The Role Of Gender Specific Toys In Children

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Educators need to be aware of the messages which can be conveyed through gender specific toys. Children make sense of their world through play and as Linn outlines, educators need to question the messages with which children take away from being encouraged to play with Barbie and the future impact for girls with both their relationship with their future self and others (Linn, 2004, p. 68). This idea is reinforced by the National Union of Teachers, when they describe the associations girls can make in response to some of the popular toys aimed at girls, and specifically princess themed toys. These send the message that it is important to be slim and attractive which girls can mistakenly believe this will lead to social and economic success

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