As I mentioned yesterday, my kid wants to learn the banjo. And since no one in our family plays the banjo, or even listens to banjo-heavy music, this is definitely a case of my girl attempting to express herself. While I’m floundering around looking for lessons for my banjo obsessed girl, I try and encourage her to simply make noise, strum, hum, sing and play however she pleases. (Ok, to be honest, if this is occasionally taking place on a different floor of our house, well all the better.).
This month Barbie is all about celebrating self expression through music. To help celebrate the release of their new Rock ‘n Royals DVD and line of Barbie dolls, Mattel offer these tips to help encourage your little rockstars:
Bust a Move.
It’s challenging to listen to music without moving to the rhythm! To help get your little ones moving and expressing themselves, try playing a variety of musical styles to inspire them. Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!
Don’t Follow Directions.
You read that right! Many parents encourage their little ones in music through structured music lessons.
But for many kids, music lessons can be stressful and monotonous. While following directions and
reading music is important for any musician, finding your own beat is just as vital. Encourage your
daughter to break the rules once in a while by singing or playing a musical instrument however she
pleases. This will give her the opportunity to fully express herself and have fun while doing it!
Try Making Music Together.
Music is a fun way to empower and express yourself. Making music with your little ones allows you to
communicate with each other in a way that words cannot. Music will unlock your feelings, creativity and
open the lines of communication. Initiate this with a fun music video singalong in your living room or
having a fun family jam session. You never know, you may find that you’re a better singer than you
As I frequently tell my girls; there’s no wrong way to play, just so long as we’re all having fun.
The new Barbie Rock ‘n Royals DVD is the tale of what happens when a modern day princess swaps place with a famous rockstar. “The two very different worlds collide when a mistake sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While Princess Courtney and Erika learn to adapt to their different camps, they must come together when they find out both camps are at risk of shutting down. Through this process, they find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible!”
The Rock ‘n Royals DVD will be hitting store shelves Sept.8th. To help celebrate the release Barbie has a couple of exciting things going on.
First, you can win free passes to see the new Rock n Royals movie on the big screen. Head over to the Barbie Rock ‘n Royals website and click on the tab that says contest and you ‘ll see a spot that says “Get your free Barbie Rock n’ Royals move tickets.” If you click on that you’ll see a drop down list of the five spots across Canada where the film will be playing on the big screen; Calgary, Surrey, Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto. If one of those spots is near by, or if this Barbie flick just screams “Road trip!” to you, fill out the form for a chance to win tickets.
COOL CONTEST ALERT
Okay, so free passes to see Barbie rock it out on the big screen. That’s fun. What could be better? How about winning a trip to Hollywood to see Barbie and her pals perform live in concert? Again head over to the Barbie Rock ‘n Royals website and click on the tab that says contest, I doubt you could miss the bright glowing letters that say “Win a trip to Hollywood!” Click there, and then fill in the form for your chance to win a trip four four to L.A., including flights, hotel, and even some spending cash! Good luck!
Disclosure: I am a Play Advocate. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive special access to Mattel events and products. As always my words and opinions are my own.