inspired by my friend lizz's post the other day on her blog, i wanted to take a picture of the dolls that share our daily life here. meet nova, hazel, penny and special baby (the little doll babies that hazel and penny are holding were made by my dear friend and fellow etsy shop owner, aunt boo)...
(from left to right) nova, hazel, penny and special baby
as lizz so eloquently shared in her post, dolls and our play with them is so very important. it truly is a time to imitate daily activities, pretend, nurture and express feelings...which comes instinctively to children. it certainly is a part of the daily rhythm here at our house. tending to them, knitting their clothing, dressing them, keeping them warm, sharing mealtime, taking them along on outings, etc...is a sweet pleasure for both maya and i. and waldorf dolls are especially endearing in that they have simple facial features that allow for the imaginative play of the child to express a myriad of feelings and emotions. likewise, when such simple dolls are made with natural materials (such as wool and cotton), the child experiences a positive sensory connection with the living world.
maya with special baby from about a year ago
all three of the bigger dolls have been with us since my older ones were young. maya became very attached to 'special baby' (who was my son's doll when he was little) when she was just learning to crawl and she has been much loved and cared for. hazel and penny are her 'sisters' and they all share a special bond. we recently welcomed little nova into the family.
yours in play,