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Gender Doesn't Matter: Toys & Activities Expand Horizons

May 18, 20169 min
Don't let gender-targeted toys and games limit your children.In the animal kingdom, young animals learn about life through play. Survival skills and relationships are worked out as they play with parents, siblings and peers. Playtime for children works the same way. Children learn how to relate to the world through play. With gender stereotyping in toys and activities, we limit their viewpoints on how to relate to the world.Encourage your children to play with different toys, regardless of gender-targeted marketing. Dolls are great for working out interpersonal relationships. Blocks are wonderful for engineering. Your children may request toys that make it easier for them to interact with regular playmates. Listen in as Dr. Corinn Cross shares how gender doesn't matter in early childhood play.

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