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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a wide variety dolls to choose from these days, many of which are mass produced and sold in department stores. But one doll you will not find in any department store or advertised on TV is the Waldorf doll. A growing number of savvy parents are catching on to the superior quality and benefits of Waldorf-inspired dolls and choosing them over manufactured, plastic dolls.
The Origin of Waldorf Dolls
The inspiration behind Waldorf dolls started with a different approach to education, developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner back in 1919. A Waldorf education is based on a humanistic approach to teaching. According to the Association of Waldorf Schools of America, Waldorf education is based on a “profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child.”
The curriculum is designed to meet the various stages of child development. Teachers at Waldorf schools strive to deliver an education that nurtures the whole child- heart, hands and head- rather than focusing on the mind only. The popularity and success of Waldorf education has encouraged and ignited the growth of Waldorf toys.
What Makes Waldorf Dolls Unique?
Waldorf dolls are different. They are made from natural, eco-friendly and organic material like wool, silk, cotton and wood. These natural materials make the dolls aesthetically pleasing, warm and comforting to touch. Each Waldorf doll is a high-quality handmade heirloom piece, crafted with love and care, to be enjoyed for generations.
The facial features of Waldorf dolls are intentionally made to be quite simple, consisting of two dots for eyes and a thin line for the mouth; similar to the way that many children start to draw faces. The simple features with natural, pleasant expressions are designed to inspire creativity and imagination. Children are free to transfer a range of emotions into the doll while playing
Children love to dress and undress these dolls. The clothing is made child-friendly to be easily taken on and off. Kids can express their sense of choice, creativity and aesthetics by playing dress up.
Where to Find Waldorf Dolls?
Kathe Kruse’s official Waldorf-endorsed dolls can be found at Hazelnut Kids in many different forms. Kathe Kruse dolls are individually crafted in Germany from natural materials. She makes a diverse range of Waldorf dolls for children ages three years and up, each doll is as individual as the child and made with care.
Waldorf dolls are safe, free from chemicals and synthetics. They are soft and cuddly and the natural wool and cotton fibers absorb heat, making them warm when held near the body. As one of the best choices of natural toys for kids, Waldorf dolls allow kids to develop many important skills, such as cognitive development, fine motor skills and self helping skills.
Children use play to understand their world, using dolls to re-enact interactions with people, practice caring and nurturing and even preparing for a sibling. Loved by children and adults alike, Waldorf dolls will be adored and cherished for years.
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