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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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