Grow Your Own Pea Plant: A fun science experiment inspired by Sia the Scientist



It’s no surprise that most of the wild and wonderful plants on our beautiful planet come from seeds.


We plant seeds in gardens and flower pots, and watch cool, tiny plant shoots spring up.


But how does a seed transform into a plant?

Join Sia, the Deluxe Our Generation Doll, for a cool experiment that will help you find out!




Sia the Scientist Pea Plant Experiment!


Sia is passionate about science and she LOVES discovering new facts about the world around her. She likes reading about science, researching her ideas, and conducting experiments to help her find out firsthand how things work.

This awesome experiment teaches children lots of great skills, like learning how things grow, measuring the growth, and how to nurture a living thing!





Children love to see their plants transform before their very eyes.

Look how quickly our plants grew over a period of 12 days!


Here’s everything you’ll need to grow your very own…



  • Clear mason jars (or regular drinking glasses)
  • Cotton balls (or paper towels)
  • Dry peas (or dry beans)
  • Plain tap water



1. Place your cotton balls in the mason jars.

2. Add a dry pea to the outer side of the jar (so you can clearly see how it transforms over time!)

3. Add water to the jar, enough so that the cotton balls are completely wet without having excess water sitting in the jar (you can tip the jar and drain any excess water easily).

4. Keep adding fresh water every few days so the cotton balls never dry out.



Just like Sia, you can document how fast your pea transforms!

Measure the bean’s progress every day, and document it in a diary.

You’ll start seeing the changes as quickly as a day or two.

After about 4 days, you can see little sprouts forming!



How about trying different environments?

An environment is made up of the conditions inside it, like the amount of light, the amount of water, and the amount of air circulation, to name just a few of the characteristics.

You could try putting one jar in a dark room all day, and another in a window where it will get lots of sunlight. Then you can measure the difference in growth between the plants!

Which one will grow the best??!?


How about adding music? You could place one plant in a room with a radio next to it all day, and another one in a very quiet and peaceful room.

Which one do you think would grow faster? Will it make a difference?


Once your pea plant experiment is done, you can help your peas keep growing into a plant! In your outdoor garden or in a small plant pot full of soil, carefully transfer the small pea shoot so that its roots are lightly covered in soil and the green, leafy part is pointing upwards. Water your pea plant every day (unless it is getting watered by rain!) and watch as it grows into a full-sized pea plant…and maybe even makes a few delicious peas for you to snack on! For more gardening fun with your dolls, check out the Our Generation Garden Theme Collection!

There are so many different experiments and tests you can do… all you need is your imagination to come up with some great ideas!

Even simple things like planting bee friendly plants in your garden can become an experiment! Follow the guide in our blog post, observe which flowers attract the most bees, and see how many bees you can count each day!

Just like you, your dolls can be VERY curious! Find more inspiration for discovering science with your dolls using the OG Schoolroom Science Lab!


Catch the Buzz and Help Your Local Bees with Our Generation!



Bees are some of the most important insects in nature! They are responsible for pollinating flowers, which means that they carry pollen (the powdery yellow stuff inside flowers)from one plant to the next, allowing the plant to transform the flowers into fruits, nuts, vegetables, and all kinds of things that people and animals eat!

Around the world, bees are facing some big challenges, and they need our help! After all, Our Generation kids know that caring, kindness, and a good helping of determination allow us to do almost anything we put our minds to! Sure, we might tumble, but bouncing back up again can be fun, too!



Are you looking for an easy way to encourage your children and family to support local bees, as well as nature and wildlife?

Here are some really great ways to encourage your kids to help their local bees!


Save the Bees with Melina!














1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants (like lilac and mint)
Bees love purple, yellow, white, and blue flowers the most!
(Do you have any favorite colors that are the same?)
They also adore the following types of flowers: Lilacs, Mint, Sunflowers, Honeysuckle and Lavender


2. Stick to single petal flowers (like daisies)
Single petal flowers, like daisies, make it easy for the bees to access pollen, whereas double flowered varieties are more difficult for bees to get into, like peonies.



