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Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Where do you stand on gender-neutral toys?

I'm a firm believer in equality of opportunity. I want my daughters to believe they can be anything they want to be.

And I also believe that toys shouldn't give children gender-stereotypical ideas. A girl's dressing up box should contain a doctor's outfit, even though it's equally honourable to be a nurse.

But after teaching for so many years - and then having four of my own - I'm also certain that boys and girls naturally have different preferences.

Children learn through play. But what are they learning? How to build with blocks and how to co-operate, sure. But they're also learning about society and people's place within it.

What do our choices of toys tell our children about who they are and what they could become?

Day 4 of our series challenges you to examine your assumptions around gender stereotypes as they relate to play.

What is the mix of toys in your toy box? It's OK for boys to play with cars and for girls to love dolls. But should they only play with toys that they're drawn to?

What do you think? What does your toy box look like?


Here's the rest of the series:


Day 1 - Theories of Development

Day 2 - Stages of Play

Day 3 - Play is Multisensory

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 5 - The Zone of Proximal Development

Day 6 - Heuristic Play

Day 7 - Spot the Difference

Day 8 - Sorting

Day 9 - Schemas

Day 10 - Ask good questions

Day 11 - Conservation

Day 12 - Seriation

Day 13 - Observation

Day 14 - Set a good example

Day 15 - Fewer toys = more focus

Day 16 - The Hundred Languages of Children

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 18 - Practical life

Day 19 - Free-flow play

Day 20 - Executive functions

Day 21 - Spaced repetition

Day 22 - Independent play

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 24 - The Environment As The Third Teacher

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 26 - Symbolic Play

Day 27 - Learning To Write

Day 28 - Blocks: the indispensable toy

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 30 - Play

September 26, 2018 By Alexis Ralphs

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