All posts tagged toys

Hands playing with brightly coloured toy cars and aeroplanes

“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…

Plate with paints and finger painting Photo by Mark Baylor

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…

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…

Father's Day cards - Grant Bierman - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joe_chaos/

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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