I am a Barbie-Playing-Mentor because I like to both teach people how to play barbies and guide them toward playing independently. To be a Barbie-Playing-Mentor you basically show your Barbie-Playing-Charges how to choose a scenario as a starting point for a play session. Then you play through the scenario with them.
Some kids will dress, undress, arrange and decorate barbie items (what I call preparatory activities) day after day but will never move into a mode of having characters speak to one another and act out scenarios. My goal as a Barbie-Playing-Mentor is to get my charges to move past the prepartory activities and move into full play.
Full play is important to me because as Mattel SVP Richard Dickson notes in the video clip below “Role Play becomes Real Play.”