School closures are upon us and we know that sometimes it can be difficult to plan new and interesting things to do, especially mostly inside or in your own home or back yard, so we have compiled a fun list for you to help keep everyone safe, happy and healthy....and entertained!
Hold your own Mini Doll Olympics.
You can dress your dolls up in their sports gear and have competitions. Skating, hockey, ringette, karate, soccer or whatever! Use different sizes of boxes, or stack books, to make a three-level podium for the winners. If you have the Maplelea Winner’s Circle Set, you can use the ribbons, awards, trophies and flowers to award after the competition at the podium ceremony. Make sure to take some pictures and send them in to us at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Make your own movie theatre experience at home.
Don’t feel like trekking to the theatre? Make your own! Pick a movie and make it feel like a theatre. You need popcorn (of course), drinks and tickets! Close the curtains and turn off the lights. Have the kids show the adults to their seats using a flashlight like a real usher. Click here to download our movie theatre ticket craft, print them out, colour/decorate them, and use them for admission to your family theatre. Don’t forget to make a place for your dolls to sit so they can enjoy the movie too!
Try a new sport.
Get outside and grab whatever sports equipment you may have. Be sure to pick something new to try – have you never played basketball before? Look up the rules online, or just start bouncing and shooting the ball! You can try volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, and so much more! Or get outside and try out snowshoeing! Have you ever played hockey with your family before? Play some family shinny!
Write in your Maplelea doll’s journal.
Now’s a great time to read or re-read your doll’s journal. And, you can fill in all those blanks that have been waiting for you. What to write on the blank pages? It’s up to you. You can make up stories featuring your doll, or you can keep a record of all the things you do, or places you go, with your doll. Some day when you are older you will love looking back to see what you have written. Need a replacement journal, or more blank pages? Check out this section of our website. Right now you can get 100 journal pages FREE with any $75 order, as well as a package of 10 hangers! (Until March 26th, 2020)
Virtually visit a local museum, science centre or art gallery.
Royal Ontario Museum : Thanks to Google Streetview, you can go directly inside the museum and wander through several exhibits as if you were actually there. You can see dinosaur skeletons, 'walk' into the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada as well as the Canada: First Peoples exhibit. CLICK HERE to check it out.
Canadian Museum of History : The museum’s “Online Exhibitions” section include a dedicated website explaining Inuit prints from Cape Dorset in Nunavut (with videos, interviews, pictures and interactive puzzle games to recreate prints yourself). Check that our HERE.
There is also a clickable playhouse that has different “rooms” that lead viewers to different children’s toys from Canada’s past! Check that our HERE.
Another virtual exhibit from the Canadian History Museum gives you the chance see "Morning Star" by Alex Janvier, even closer than if you were actually there! This painting from the ceiling of the dome of the Haida Gwaii Salon is fully interactive! You can zoom in, spin it and see everything in detail. Check that our HERE.
The National Ballet of Canada: Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, an online exhibit shows the history of The Nutcracker ballet in numerous slides and photos, including a video explaining how a dancing horse costume is brought to life onstage. Check that out HERE.
For access to some of the world's greatest museums, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with hundreds of museums across the world to allow extra exhibits and gallery walkthroughs to be available online. For Google Arts & Culture's Top 10 Museums to Visit Virtually, click HERE.
Bake something and have a tea party with your dolls.
March Break is a great time to get busy in the kitchen! Dust off those measuring cups and find a new recipe to try. For a doll-size cake, make a cupcake or use your smallest cookie cutters to make doll-size cookies. Just make sure that your doll watches from a safe distance because you don’t want any sticky stuff getting in her hair or eyes. For a full tea party, grab your Time for Tea Set for your dolls, and your favourite cups and saucers. Don’t feel like baking? The Maplelea Set has the “cake” already made! Plus all the cutlery, plates and napkins you need for a great tea party or celebration.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17. Gather your family together and dress up in every bit of green clothing they have! Don’t forget to dress your dolls all in green too! Get crafty and make a doll-size pot of gold, or how about a Leprechaun’s hat? You can do that by covering a single size yogurt container with colour-fast green craft paper. Put a black band around using a strip of construction paper and create a buckle using tin foil. Craft Note: How do you tell if your craft-paper is colour-fast? Put a little bit of water on it and blot it with a white paper towel. Is there any colour on your paper towel? If so, don’t use that paper for doll crafts. If your paper towel stayed white—you are good to go. Get crafting!
Dance party at home.
Dress your doll and yourself in dance gear, crank up your favourite dancin’ songs and boogie the day away! Kids can try to choreograph a show for parents, or try to create funny dance moves or a routine for you and your dolls! Bonus: Moms and dads can teach kids the best moves from their childhood! Moonwalk or Running Man anyone? Or grandparents, how about that Mashed Potato or the Twist?
Have a Maplelea Doll Photo shoot.
Grab your Maplelea Girls and Friends and have a fun photo shoot! Take photos of what you are doing this March Break or, dress your dolls and pose them in interesting scenes and submit the photos to us! Create Spring scenes, school set-ups, even Christmas scenes, Birthday Scenes, Sporting scenes....your imagination is the limit! Show us what you can do!
Note: Submit photos of children and dolls doing things together, or just the dolls in their own scenes doing fun activities! They can be submitted at any time to email@example.com.
Make a stop action movie.
Older kids will enjoy dressing up and posing their dolls to act out stories. By moving the doll just slightly between each photo taken, and putting them all together in a movie-making program, the doll will appear to be moving. Add titles, credits and voice-over and you have a mini movie starring your dolls! There are lots of examples on YouTube of kids doing just that. If your movie features Maplelea dolls wearing Maplelea clothing, definitely send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to feature it on our website. Or post it on YouTube for the world to see! Just make sure to get an adult's permission, and send the link to us so we can see it too!
Take a hike!
Check out a new local trail, bundle up and get walking. See some interesting sights, birds and enjoy the fresh air. Don’t forget to bring along your pooch if you have one, or your Maplelea doll in her Maplelea Backpack or Tote Bag. Why not do some research online to find a new trail or hike that's a bit farther away that you are used to? That would be a fun way to explore! Did you know that Ontario has lots of waterfalls? Go find some and check it out!
Make a fort.
Grab some sheets, pillows, chairs and get building! Use clothespins to hold your sheets in place. If adults say it is OK, add some string lights inside or get a flashlight. Get that book you got from the library, snuggle up inside your fort and read a story out loud to your Maplelea doll.
Board and card games.
Yes, this is tried-and-true and maybe not the most interesting, but you can mix it up! Make up your own fun rules for the usual games, and you can create a tournament for the winner to receive a fun prize (like staying up an hour later than the usual bedtime, or an extra treat).
Just Get outside!
Use sidewalk chalk to create games, or use your imagination and create your own outdoor game. You probably aren’t at risk for contracting the novel coronavirus while on uncrowded nature walk paths, bike rides through your neighbourhood, or doing outdoor things as a family, away from crowded areas, so get outside and enjoy your family downtime!
Whatever you decide to do, HAVE FUN and STAY SAFE!