3. Give them water! (Bees get dehydrated too!)
Who knew?! Bees love clean fresh water, just make sure it’s shallow enough.
You can try adding rocks so they have a place to land and sip to their heart’s content.


4.Avoid pesticides (go natural instead)

Any chemical used on your plants and in your garden can harm or kill bees.
Try some safer alternatives to avoid pesky pests from invading, like planting lemongrass, lavender and rosemary. You can also try making safe solutions like neem or citrus oil sprays, which have been known to get rid of garden-destroying bugs – and are safer for people and pets, too!


And for a bonus tip…..


5. Plant native flower varieties (and in clumps)
Your local bees will be more familiar with and may prefer flowers that are native to their habitat.
They also love big patches of the same flower, so feel free to plant these beauties in big sections.


Did you know?


  • Bees can be found on every single continent except for Antarctica! Anywhere there is (insect-pollinated) flowering plants, you can find bees and other pollinators as part of the ecosystem.


  • For many decades, since around the 30s, many scientists claimed that it was aerodynamically impossible for bees to fly. They claimed that bees’ bodies were too large, and their wings too small to carry their weight.


  • Later on, through advanced technology, it was revealed that bees can fly, due to the structure of their wings, how fast they’re able to move, and the ways they move. Cool right!?

There is so much to learn about bees, honey, and “apiculture” (the science of caring for bees)!

For a fun way to discover why beekeeping is as sweet as honey, check out Melina and Cassidy, the Our Generation Beekeeper Dolls!

Discover all of the ways for your dolls to play in the garden and beyond with the Our Generation Garden Theme Collection!

Gift Guide: Garden-Themed Our Generation Dolls and Accessories!


Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, and Our Generation is getting excited to start watching lovely things grow! In this Gift Guide, we highlight some of the dolls, outfits, and accessories that are part of the Our Generation Garden Theme Collection.

There’s so much fun and adventure to have with your Our Generation dolls, and learning how to garden is just the beginning!

Pretend-play with dolls is a great way to encourage kids to get outside and explore the beautiful, natural world around them – while having a ton of fun, too!

Did you know that there are as many kinds of gardens in the world as there are people?


The word “garden” can mean different things to different folks, and can be anything from a tiny third-floor windowsill with a few potted plants to a huge, acres-wide plot of land with its very own professional gardener. Some gardens have only flowers, and some grow food.

The OG Garden Theme Collection covers every way that we can play in our gardens and beyond! From dolls who love being outdoors to accessory sets with miniature garden tools for dolls, and playsets that help you imagine all the steps from the garden patch to the market to the table, the Our Generation Garden Theme Collection has it all!


Plant a Garden where friendship can grow!

Nahla wearing garden accessories
Nahla – Deluxe Doll with Storybook

Meet Nahla, a thoughtful and curious 18-inch doll with long, natural curly brown hair and lovely hazel eyes. As an Our Generation Deluxe Doll, Nahla is posable! She can turn her head, rotate her shoulders and hips, and also bend at the knees and elbows. Being a posable 18-inch doll makes it much easier for Nahla to garden. It’s easy for her to kneel on the ground with her knee pads so she can get up close to her plants and check in! Read all about Nahla’s adventures starting a school community garden in her storybook, “A Garden Where Friendship Grows!” You can also purchase her book and outfit separately with the Nahla Read & Play Set (which can be used with any Our Generation doll.)






Catch the Beekeeping Buzz!


Cassidy using beehive smoker
Cassidy – Beekeeping Doll
Melina holding beehive smoker
Melina – Beekeeper Doll





Meet Cassidy and Melina, two dolls who are having a blast and living their career dreams as professional Beekeepers!





Cassidy has long, curly blonde hair and unique aqua-blue eyes. Melina has long, curly brown hair and lovely brown eyes. Both of these   Our Generation Professional Dolls have a scattering of freckles across their noses…we think it’s from spending so much time outdoors in the sunshine while they take care of their beehives!

Safety first! The Beekeeper doll outfits helps them avoid any surprise visits from their bee friends. Learn more about bees and how you can help them with the OG Guide to Helping Bees on the Our Generation Glowing Hearts Blog!

