Barbie Straw Car Maze Activity Fun - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Teamwork

Straw Car Maze

When sprinklers interrupt their soccer game, Chelsea and friends take cover in a small playhouse, and they are not sure if they can all fit. In Dreamtopia, Barbie and Chelsea search for lost treasure, which turns out to be a tiny version of the Rainbow Palace. It looks too small for everyone to fit inside, until the girls work as a team. Then, the mini palace magically expands and there is room for everyone.

When children collaborate to solve a problem and experience success, they learn about the benefits of teamwork. This straw car maze activity teaches collaboration and shows your child the payoff that comes with tackling a challenge as a team.

ACTIVITY: Straw Car Maze

A group of up to 4 children supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need

  • Large cardboard box top
  • Glue
  • Multi-colored milk shake straws (these are bigger and stronger than regular straws and are available at office supply stores)
  • Small toy car

What To Do

  1. To start this straw car maze activity, cut up straws into different lengths and have kids map out a pattern with the straws in the box top.
  2. Kids can move through the maze using their finger first to make sure they create a clear path from start to finish. You may want to trace the pattern they create with a pencil. Be sure to leave enough space for a small toy car to move through the maze unobstructed.
  3. When the kids are happy with the pattern they’ve made, glue down the straws.
  4. Once the straws are dry, the kids can work together tilting the box back and forth to move the car through the maze.
  5. You will be amazed at how creative and collaborative kids can be!

Discussion Questions

  • What types of clues are on the treasure map that Barbie and Chelsea use?
  • How does teamwork help the girls find the treasure?
  • How would you describe the lost treasure they find?

Follow-Up Activities

Wrapping paper and paper towel tubes make great ramps for small toy cars. You can use them whole or cut them length-wise into two even halves. Kids are truly collaborative when they play with these tubes and small cars. Next stop, obstacle course!

Books

Swimmy, by Leo Lionni (Dragonfly Books, 1963)
Chloe and the Lion, by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex (Disney-Hyperion, 2012)