Waldorf dolls are inspired by Rudolf Steiner's theories on child development. He urged parents and schools to provide 'open-ended' toys for children that were made from natural fibres and materials. The simple form and facial features of the Waldorf doll help spark your child's imagination. The doll can be happy, sad, sleepy, etc. depending on your child's mood or the specific scene they have created.
Natural fibres are warm and feel more 'real' than plastic and polyester. When you hold a Waldorf doll for the first time you will be amazed by its life-like feel, as though the doll is mysteriously hugging you back! Natural fibres help your child understand the foundation laws of physics; they have a certain life-like weight and feel to them, rather than tricking the developing senses with plastic and polyester.
'young child' doll - as opposed to a teenage or adult doll (i.e. Barbie), is also important in encouraging your child to play as a child.
Freya Jaffka in Toymaking with Children says: "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." Doll play encourages the beginning of social skills training. It is a game with endless possibilities, both with other children or sole play.
Children love these dolls and play with them for many years. They also make beautiful additions to your home.