Melina and Cassidy are part of the Our Generation Professional Dolls Collection, a group of dolls who are living their dreams, following their hearts, and exploring all kinds of amazing careers. Join the Professional Dolls and discover a world of play as a scientist, inventor, marine biologist, woodworker, doctor, veterinarian, and more!



Doll Garden Accessories from Seeds to Market


Way to Grow Garden Accessories for 18-inch Dolls
Way to Grow Accessory Set

Set up an adorable garden patch for you Our Generation dolls with the Way to Grow accessory set!

The planter, wheelbarrow, and garden tools will help your dolls plant seed. Don’t forget your garden gnome!

He’s a great friend to help keep an eye on your doll’s garden and help it grow!




Happy Harvest Accessory Set
Happy Harvest Accessory Set



Gardening is easier when your dolls can get up close to the soil and plants.

A good pair of garden knee pads will help your dolls spend lots of time digging and planting comfortably.

Check out the Happy Harvest Accessory Set for cute, miniature garden accessories for your 18-inch dolls!

Your doll garden will appreciate a little extra TLC…and fertilizer!


Growing My Way Katelyn kneeling
Growing My Way Accessory Set with Katelyn (Dolls sold separately)




Green and yellow really make us think of springtime in the garden, and the Growing My Way accessory set is the perfect collection of doll garden tools to brighten up your day!

How many garden gnomes do you have in your garden?

The yellow striped rain boots are great for keeping your doll’s feet dry as she tends her garden with care.






Nest-Door Neighbors Doll Birdhouse set
Nest-Door Neighbors Doll Birdhouse set
Gnome Sweet Home - Magical Fairy Garden Accessories
Gnome Sweet Home – Magical Fairy Garden Accessories


Use the Nest-Door Neighbors Accessory Set to invite some fine feathered friends into your garden, and enjoy the beautiful birdsong!


The Gnome Sweet Home Accessory Set is the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle and magic to your garden…complete with a tiny jar of fairy dust and a lady gnome to keep watch over your plants!



Farmers Market Set with Everly and Rowan
Farmer’s Market Set with Everly and Rowan (Dolls sold separately


Your dolls are such great gardeners, they’re sure to have a LOT of extra fruits and vegetables left over!

Use the Farmer’s Market Set to create a market stall for your dolls where they can sell all of the delicious produce they’ve grown!

A day in the market is a great way to make lots of new friends…and find some really yummy treats!






Garden Party BBQ June and Nahla playing01
Garden Party – BBQ Accessory Set with June and Nahla (Dolls sold separately)




Once your garden is planted, pruned, and as beautiful as can be, it’s time to enjoy it!

Host a BBQ with your friends using the Garden Party – BBQ and play fun games like ring toss!




Garden Party - Banner Accessory Set
Garden Party – Banner Accessory Set with Jaime (Dolls sold separately)





Celebrate a birthday in the garden with the Garden Party – Banner set, featuring a cute pennant banner, delightful snacks, and gifts!




Noa and Coral having a picnic
Packed for a Picnic Accessory Set with Noa and Coral (Dolls sold separately)



Or set up a picnic in your garden and snack on some

of your doll’s delicious, home-grown delicacies using

the Packed for a Picnic accessory set.

The miniature doll picnic basket is full of everything they need

for the perfect picnic!






There are so many ways to enjoy gardening with your Our Generation dolls and all of the other exciting accessories in the Our Generation Garden Theme Collection! How will your dolls set up their garden? Share your fun playtime stories with us on Facebook and Instagram (@ogdolls)!

For more inspiration, check out the fun science experiment inspired by Sia, where you can grow your own pea plant!


12 Steps for the Perfect Sleepover!         

How to plan a Sleepover for Your Friends and OG Dolls!

Pajamas, giggles, and excitement way past bedtime…it’s time for sleepover fun! Whether it’s your first time hosting a slumber party or if you’re already a sleepover party pro, having a sleepover can be one of the best activities ever to share with your friends – and your Our Generation Dolls, too! Follow the 12 Steps for the Perfect Sleepover! guide for kids and parents and learn how to plan a slumber party!




So you’re super excited to host a sleepover with your besties and your dolls – but there are so many steps to plan the perfect party!! Where do you begin?

