Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Amusement Park Ryan

Kelly Club Amusement Park Ryan was one of the few brunette boy Kelly dolls Mattel made, I wish they made more! He's adorable with his freckles. My doll's hair is a little messy now, I think it might have originally had gel in it. He came with a cute pinwheel that can attach to his wrist. 

Amusement Park Marisa

One of the earlier Kellys I received was Kelly Club Amusement Park Marisa! She comes with an ice cream cone she can hold.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nostalgia and an Introduction to Kelly Stories

My friends and I played Kelly dolls for years together. We could just sit there and play all day! Eventually, the friend I played the most with and I didn't even need to have the dolls with us to play; we knew all their names and personalities by heart and could “talk play.” We talk played when we were in the car on the way to the activities we were in, on the phone, and walking around outside.  Our friendship was strong then because of our love for playing Kellys. We played with Barbies too, but mostly we pretended that the Barbies were the moms. I think we preferred Kellys over Barbies because they were the kids in the Barbie world, like us.

It’s been so long since I've really played pretend with someone; honestly, I think it’s sad that it isn’t really socially acceptable for adults to. I agree with Plato that “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  It’s such a creative and stimulating activity to do. It seems that adults lose some of their creativity when they grow up and stop playing. Playing with another person creates a strong friendship and I think it even makes the play more creative since it requires sharing your ideas and putting them together.