We want to educate our children in equality, discrimination and stereotypes, and at this point the toys have a lot to say. Must not give too many turns to find toys and games not sexist, It doesn’t matter so much Toy as our attitude towards them and how it is presented to our children.

Recently I brought a Decalogue to choose toys and games not sexist, but it is that, in principle, not a toy by itself is sexist. I.e. all toys may work for children, and for girls, the key lies in how to use them and how to play, as well as the way in which the environment refers to them or predisposes children to use.

What types of toys have to seek for our children? What we should ask you to friends and family so that sexism does not “BREW” in the gifts?

  • Any game, any toy, both girls and boys can use it. And we saw that this is simple: if they have not used the genitals to play, it will be worth any toys for them or for them (and if it is not, is not a child’s toy).
  • That the game serves to develop physical skills: balance, strength, coordination, aim… For example all sporting goods, marbles, pellets, bows, balls, jump ropes…
  • Games and toys that can serve to develop intellectual abilities: memory, ingenuity, perseverance… Here encompasses the games table, cards, puzzles and memory games, constructions, role-playing games…
  • That foster the values and human qualities of people (no children or girls): cooperation, fantasy, imagination, creativity… Here we have the costumes, the kitchenettes, dolls, babies, puppets, constructions, role-playing games…
  • That favor team play: learn and respect rules, know to lose and win, cooperate with the group… As it is the case with many board games, some sports, traditional games of team…
  • Games and toys that help to think, investigate, reason, learn… so they can be understanding how the real world is.

Finally, remember that any toy can be fun, We don’t have to invest much money nor find sophisticated toys, thanks to their inventiveness and imagination, thanks to their desire to learn, any object can become the most fun toys, any father and mother playing with them is the best entertainment!

It is important that we talk about with our kids, that we educate them on equality, that we dispel the roles of gender in the case of toys and so in this way we prevent that possible comments about their games (“That’s girls”, “This no can play girls”…) affect them.

Supporting our sons and daughters, educating them on these values of equality, It is not difficult to contribute to their self-esteem, their full development, avoiding perpetuating inequality, subjugation and submission-based gender roles, not to assume that boys are stronger or weaker girls and there are children’s toys and toys for girls.