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If you're a Mum to a young girl, you'll already know that one of the greatest joys you will share from early on in this special relationship, is the pleasure of play together.
Playing 'girly stuff' with your young child is enormous fun for both of you and made especially so for yourself, through the opportunity to relive some of those exciting moments and memories from your own girlhood.
Remember the thrill of dancing? Tree climbing? Dress ups and tea parties? It all comes flooding back with so much clarity and happiness, when you experience these moments over again alongside your own daughter.
One of the most vivid memories I cherish from my own childhood, was playing with my Barbie dolls. The excitement of Barbie, her abundant accessories and her entire play universe was enormous. The enjoyment of her lasted not just hours, but years.
I remember one of my besties in my childhood years, had an enviable collection of Barbies that numbered close to a hundred. We played with those dolls constantly, along with all of her houses (she had several), campervans and horses. I still wonder today if she held on to her collection and I really hope that she did.
The delightful pink memory of it all continues to make me warm and fuzzy today.
Times have changed and the years have passed and now it's grown-up me who has over one hundred Barbies! (Not surprisingly, with two daughters and a retro doll collecting Mum, we have amassed a HUGE collection of Barbie dolls between us over the years.)
|Celeste gets acquainted with Superstar Barbie from 1977.|
Quite naturally, Barbie is someone that I want to share with my youngest daughter too.
One of my first toy purchases for my toddler when she was just a few months old, was a Barbie Malibu house - not your standard newborn purchase I know, but I was planning ahead for those special play dates together that I knew were on the horizon. Malibu was on sale and I simply had to snap it up!
I still have Malibu boxed in our garage, just waiting for my young daughter to reach a stage where she's old enough to fiddle with its features safely. I really can't wait to unbox it and get into it with her.
Thinking back on my own girlhood, Barbie was usually by my side throughout many of my play experiences: I built her a lavish home beneath our dining table, she would attend picnics, take tea parties with her friends and ride her horse across our home to distant, imagined lands. She would travel with me too and go on outings in our garden. Our adventures were endless and those memories have lasted.
To continue the enjoyment in your life now, here's some precious and fun ideas for play together to create some cherished memories of your own with Barbie and your daughter:
Go bike riding together: Let your daughter dress Barbie for the event and have her ride along with you.
Take a high tea together: Dress up and have a fancy tea party with some pretty China or a small tea set. Make sure Barbie wears her absolute best for the occasion.
Make a Barbie tropical island in your sandpit: Include an umbrella, some chairs and some doll friends and accessories to have a wonderful beach party.
Build a vegetable garden in a large pot and let Barbie enjoy a rest or stroll in there while you maintain it. Your daughter can learn all about plants and nature while you play together.
Build a house for Barbie from blocks, boxes or whatever you have handy. The sky is the limit! Paint and decorate your creation and don't forget to take photos of your proud work.
Make a story book and take real photographs of Barbie as the lead character to illustrate it.
Get creative and fashion some gorgeous clothing designs from fabric or paper for yourselves and your Barbie and host a fashion parade.
Host a Barbie slumber party with fun and games and some Barbie movies.
Barbie is waiting for you to have some fun together so get on board and make some happy memories.
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