yes, if you look at the price of these dolls, they are not cheap especially when you compare them to plastic toys. But it cost more to buy those commercially made plastic toys from the angle of environment, health and opportunity. Unlike plastic toys, Waldorf dolls are environmentally friendly, not harmful and bring tons of developmental benefits.
As a Parent, a Waldorf Doll Must be on the Top of Your Toy List
“A doll is an image of a human being and is therefore the toy most suited to develop and enliven the self-image in the growing child.” Freya Jaffka – Toymaking with Children
There is more to choosing good toys for kids than considering price or availability. Beneficial toys fit your child’s developmental abilities and are constructed with safety in mind. Even when well supervised, young children can wiggle into danger. Select safe toys that offer worthwhile play and learning experiences, while also limiting dangers. And remember, sometimes young children get into older sibling’s toys. Teach older children how to store their toys safely for privacy and siblings’ protection.
Waldorf dolls can be a great companion for a long time, with whom the child can share dreams, feelings, hopes and adventures, accompanying them as they grow…