A little context on pretend play

Before I admitted that our summer schedule was getting the best of me, I had done a series of posts on pretend play and gendered play. Now that we're back in the groove and settled into a good school routine, I am really glad to finally add the final part of the planned series. After … Continue reading A little context on pretend play

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

A couple weeks ago I shared my opinions on gendered toys and play, especially as they impact little girls. Today I thought I would balance that discussion with my thoughts on the ways in which gendered construction of boyhood is fostered through stereotypic toys and pretend play. Like girls, boys can be subjected to artificial … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’

We recently attended the end-of-year program for Tiny's preschool. The 'graduating' PreK4 classes had a cute little - and blessedly short - graduation presentation near the end during which each child was asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. I was so disheartened to hear when all but one boy said something … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’