*Check out the links at the end of this How-To Guide for even more slumber party ideas that you can share with your dolls!*

How to Plan the Perfect Sleepover:

Group of Girls playing in Sleepover

1. It’s All About Numbers!

The first step to planning the perfect slumber party is to figure out how many people you can invite! (After all, your sleepover will be a LOT different depending on whether you have one guest or 10!)





2. The Greatest Guestlist!

Now that you know how many people you plan to invite, it’s time to make a list of all the friends you plan to invite. If you can’t decide, ask yourself these questions:

  • Who makes your time together the most fun?
  • Which of your friends get along the best?
  • Who are your 100%-absolutely-must-invite guests?

(*If you want to share your sleepover fun with both friends and your OG dolls, you can also think about which of your friends have a doll or a toy that they can bring with them as another way to select your guests. If someone doesn’t have their own doll, do you have one you can share with them?)

Hint: Even numbers are easy numbers! Planning a small group of 2, 4, or 6 people will make sure that no one is left out when you do activities!


3. Timing is Everything – Pick a Party Date!Pick a date for your sleepover party!

The date you choose for your sleepover party is pretty important. Are you planning the sleepover for a special occasion? Weekends are usually the best option, but spring break or other holidays can work, too!


  • Make sure that your guests will be available.
  • Is there anything else happening, like a friend’s family vacation, a soccer tournament, or something else that might prevent your guests from attending?
  • Does weather matter for your sleepover? If you plan to have your party inside, weather won’t be too important, but if you’re planning to camp out, good weather will be essential
  • Plan your sleepover in advance so your guests can add it to their calendar – and have something fun to look forward to


4. Think of a Theme!

When you’re planning a sleepover party, a theme is a great place to begin! Planning the theme of the slumber party will help to inspire you to make it extra fun and special, and having a theme will also make it easier to plan the details. You can use the theme to choose activities, decorations, and even snacks! There are lots of great sleepover party themes to explore, and you can get really creative!

**Here’s a theme ideas that include your OG Doll BFFs: a Pajama Party Fashion Show! Dress in silly mix-and-match pajamas, do your hair and your doll’s hair in matching styles, then have a fashion show where your guests and dolls show off their look! (For some hairstyle ideas, check out these Hair Bow and Boho Braid looks!)


Pick a Theme for your sleepover, like a pajama party fashion show!


5. Awesome Activities

Sometimes, a perfect sleepover doesn’t need anything but great friends and a cozy place to sleep once you are finished giggling. (If you’re ever finished giggling, that is!)66.

But having a few fun activities can help make your sleepover extra special and also make sure that all of your guests have a great time.

Brainstorm some activities that relate to your sleepover theme:

  • If your sleepover has a “Fashion Show” theme, you could make some simple jewelry crafts and have your friends and their OG dolls host a fashion show to share their creations!
  • If your theme is “Friendship” you could watch a great movie about friendship and make DIY friendship bracelets with your guests.

The possibilities are endless! Make a list of activities that you would like to do during your sleepover and check it over with your parents to make sure they approve of your ideas.


6. Fabulous Food! After your sleepover, in the morning throw a Cereal Party for breakfast!

Now it’s time to think about what kind of food you plan to serve to your guests.

  • Will you be serving dinner, or just having snacks?
  • Easy does it – simpler, easy-to-share foods are a great idea

(**We think pizza makes a great sleepover food – with your favorite toppings, of course!)

  • Since your guests will stay the night, what about breakfast?

(**A great idea for breakfast – invite your guests to bring their favorite cereal, and have a Cereal Party in the morning! Everyone can put their favorite cereal on the table and have fun trying out all the different kinds!)

  • Does anyone have any allergies or foods that they can’t eat? If you’re not sure, make sure to get this information in Step 9
  • Are there any snacks or foods that match your Sleepover Theme? You can have a lot of fun being creative with this!
  • What do your guests like to drink? It can be fun to make a party punch or some kind of special drink to serve your guests – ask your parents for help thinking of some great options!


7. A Sensational Schedule

Now that you have a Guestlist, a Date, a Theme, and a list of Awesome Activities and Fabulous Food for your sleepover, you can plan out the schedule for your slumber party!

