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Your child can be anything they want to be. Sometimes you just have to give them opportunity, perhaps opportunities you originally may not have thought were suitable for their age, gender, size, ability etc. Challenge them. Let them give it a go and let them learn and experience the world in whatever way they can.

The childhood race

Found this quote and thought the words are just beautiful.

#Changethefuture

It’s time to make a change for all the children in the world who may never make it to adulthood.

One day they will be…

Something I feel passionate about is tackling gender stereotypes at an early age and encouraging boys to play with girls toys and visa versa. I really love this picture as it shows how happy little boys can be if we just let them play with “girly” dolls. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, at the end of the day it’s just a toy but there are parents out there who shape their children’s minds into believing boys must play with “boys” toys and therefore say unkind words to boys such as those in this picture. Let’s make it a norm that a toys are unisex after all, your son may be a dad one day.

Smile

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Just take a moment to look at this picture, to study it in detail and to savour this image of pure and utter happiness in your mind.

In today’s society children in the Western world have an alarming high number of toys and, in general, very little respect for them. Children often don’t recognise how privileged they are, how lucky they are to have a multitude of items to play with. Gratitude is key.

The picture above shows the up most gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation for the smaller things in life. It’s hard to judge something from just a picture but a picture can tell a thousand words. These children probably have nothing other than the sacks they are playing in but they are making the most out of their situation. You can’t deny they are having fun and living their childhood the way childhood should be lived. No iPad in sight and yet a look of pure happiness on their faces and a moment these little, innocent boys with treasure for the rest of their lives.

Stop. Think and appreciate the moments of  joy in life.

That’s for girls, that’s for boys

The Let Toys Be Toys campaign is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys.

I’d strongly urge you all to have a browse through their website and give them a follow on Twitter for interesting posts and updates: @lettoysbetoys

I have attached below a link to their website as well as a link to an interesting article they have published about children’s views on stereotyped toys.

http://www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk/thats-for-girls-and-thats-for-boys/

http://lettoysbetoys.org.uk/

DC Super Hero Girls

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Lego have got some bad press in recent times due to the release of their Lego friends range which was very much aimed at girls.Lego had always been viewed as a gender neutral toy but with the introduction to this range it seems as though Lego suffered from a lot of backlash. Although, the bad comments seem to have done something to the Lego head office and they are now releasing a female Lego superhero range, yay!

Above you can see a picture of the new superhero range. It has been said that the DC superhero line will include 11 superhero women. It’s a move in the right direction and encourages children to not conform to gender stereotypes through play. It encourages young girls, in particular, to broaden their horizons and makes them realise that they can be superheroes too. Girls can be cool too.

 

http://www.kveller.com/legos-new-line-of-female-superheroes-is-the-toy-we-deserve/

The 6 c’s of physical activity

I’m currently working as an intern on a research project regarding physical activity with children aged 0 – 5. The researchers, Dr Kristy Howells and Dr Catherine Meehan have been working hard to come up with a list of the 6 areas they believe are of importance when children are taking part in physical activity.

The 6 c’s are listed below:

  1. Control
  2. Coordination
  3. Confidence
  4. Concentration
  5. Competence
  6. Challenge

We are using an online questionnaire to collect data in regards to how physical activity is currently viewed in schools. The results from this will then be analysed and used to produce a set of guidelines for practitioners to follow in order to improve the levels of physical activity in schools and other settings.

The National Curriculum in the UK states that children should complete sustained physical activity and the NHS guidelines 2013 proposed at least 180 minutes of physical activity a day for young children. This is something many settings are falling short on which is why we feel that something needs to be done.

I spent the first week of my internship focused on conducting a literature review of the 6 c’s. 15, 000 words later it was clear that there was a lot of research out there. However, there was more research for some of the 6c’s in comparison to the others. My general findings were that research tended to focus on older children aged 6+ as well as little focus being placed on research into confidence, concentration and competence.

If you yourself are a practitioner or work with children in a school or activity setting then please get in touch as I would love to hear your views.

Below is a link to the online questionnaire which takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to fill in:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B3R4KxVcVjXQkyp6B5G1Sbl9Y0Trx_6pHTk9vOmsQmc/viewform

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