Barbie Staring Contest Fun - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Patience

Staring Contest

During a hike with Barbie, Chelsea is eager to get to the top quickly, but Barbie wants to take her time. Meanwhile in Dreamtopia, everyone is preparing for a “The Sweetest Journey” party, but Peanut Butter can’t find Jelly! Chelsea helps him find his partner in time for the event and learns that the fun actually happens during the search for Jelly when she has amazing adventures. Back in the real world, Chelsea realizes she doesn’t need to be in such a hurry to reach the final destination.

When they’re anticipating something exciting, preschoolers need help waiting, which makes the development of patience necessary. This activity uses a staring contest to help them practice this skill.

What To Do

  1. Ask children how they feel about waiting (in a line, for their turn, for dessert, etc.). Explain they can get better at waiting with some practice.
  2. Introduce “The Silent Stare Dare,” a patience game.
  3. Here are the staring contest rules both kids must follow:
    1. You must be completely silent. You can’t make any noise.
    2. You must keep your hands to yourself. No touching the other kid.
    3. You can make the other kid laugh (funny faces work really well!).
  4. The kid who remains quiet the longest gets a point. (You can also add a simple prize like a coin or a sticker.)
  5. You need five points to win the game.

Discussion Questions

  • Discuss why Chelsea is so eager to get to the top of the hike. How are her feelings different from Barbie’s?
  • What happens when she searches for Peanut Butter’s missing partner, Jelly? Does she have fun? Why?

Follow-Up Activities

Mealtime manners are a good way for kids to practice patience. It works best if there are consistent rules, like waiting for everyone to sit down before starting to eat or waiting until everyone has finished their first serving before having seconds.


Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets (Puffin, 1955)
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen (Philomel Books, 1987)
Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr. Seuss (HarperCollins Children's Books, 1940)
The Mountain that Loved a Bird, by Alice McLerran (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1985)