Traditional Waldorf Dolls

 

Traditional dress-up dolls are made in the old European tradition, using all natural and organic materials-  organic cotton fabric, soft carded wool stuffing, and various wool blend  yarns for hair.  Both the shape of the doll, and the facial embroidery,  are kept simple in design and minimal (some have no embroidery at all).   This encourages the child's imagination, and allows them to create  within themselves their own images and pictures in their play.   

Depending on size, these dolls range in price from $90 to $200  

Jointed Waldorf dress-up dolls are made in the old European tradition.  These dolls are  made using all natural and organic materials- organic cotton fabric,  soft carded wool stuffing, and various wool blend yarns for hair.  Both  the shape of the doll, and the facial embroidery, are kept simple in  design and minimal (some have no embroidery at all).  This encourages  the child's imagination, and allows them to create within themselves  their own images and pictures in their play.   

Depending on size, these dolls range in price from $40 to $180

Floppy Dolls make the perfect 'first dress-up doll'  for the pre-school aged child.  They have a traditional Waldorf doll  formed wool head and facial embroidery, and their body is made of the  same materials.  Their bodies are sewn, however, with stitched joints  like a rag doll.  Very durable, and very floppy!  They are about 15" in  length, yet can be folded up into a 7"ish little bundle and tucked into a  purse, diaper bag, or even a big coat pocket.  Not so much to worry  about when your little one becomes too tired to carry it themselves.   The hair on these dolls is embroidered on, and their hats securely  stitched down- no messy hair for little hands to contend with. They do  wear overalls with working buttons, but they can be easily removed and  the straps stitched down if your child still puts such things in their  mouth. 

These dolls are $80

Bundle Babies

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Bundle  Babies are very special.  They were the favorites of my own children  when they were small (and less small!), and the most desired dollies in  my Waldorf Early Childhood Classrooms. Made of the softest velours, and  weighted with millet (weights vary by age/need of the child), they are  therapeutic for all, especially so for little ones with extra sensory  needs. Their lack of facial features encourages open-ended imaginative  play and range of emotion.  The weight gives the child a sense of  holding a real baby, and the magic that follows is beautiful. In my  classrooms, these babies were gently dressed and undressed (even with no  limbs), always tucked sweetly into cradles and rocked in arms, and  NEVER dropped or played with roughly.  I was asked many times each day  to "please hold my baby for a minute" while a little Mama or Daddy  tended to another task.  They were never left alone. The simplest of  dolls, and most beloved by far.  And so very important.  If you have any  questions about the use of these dolls in therapeutic situations, or  how they might be of benefit to your child or EC classroom, please feel  free to contact us for more specific information.  The basket of babies  pictured was half of a special order for an EC aftercare program at one  of our local Waldorf schools. 

These dolls are $30 



Less Traditional Waldorf Dolls

Less  traditional dress-up dolls are made using the same all natural and  organic materials as our traditional Waldorf Dress Up dolls (organic cotton  fabric, and soft carded wool stuffing) but their hair is made from  brushable, styleable, goat mohair.  

Depending on size, these dolls range in price from $100 to $230 

These  dolls are the most fun! Scrappers were so loved when we introduced  them, that they now come in three sizes. They have a traditional Waldorf  doll formed wool head and facial embroidery (the tiny ones have none),  and the rest is much less traditional.  They are made from scraps of  upcycled wools, cottons, silks, natural fiber felts, buttons, lace,  yarns, and bits of this and that.   

Tiny: $15

Regular: $35

Large: $60

They are just exactly that- cashmere, pocket sized  dolls.  Little formed wool heads, crocheted caps, and bodies made of  upcycled bits of the softest cashmere.  4-ish inches tall, they are  perfectly sized for dollhouse play, seasonal nature table displays and  table-top puppet shows. They're especially nicely sized for long car  rides, airplane flights, and even a trip to the grocery store. Tuck them  in your pocket and take them everywhere!  

These Dolls are $15

Squishy soft and oh so snuggly!  Like little pillows.  Soooooo sweet.  They are just the right size for tiny hands, and make a perfect friend for sleepy time, story time, and all the times in between.  These littles have a traditionally formed wool head and embroidered facial features, crocheted cap (sewn tightly down), and organic cotton velour body.  Because Snuggle Babies are best friends of the youngest children, they are stuffed with a cotton blend material rather than wool.  Machine wash gentle cycle, air dry.  So important.   

These dolls are $35 

More photos of mermaids, fairies, pixies, elves, fauns, bugs, and more coming soon!