SCENARIO: World Council of Princesses

My friend Noelle warned me Leah would have a princess phase. She said her daughter Chase spent three months insisting on princess dresses every day. Noelle was right. Leah is heavy into the princess thing right now. It hasn’t kept us from playing barbies, it has caused us to play barbies in a particularly princess-y way….

SCENARIO: Fire Rescue

I bought a new set of Barbie clothes at Target the other day.  It’s called the “Barbie I Can Be…Heroes Fashion Pack” Super cute Firefighter outfit. Somewhat trashy policewoman minidress(?). We used the great Firefighter clothes to create a Firefighter Character Player. She was so cute she immediately impressed upon us a role for herself…

SCENARIO: Dance Contest

Last night Leah came up with the idea of Break Dancing contest. We laid a peice of carboard in the center and each barbie took a turn. After a while she wanted one of her barbies to sing so it sort of became a talent contest. Finally, she decided her doll would teach my doll…

Scenario: Classroom relationships, Teaching & Learning

The opportunities for using a classroom scenario are endless and Mattel has offered a number of education-themed playsets over the years. We have purchased various pieces from sets put out in the 90’s and we are able to create a lot of different classroom configurations. You can purchase a “I can be.. a Pre-school Teacher”…

SCENARIO: Accents and Origins

I like to do accents. British, Indian, Australian, West African, Jamaican – you name it. It’s fun for me. Sometimes Leah wants to play a scenario that I feel we’ve already “played out.”  But children need repetition, and I want to allow her the practice of whatever situation she’s interested in so when I acquiesce to her…

Scenario: Petshop

I find that playsets are necessary in order to keep scenarios going. When you don’t have some kind of props or accessories you will run out of play scenarios pretty quickly.  A theme that Mattel seems to have come back to over and over again is pets so you don’t need to buy the latest…

SITUATION: Long Plane Flight

We recently took a four hour flight to Boston and all we had with us were Leah’s So-In-Style collection (Grace, Chandra, Kara and Trichelle). We also had Darren and Zahara. First, we used our tray table as a stage for Chandra to dance but then Leah decided the tray table could be an operating room…

SCENARIO: Summer Camp Introductions

Last night we had four kids and myself playing – so yeah, me, the Barbie-Playing-Mentor and my four barbégés. I used Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place as my Bavatarbie. Here’s how things went: Alex asked all the barbies to sit in a circle. She welcomed them all to Summer Camp and noted that they…