Let Toys Be Toys campaign is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys.

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Football fun – Let Toys Be Toys Gift Guide

The excitement around the Women’s World Cup shows that football fun isn’t just for boys. Check out some great toys and books that footy fans – both girls and boys – will love. Link to the BBC Sport 2019 Wall Chart also included below!

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Gendered marketing and the environment: more consumption, more resources, more waste, more pollution, more CO2

Toys, gender stereotypes, and our planet

There are a great many ways in which toys have an impact on the environment, but could the end of gender-stereotyped toy marketing be a helpful factor in the process of preserving our planet? For World Environment Day, Tricia Lowther looks at the connections between boy/girl toy marketing and environmental responsibility.

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Young man speaking, standing in front of a screen displaying an image with toys arranged on a plate, with text above reading 'Play is food for the mind - variety matters'

Stereotype-busting campaigns from rising young marketers

Marketing students from across Europe and beyond pitched creative ideas and proposals for a campaign to challenge gender stereotypes in the toy industry, as Let Toys Be Toys acted as client for the annual Ad Venture student competition.

Congratulations to the winning Team Eden of Sup de Pub in Paris, whose winning proposal ‘You are what you play’ impressed the judges with its unified, and highly-translatable campaign concept, and mix of easily achievable and more ambitious ideas.

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Tackling gender stereotypes in early childhood: Let Toys Be Toys joins expert commission

We’re delighted to be taking part in the Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood, launched this week by gender equality campaigning charity The Fawcett Society.

Chaired by the Director of the UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood, Rt Hon David Lammy MP the commission will bring together experts in parenting, education, and the commercial sector as well as campaigners committed to tackling gender stereotypes, including representatives of the National Education Union, National Childbirth Trust, Usborne Books, Muslim Women’s Network, as well as Let Toys Be Toys. Read more…

Let Toys Be Toys 2018 Silliness Awards

maths times tables gender stereotypes primary school ofstedSo folks, it’s nearly 2019 and there’s no doubt that lots of progress has been made in terms of fewer products on the shelves labelled ‘boys’ or ‘girls’. But we still get sent plenty of examples of gender stereotyping and unnecessary labelling and, in time-honoured fashion, we take this opportunity to look back, not so much in anger, but in disappointment at the silliest examples to come our way in the past couple of years.

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Let Toys Be Toys – Early Learning gift guide

Early learning toys are a fantastic way to introduce fundamental understandings and encourage creativity in very young minds. Sadly, even at this early stage, several toy makers and retailers are sorting their products according to the all too familiar pink and blue division.

In this gift guide, we’ve picked out toys that help babies and toddlers grow their minds without restricting them according to gender.

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Books for Young Children – Let Toys Be Toys Gift Guide

We believe all children should be able to choose freely the books they like best and we celebrate all the marvellous writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers that avoid putting boy or girl labels on books. Here we list some of our favourite reads for the very small people in our lives.

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Great gifts to foster STEM skills – Let Toys Be Toys gift guide

As well as being fun, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) toys and books are a great way to build skills such as problem solving, spatial awareness and critical thinking.

We’ve chosen a range of toys and books to help curious children everywhere develop an interest in science and discovery.

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Let Toys Be Toys Arts and Crafts gift guide

If you’re looking for an arts and crafts gift, and want to shop outside the pink and blue boxes of gender stereotypes, check out our inclusive gift guide for fun arts and crafts present ideas for children.

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Toymark turns 5!

2018 marks the five year anniversary of the Let Toys Be Toys Toymark – our good practice award recognises toy retailers and booksellers who are marketing inclusively to all children, without ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ labels or colour-coded signage. Over 50 retailers throughout the UK have received our award since 2013.  Read what some of our retailers have shared about winning the award.

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