Kiddo’s Fun Fridays – BARBIE Design-A-Tote Workshop

It’s amazing what can be had with loads of creativity, splashes of colour and imaginative minds. And having said that I am so excited to share with you the lovely experience Lil’ Girl had  at the Barbie Design-A-Tote Workshop held at Da Vinci Kids in Taman Tun recently. For those of you with lil’ girls of your own this is undoubtedly an activity worth exploring. A collaboration between Mattel and Da Vinci Creative Kids, the Barbie Design-A-Tote Workshop follows the huge success of the Design & Dress Studio held last year.

Barbie Workshop Cover

To be held over the duration of a month and a half beginning, the series of workshops will be held at different Da Vinci outlets every weekend until November the 3rd and give a chance to 400 young aspiring designers to explore their creative abilities as they design their own personal Tote.

Now I personally like how Barbie is evolving to meet the needs of developing young minds. Gone are the days when playing with Barbie’s were all about combing her long lustrous hair and dressing her up in the finest of frocks. Today’s Barbie challenges young girls to put their own ideas and creativity in practice whilst at play,something I as a mother I am positively delighted with.

Dtivea Vinci Creative Kids in Taman Tun

Dta Vinci Creative Kids in Taman Tun

Playing host to 20 young girls all ready to unleash their creative genius were the exuberant staff at Da Vinci Kids Taman Tun.  Headed by Teacher Kelly, the team at Da Vinci Taman Tun were raring start the creative process and had nothing but smiles as they welcomed the little participants and their eager parents.

Lil' Girl raring to go. Here already making friends with one of the talented hosts of Bananana TV3

Lil’ Girl was all smiles. Here already making friends with one of the talented hosts of Bananana TV3

The young participants were ready to start

The young participants were ready to start

Mattel sponsored the prizes for the winners along with with a goodie bag for each participant

Mattel sponsored the prizes for the winners along with with a goodie bag for each participant

Teacher Kelly showing the prizes up for grabs for the 3 most creative designers. - Barbie Fashion Design Plates Doll worth RM 99.90 each

Teacher Kelly showing the prizes up for grabs for the 3 most creative designers. – Barbie Fashion Design Plates Doll worth RM 99.90 each

Up for grabs were the Barbie Design Plates Doll which are priced at RM 99.90 each. Designed to encourage young girls to build on their imagination and creativity whilst becoming Barbie’s personal fashion designer, this set allows young girls to mix and match ideas to create unique looks and styles in 3 simple steps – Design, Swipe and Decorate.

Teacher Kelly demonstrating how the Barbie Design Plates Doll works

Teacher Kelly demonstrating how the Barbie Design Plates Doll works

Design - Swipe and Decorate

Design – Swipe and Decorate

I’m sure after the participants saw what they could do with the Design Plates Barbie they were itching to start all in hopes of creatively winning their way to one:)

Teacher Kelly welcoming the aspiring young designers.

Teacher Kelly explaining to the participants how to design their own Tote

Design-A-Tote : One of the tote's pre-designed by Teacher Kelly

Design-A-Tote : One of the tote’s pre-designed by Teacher Kelly

All participants received a Tote pre-printed with a classy hanger on which to 'hang' their creative creations

All participants received a Tote pre-printed with a classy hanger on which to ‘hang’ their creative creations

And the creative process begins... sketching in progress

And the creative process begins… sketching in progress

Fabric Cutting. I must say I was really impressed. Given the chance, our children have the potential to do amazing wonders if we give them the chance to

Fabric Cutting. I must say I was really impressed.
Given the chance, our children have the potential to do amazing wonders if we give them the chance to

Cutting & Glueing ... Putting ideas together

Cutting & Glueing … Putting ideas together

Budding Young Designer perhaps, What do you think ?

Budding Young Designer perhaps, What do you think ?

Putting the finishing touches

Putting the finishing touches

All the little girls 'very hard at work'

All the little girls ‘very hard at work’

After the excitement of designing their own tote, all the participants were treated to snack by Kenny Rogers ROASTERS. KRR also pitched in to participate in the workshop in line with their KRR’s ” I Love I Care” campaign. So whilst the kids munched away, the judges deliberated on the winning Tote’s.

Three creative young girls walked away with the grand prize

Three creative young girls walked away with the grand prize.
Pictured here one of the young winners of the day

One of the Winning Tote's :)

One of the Winning Tote’s 🙂

Lil' Girl didnt win... but all participants were given a Barbie Goodie Bag with some lovely Barbie merchandise

Lil’ Girl didnt win… but all participants were given a Barbie Goodie Bag with some lovely Barbie merchandise

Lil' Girls Gorgeous Tote <3 She definitely has the makings of a designer

Lil’ Girls Gorgeous Tote.

A group photo.. Lil' Girl is all smiles after the enrichingly creative experience.

A group photo.. Lil’ Girl is all smiles after the enrichingly creative experience.

For those of you who would like for your lil’ princess to participate in these Design-A-Tote Workshop, you can still do so. As mentioned earlier they are on every weekend until the 5th of November. All information on dates and venues can be found at the Da Vinci website.  Registration is priced at RM 20 which includes Tote bag and accessories, snacks and Goodie Bag with Barbie products worth over RM 40. In it’s initiative to give back to society, all proceeds generated from the workshop’s this year will be channeled towards Shelter Home for Children.

On that note I bid you adieu… I hope you’ve had as much fun looking at the pictures and reading this post as much as fun as both myself and Lil’Girl had at the Design-A-Tote Workshop.  Until later 🙂

For more information on Mattel and Barbie and it’s latest releases head on here and here.

5 thoughts on “Kiddo’s Fun Fridays – BARBIE Design-A-Tote Workshop

    • Hi Wendy.. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 haha..yeah, she really enjoyed experimenting with different ideas and colours…they were all given the same swatches of cloth and she decided to explore more than just pinks.

  1. Ooh, how cute! Makes me want to have a little daughter that I can do things like this with! This was like Project Runway without the tears and backstabbing. The dress cuts are great – your Lil’Girl did great!

    • ShopGirl @ I know..I was hoping they’d give me a tote to take home so I could sit at it and craft to my hearts delight…no such luck only reserved for those 12 and under…. how lucky are lil’ girls today ..so many ways of exploring creativity and colour…

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