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Toys for a Little Lady

Posted by sohmer on November 20, 2014

Weird thing, there is, about getting older-

Your views change, your opinions change, hell, even you change a little bit. Things you never gave a second thought to before are suddenly at the forefront, and you have no idea of how and when they got there.

Well, in this case, I do. It was about the time I had a daughter.

With my sons, toys for them is simple: Animals. Cars. Dinosaurs. Cars. Repeat.

With my daughter, I am constantly second guessing myself, far more than I probably have to, about what to bring home for her.

For the most part, she tends to play with the same things as her brothers. Recently however, she began showing interest in dolls and the like, so I wanted to encourage that as much as possible. Off I went to get some dolls.

I did get her the doll she wanted, but that’s not what stuck with me-

When I got to the store, I was met with pink row after pink row. I quickly came to the realization that while Toy manufacturers believe that boys should be playing with a massive variety of things, girls should for the most part stick to dolls and dresses.

Why is my daughter not being encouraged to play with diversity as much as my sons? I want her playing, building, desiging, running, thinking, laughing, planning and experimenting. I want her using her imagination every minute of every day.

What Toys R Us thinks my daughter should play with just isn’t going to cut it with her. Or me.

Rather than rail against an industry for a gender cap, I’ve decided to do my part to steer them in the right direction with the only language industry understands: money.

To that end, I’m doing my own research, but I was hoping you folks could join in and help point me towards toys (both educational and purely for fun) that are positive ones for girls.

To date, the line I’ve discovered and fallen in love with, is Goldie Blox. Great toys with great messages.

I’ll be lurking in the comments section, let me know!

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“The coolest toys don’t have to be bought; they can be built. In fact, sometimes the only way they’ll ever exist is if you make them yourself.”
-Adam Savage

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