This post is sponsored by Mattel, and all opinions are my own.
Finding great ways to get the kids away from the screens and back into creative play is so important. In order to do this, we know that we have to have ways to encourage creative play. A few weeks ago, we had a fun Sunday afternoon throwing our very own YULE BALL™ with some great HARRY POTTER™ Yule Ball dolls that are now available on Walmart.com. This fun experience has created lasting memories and I hope to see more of this fun creative play from both Jude and Teagan.
Loving All Things Harry Potter
A few years ago, Jude started really getting into to all things Harry Potter. He and Jeremy started reading the books together and really enjoyed that time and Jude’s love for the series grew quickly. Since then, we have had a lot of great Harry Potter moments in our family.
Jude decided to have a HARRY POTTER™ themed 9th birthday. It was such a great birthday party and we had a great time getting the theme just perfect. He and his friends played QUIDDITCH™ on a homemade set, we made fun wands, and had a great spread of Harry Potter themed food.
Jude and Jeremy also decided to bring their love of reading Harry Potter together to the streets for Halloween. Jude was a pretty amazing Harry Potter in my opinion and Jeremy certainly got a lot of compliments about his Hagrid™ portrayal. So, it is probably clear that this family loves to learn about anything new and fun about Harry Potter.
Harry Potter Yule Ball Dolls
When we discovered the new Harry Potter Yule Ball dolls, we were amazed by how amazingly similar the dolls look to the characters in the movies; their outfits are also beautiful. Each doll comes dressed just like in the movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™.
From the moment we showed these dolls to the kids they were both ready to get the boxes open and start playing! The dolls have eleven “joints”; in the neck, shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, and wrists, which means these dolls are ready for imaginative play and spellbinding poses! I have to say, the outfits are just perfect too. Oh and the hair… I told Teagan not to mess with the hair because we will never get their hair looking that amazing again!
Each Harry Potter Yule Ball doll comes with all of the movie details and a Yule Ball invitation to add to the creative play and storytelling. These dolls are perfect for ages 6 and up and like we told Jude, boys or girls. It doesn’t matter who plays with them as long as you have fun doing it!
Creating Our Own Yule Ball
When we started talking more about the Yule Ball we decided it would be a fun activity to not only play with the dolls but to get dressed up and a little fancy ourselves. I told Jude and Teagan to go to their closets and find some dress clothes they could wear to a ball. While they were doing that, I found some “fancy” goblets and made some sparkling juice. We set out the dolls and drinks and found some magical dancing music and got the BALL started!
CHEERS!! We listened to music, we danced, we drank our sparkling juice and played with the Harry Potter Yule Ball dolls. It was a fun afternoon without screens and the kids are still enjoying these great dolls. I love that just a few minutes of intentional encouragement to get off the screens turned into our own little party.
I have to be honest, at 9 and 6, Jude and Teagan do not play together every day so seeing them laugh and have a good time creating their own Yule Ball made my heart happy. I will take these small moments and enjoy them just as much as they are.
Yule Ball Dolls At Walmart.com
The Harry Potter Yule Ball dolls are New and available on Walmart.com – add them to your cart here. Make sure you add these to your list when you are looking for fun, creative play for your kids, especially if they love Harry Potter!
How do you encourage creative playtime for your children?
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