Imaginative play is crucial to the cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth and development of young children. In other words, children make sense of the world around them through imaginative play. When a child enters the magical world of Barbie Dreamtopia, and fantasizes about being a fairy, a mermaid or a princess, they escape the boundaries of everyday life, and set their imagination free. Soph is obsessed with everything magical right now. Make-believe, pretend, fantasy play will have her completely wrapped up for hours on end, there’s no staring aimlessly at the television for her. As a mother, it’s so exciting to watch my little, almost-three-year-old, girl develop her sense of imagination and wonder. She’s currently obsessing over mermaids, fairies, unicorns and princesses. She twirls and flits around the house, exclaiming she’s ‘Princess Sophie’ whilst sipping as delicately as her little hands can manage on a mug of tea at one of her many tea parties she’s set up and invited all her favourite Barbies to.
When Soph’s Barbie Dreamtopia doll arrived, her eyes immediately glinted seeing the sparkly skirt and crown, and guess who had to set off to find a crown immediately?!
The Barbie Dreamtopia range was specifically developed for children between the ages of three and six – the period during which children begin to explore and test boundaries. Featuring a world filled with mermaids, fairies, and princesses, unicorns, rainbows and cotton-candy clouds, it is custom-designed to appeal to little girls from every walk of life, to give their imaginations free reign. This is a world in which anything is possible: breathing underwater, flying through the air, talking to animals and snacking on clouds.
The Dreamtopia range was originally born out of an animated series that saw Barbie and her younger sister Chelsea embark on a series of adventures in the fantastical world of Dreamtopia. But recognising the impressionable age of the target audience, the creators ensured that each episode offered more than just the twists and turns of a traditional fairy tale, teaching crucial life lessons along the way, such as the power of teamwork, problem solving, self-expression, patience, perseverance, and the importance of believing in oneself.
The popularity of the Dreamtopia range has seen it expand well beyond the boundaries of the animated series, giving little girls the opportunity to create their own imaginary worlds, featuring their very own fairies, mermaids and princesses, complete with wings, tails and hair to rival Rapunzel, not to mention pet unicorns, mermaids and even a talking cookie and milk set!
Any toy that can engage your little one in imagination play is a winner for me. Little girls are little for such a short time in their lives. Let them play. Let them dream. Set their imaginations free with Barbie Dreamtopia #YouCanBeAnything.
Mommalikeme is giving away a Barbie Dreamtopia doll to one lucky follower! All you have to do to enter is comment below on this blog post, easy! Make your little girl’s dreams come true!
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I was sent a Barbie Dreamtopia doll for review purposes.