Friday, November 7, 2008

Waldorf Doll Corner

Dolls are very important in child's play. When the dolls are made simple, the child to able to play fully with the dolls and utilize their imaginations so the dolls could be happy, sad, excited, etc.

Toymaking with Children by Freya Jaffke is an amazing resource. The book states that "the doll is one of the most important toys. When selecting toys, the most important consideration is that they should stimulate the child's imagination and provide living, natural images. These considerations apply especially to dolls. 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."

Toymaking with Children recommends "having cloths, shawls, crown headbands, yarn cords and sheep's wool to help the children create and dress doll children. A simple doll's dress for older children (five to six-year-olds). Bunting beds, various baskets, a cradle, a hammock or a footstool can serve as sleeping places for the doll children, Small wooden bowls and spoon, acorns and chestnuts, small vases and candlesticks, and a child's harp, greatly enhance the serious yet joyful quality of play in imitation of daily life or special festive events."

Thanks again to those who have shared these beautiful images on the Waldorf Kindergarten rooms. They are very inspiring.

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