If your child is like mine, naked barbies litter the floors. As a mom who is focused on teaching modesty to my children naked barbies are incredibly annoying. At a mom’s morning out recently a friend shared this idea for modesty barbies. With something as simple as a sharpie you can teach your child how to dress modestly while covering up the naked barbies in this modest barbie craft.
Modest Barbie Craft
Are you sick of naked barbies? I am so sick of naked barbies on the floor. I went to an event and learned about a way to fix this issue while having some great talks about privacy and modesty.
Now let me put out a disclaimer.
***I define modesty the way I feel called to for my child. Your modesty Barbie may not look the same as mine. That is ok. You are your child’s mom.
Her dolls are all wearing purple because it is her favorite color. You can do a lot more with this idea. The one I made at the mom’s event was pink with black polka dots.
What you will need:
Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Marker – You can use as many as your imagination can dream up for your project.
Nail Polish – Thick nail polish is another option. For the ones in the top picture we also used glitter nail polish to give the suit a bit more of a shimmer.
Barbies – We used many of the ones laying around the house naked.
How do you make it?
Outline your Barbie with the Sharpie.
This is where your creativity comes in as well as your parenting choice. Do you want a bikini? Do you want a one piece? Do you want straps? Do you want a tankini? The choice is yours. Outlining it can help your child know where to color though.
Make sure to give them a lot of freedom with creativity. They really can personalize these to get what they will like best. This will also vary based on the different dolls you have. If you look at the ones below my daughter varied her approach though not her color.
Let her color.
It may not be perfect. (you can touch them up later.) Let her have ownership of her doll’s modesty though. I didn’t put straps on R’s dolls but she wanted them on some. You can add polka dots, designs, or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Using stickers to cover areas they want to have not colored is a great way to avoid them over coloring that area. Once they are done, take off the sticker.
Talk with her.
This is a great opportunity to talk with your daughter about why you are doing this project. What does modesty mean to you? Why should it be important to her? What do your beliefs say about modesty?
These are the building blocks she is going to use to define her self worth. What will she think of herself as she gets older? (I am not saying playing with a modesty doll makes you suddenly modest for life. Teens rebel and children have their own minds but I am going to sow all the good seed I can while she still cares what I say.) R and I had an incredible talk about modesty and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
Play dress up. – Pull out all the Barbie clothes and play dress up. Show her that she can still look beautiful with certain parts covered up. This is the modesty doll after we did her bathing suit. You can’t even see it.
Did you make modesty Barbies with your kids? I would love to see them. Share in the comments or come share with me on social media.
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