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Decorating a dollhouse stimulates creativity

In this undated image provided by Laura Jofre, the author's daughter stands with her dollhouse, currently an eclectic collection of Barbie furniture, painted wood furniture, fabric floors and "doodle wall." (AP Photo/Laura Jofre)
In this undated image provided by Laura Jofre, the author's daughter stands with her dollhouse, currently an eclectic collection of Barbie furniture, painted wood furniture, fabric floors and "doodle wall." (AP Photo/Laura Jofre)
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In a kids' entertainment world of expensive game systems and disposable plastic toys, there is an alternative: Make something. Play with it.

The do-it-yourself trend, which embraces projects in electronics, engineering and crafts, dovetails nicely with the perennially popular, mainly girl-driven activity of decorating . An abundance of room- decorating games appears online; Girlsgogames.com has at least 30 games in which a bare space -- a witch's house, say, or a Chinese palace or ...

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