Type “How to make Barbie Furniture” into YouTube and you will find that there are many, many tutorials for making sofas and beds. The problem with these projects is that a doll needs to go places. Your barbies don’t want to stay at home sleeping or sitting on the sofa watching TV.
There are also lots of tutorials for making clothes, hats, purses and even shoes. But why does a barbie need all those clothes if all she’s doing is sleeping and watching TV?
I spent some time on YouTube ferreting out tutorials for creating things that would REALLY open up a your Barbieland for cool adventures.
The first I found was this Bistro Set from Limbe Dolls.
If you made four or five sets of these, your dolls could have a restaurant!
Can you imagine the scenarios that could develop out of that? Not only could the dolls go there to eat – they could meet up with friends, and make new friends. You could take things further by playing scenarios wherein your dolls are restaurant owners, wait staff and kitchen staff.
Next I found this tutorial for an Oscar Podium.
Pretending a doll just won an Oscar isn’t all that compelling to me – but what about a Nobel Prize?
Now we’re talking.
Or how about having Grace achieve the distinction of Valedictorian? Then she has to give a speech at her high school graduation ceremony.
I can definitely get into the idea of a podium for that scenario.
Podiums for speeches are just one of many props I can use to encourage Leah to become a supreme nerd.
In addition to podiums for ceremonies, we can make three of them and put together a Game Show set. Someday, when Leah is in Middle School she and her friends can use the Game Show Scenario to quiz each other for an upcoming Science Test. They combine studying with barbie play and everyone is happy. It’s a win-win for momma-daughter.
Finally, I found this My Froggy Stuff tutorial for a bathroom soap dispenser.
So your doll can take a bath? Boring…
But wait! You can make a ton of these pretty quickly, then modify the top to make a bunch of perfume bottles! Then, your barbies can open a a Body Shoppe type place. Maybe they will start out with a mall kiosk and grow their business by expanding into lotions and soaps. Maybe they discuss whether to take their shop in the direction of a High-End Chichi shop or alternatively, go toward a moderately-priced, earthy, Fair Trade type establishment?
Once you take your barbies out of the home and into the larger more exciting Barbieworld, the number of scenarios grows exponentially.
For my readers…what have you built that opened up scenario opportunities for your dolls? What tutorials have you seen online that might provide exciting play scenario opportunities for your barbies?