Barbie Scrapbooking Fun - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Perspective

Scrapbooking

Chelsea is annoyed by a friend’s know-it-all attitude and wishes for a friend who is just like her. Her wish is granted in Dreamtopia and Chelsea ends up with three clones of herself. At first, she is thrilled, but soon realizes that it is better to have different points of view when trying to solve a problem. Notto proves it by looking at a puzzle from a different vantage point and providing a strategy to solve it. Back in the real world, Chelsea now knows the meaning of “two heads are better than one.”

The ability to value different points of view is a form of social awareness that helps children experience the rewards of collaboration and play more successfully with their peers. This scrapbooking activity uses self-expression to explore unique points of view.

Activity Recommendations

Individual activity supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need

  • Picture of your child
  • Magazine pictures or printed images from a computer
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue and yarn
  • Cardboard and hole punch

What To Do

  1. Talk about your child’s favorite things, like foods, activities, and colors. Ask them, “Do all children like the same things?” Can they think of friends who like different things?
  2. Have your child make a picture of something he or she likes and also choose pictures from magazines. Ask your child to describe the picture. Write down the descriptive words used.
  3. Create a “Your Own Way” scrapbook. Hole punch several pieces of paper and tie them together with yarn. Let your child give the scrapbook a title like, “My Favorite Stuff,” or something that indicates different kids like different things. Glue the pictures into the scrapbook and start a collection of your child’s favorite things. Share the scrapbook to learn what other people like.

Discussion Questions

  • When Chelsea ends up with three clones who are exactly like her to work on a puzzle, does she have an easier time solving it? Why?
  • What does Chelsea realize about having friends who are exactly like her?

Follow-Up Activities

To discuss different points of view, play "What Would It Be Like to Be?" For example, show a picture of Chelsea's dog and ask, "What would it be like to be Honey?" Honey has four legs, fur, and communicates by barking. Choose other favorite characters to play with.

Books

Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset (HarperCollins, 1963)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka (Puffin, 1989)