Kathe Kruse of Germany is going through some corporate transitions and US retailers are unable to order many of our beloved Waldorf dolls, wooden dollhouse dolls, and organic baby dolls and animals. Hazelnut Kids does still have a broad selection of these items available, but only in limited quantities. We are unsure if and when these items will be available to U.S. retailers again so if you have intentions to purchase any of these items, we recommend you do so soon. And if you have any recommendations for us regarding other Waldorf doll makers, wooden dollhouse dolls, or organic baby dolls and stuffed animals, we would love to hear from you at email@example.com.
In a previous blog entry we highlighted the wonderful world of Waldorf dolls, specifically the beautifully handmade creations from Kathe Kruse. But this German company doesn’t only produce Waldorf dolls – they offer a myriad of other natural and organic toy options as well that are designed and made in Germany.
As an accessory to the dolls themselves, they have created a line of Waldorf doll clothing, perfectly sized for the 10” Mini It’s Me Waldorf dolls. This takes playing dress-up to a whole new level when your child’s doll can get in on the fun!
Looking to fill your dollhouse with a family of wooden dollhouse dolls? Look no further! Kathe Kruse offers a line of delightfully charming wooden dollhouse dolls as well as an entire selection of Waldorf dollhouse dolls. Each miniature doll is handmade from natural materials and there’s everything from the wise grandparent down to the newborn baby. With their pose-able bodies and cheerful outfits, your child’s dollhouse will come to life with countless hours of imaginative play.
We are very proud to carry a large selection of Kathe Kruse’s organic line of stuffed toys and animals. As a parent, you can rest assured knowing that if one of these little lovelies goes into your baby’s mouth, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about! Made from 100% organic cotton and oh-so-lovable, these toys will be quick to become a favorite at home, in the car, or anywhere.
We carry organic towel dolls in a variety of colors and designs – perfect for those infant months during which our little ones want to constantly be clutching or chomping on something… Instead of the mass-produced pillow pals made from synthetic materials, give your child the gift of a natural and organic pillow friend… Or for those restless nights, provide some natural warmth and serenity with the organic cherrystone pillow and organic musical lamb. Whatever the choice, these naturally made organic stuffed animals and towel dolls will be fast friends for your little one.
And rounding out our vast and varied selection of Kathe Kruse products are the brilliantly colorful wooden puzzle sets and wooden stacking tower. These wooden playthings will have your toddler gaining logic and fine-motor skills as well as enjoying a whole lot of fun!
Kathe Kruse is an incredible company, rich with history and a strong reputation for well-made natural and organic toys. We hope you’ll enjoy watching your children play with them and then relish in passing them on to future generations!
~ Shannon – Hazelnut Kids Customer Service, Contributing Blogger, and Mother to Holden and Quinn
Waldorf toys are becoming more and more popular lately and Waldorf schools seem to be popping up in communities across the country. We thought we’d take a minute to explain just what is behind everything “Waldorf” and focus specifically on those infamous little Waldorf dolls that are always big hits with children.
A little history…
The “Waldorf” term originates from a school that was founded at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919. The structure of this school’s curriculum was based upon the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner. He advocated practical and artistic learning with an emphasis on open-ended activities and imagination, imagination, imagination! Almost 100 years later, the Waldorf/Steiner approach to education has stuck and the term “Waldorf” remains widely used to describe a variety of high quality children’s toys and learning materials.
Waldorf dolls are used extensively in Waldorf education and they’ve been making their way out of the classroom and into the homes of children around the world. They are handcrafted and made of natural materials, including cotton stockinette and sheep’s wool. These little wonders are easily recognizable with their beautifully simple design and neutral features, which stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination. Their arms and legs are flexible and they typically have a full head of long hair (usually made of mohair or boucle).
The cream of the crop – Kathe Kruse Waldorf Dolls
Kathe Kruse is the exclusive producer of official Waldorf dolls. This German company has been making Waldorf dolls since the very beginning and it shows… These dolls are individually handmade and absolutely beautiful. They are warm and cuddly and have a realistic feel and weight to them (the natural materials contribute to this), making it nearly impossible to resist giving one a close snuggle. A Kathe Kruse Waldorf doll is a true gift to any child and certainly one that can be passed on to future generations (which only adds to its richness). We are very proud to carry a large selection of Kathe Kruse Waldorf dolls and clothing. Bring a little of the Waldorf experience into your home and watch your child grow!
Shannon Beery – Hazelnut Kids Customer Service, Contributing Blogger, and Mother to Holden and Quinn