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Science toys – which toys really spark science learning?

Play is how children learn about the world, so the toys on offer to them really matter. This British Science Week, science educator Wendy Sadler looks at how toys can help develop the scientists and engineers of the future, and offers some ideas of what to look for. Read more…

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Let’s Play Kitchens! – Let Toys Be Toys Gift Guide

Playing kitchens is a firm favourite with many children – toddlers and older children too. So popular, in fact that we’ve had to rewrite this guide a few times as these fabulous toys are going out of stock so fast! Read more…

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Toys for Under £10: Let Toys Be Toys Gift Guide

Avoiding gender stereotypes doesn’t need to be expensive. Check out our guide to great gifts and stocking fillers, from £1.50 – £10. Read more…

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Retailer update July 2014

In 2014 we’ve concentrated our efforts on gendered books and are starting to look at how we tackle the manufacturers themselves. So have the retailers stuck to their promises in the meantime? Read more…

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10 great toy ovens for boys and girls

Kitchens make wonderful toys; pretend play of all types stokes the imagination, is brilliant fun and great for children’s development.

Some shops seem to think cooking is not for boys however, and that girls must have pink at all times. Escape the stereotypes with our quick guide to great toy kitchens

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Caroline Lucas MP with toyshop owner Peter and Let Toys Be Toys campaigners.

‘We owe our children that chance…’

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion came down to meet Let Toys Be Toys campaigners at Whirligig, one of the first toyshops to be awarded the Let Toys Be Toys Toymark for their inclusive marketing approach. She explains why she supports the campaign.  Read more…

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“That’s for girls and that’s for boys”

Are children really affected by gender stereotypes?  Tricia Lowther looks at how kids take in the ‘gender rules’.

The vast fortune spent on marketing toys to children has no effect, and there’s no such thing as peer pressure. At least that’s what some critics of Let Toys Be Toys suggest when they say that children will choose to play with whatever they like and aren’t affected by signs in shops, adverts or packaging.  Read more…

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Toys and learning

In education, it’s recognised that children need access to a range of play opportunities to support their development. Early Years practitioner Leanne Shaw looks at how toys support learning through play, and why it’s important that boys’ and girls’ choices aren’t restricted. Read more…

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Focus on… Petit Chou

Petit Chou is an independent toy shop nestled away in the peaceful St Christopher’s Place area, just a stone’s thrown away from the crowded department stores on London’s Oxford Street. Read more…

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Father’s Day – Whose day is it anyway?

Father’s Day – a chance to trot out a few more tired stereotypes, or a chance to do something differently? Graham Paul reflects.

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