Re: Tween Girls
posted at 3/21/2013 4:45 PM EDT
I'm not a mom....but I had two tween (they are now teens - a whole different animal) girl cousins who I spent a lot of time with and it's definitely an interesting age. They start to act a bit like teens, but when all is said and done, they are still kids at heart. So they still love kid humor & kid movies (Diary of a Wimpy Kid was a huge hit with them) and like others have suggested, they also enjoyed hands on things like arts & crafts plus baking. I also noticed that they love groups of people at that age possibly more than one-on-one. It doesn't even matter who is in the group, they just like to surround themselves with people.
But at that age they LOVE story telling, and dancing, and acting out stuff, and laughing over silly hair do's and food stuck in their teeth. They are still really willing to learn & play at the beach or the museum (but make it fun) or on a walk (with a dog?) in the woods. Hide & Go seek at night in the house with all of the lights off, or even scary(ish) films with mattresses on the living room floor and lots of pillows to cover their faces were all favorites. Imagination based on reality is huge at this age, and they like to construct things themselves, like invent their own plays or movies or situations. For instance pretending to be a lawyer, or having a "tea" party, but not with stuffed animals - with other people, all dressed up and ladies in brimmed hats. Greek mythology, or Egyptian history could all bring out some fun play ideas. They love to dress up! And those I know also loved animals, so playing with animals at an adoption clinic or having them help at one is also an idea (if they won't beg you to take them home).
They also enjoy cards and board games, a lot! Again, things that involve as many people as possible has always been the theme I've noticed with tween girls.
They are terribly fun at this age, even when they get moody (well maybe not then).
But it sounds like you are doing all the right things. I'm sure she's happy - you'd know it if she wasn't!
Oh and they LOVE root beer floats out of swirly straws, or at least those I know did!