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Early childhood education and care

9.30-12.30 (half day)
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SOLD OUT: Gender and toys: what children think and its implications for practice

There is currently a lot of interest and various campaigns highlighting how toys are restricting girls' and boys' play. But what do children think of "girls' and boys'" toys? How do boys and girls actually play with toys? As a playworker, Sarah Goldsmith has set out to discover what primary school-aged children think about toys, how they play with them and how they learn and negotiate gender through this play. 

Based on current research in support of Sarah's doctoral thesis, this seminar will explore current trends in the gendered advertising of toys, and the concerns this raises for adults. It will look at how children are actually playing with toys, negotiating gender and gendered roles, and what the implications of this are for practitioners. 

Key learning: 

  • Current trends of gendered advertising of toys
  • How children use toys to play
  • How gender and gendered roles are negotiated among children
  • The practical implications of this research in relation to your own setting/environment.