  • What time should your guests arrive?
    • If you are planning to serve dinner, have them arrive around supper time. If not, plan for after dinner time.
  • How long will your activities take? In what order will they happen?
    • We recommend starting with crafts and games, and finishing with quieter activities like watching a movie. (That way, if anyone falls asleep they won’t miss anything!)
  • What time will your guests leave the next day?
    • It’s important to set an ending time for your sleepover so that your guests know what time to arrange to be picked up. (**Hint: noon is usually a great time for a sleepover to end!)

8. Make a List, and Check It Twice

So you’ve got everything planned out – your pajama party ideas, your Sensational Schedule, and your Fabulous Food. Now it’s time to make two lists:

  • List #1: Sleepover Supplies
  • Write down all of the preparations you need for your sleepover, including any supplies for food, decorations, games, crafts, movies, and anything else you can think of to be perfectly planned. Share this with your parents so they can help!


  • List #2: What Guests Should Bring
  • Make a list to tell your guests what they will need to bring. This list can include things like:
  • Pajamas and slippers
  • An OG doll (dressed for a sleepover, maybe?)
  • A sleeping bag and pillow
  • A toothbrush
  • An outfit for the next day
  • Their favorite cereal for a Cereal Party in the morning
  • Snacks to share
  • Anything else you think your guests will need



Make a cute and fun invite to send to your guests!9. Bright Invites!

Wow, you made it allllll the way to Step #9 of the How to Plan the Perfect Sleepover Guide!! You must have everything really well-organized at this point. YAY! The next step is SUPER FUN….it’s time to invite your guests!

When you’re preparing invitations to your sleepover, make sure to include:

  • The Sleepover Date
  • Arrival time and what time to go home
  • Address and phone number (since sometimes parents will want to talk about the sleepover in advance)
  • A list of what guests should bring
  • A reminder to RSVP by a specific date, and confirm any allergies or risky foods, please!




There are a few fun ways that you can send out invitations:

  • Make hand-made invitations and give them to your guests in person

(This can be really fun to do! We love using glitter and stickers to decorate our handmade invitations, but it’s up to you!)

  • Send out invitations by email or social media (this option is great because it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive PLUS it’s easy to include lists…and emojis! The only downside? You can’t add glitter…)


10. Party Prep!

Your sleepover is planned, your invitations have been sent, and your guests are confirmed. The sleepover is TOMORROW!! YAY!

Now what? It’s time to prepare! Here are some last-minute sleepover tasks to take care of before the big day:

  • Siblings and family:
    • Do you have a younger brother or sister who might like to participate in your sleepover? Sometimes this is okay, but sometimes we prefer to have just our friends involved. Talk to your parents and to your sibling to make a plan. Maybe you can let your sibling know that after the party, you will spend some special time together? Think of a solution in advance, so your family knows what works the best for everyone!
  • Music
    • Make a playlist of great tunes for your sleepover!
  • Tidy and Decorate the Space
    • Before your sleepover, make sure that your sleepover location is all set for sleeping bags, mattresses, or whatever else you and your guests will need.
    • Do you need permission from parents before moving any furniture?
    • Are you planning to hang up balloons? Streamers? Any other decorations? Do this in advance, so when your sleepover begins you will be ready and relaxed!


11. Be a Helpful Host!

On the day of your sleepover, once everything is ready and you are waiting for your guests to arrive, you’ll probably be really, Really, REALLY excited!!!

YAY! Your guests will be, too! Make sure to be kind and nice to all of your sleepover guests, and to remember that sometimes it can be scary to sleep away from your own bed. Be helpful to your sleepover guests and make sure that they know you can help them if they need anything. After all, that’s what friendship is all about!


12. The Final Step….Cuddle up with your friends and your favorite dolls for a great sleepover!

…is to have as much fun as you possibly can!!


By following this guide, we hope you have fun planning and hosting the most fantabulous, perfect, extra-special sleepover in the history of all sleepovers!!

For even more sleepover fun, check out our Guide to Our Generation sleepover toys, explore our New! Sleepover Theme, and experiment making DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears! What other great sleepover ideas do you have?



