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Why Should We Bother With Gender Neutral Toys?

Why should we bother with gender neutral toys?

Trucks and trains for boys. Dolls and kitchens for girls. This is how gender specific toys have been marketed for decades. But are we finally seeing the end of gender stereotyping toys?

Girls can like space too

Children, especially those at the beginning of their learning, learn through play. Playing and all that it encompasses is their whole world. The toys that they play with have a massive impact on their mindsets and thought processes. 

Gender itself, and what that means to children, is also learnt at this early stage. Western society has made progress in gender equality since the beginning of the 20th century, but when toys are considered it's difficult to agree.

The Fine and The Gross - What are motor skills and why do they matter for children?

The Fine and The Gross - What are motor skills and why do they matter for children?

Motor skills are an essential part of everyday activities. They help us move, they help us explore our world and are an important part of a child's development. But what are they?

Mornings aren't for everyone...

We've all been there...

I'd like you to imagine you're lying in bed and the alarm goes off, ringing in a new day. Not the nicest of images I know, but bear with me for the sake of this article! You rouse yourself from slumber, step out of bed and make your way down the corridor to the bathroom. You turn the door handle and step inside. After reaching the sink, you take hold of your toothbrush, squeeze out some paste and turn the tap.

We'll stop the daydream there but I'd like you to consider each and every movement you made during that process. Big or small. Some of them are more noticeable, leaping with joy out of bed for instance. Others are more slight, the exact pressure applied to the tube to both receive any toothpaste whilst also avoiding and blue and white sticky mess...

These movements are all honed and refined through the development of motor skills.

Interview with The Brick Castle - Lego enthusiast, family blogger and mother.

Interview with The Brick Castle - Lego enthusiast, family blogger and mother.

     

The Original 1974 Lego Figure Family set 200

The continuation of our parent blogger interviews. This week, Jenny, known for the blogsite The Brick Castle. Lego, family life, collecting smiles and more! 

We first got to know Jenny when eduKidz launched. Her site was welcoming and a treasure trove of resources and ideas linked to Lego. She also shared a plethora of stories and life moments related to her family, including how her family has coped with the worst of traumas. She is a wonderfully welcoming, helpful and kind person. I couldn't recommend her site more. Read on to have a glimpse at her story.

The Benefits of Outdoor Learning

The benefits of outdoor learning

Time to get out and explore

There's a great, big world out there. It's ripe for exploring and, in our opinion, it's our role as adults to ensure that we instill a passion for the outdoors for our children. Whether you're a parent, a grandparent, a teacher or a friend, children simply won't build an interest in the outdoors without enthusiasm and active interest from adults. But how can we do this? Is it as simple as just getting outdoors for a walk or stroll?

The Benefits of Role Play for Children

The Benefits of Role Play for Children

Children love to play. They especially love to play and pretend to be someone or something else. But what are the benefits of role play for children?

Superhero Role Play

Top tips to help your children learn how to ride a bike

Top tips to help your children learn how to ride a bike
  The saying goes, "It's just like riding a bike..." Well what if you haven't learnt yet? Most kids will, at some point, learn how to ride a bike....

Interview with Mummy Tries - passionate mother, home educator, foodie and author.

mummy tries interview

We really enjoyed talking with Reneé and learning her story. Her site is full of fascinating stories, brilliant recipes and advice for parents. She is mother to 3 children, Polly, Clara and Freddy. Reneé regularly blogs about her daughter Polly and living with autism. It is this particular aspect of her life which the following interview focuses on.

Our Best Selling Educational Toys for Christmas

Our Best Selling Educational Toys for Christmas
Here at eduKidz we pride ourselves on stocking the very best in quality educational toys. But which are our best selling educational toys for Chri...

Top 5 Educational Toys for Christmas

Top 5 Educational Christmas Toys for Kids
Holidays are coming! Christmas is almost upon us and thousands of parents are wondering what they should ask Santa to bring their children. Educat...

Only Boring Parents Buy Educational Toys for Christmas

Only Boring Parents Buy Educational Toys for Christmas
Christmas is all about Nerf guns, Playstation, X-Box and Hatchimals right? Those are the cool toys. On the chance that you buy an educational toy ...

4 Top Lego STEM Activities

4 top STEM Lego
The beauty of Lego is that it can be used for such a huge variety of activities. But how can Lego and STEM work together in education harmony? Fir...

Why are bedtime stories for kids so important?

Bedtime stories for kids, sharing a story
Bedtime stories for kids. There are very few people in the world who don't love to get tucked into a cosy bed and share a wholesome, enjoyable stor...