Barbie Play Ball Fun - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Persistence

Play Ball

Barbie loses her car keys and after a brief search, everyone is ready to give up until she encourages them to keep looking. In Dreamtopia, Honey runs off with their magic wand. The girls begin a wand hunt, which turns into a pup hunt too, because Honey also goes missing! By being persistent, the gang ends up finding Honey, the wand, and Barbie finds her keys.

It takes children a lot of trial-and-error experience to master physical, social, and academic skills, so perseverance is an essential skill to develop. This play ball activity gets your child to practice persistence by doing simple ball exercises.

ACTIVITY: Play Ball

Individual or small group supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need

  • A ball you can throw or kick
  • Small trash can

What To Do

  1. Introduce the idea of being a “try, try againer,” someone who keeps working on a project or practicing a skill until he or she accomplishes the goal.
  2. Your child can practice this skill with simple activities using two balls.
  3. Play ball! First, have the child throw a kick ball up and catch it. Then, try it again with a tennis ball. Try these increasingly challenging variations: catch the ball with one hand or throw the ball up and clap one time before catching it again. How much practice does it take?
  4. Grab a trash can and put it a few feet away from your child. Have the child toss or kick the ball into the can. How many times does it take to get it in? What if you move the can further away? Can your child still throw it into the can? How many tries does it take?
  5. Sit down and roll the ball to each other. Once your child can aim the ball while rolling it, can you roll the ball between each other’s legs while standing up? What if you take three steps back? Can the child still roll the ball between your legs?
  6. These are simple tasks but your child will start to see the benefits of practice and perseverance!

Discussion Questions

  • Talk about how your child feels when she tries something new but can’t do it at first. Does he or she feel frustrated? Do they want to give up?
  • Did Barbie give up looking for her car keys? Why does she need to encourage her sisters to keep looking? Did the girls give up looking for Honey?

Follow-Up Activities

Whistling, tying shoelaces, and snapping fingers are all challenging skills to learn. Kids master them with a combination of practice and perseverance!

Books

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss (Harper Festival, 1945)
Whistle for Willie, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking Books for Young Readers, 1964)
The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press, 2017)