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Lets talk about GoldieBlox

28/02/2014

http://www.goldieblox.com

I have two kids whom I love very much.  I purchase my son dolls and I purchase my daughter legos.  Both of these things are non gender normative but its what they like so I get it for them.

I want to take a second to be clear here.  My daughter get dolls and clothes and hair things too; just like I get my son legos and action figures and video games (which are arguably more normal).  I say this so you understand that I try to get my 11 year old son and soon to be 10 year old daughter things that they like; not things the world thinks they “should” have.

Back on track.  I was recently introduced to GoldieBlox which is a toy AND book series designed by an engineer who decided that there needed to be more toys that focus on spacial skills for those of the female persuasion.  While certain companies have thought to slap a pink coat of paint on their toys clearly designed for males; some have even done a bit of a redesign,  it has become clear that very few (if any) spacial skill toys have been designed for young ladies from the ground up.

I am shocked this has not been done before.  Why has it taken us so long for  somebody to spend their hard earned money and degree to make sure it was actually designed for young women.  Sadly my daughter is a bit old for the series (I will probably still ask her if she wants it anyway) but if this had been available five years ago she would have had it.

I know that the general reading audience for DFTBA* is not one likely to have children but for those of us who do or plan to have in the future please take a second to check out GoldieBlox.  Especially if you have a young lady in your life that might be interested in building and engineering.

~Peeta

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