Playing Dolls Together ~ Her Way

Yesterday my daughter and I had a nice time playing dolls again. Of course I am trying to interject my thoughts as we play, but I do let her take the lead with her imagination. It gives me a lot of insight as to what she is thinking these days.

She made a very fine horse corral out of some wooden blocks she got for Christmas. “Mom and Dad” are relaxing in the back of the truck. Out beyond the horses, the son and the daughter are playing on the tinkertoy swingset. 🙂

My daughter told me of a game she had invented with the dolls that was “really, really fun.” It involved a haunted car and the doll family trying to hide in the back of the car or under the dashboard while the car drove around crazily. This is the haunted car:

haunted_car horse_corral tinker_toy_swingset

I know it doesn’t look so scary now, but boy you should just see it in the hands of my daughter. It would scare you to think about not falling out!

We had to get on her bed, on our backs, and hold the car up over our heads. She told me to take control of the car, so I did some crazy yelling and shook the car and the whole doll family fell out around her forehead. (I am glad they did not hit her face. Mom was not thinking too far ahead.)

My daughter started laughing. And laughing. She laughed until she had tears in her eyes — a firsttime thing for her, and she pointed that out to me. I was laughing too, mostly at her. It was such a nice bonding time before I went to work.

I could tell she had continued to play dolls by herself when I got home last night.


A Very Tall Chest of Drawers

I decided to make something for my princess! A very tall chest of drawers. She’ll also have some new dolls tomorrow, as I stepped into a local toy store today and could not resist a family of wooden dolls.

Asian doll family

Match boxes are great for making furniture. Each drawer has a different little button for the drawer pull.

doll house chimney cupboard
The doll family admires the beautiful veneer on one side.

And then the other side. It is actually a few pieces of paper cut from some scrapbook material I have, glued into place and then covered with a coat of mod podge.

But what’s this?

It’s a little letter for my darling!

What does it say?

doll house letter
We’re studying Roxaboxen right now and my daughter just loved our first reading of it tonight. This little letter will be a fun “find” for her tomorrow while I am at work. Her dolls can play Roxaboxen.

They’ll need the pretty treasure.

roxaboxen treasures

Happy doll house playing,