We all know just how important play is for kids, and how much they love it when we play with them. But with today’s chaotic lifestyle, it is all too easy to miss the chance to create those precious little moments.
This year, Barbie is celebrating the quality time mothers and daughters spend together – playing, creating, exploring and imagining.
I never owned a Barbie doll while growing up. I always wanted one but we didn’t have much in the Philippines. When I bought my daughter a Barbie we ended up playing with it together. It was my first time playing with a Barbie doll, just like it was her first.
It was a good first for us.
Here are some of our favourite ideas that you may like to try with your own daughter:
When I learned how to crochet using YouTube, I realised that the fastest projects I could do were Barbie clothes. So I went nuts. I made heaps of clothes for Barbie and also a crocheted tail that could be transferred from one Barbie doll to another. My daughter went nuts and we spent many afternoons changing her dolls from human to mermaid.
Doll cake making
We’ve made cupcakes and cakes before but when we discovered YouTube tutorials on making doll cakes, we wanted to try it. It is yet another way to dress up a Barbie. She loved using the icing pipe and decorating the “dress”. This time, the dress was edible.
Combining toys to build a city
We used blocks, toy houses, dolls, cars and combined them to create a village where everyone had a role to play. This one we created a summer camp and they were all sitting around the campfire for talent night. My daughter sang, I didn’t – for obvious reasons.
My daughter has long outgrown squeaky and squeezy bath toys. But she now takes all her Barbie dolls in the bath to create an underwater city around her. She loses herself in imaginative play, which I love, even though I have a hard time getting her out of the bath!
This is as simple as putting two chairs together, tying up some rope or string and adding old baby blankets for curtains. We dress up the dolls in different costumes and create an impromptu storyline – just for the fun of it. You end up with the most ridiculous and hilarious plot lines that end in giggles.
The classic tea party
Who doesn’t love a tea party? We put a blanket out in the backyard if it’s sunny and inside the house if it’s not. All the dolls are there to join us while we sip real tea (yes, real) in little cups and nibble on real biscuits (any excuse to eat biscuits). Of course, aside from the dolls we also let the dogs join our party. Our two dogs have their own cups with milk and a plate of dog treats. Just make sure you watch your plate. The dogs can be quite greedy.
Our Barbie giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Belinda on winning the awesome Barbie prize pack! For full terms and conditions, visit here.
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