3 Easy Steps to Make DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears

Your dolls will love having their very own cuddly and cute mini teddy bear to snuggle all night! These DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears are quick and easy to make, and make a great gift – for your doll’s birthday, as a holiday gift, or for any special occasion you can think of!

Make a few extras and give them to your friends as a gift for their dolls!

Here are the detailed step-by-step instructions for making DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears:





Infographic for making DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears


  • Various sizes of Pom Poms (you can choose whatever colors you’d like!)
  • Small felt heart, or heart gem
  • Black Puffy fabric glue
  • Glue gun (and glue sticks)





  1. Select the pom poms you’ll use to create your teddy bear
  2. Use the glue gun to glue the pom poms together (children will need adult supervision for this step)
  3. Use the Puffy fabric glue to create eyes or any other designs you’d like to have on your teddy bear


Once your teddy bear has dried (overnight), it’s ready to be shared with your OG BFF! ❤️


Did you know?

The original teddy bear was named after US President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Teddy bears are still one of the most popular gifts given to children, and even to adults to ‘signify love, congratulations, or sympathy.’


The DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears are also a perfect craft to make at a Sleepover Party! Your guests can each make a Pom Pom Teddy Bear to give to your OG dolls!


For even more sleepover fun, check out our Guide to Our Generation sleepover toys, explore our New! Sleepover Theme, and check out our how-to guide: 12 Steps for the Perfect Sleepover!  What other great sleepover ideas do you have?

Quick and Simple DIY Name Bracelets

Want to show your doll some love and create a bracelet that you can wear with her name on it? Make a DIY Name Bracelet with your doll’s name on it!

It’s like carrying a part of your doll around with you every day! ❤️










  • Stretchy bead cord (0.7mm)
  • Color beads
  • Letter beads


  1. Cut a piece of cord around 1 foot long (or long enough to go around your wrist with enough left over to tie the ends together easily)
  2. Tie a few knots around 2 inches from the end of the cord
  3. Add several color beads to your string (as many as required)
  4. Add your letter beads to spell out your doll’s name
  5. Add several more color beads to your string to complete your bracelet
  6. Now your bracelet is ready to wear! So pretty!

You can keep the same pattern of colors on both sides of the name, or use random colors. It’s totally up to you!

Every bracelet is a unique expression of the person who made it. That’s what makes each bracelet so special!

For more DIY Craft ideas to make and share with your dolls and friends, check out our other blog posts like the DIY Pom Pom Teddy Bears and the Sweet Hearts for Sweethearts! DIY Valentine’s Candy Jar!

Flowers of Friendship – DIY Flower Bracelet Tutorial




Learn how to make your very own flower friendship bracelets, just like Katelyn does in her storybook “A Blizzard on Moose Mountain”!

These easy-to-make bracelets are perfect for giving as gifts to your dolls, your best friends, and your family members.

We bet you won’t be able to make just one! 😉







  • Stretchy bead cord (0.7mm)
  • Crafting beads (8mm)



  1. Cut a long piece of cord (around 2.5 feet long)
  2. Tie a few knots around 2 inches from the end of the cord
  3. Thread 6 beads onto the cord for the flower
  4. Loop back through the first bead and then add a yellow (or different color) bead for the center of the flower
  5. Then loop through the bead next to the center of the flower on the opposite side
  6. Add a couple of green beads (or different colored beads) as separators
  7. Continue the process of making flowers by repeating steps #3-#6 until you have the desired length for the bracelet (and it fits around your wrist)
  8. Tie a knot at the end of the bracelet, and then tie the two ends together a few times to make sure it’s secure


Did you know?

The colored beads have many meanings in the Native American culture. Some of these meanings are listed below:

  • Yellow (truth, growth, love)
  • Red (birth, clarity, new beginnings)
  • Black (lessons, adult, sunset)
  • White (purity, renewal, winter)
  • Blue (sky, water, spirit)
  • Green (earth, healing, health)

How did your bracelet turn out? We’d love to see what you made! Share pictures of your beautiful friendship flower creations with us on Instagram or Facebook!