Just when you think we’re starting to make roads into reducing gender stereotyping in children’s toys, there’s another set back. This time parents are calling on the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to address the gender stereotyping in its advert for children’s fancy dress costumes. Sharing a screenshot of an email advert promoting fancy dress outfits, mum Laura Benson tweeted her frustration about the images which feature girls dressed as princesses and ballerinas and boys dressed as Spiderman, a wizard and a doctor.
Remember how upset the Internet was last year when parents cracked open their kids’ sippee cups to find them riddled with mould? Well prepare for mould gate part two because turns out your baby’s favourite teething toy might not be quite so hygienic either.
The parenting blogger from New South Wales, Australia wants the world to know that it’s perfectly fine for his son to be getting a toy pram from Father Christmas this year. The dad-of-two who writes the popular DaDMuM Facebook page, has penned a blog post about why he’s happy to encourage his son, Knox to play with dolls.
Children’s toys are great, but they’re, well, for children. They're not exactly stylish and could most definitely do with a bit of a makeover. Well, Stylight have put together a range of ‘fashion toys’ that even us adults want to snap up. Ultimate couple Gigi and Zayn have been made into Barbie and Ken and a Polly Pocket set means you can immerse yourself in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show experience.
When it comes to toys, mini Yahoo readers are a pretty classic bunch. At least that's the conclusion we draw from looking at the favourite toys parents sought out this year.
While the fashion industry is slowly catching on that women want to see a more diverse representation in it’s models, the same can’t always be said for the dolls our children play with. Emma Cayley from Devon has created her own range of more natural looking children’s dolls after growing worried about the effect unrealistic commercial dolls were having on her children Sophie, six and Oliver, nine. Inspired by similar projects she’d seen in the US Emma wanted to introduce a range of more ‘realistic’ dolls to the UK and Devon Rescue Dolls was born.
If you’ve ever wandered down the children’s aisles of a department store you’ll likely be struck with the strict segregation of the toys. Case in point a space themed lunchbox in John Lewis that’s labelled as being for boys. Taking to Twitter to share an image of the label on the navy printed lunchbox, which read: “Boys space print lunchbox”, dad and Politician, Joshua Peck called the store out for gender discrimination.
Toys ‘R’ Us has announced that it’ll be extending its shopping hours for families affected by autism and special needs. It will adjust the stores during this time so that they provide an easier shopping experience for children with autism, including making it a dimmer and quieter environment. Mike Coogan, Toys ‘R’ Us marketing and eCommerce director, told The Huffington Post: “Making slight adjustments to stores and creating a ‘quiet’ shopping period allows children and young adults to experience the fun in a toy shop regardless of their disability.
It’s that time of year again; Christmas may feel an age away, but before we know it we’ll hear murmurs of those who have already begun their Christmas shopping. And from the kids, something much louder than a murmur about the toys they’re expecting to receive in December. Thankfully, Hamleys has recently revealed its top 10 Christmas toys for 2016. And from jelly beans that taste like dead fish to virtual reality headsets, its an unconventional selection to say the least.
Wouldn’t Ken look great with a little more meat on his bones? There are three new Barbie body types — curvy, tall, and petite — to make room for in the Dream House, and their addition to the plastic world has been celebrated. So while Barbie and Ken have been together for decades and show no signs of splitting, perhaps it’s time her other half had some updates as well. For years, women and girls have been advocating for additional Barbies that more closely resemble women and girls.